(+95-1) 860 3291
" Best Inbound Tour Operator of the Year
Mekong Tourism Alliance Awards "
Myanmar is popularly "The Land of Festival" because of the umpteenth religious and cultural festivals that take place all year round. We can divide into two types of festivals, nation-wide and regional. This calendar traditionally involves of twelve lunar months. The origin of the Myanmar calendar is not clear, but it was overhaul again by different Kings. It consists of 12 lunar months; 1361-1362 was mutuality to the British Calendar year 2000. Between the lunar year and solar year difference by the addition of an extra month to the lunar calendar every few years. The Myanmar year begins in mid-April and ends in mid-March. Both the Myanmar and British calendar are profoundly used. Apart from festivals of the Buddhists, there are also those for Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Chinese celebrated among their closest nations and some of the instances are promulgated public holidays.
Myanmar celebrates a festival in every month. Most of the festivals are based on cultural and religious those celebrate nation-wide. Festivals are long-lasting, enjoyable in Myanmar. According to the Myanmar lunar calendar, the exact dates of the festival are calculated, so only estimate months are given as they can change from year to year. Providentially for tourists, there are even more festivals, spread across the whole country throughout the year. This affords visitors a wonderful chance to profit firsthand insight into the living culture of Myanmar. We describe most of Myanmar major Festivals below. Myanmar is actively and gaily people, living in one of the wonderful lands. Major carrier of Myanmar people depends on Agriculture and they lives with their natural assets depend on forests, streams, lakes, mountains, hills and sea coast of the country.
|Kachin Manaw Festival||10th January||Myitkyina, Kachin State|
|Naga New Year Festival||14th – 15th January||Sagaing Division|
|Ananda Pagoda Festival||23th – 29th January||Anada Temple, Bagan|
|Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival||28th Jan – 25th Apr||Minbu, Magway|
|Maha Muni Pagoda Festival||06th – 07th Febuary||Maha Muni Pagoda, Mandalay|
|Kyeik Khauk Pagoda Festival||14th – 19th February||Kyeik Khauk Pagoda|
|Maw Tin Sun Pagoda Festival||22nd February – 07th March||Maw Tin Sun Pagoda|
|Ko Gyi Kyaw Festival||24th February – 02nd March||24th February – 02nd March|
|Pindaya Shwe Oo Min Festival||02nd – 09th March||Pindaya, Southern Shan State|
|Shwedagon Pagoda||One week proceeding the full moon day of Taboung||Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon|
|Kakku Pagoda Festival||21st – 28th March||Taunggyi, Shan State|
|Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival||21st – 28th March||Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Bago|
|Thigyan Water Festival||13th – 17th April||Throughout the country|
|Kason Fullmoon Festival||10 days(middle of March)||All over the contry|
|Shit – Thaung Pagoda Festival||02nd – 05th May||Maruk-U, Rakhine State|
|Buddhist Recitation||22th – 23th June||Kaba Aye Hilllock, Yangon|
|Waso Festival||First or second week of July||Throughout the country|
|Shwe Kyuu Bin Ceremory||25th – 27th July||Mingun, Mandalay|
|Taungbyone Nats Festival||25th August – 01st September||At Taungbyone Village near Mandalay|
|Yadana Gu Spirit Festival||13th – 15th September||Amarapura, Mandalay|
|Maha Manuha Pagoda Festival||30 September||Manuha Pagoda, Bagan|
|Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival||05th – 22th October||Inle Lake, Shan State|
|Thindingyut Festival||03 Days||All over the country|
|Elephant Dance Festival||29th – 30th October||Kyauk Se, Mandalay|
|Shwezigon Pagoda Festival||16th – 30th October||Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan|
|Hot Air Balloons & Firework||12th – 17th November||Taunggyi, Shan State|
|Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival||16th – 17th November||Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda, Mon State|
|Popa Nats Festival||16th – 17th November||Mt. Popa, Bagan|
|Powintaung Caves Festival||07th – 12nd November||Monywa|
|Robe Weaving Contest||16th – 17th November||Throughout the country|
Location : Myitkyina, Kachin State
Duration : 1 day (10th January)
Every year in January, the Kachins people hold a Manaw festival (a traditional commemorative festival) to welcome in the Kachin New Year. The Kachin, one of the largest ethnic races of Myanmar lives in the Northern part of the country. All the Kachin sub-clans gather at the Manaw Grounds at Myitkyina and celebrate this festival. As usual for all mountain people, the dance is communal and everybody joins in line behind the leaders. It is a show of gratitude to their ancestral spirits and their wish for a bright future. Normally, the Kachin Manaw Festival falls on January 10 every year but interested individuals should contact with us ahead to confirm the dates.
