Seasonal Festival Tour

In December / January
Seasonal Festival (01) : Kachin Traditional Manau Festival

      The Kachin Manau festival is inaugurated by the highest-ranking chief or official present after which follows the beat of the drums and the echo of the gongs to invite all those far and near to join in the festivities. The venue of the festival is also specially arranged and decorated. Twelve poles are fixed in the very centre of the enclosure set aside for the celebrations. Six of these poles are placed upright, with two other pairs, each arranged in the form of a cross.
      The remaining two are then placed parallel to the ground with one much higher than the other. However, depending on the purpose of the occasion, the Manau poles are arranged in a varying patterns. The configurations on the Manau poles are stylized designs that depict the trail of ants, birds, butterflies in flight, bulls with horns locked, waves, and seeds that have sprouted and proliferated.
Seasonal Festival (02) : Naga Tribes Rural Festival

      Celebration of Naga Festival would be changed location each year after a place popular townships are Lahe and Lashee via from Khamti on January in every year.Myanmar Naga are proud people, men wear headgears decorated with tusks of tiger, wild bears, bear fur, birds feather and human hairs. The women wear only very light dresses and tattoo their foreheads and chins.
      The Naga New Year Festival is well known as a coming together of many tribes, clans and interested observers. Their celebration dances are somehow in Kung Fu style.Myanmar Naga is very close to the Indian Naga, actually the border area between India and Myanmar Burma in the far north west is more or less only a border the British brought in during colonial times.
Seasonal Festival (03) : Ananda Temple Festival

      This typical festival is held in Bagan, around the Ananda temple, the most crowded celebration in the most beautiful temple. Ananda pagoda festival takes place a few days before the full moon day of Pyatho, usually falls in January or early February depending on the Lunar Calendar.It is held to raise money for the upkeep of Bagans thousand-year-old Ananda temple. A tent city of stalls and shops surrounds the temple. Locals from near and far come to enjoy the festival.
      Most of the people would be having Thanakha on their face to keep one selves cool from the heat. Thanakha is a yellowish skin paste that is unique in Myanmar. This pagoda festival is not only to worship the pagoda, Buddha, but also for shopping after the harvest time. There are different kinds of stalls and sell everything especially the products from the other regions of the country. Villagers bring their essential things and come by bullock cart and make themselves at home around the temple.
In February
Seasonal Festival (04) : Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda Festival

      Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda Festival will be held starting day of February in Thalyin(Syriam). Most of the pagoda festival has evening entertainments such as Zats, Anyeints, some stage show and movies shown in the open air the whole night for every day. Villagers nearby come to the festival by ox-carts, which can be seen just before and on full moon day .Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda its legend dates its building far back to the time of Emperor Asorka the great king of India. Two hundred and thirty six years after the demise of the Lord Buddha, Emperor Asoka who embraced Buddhism after he heard and understood the Buddhas Dhamma, held the Third Buddhist Council.
Seasonal Festival (05) : Mahamuni Paya Ceremony

      Waxing day, ceremony in which a number of monks chant Buddhist scripturesnon stop. 08 the waxing day till full moon day: the real festival days with evening entertainment such as Zats (a variety of dance, song and short & long plays), Anyeints (a performance of a few hours in which a number of "jokers" (usually four) caricature current situations and /or persons strung together by a traditional dancer) and popular movies shown in open air. In the day time, there are many stalls selling various kinds of Myanmar snacks displayed in continuous rows of long tables.
Seasonal Festival (06) : Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival

      This festival will be held in Patheingyi, Mandalay Shwe Saryan Village, 45 minutes drive from Mandalay on the way to Maymyo (near Hton Bo), You can also take a small boat on the Douhtawaddy River and visit the pagodas nearby.Myanmar traditional toys, boxes, baskets, mats made of dried toddy palm leaves are the best selling village products in this festival.
Seasonal Festival (07) : Pakhan Ko Gyi Kyaw Nat Festival

      This belief of soul Shwe Gu Ni Village (between Pakkoku and Myingyan) Regional Nat festival like Taung Byone and Yadanar Gu.
In March
Seasonal Festival (08) : Indawgyi Paya Festival

      Its one of a famous lake in Myanmar located in Hopin Township via 100 miles far from Myintkyina. Approximately Five hours drive up to Indawgyi. This festival is held yearly for ten days. One intriguing fact is that two sandbanks are washed up by the waves before the festival begins so that people can walk from the bank to the pagoda. People believe that one is for human use and the other is a passage for the gods. These two sandbanks disappear into the lake shortly after the festival.
Seasonal Festival (09) : Bawgyo Paya Pwe Festival

