Festivals
DATE  FESTIVAL PLACE EVENTS
4 - 5 Oct.’17 Elephant Dance Kyauk-se, MDY From 14th waxing day until the full-moon day numerous life-size dummy elephants sing and dance to the accompaniment of music.
5 Oct.’17 (up to 9 months) Kyaik-htiyo Pagoda Kyaik-htiyo Approx 9 month long season. The boulder standing on the edge of a peak in the higest mountain range, is said to be freely hanging over the cliff. Famous as pilgrimage and holiday outing spot. 9000 candles are lighted as to offer the Buddha.
6 Oct.’17  Light-float Festival Shwekyin, Bago Dances by day and, on the night of the 1st waning day of Thidingyut. Light floats dedicated to Shin Upagutta are put onto Shwekyin canal.
27 Oct - 18 Nov.’17 Shwe-zi-gon Pagoda Nyaung-U Candle lights and fireworks are carried in procession before offering to the pagoda.
29 Oct - 3 Nov.’17 Hot-air Balloons Festival (Fire Balloon Flying Festival) Taung-gyi Special Tazaungdine festival takes place in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State with a hot-air balloon contest is held. Known locally as the Lu Ping Festival, it is thought to have been originated by the local Pa-O people. Competitors put a lot of time, effort and money into preparing for the day time and night time contests. Day time balloons are mostly made in shapes of Pagodas, dragons, elephants, mythical hintha birds etc and nigh-time in the form of a multi tier chandeliers decorated with beautiful fireworks. It is a kind of both day and night procession. Last day is the price giving day. 
1 - 3 Nov.’17 Thanbodde Pagoda Monywa The pagoda is famous for its late Myanmar era sculpture.
2 - 4 Nov.’17 Phowintaung Pagoda Monywa The one and only market where leaves, roots, fruits, barks, thorns, tubers, stems of any herbal value from the western wilderness of the Chindwin River are sold on a large scale.
2 Nov.’17 Robe Weaving Contest Shwedagon, Botataing Pagoda, YGN On the 14th waxing day of Tazaunmon, groups of young women take part in competitions held on the platforms of the pagodas. The robe is to be finished flawlessly overnight and offered at dawn to the images around the pagodas.
2 Nov.’17 Astrologers Ceremony Shweponepwint Pagoda, YGN Society of astrologers pay homage to elders. Free astrological predication for the night.
3 Nov.’17 Tazaung-daing lighting festival Through-out the Country Having fine weather and clear sky, and having the first crop harvested. Myanmar celebrate the night with various kinds of illuminations.
3 Nov.’17 Candle Light Event Koe-htat-gyi, YGN On full-moon day. 9999 candles are ceremoniously lit. At midnight, visitors are served with mixed salad of maezali buds, believed to possess powerful, magical and medicinal properties if eaten at this time.
3 - 8 Nov.’17 Kaung-hmu-daw Pagoda Sagaing The best spot to watch Myanmar puppet as at Sutaungbyi pagoda festival in Monywa. Pilgrimage and holiday outings on country oxcarts can be seen.
19 Nov.’17 Ni-gyaw-da Festival Pathein Intresting procession includes denonstrations of the miraculous powers of Lord Buddha, robbing of a Shan merchant caravan etc.
26 Nov - 3 Dec.’17 Shwemyetmhan Pagoda  Shwetaung, near Pyay This is the only image that puts on glasses offered by a certain donor in colonial time.

2018
DATE  FESTIVAL PLACE EVENTS
6 - 11 Jan.'18 Kachin Manaw Myitkyina, Kachin Speeches by Kayin elders followed by group dances
13 - 15 Jan.'18 Naga New Year Chin State Gayals are  slaughtered in sacrifice followed by singing, dancing and drinking of alcholic beverages the whole night by a huge bonfire
25 Dec.'17 - 16 Jan.'18 Ananda Pagoda Bagan Bowls of alms filled with crops are offered to monks who all wait in a long line. Pilgrimage and holiday outings on country bullockcarts can be seen.