Location : Leshi, Sagaing Division
Duration : 1 day (14th – 15th January)
One of the most breathtaking and exciting events among festival in Myanmar. And also Naga is a hiding ancient in Myanmar. The Nage tribes wear different costumers in colour and styling. The Naga tribes live in the mountains, dale and wide of one of the most remote regions on earth, in the northwest corner of Myanmar close to India. There are approximately more than 150,000 Nagas, comprising of 12 major tribes and many sub-tribes, dwelling in Myanmar. Since hundreds years, Nagas live high in the Northwestern hills region, along the India border, but in recent years, many have moved to the Chin Dwin River Valley around the Sagaing Division and Chin State. Visitors can encounter the colourful dresses, animal horns, with a string of tiger claws and also silver and bronze accessories and other interesting unseen decorations that we dress up for their performance of Naga essence of history and its own world. Naga people are enjoying hunting. A camp-fire is set up in the center of the occasion and the opening ceremony is started as Naga tribes gathered and the festival pole is raised up on the first day and they make wishes. The main point of the festival is to ever last friendship and amity between all Naga clans and tribes. You can also celebrate they own unique songs and dances that you may never have seen before. This Naga New Year Festival will give you full of suprises, new discovery and deep impression.
Location : Anada Temple Precincts, Bagan
Duration : 23th – 29th January (Recommended to recheck the final occasion time with us)
Anada Pagoda festival is one of the most popular festivals and very important Buddhist festival in Bagan. This festival has been around for more than 2,000 years. Pilgrimage and villagers come with the traditional way-in hackneys (oxen cart) and they also stay near at Pagoda with camping under the mounting acacia trees around the pagoda. The festival ends with the traditional donation assembly for the monks on the full moon day of Pyatho. In front of the pagoda there is a fairground with markets stalls and restaurants.
Location : Minbu, Magway
Duration : 28th Jan – 25th Apr
Pilgrimage to this Pagoda is only possible in the dry season. 2 footprints of Lord Buddha are said to have been left at Shwe-set-taw when he visited there.
Location : Maha Muni Pagoda Festival
Duration : 06th – 07th February
This pagoda festival waged on 14th waxing moon day and full moon day of Tabodwe in Mandalay. The coolest month in Myanmar and during the festival, devotees light bonfires and cook huge pans of sticky rice with ginger, coconut and sesame to offer to monks at the Naha Muni pagoda. In other parts of the country, gummy rice is cooked as a celebration of reap and distributed within communities.
Location : ThanLyin, Yangon
Local products and snacks are sold and most of people are come with worn by colourful dresses and adornment. You can see the traditional dances perform during the festival. Preserving the assets of donation drinking water to all by descendants of the first donor family is inconceivable.
Location : Maw-tin-sun Pagoda, Ngapudaw, near Pathein
This festival is celebrated for 15 days, long and isolated beach between Pagoda Point and Cape Negrais is haven both for beach lovers and beach bums alike.
Location : Shwe-Gu-Ni village, Yezagye (Between Pakokku and Myingyan)
Duration : 24th February – 02nd March
U Min Kyaw was a son of the Lord of Pyay and Kuni Devi. He lived at Pa Khan Gyi Village, near Pokokku, so people are called Pakhan Ko Gyi Kyaw. He is good at not only in intoxicating drinks but also cock-fighting and horse riding. According to legend, U Min Kyaw uperintend Pa Hkan which is a prosperous town under the suzerainty of Bagan. But U Min Kyaw was not a good governor and hobby in en-fightin. The festival for Pa Khan Ko Kyi Kyaw is held at Nan Oo Village, Pakkoku Township. Many peoples come to enjoy the festival.