      Celebrate in Hsipaw Township in Shan State once opening door of enshrine throne of image within during the festival days, the locked up "four Buddha images" are brought out for display, worship and gilding with gold leaf. We can see tea-growing Palaung tribes from the hills and jewellers from Kyauk Me who try and sell their products there. Many kinds of gambling are allowed during the festival days only.
Seasonal Festival (10) : Kakku Pagoda Festival

      Between Taunggyi; capital of Shan State and Hopone perform festival in Kakku in the full moon day .Alms offering is carried out by the native (Pa-O) people dressed in their traditional black out fits. There is the festival market also. Normally the festival will begin two or three days in advance for this is not just a religious festival but also a social occasion. It is the time for all to have fun, exchange news and gossips, to trade. Pa O people in all their finery come with gaily decorated trays bearing morning food offerings.
Seasonal Festival (11) : Pindaya Cave Festival

      Pindaya Shwe Oo Min cave Pagoda festival is held on and around Full moon day of Tabaung as well. It starts seven days before the full moon day. During the festival time, thousands of devotees come from villages around the area to the cave. A kind of pagoda mall is set up at the foot of the hill under big shady Banyan trees to sell local products.Celebrate the day of taboung full moon in Pindaya with offerings made by the native tribes such as Danu, Pa-O, Taung Yoe and Palaung. Festivities include performances with roaming artisans and the festival market.
In April / May
Seasonal Festival (12) : Thingyan (Pouring Water) & Myanmar New Year Festival

       Celebrate from 13th April to 16th April Entire MyanmarMyanmar people called “Thingyan”(in English Water Festival). One cannot avoid of getting very wet because every one throws water at everybody. People drive through the city in open cars and there are stages along the street where people throw water. During this time, everything is closed: restaurants, shops, markets, Museum, etc.
      The last day after in 17th April is the start of the Myanmar New Year("hnit hsan ta yet nei") and the end of the Thingyan ;water festival. It is a time for people to visit the elders and pay obeisance by gadaw (in English worshiping to old men and women) with a traditional offering of sandalwood water in a terracotta pot and shampoo. Young people perform hair washing for the elderly often in the traditional manner with shampoo beans (Acacia rugata) and bark.
Seasonal Festival (13) : Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival

      Now that the long-awaited festival was almost upon them, the air of excitement among the villagers was intense. Family groups had packed into a long stream of slow-moving cow carts trundling along towards the festivities. Some had started out the previous day for the one-night, half-day ride from their village. Some slept, some chatted quietly, others teased and joked and shouted at each other. All of them carried with them what they needed to enjoy the 10-day festival. Families brought from their villages everything from pins and needles to kitchen utensils and even beds, to make themselves a home from home during festival time.
      Bago Same with the other pagoda festival. There are evening entertainment such as Zats, Anyeints, stage show and also a popular sales fair where all kinds of goods, most of them are clothes, toys & kitchen supplies.
Seasonal Festival (14) : Mount Popa Nat Festival

      The festival involves a transgender medium being possessed by a nat spirit which give him the ability to communicate between the nats and the people. It is these types of festivals, the type that are unique to the region but also incredibly important to the participants, that attracts tourists to Burma. The tourist business is booming in Burma, however this new source of income is not propelling the Burmese population to prosperity. One major problem of the tourist trade is the religious importance of Mount Popa is being exploited .
      In Burma the government is more focused on the expansion of tourism as opposed to the defense of cultural practices.There are no security measures in place to keep religious sites, like Mount Popa, away from the detrimental effects of tourism.
In May
Seasonal Festival (15) : Shwe Kyet Yet /Shwe Kye Kya Pagoda Festival (Traditional Boat Race)

       Shwe Kyet Yet Pagoda lies on Shwe Kyet Yet Hill, also known as Mandagiri while embryo Buddha was reborn a king of chicken in his early lives. It is one of the 84,000 pagodas built by King Thiri Dhamma Thawka in Sakarit 218.It was renovated by King Anawrahta in 411 and Narapate Sithu of Bagan in 537.
      Narapate Sithu built Aungswagyi and Aungswange pagodas and NarapateSithu Pagoda near by. Shwe Kyet Yet Pagoda was further renovated by Queen Tarapya of Sagaing, King Swasawke, Thalun, Sinbyushin, Bodawpaya's son Thiri Maha Dham-mabizaya Thihathu, Bagyidaw, Bagan King's consort Mindon's queen of the northern palace. However most of the statues and ancient buildings seen today are those of King Bagan.
Seasonal Festival (16) : Rakhine Shite Thoung Temple (Paya) Festival