01 - 22 Jan.'18 Maelamau Pagoda Yangon  
21 Jan - 19 Apr.'18 Shwe-set-taw Pagoda Minbu, Magway. pilgrimage is only possible in the dry season 2 footprints are said to have been left by Lord Budha when he visited there.
24 Jan - 01 Feb.'18 Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda Thanlyin Maintaining the heritage of donating water to all by descendants of the first donor families is amazing.
30 - 31 Jan.'18 Mahamuni Ceremonies Mandalay On the morning of 15th waxing day, incense is burnt in large flames in a symbolic gesture of offering heat to the great image.
15 Feb - 01 Mar.'18 Maw-tin-sun Pagoda Ngapudaw, near Pathein Long and secluded beach stretch between Pagoda Point and Cape Negrais is haven both for beach lovers and beachbums alike.
17 -  24 Feb.'18 Pakhan Ko Gyi Kyaw Nat Shwe-Gu-Ni village,Yezagye  1st day - Ko Gyi Kyaw is coaxed and he ascends the throne,   2nd day - nat figures are cleansed with water and regilded ,   3rd day - drum-thumping for the nat and cock-fighting, 4th to 7th day-designnated for pacifying Ko Gyi Kyaw, 8th day-Re-enactment as told in legends.
22 Feb - 01 Mar.'18 Indawgyi Pagoda Hopin, Moe-Nyin, Kachin In summer, a footpath leading to the pagoda surfaces enabling pilgrims to walk to the pagoda. Usually the pagoda is surrounded by a large volume of water.
23 Feb - 02 Mar.'18 Pyidaw-byan Image  Zalun, Ayeyarwady Division First taken to Mumbai, India by colonialists but later regained. Famous as the "returnee image". Robe-weaving contest and bowl of alms offering are major highlights.
17 - 24 Mar.'18 Indawgyi Pagoda Hopin, Moe-Nyin, Kachin footpath leading to the pagoda surfaces enabling pilgrims to walk to the pagoda
23 Feb - 02 Mar.'18 Kakku Pagoda Kakku, Taunggyi Traditional Pa-o theatrical performances and singing contests are included.
24 Feb - 01 Mar.'18 Baw-gyo Pagoda Thibaw A large volume of Shan and Bamar merchandise is trade.Boat races on dote-hta-wa-di river.
24 Feb - 01 Mar.'18 Pindaya Cave  Pindaya, Shan Typical Taung-yo pagoda festival. Different ethnic minorities can also be seen.
26 Feb - 02 Mar.'18 Nan-pan Ceremony Nan-Pan village, Inle lake The sight of numerous momks who come in boats and receive food offerings is striking.
01 Mar.'18 Shwedagon Tabaung Fest Shwedagon pagoda, YGN Ceremonies at Shwedagon pagoda.
02 - 09 Mar.'18 Shwe Saryan Pagoda Shwe Saryan Village,Patheingyi, Mdy Merchandise from northern Shan State and other parts of the countrry are exchanged at the pagoda bazaar. Toys made of palm leaf are a speciality of the festival.
13 - 17 April.'18  Water Festival Through-out the Country The festival is held prior to Myanmar new year to cleanse away evil deeds of the past year with water. Youths go out for enjoyment while elders take retreat in monastes and 
17 - 21 Mar.'18 Ka Do Poe Festival Loikaw (Padaung Village) Loikaw is the Capital town situated in South Eastern part of the country & the state is bordering with Thailand. It is the state of Kayan people ( one of the Myanmar Nationals) and Ke  Hto Bo are Religious flags that they believe as scared poles. Around Loikaw built many small villages where Padaung people (long neck women) live.One can also tell the age of a village by checking at Ke Hto Bo. 
24 Mar - 05 Apr.'18 Shwe-maw-daw Pagoda Bago Traditionally Ke Hto Bo is constructed once they build new village & continue with new ones every year. They celebrate new year festival and according to their calendar. On new year day, they pray at the Religious flags for better economy & better health next year.  It is said that the better crop they get , the bigger and more decorative pole they offer.  
