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Festivals and Major Events In Myanmar

‘Myanmar’ is a land of Festivals: a festival for every month of the year. Majority of the festivals are cultural and religious. Most are celebrated nation-wide while a few are distinctly regional.


January   –   Htamane Festival

– Kachin Manao Festival(Myitkyina, Kachin State)

– Naga New Year Festival( Chin State)

– Mahamuni Pagoda Festival ( Mandalay)

– Shwesettaw Pagoda Festival(Minbu,Magway)

– Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival( Pindaya, Shan State)

– Ananda Pagoda Festival ( Bagan )


February –  Maw-tin-Sun Pagoda Festival(Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy Division)

– Chinese New Year Festival

– Salone Traditonal Festival(Myeik Archipelago)

– Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival( Shan State)

– Indawgyi Pagoda Festival ( Kachin State)


March    –  Shwedagon Pagoda Festival(Yangon)

-Shinpyu ( Novitiation) Ceremonies

– Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival(Bago)


April      –  Thingyan( Water Festival)

– Myanmar New Year Day

– Popa Nat or Spirits’ Festival(Mount Popa)


May     –  Kason Fullmoon Day( Watering of the Sacred Boti Tree Festival)


June    –  Nayone Festival of Tipitaka


July     –  Wason Fullmoon Day of Dhammasetkya Day


August –  Taungpyone Nats or Spirit’s Festival( Taungpyone, Mandalay)


October  – Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival( Inle Lake, Shan State)

– Performing Arts Competition( Yangon)

– Thadingyut Festival of Lights

– Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival(Kyaukse,  Mandalay)

– Shwezigon Pagoda Festival(Bagan)


November – Tazaungdine Festival of Lights

– Kyaik-Htiyo Pagoda ( Golden Roke) Festival( Mon State)

– Hot Air Balloons and Fireworks Festival( Taunggyi, Shan State)

– Kahtein Thingan( Yellow Robe) Weaving Festival


December – 9000 Lighting of Candles ( Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon)

– Kayin New Year Day

– Christmas Day


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