       This pagoda festival would be held after Thingyan(Water Festival) in Myanmar/Rakhine Full moon day in Mrauk U as same as the others pagoda festival but they have one exiting thing is they have Rakhine(Arakanese)traditional boxing show.The Shitthaung Pagoda, located about half a mile to the north of the palace site was built by one of the most powerful kings of the Mrauk-U Dynasty, called by the people, Minbargyi, but according to records on inscriptions as King Minbin who reined from 1513 to 1553. The king built this fortress-temple after repulsing a Portuguese attack. The Portuguese mercenaries later served under Rakhine kings.
      The Shitthaung or "temple of the 80,000 Buddhas" is a fascinating place full of small images, scenes in sculpture of Buddhist stories with the kings and queens, courtiers and common people portrayed in their mediaeval costumes and head-dresses, all frozen in stone throughout the ages. You should take a good torch-light to examine the myriad interesting scenes and figures lining the dark corridors of this temple. You can see some Rakhine men boxing and wrestling, some girls dancing and playing, and then there are also the mythical birds, beasts and half-human celestials and demons. Try and find the figures of both the male and female Vasundhra/ Vasundhari symbolizing the God /Goddess of the Earth.There was also surprisingly an elite corps of Japanese bodyguards protecting the kings of Rakhine.
Seasonal Festival (17) : Thihoshin Pagoda Festival

       Thihoshin Pagoda Festival perform in Pakkoku ;is a city in north-eastern Magway region, located on the west bank of the Irrawaddy and about 30 km north-east of Bagan. Thihoshin pagoda is one of most famous pagodas of Pakokku. It was built by King Alaungsithu. The pagoda contains a picture presented by the King of Ceylon about 800 years ago and the picture is one of the most venerated in Myanmar. This pagoda festival will be held from June 7th till July 22nd, more than one month. There is festival market and also evening entertainments such as Zats, Anyeints and Movies.
In June / July
Seasonal Festival (18) : Chin Lone (Cane Ball) Festival

      Myanmar Chin Lone (Cane Ball) tournament held during Waso Full Moon Day in Mandalay. It is used to held in Mahamuni Pagoda compound almost a month for every day and night. Cane ball players from all over the country come up to Mandalay to enjoy this festival. We can enjoy to see several ways of playing Chin Lone and racing by either team or individual together with local / folk music played while entertaining the audience.
      The spirit of this game is playful and fun. You start playing and before long, everyone is laughing as they play. Chinlone is a funny game – it's almost impossible to keep the ball up for long with the feet, especially when you are trying to do extraordinary moves with the ball. But the moments when everything comes together are intense and magical.
In July / August
Seasonal Festival (19) : Shwe Kyun Pin Nat Festival

      Myanmar Chin Lone (Cane Ball) tournament held during Waso Full Moon Day in Mandalay. It is used to held in Mahamuni Pagoda compound almost a month for every day and night. Cane ball players from all over the country come up to Mandalay to enjoy this festival. We can enjoy to see several ways of playing Chin Lone and racing by either team or individual together with local / folk music played while entertaining the audience.
      The spirit of this game is playful and fun. You start playing and before long, everyone is laughing as they play. Chinlone is a funny game – it's almost impossible to keep the ball up for long with the feet, especially when you are trying to do extraordinary moves with the ball. But the moments when everything comes together are intense and magical.
Seasonal Festival (20) : Taung Byone Nat Festival