29 Mar.'18 Popa Nat Ceremony  Mt. Popa, near Bagan During Thingyan, pilgrims from the country over pay respect to Popa Nat shrines.
16 - 28 Apr.'18 Shwe-maw-daw Pagoda Bago  
28 - 29 Apr.'18 Shwe-kyet-yet Pagoda Mandalay ( anmifa&oGef;yGJ ) Full-dress, large-scale procession followed by water-pouring on the sacred Bo-tree, singnificantly, on the 14th waxing day of  Kason, a day before normal watering day.
29 Apr.'18 Kason ( anmifa&oGef;yGJ ) Through-out the Country Buddha's birthday is commemorated by puring water onto the sacred Bo tree.
29 Apr.'18 Shit-thaung Pagoda Mrauk-U, Rakhine Dummy boat races on land, real boat races and water splashing in Mrauk-U canal on full-moon day. 
12 May.'18 Shwe-kyet-yet Pagoda Mandalay ( anmifa&oGef;yGJ ) large-scale procession followed by water-puring on the sacred Bo-tree.
29 Apr.'18 Kyaik-pon Pagoda Bago  
04 - 07 May.'18 Shwe Guni Pagoda Monywa Famous lacquerware from Kyauk-kar is the speciality of the event.
15 May - 13 Jun.'18 Wicker Ball Ceremony Mahamuni , Mandalay Traditional wicker ball players from all over the country participate in the month-long contest that has been going on for over 70 years. 
22 May - 06 Jun.'18 Thihoshin Pagoda Pakkoku Paying homage to the image presented by the King of Ceylon some 800 years ago.
7 Jun - 06 Jul.'18 Wicker Ball Ceremony - Mahamuni , Mandalay Wicker Ball Ceremony - the best event to watch Myanmar Chin-lone game
26 - 27 Jul.'18 Shinbinsagyo Pagoda Salay The pagoda is noted for Buddhist paintings and carvings that are reted finest. Another ceremony is held on full-moon day of Thidingyut.
27 Jul - 24 Oct.'18 Fish Feeding Ceremony  Kyaung-taw-ya, near Magwe Held on the bank of Mone canal which teems with large catfish. The fish are fed throughout the Buddhist Lent, when many locals believe is the only time the fish appear.
27 Jul.'18 Ponnyashin Pagoda Sagaing  
12 - 14 Aug.'18 Shwe Kyun Pin Nat ceremony Mingun Myanmar's last barter market where natives trade by exchange of commodities. Marine vessels, big and small, gather to pay respect whilst plying around on the Ayeyarwady. 
21 - 26 Aug.'18 Taung Byone Nat ceremony Matara, near Mandalay Held for worshipping two Taungbyone spiritual figures. Major gathering spot for spiritual mediums. Spirit dances are rampant. 1st day  - attending anat audience,  2nd day - having a royal bath,  3rd day  - ascending the throne,  4rd day - presenting roast rabbit,  5th day - cutting down htein tree
05 - 09 Sep.'18 Yadanar Gu Nat ceremony Amarapura Known as Mother Taungbyone Festival. Most enjoyable because of the rowing boat trip to the site. Spirit dances are rampant.   1st day  - attending a nat audience,
2nd day - having a royal bath, 3rd day  - ascending the throne, 4rd day - daughter of Mahagiri reels on the ground in grief
16 - 17 Sep.'18 Bupaya Pagoda Festival & local boat racing ceremony Bagan  
22 - 24 Sep.'18 Tooth Relic Procession Paung-de, near Pyay The Tooth Relic mounted onan elephant, is taken the town on full-moon day in full-dress ceremory. During 3 days of festivities it is put on disply for worshippers. 
24 Sep.'18 Boe-min-gaung Memorial Boe-min-gaung shrine, Popa Boe-min-gaung is remembered for higher attainment in meditation practices. He was said to have found the way out of the worldly sufferings
10 - 27 Oct.'18 Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Fest Inlay Lake Four Buddha images are ceremoniously tugged clockwise around the lake on the royal barge by leg-rowing boats. They return home on third waninig day.