Location : Pindaya, Southern Shan State
Duration : 8 days (21st – 28th March)
Every fullmoon day of Tabaung celebrate the festival of Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival. This is traditionally pagoda festival in grace of the Buddha statues inside the Pindaya Cave held in every fullmoon day of Tabaung. The native tribes such as Danu, Pa O, Taung Yoe and Palaung make offerings on the full moon day.
Location : Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon
It is one of the wonder of the world and a traditional Buddhist pagoda festival and one of the linchpin pagoda festivals in the country.
Location : Taunggyi, Southern Shan State
Duration : 21st – 28th March
There are over 2000 ancient pagodas in the Kakku Pagoda complex, built particularly centuries ago. Kakku Pagoda festival is held on full moon day of Tabaung. All prayer are come from Pa-O villages to the pagoda for paying cachets and enjoy the days under the very catastrophic banyan trees encircle the pagodas. Usually devoid at other times, tens of thousand of member of the Pa-O, Shan and Danu national ethnic arrive by foot or boat to celebrate this festival.
Location : Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival, Bago
Duration : 30th March – 06th April
This pagoda festival is same with other pagoda festival. There have to show Zats, Anyeints (A anyeints means performance where a female artiste dances and sings to the accompaniment of light music and is usually supported by comedians) and also a popular sales fair where all kinds of goods such as clothes, toys and utensil.
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : 5 days (Usually 13th – 17th April)
This festival held at the month of April. It is one of the enjoyment the water festival and also welcoming for Myanmar New Year. The Thingyan Festival instance the changing of the old year to the new year. The main appearance of the festival is water-throwing or pouring water. Communities prepare sweets to give to passersby and at night, there is entertainment with songs and dancing professional. Thingyan is not only a time of fun but also a reason of good will. Elderly people spend the days observing Sabbath, listening to moral matters at monasteries; and it is the time for washing the Buddha’s image in the family shrine room with sweet-smelling fragrant water. The elderly and the devout perform a lot of meritorious deeds while the younger gather together to joyfully sing and dance. If you like getting wet, you should enjoy with us.
Location : All over the country
Duration : 10 day
Kason Fullmoon Festival, all the pagodas throughout the country celebrates on Full Moon Day of Kason for 10 days. This traditionally worshipped is the date 2500 years ago when the Buddha derived enlightenment while meditation under a Bodhi tree. Pilgrims pour water on the Bodhi trees in pagoda compounds to keep them cool and fresh in the summer heat of May.
Location : Mrauk Oo, Rakhine
Duration : 02nd – 05th May
Dummy boat races on land, real boat contests and water splashing in Mrauk Oo canal on full-moon day. Traditional bouting at the foot of the pagoda; finals held on full-moon day. The festival usually falls in the first or second week of May.
Location : Kaba Aye Hilllock, Yangon
Duration : 22th – 23th June
Declamation of five parts of Nikaya held at Kaya Aye Hillock. Similar declamations are also held township visionary throughout the country by both monks and nuns. The festival usually falls on first or second week of June.
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : first or second week of July
This festival is celebrated on the full moon of Waso throughout the country. The festival commemorates the time when the Buddha gave his first sermon, to five monks. Pilgrims throughout the country gather wild flowers to offer at pagodas, and offer new robes to monks. The Buddhist Lent period is from the full moon of Waso until the full moon of Thadingyut.
Location: Mingun, Mandalay
Duration:25th – 27th July
Native marine vessels, big and small, gather to pay respect to the Nats whilst playing around on the Ayeyarwaddy River. And also inclued with spirit dances. The festival usually takes place at the end of July or beginning of August annually.
Location : At Taungbyone village near Mandalay
Duration : 5 days (25th August – 01st September)
Taungbyone Nat Festival is the most famous of the Nat festival in Myanmar and important for villager near at Mandalay. Thousands of Myanmar people are comes this annual festival, held in honour of the Taungbyone Brother Lords.
Location : Amarapura, Near Mandalay
Duration : 13th – 15th September
This festival is celebreated on 10th waxing Moon day of Wagaung in Amarapura. The festival honours the mother of the two spirit Taung Pyone brothers. She is the Nat of Popa and her main stately building is on Popa, near Bagan. She is a powerful spirit and defender of women. The festival usually starts on the first or second week of September.
