Myanmar Festivals


Myanmar is popularly know as the Land of Festivals because of the countless religious and cultural festivals that take place all year round.
Myanmar people are known for their desire for fun, which is evident in round-the-year festivities, celebrated and enjoyed throughout Myanmar. Festivals can be divided into two types, nation-wide and regional. As Myanmar culture is closely intertwined with Buddhism, most of Myanmar festivals center around some religious events. The most popular and nation-wide celebrated festival is the Water Festival, which marks the end of present year and coming of a new year on lunar calendar. So the first month of Myanmar Calendar is in April or the month of TAGU. Almost everyone in the country regardless of age, gender, nationality and belief participate in the major event of the year by throwing or dousing water on each other using bowls, buckets or pipes. It usually falls in April and the Festival is called Thingyan, and lasts for three to four successive days.
Another such festival is the Festival of Lights, called Thadingyut which mark the end of Buddhist lent. During the festival, which last for three days, Buddhist people all over the country illuminate decorated lights in the evenings in reverence to the Buddha. It is also accompanied with funfair of open-air public entertainment, roadside shows, games and stalls. Most of Myanmar festivals are designated according to the Myanmar calendar and each of the twelve months coincides with one or more festivals. Apart from festivals of the Buddhists, there are also those for Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Chinese celebrated among their communities and some of the events are announced public holidays.

To mention a few of the festivals besides the annual Festivities at the Pagodas throughout Myanmar are –

Kason Watering of the scared Bo Tree Festival
Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival
Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks Festival
Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda Festival and
Taungpyone Spirit Festival.

In order not to miss any opportunities, check with your travel agent or the Myanmar Embassy for updates closer to the event.


January Kachin Manao Festival (Myitkyina, Kachin State)
Naga New Year Festival
February Htamane Festival
Shwesettaw Pagoda Festival – Minbu. Magway
Mahamuni Pagoda Festival – Mandalay
Salon (Sea Gipsy) Festival (Lanpi island, Tanintharyi Division)
March Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival – Shan State-Shopping with Bullock Cart
Kakku Pagoda Festival – Shan State
Shwedagon Pagoda Festival – Yangon
Tabaung Festival of Nat Spirit – Bagan
Maw-tin-sun Pagoda Festival – Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy Division
Indawgyi Pagoda Festival – Kachin State
Shinpyu Novitiation Ceremonies (All around Myanmar)
April Thingyan Water Festival – All Myanmar
Myanmar New Year Day
Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival – Bago
May Kason Fullmoon Festival (or) Watering of the sacred Bo Tree Festival Taung-yo Torchlight Procession Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
Shit Thaung Pogada festival (Mrauk Oo, Rakhine State)
June Nayone Festival of Tipitaka
July Waso Festival of Dhammasetkya Day
August Taungpyone Nats (or) Spirits Festival – Taungpyone, Mandalay Lawkanandar Pagoda Festival – Bagan
Myazaydi Pagoda Festival
Tuyintaung Pagoda Festival
September Tantkyitaung Pagoda Festival – Bagan
Yadana Cave Nats Worship Festival
Manuha Pagoda Festival – Bagan
October Thadingyut Festival – All Myanmar
Shwekyin Light Floating Festival – Shwekyin
Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda Festival – Inle
Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival – Kyaukse, Mandalay
Kyaukdaw Gyi Pagoda Festival- Mandalay
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival (Golden Rock)-Kyaikhto, Mon State
November Tazaungdine Festival of Lights
Overnight Yellow Robe Weaving contact ceremony-Famous Pagoda in Yangon
Shwezigon Pagoda Festival – Bagan
Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks Festival – Taunggyi, Shan State
Kahtein (Robe Offering Ceremony) – the whole month of Tazaungmon
9,000 Lighting of Candles – Koe Htat Gyi, Yangon
December Ananda Pagoda Festival – Bagan
Alotawpyi Pagoda Festival – Bagan
Popa Nat (or) Spirti Festival (Mount popa)