19 Oct - 07 Nov.'18 Myathalon Pagoda Magwe Buddhist chanting, early morning rice-offering to 1700 monks and the lighting of 9000 candles are major activities. The scenic beauty of the pagoda, situated on the river bank,  is dreamatic. Famous utensils made of iron are sold at a large scale.
23 - 26 Oct.'18 Kyauk-taw-gyi Pagoda Mandalay The image was cast out of a single piece of alabaster in 1864 under the guidance of King Mindon.
23 - 25 Oct.'18 Thidingyut Lighting Festival Through-out the Country To mark the day Lord Buddha came down from the Celestial. Abode after spending 3 months of the Buddhist Lent there. Buddha's return is remembered and commemorated throughout the country with colourfull illuminations.
23 - 24 Oct.'18 Elephant Dance Kyauk-se, MDY From 14th waxing day until the full-moon day numerous life-size dummy elephants sing and dance to the accompaniment of music.
24 Oct.'18 - (9 months) Kyaik-htiyo Pagoda Kyaik-htiyo Approx 9 month long season. The boulder standing on the edge of a peak in the higest mountain range, is said to be freely hanging over the cliff.  Famous as pilgrimage and holiday outing spot.
25 Oct.'18 Light-float Festival Shwekyin, Bago Dances by day and, on the night of the 1st waning day of Thidingyut. Light floats dedicated to Shin Upagutta are put onto Shwekyin canal.
15 Nov - 07 Dec.'18 Shwe-zi-gon Pagoda Nyaung-U Candle lights and fireworks are carried in procession before offering to the pagoda.
17 - 22 Nov.'18 Fire Balloon flying Festival Taung-gyi Hot-air balloons are released day and night,competing over their beauty and the altitude they gain. Day-time flying is meant for competition of animal figures and night-time is for beautiful fireworks.
20 - 22 Nov.'18 Thanbodde Pagoda Monywa The pagoda is famous for its late Myanmar era sculpture
21 - 23 Nov.'18 Phowintaung Pagoda Monywa The one and only market where leaves, roots, fruits, barks, thorns, tubers, stems of any herbal value from the western wilderness of Chindwin River are sold on a large scale.
21 Nov.'18 Robe Weaving Contest Shwedagon, Botataing Pagoda, YGN On the 14th waxing day of Tazaunmon, groups of young women take part in competitions held on the platforms of the pagodas. The robe is to be finished flawlessly overnight and offered at dawn to the images around the pagodas.
21 Nov.'18 Shin Mar Le Ceremoy Mahamuni precinct, Mandalay  People toss water-lilies at the image of Buddha while making a wish.
21 Nov.'18 Astrologers Ceremony Shwebonepwint Pagoda, YGN  
22 Nov.'18 Tazaung-daing lighting festival Through-out the Country Having fine weather and clear sky, and having the first crop harvested. Myanmar celebrate the night with various kinds of illuminations.
22 Nov.'18 Candle Light Event Koe-htat-gyi, YGN On full-moon day. 9999 candles are ceremoniously lit. At midnight, visitors are served with mixed salad of maezali buds, believed to possess powerful, magical and medicinal properties if eaten at this time.
22 - 27 Nov.'18 Kaung-hmu-daw Pagoda Sagaing The best spot to watch Myanmar puppet as at Sutaungbyi pagoda festival in Monywa. Pilgrimage and holiday outings on country oxcarts can be seen.
08 Dec.'18 Ni-gyaw-da Festival Pathein Intresting procession includes denonstrations of the miraculous powers of Lord Buddha, robbing of a Shan merchant caravan etc.
30 Dec .'18 Kayin New Year Pa-an & Arlain Ngarsint in YGN Kayin New Year
15 - 22 Dec.'18 Shwemyetmhan Pagoda (Golden Spectacle) Shwetaung, near Pyay This is the only image that puts on glasses offered by a certain donor in colonial time.
22 Dec.'18 Shwe-thar-lyaung Pagoda Bago  
06 Jan.'19 37 Nats Shwezigon Pagoda,Bagan  

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