Location : Manuha Pagoda, Myinkaba Village, Bagan
Duration : 30 September
This festival is celebrated on one day before the full moon day of Tawthalin. During this festival, pretty village girls adorned in their best queue with trays of fruit and cakes to offer at the pagoda. During the afternoon, young men queue larger-than-life paper mache figures they have made of heroes, celestials and animals. At night, they put on dances and plays. The next morning at dawn they offer food at the shrine and also to the monks.
Location : Inle Lake, Shan State
Duration : 05th – 22th October
Inle Lake is located 900 meters above sea level and second largest realistic lake with the dewy Blue Mountains as backdrop. The Budddha images from “Paungdaw U Pagoda” are placed on a colorfully-decorated royal barge and taken around the lake for the dwellers to be paid homage. Moreover, the festival is full of fun activities, traditional dance and music and boat races implicated by leg-rowing dwellers. The rainbow colour fabric woven by lotus stems are not found anywhere else on the earth. This festival is one the most recommended by foreign visitors.
Location : All over the country
Duration : 03 days
Thadingyut festival celebrated on a fullmoon day and marked by illuminations the three day lights festival. This festival commemorates the time when the Buddha returned to earth after preaching in the stately building of heavenly during the three months of Lent. All Myanmar people are making caparisoned light at houses, streets and pagodas in towns and villages.
Location : Kyaukse, Mandalay Division
Duration : 2 days (29th – 30th October)
Kyauk-Se is an improving town, situated on the Yangon-Mandalay highway, where Light Festival and Elephant Dancing Festival are held in the month of Thadingyut (October). Just now, the elephant dance is becoming one of the entertaining in many being blest triumphs throughout the country. The elephant participants by 2 men get inside of the hollow elephant and moving like lively elephants, followed by some traditional musicians.
Location : Shwezigon Pagoada Compound, Bagan
This congregation is on the full moon day, November 4, there is a custom of offering a put food into a monk’s bowl to a thousand and more monks and novices. The festival usually starts in the first or second week of October and takes 15 days to be sufficient.
Location : Taunggyi, Shan State
Duration : 7 days (12th – 17th November)
At hot-air balloons festival, you can see the decorated hot air balloons in varied patterns and forms of animals such as elephants, duck, fishes, birds, hens so also four legs animals like pigs and buffalo's which are to be handiwork of a kind of fire resistant paper to attainment for prolonging. And also you can see the contention on the day and night period.
Location : Kyaikhtiyo (Golden Rock), Mon State
Duration : 1 day (16th – 17th November)
On the palace of the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda devotees light nine thousand lanterns to welcome the New Year and to give thanks to Buddha's peaceful philosophy. The Golden Rock Pagoda, a golden spire, sits on top a huge boulder covered with gold leaf and perched on the edge of a precipice. On this particular full moon day number total 9999 candles are gloriously prayer at mid night.
Location : Mt. Popa, Bagan
Duration : 16th – 17th November
Mt. Popa being considered most important Nat worshipping center, thousands of villager and city dwellers in their joyous, light-hearted and jamboree in this festival. This Spirits festival begins full moon day of Nadaw (Myanmar month). The two spirit inscribe on either side of the Tharaba Gate at Bagan are the brother and sister spirits lord of the Mountain and the Lady Golden Face who protect home or country.A festival takes place at Mount Popa, near Bagan in their dignity.
Location : Monywa
Duration : 07th – 12nd November
The 6 days ceremony of festival is held at the pagoda of Po Win Taung Cave in Monywa. Most of the devotees and revelers of Myanmar are coming with more than 500 bullock carts convening clay pot in each cart to this festival.
Location : Whole country, especially in ShweDagon Pagoda
Duration : 16th-17th November
This festival is held on the stairways of the Pagoda before the night to come full moon day. During the festival some yong women and their’s fellowship are join to this festival to feel proud to do that. The people, who twisting the robe are need to overall finish before the dawn, after that they worshiped to the around Buddha Images. This festival is celebrating through out the country.