      This popular Traditional Nat Festival is so crowd due festival days its location between Matara Township and Mandalay. The most famous in Upper Myanmar an hour drive from Mandalay. It lasts five days and every day has special programs. Festival where especially youngsters are merry and enjoy drinking and where people of all ages can join in the Nat dance.
      Tens of thousands are gathering in Taung Pyone (Taung Byone) near Mandalay to celebrate the annual nat pwe (festival for spirits). The week-long festival starts this week with as many as100,000 believers gathering to celebrate in the grand festival for the nats (spirits).There are a number of nat pwes (spirit festivals) in Myanmar. Of these, Taung Pyone is the largest and the most important festival of all. This festival is to commemorate the fable of the two nat brothers Min Gyi and Min Lay, also known as Shwe Byin Nyi Naung (Shwe Phyin Nyi Naung or Shwe Byin Brothers).
      These two brothers were the heroes/worriors during the time of Bagan King Anawrahta. According to the legend, these two were drunk on their night of their duty to build a pagoda. This was found out by the king and were ordered to be executed. However, they were later proclaimed as nats by King Anawrahta, possibly due to their popularity among the ordinary citizens. Since that time, these two brothers had been worshipped by millions of believers all over Burma.
Ceremony is guided by the traditional spirit mediums (called nat-ka-daw or wife of nat) who are almost always transvestites. Participants in the festival believe the two brothers have power to grant richness and wealth to their followers. Many make pilgrimage to pay respect to the nats as well as to ask for fortune and favour from the nats.
Seasonal Festival (21) : Yadana Gu Nat Festival

      Both Rural and Traditional Nat festival celebrate in Amarapura on the Mandalay-Sagaing road after Taung Byone more popular nat pwe.Will drive half an hour drives from Mandalay the strange view mostly worshipers get in a small sampan along the lake up to the Nat Shrine hall.
In October / November
Seasonal Festival (22) : Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

      The high point of the festival is on the day when the images arrive at the main town of Nyaung Shwe, where most pilgrims from the surrounding region come to pay their respects and veneration. The public was allowed inside the prayer hall of the haw to pay their respects. Then the images would be taken to the main temple in Nyaung Shwe. Since the mid 1960s, the images have by passed the visit to the haw and taken directly to the temple. It is now usually welcomed to Nyaung Shwe by some high-ranking official in the government.
       Inle LakeThe biggest occasion of the Lake Inle. The images of the Buddha from Phaung Daw Oo are placed on a decorated royal barge and taken around the lake, stopping at villages for people to pay homage. The festival is full of pageantry and colourful, and there are fun fairs, music, dances and boat races. Since this festival lasts very long, please check with us for exact dates and events
Seasonal Festival (23) : Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda Festival

      Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda of Mandalay, a four-day festival ending on the day after the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut. Mandalays ,the last royal capital of Myanmar Kings its situated at the foot of Mandalay hill, within a short walking distance from Mandalay Hill Hotel. This pagoda itself is noted for its Buddha Image that was carved out of a single block of huge marble.
      This Pagoda festival is one of the most prominent in Mandalay with lots of food stalls, theatrical shows, magic shows, and so on. It is considered popular sales fair where all kinds of goods (some of them locally produced) are sold. Next to that is the usual organization of events similar to other Pagoda Festivals.
Seasonal Festival (24) : Magway Myathalon Paya Festival

      Magway, the capital of Magway Division is 331miles from Yangon and it is easily accessible by road and the drive from Yangon takes about 10 hours via Pyay. Magwe Myathalon Pagoda is near the Ayeyarwaddy River Bank. Magwe Myathalon Pagoda festival will be held on October. Magwe Myathalon Pagoda and Minbu Shwesettaw are famous destination of Magwe. There can betraveled with using railways, motor roads and domestic flight.
      If you will visit to Myanmar in October, you can visit and observe upper Myanmar traditional Pagoda Festival and have a very beautiful scenery beyond the Ayeyarwaddy River from the precict of Myathalun golden stupa. Now, Ayeyarwady Bridge(Magway) has been built across the Ayeyarwady River and we can go there easily. As Man Shwe Satt Taw Pagoda Festival is open in spring, the weather is pleasant . Worship at Buddha's sacred footprints and both enjoy swimming in cool Man stream.
Seasonal Festival (25) : Elephant Dance Festival

      KyaukseYearly cultural highlight of Kyaukse, 26 miles to the south of Mandalay. The whole town competes, not only for the best “elephant dance”-performance, but at the same time for the nicest-decorated “elephant”. For the dance itself: two men get inside at life-size hollowed-out papier-mâché elephant figure and imitate the movements of a real elephant. Usually, there is a ‘lead’-man who coordinates the movements of the dancers, assisted by a small number of musicians.The festival is celebrated on the day before full moon day of Thadingyut . As the day progresses, it is getting more and more crowded because people nearby villages and as far away as Mandalay come to Kyaukse and join in the festivities.
Seasonal Festival (26) : Thadingyut Full moon Day Festival

      It is time for Myanmar people get ready to enjoy the Thadingyut lights Festival with all their mood. All of children and people in Myanmar enjoy this lights festival around October according to Myanmar calendar which is falling pleasant season and end of Buddhist lent. During the Thadingyut Festival, homes and streets of cities are decorated by colorful paper lantern hanging here and there at nights. Many Shops are display in variety of the beautiful and colorful paper lanterns to sell. Students are very happy due to their Thadingyut holidays.
      Children play with many different kinds of hand-made lighting toys with wheels. The month of Thadingyut roughly coinciding with October is replete with festivities, acts of charity, fine weather and freedom of movement or to get married!
      So we would like to heartily invite you to visit Myanmar for participating to enjoy this Thadingyut lights Festival.
In November
Seasonal Festival (27) : Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

      BaganShwezigon Festival will held starting in November . There are evening entertainments such as Zats: (a variety of dances, songs, short and long plays), Anyeints (a performance of a few hours in which a number of “jokers” caricature current situations and or person strung together by a traditional dancer, popular movies shown in open air. On full moon day ( 12th Nov), there is a communal offering of food and various domestic articles to the monks from the nearby monasteries lined up as in usual offerings.
Seasonal Festival (28) : Monywa Moenyin Thanbuddhay Pagoda Festival

      Located about 20 kilometres from Monywa Town is the Thanbuddhay Buddhist temple complex on 37 acres of land which is part of the Mohnyin Forest Monastery retreat. The pagoda was started on 20th June 1939 and completed on 2nd March 1952.It was the brain-child of the famous Mohnyin Sayadaw whose life-like effigy can be seen nearby. The architecture design concept of this pagoda is similar to Borobodur at the first look. Unlike Borobodur this is a modern place of worship, well maintained, and with interesting samples of modern Buddhist art.
      There are many different Buddha images, row upon row in ascending tiers in niches along the walls: the total number is 582, 257, an amazing figure! Unlike most of the pagodas in Myanmar, the entrance is not guarded by Chinthes, the mythical lions, but by statues of a pair of magnificant white elephants which are sacred and auspicious in Buddhist symbolism. Thanboddhay is the only pagoda with this unique shape in the whole country.
      The square temple base (each side about 166 feet) which worshippers can enter is topped by receding terraces, with myriads of small stupas (864 in number) surrounding the central golden Zedi, 132 feet in height. Visitors can study and take photos of the twenty tagundaing, huge decorated pillars, and also big masonry fruits in the shape of bunches of bananas and coconuts, water melon, mangos, jackfruits, papaya and so on.
Seasonal Festival (29) : Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival

      The most interesting aspect of this festival is the caravan of bullock-carts in the pagoda compound. Some of the carts carry their village products, such as hand-woven cotton cloths and cane mats, to sell them there. They like to camp under the shade of the trees in Sagaing.This huge pagoda is 10 km beyond the town of Sagaing. The enormous dome rises 46 m (151 feet) in the shape of a perfect hemisphere and was modeled after the Mahaceti Pagoda in Ceylon. Also known as Rajamanisula, the pagoda was built to commemorate Inwa's establishment as the royal capital of Myanmar. Around the base of the pagoda are stone pillars, each of which is 1.5 m high. The details of the pagoda's construction are recorded on them.
Seasonal Festival (30) : Shan Fire Balloon Festival (Taunggyi)

      Taunggyi Fire balloons festival will be held from 6 -12 November and can watch the various competitions of hot- air balloons. At day-time, see the competitions of decorated hot-air balloons in different shapes and forms of animals such as elephants, horse, cattle, pig mythical Hintha bird and hen etc. Also see the fireworks and firecrackers of hot air-balloon at night time.
      Meanwhile also celebrate Robe Weaving Contest ceremony is held on the eve of the day before full moon day in one night. This is a competition for the weaving skills between teams of women to complete special saffron-colored robes, called “Ma Tho Thin Gan” from the evening onwards at dawn. It is still done in the traditional way and lots of people enjoy watching the demonstrations. At dawn, the robes are offered to the great image of Lord Buddha.
In December
Seasonal Festival (31) : Shwemyetmhan (GoldenSpectacle)Pagoda Festival

      In Shwetaung; one of district of Bago Region near Pyay(Prome) this pagoda festival is as same as the others pagoda festival. But one interesting thing is during the British time, Mrs. Hurtno wife of the commissioner was relieved from her eye disease after she offered a pair of glasses to the Buddha. Local people who lives around this area they believe that whoever have a problem with eyes they make novena to this pagoda.
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