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101 Festivals of Myanmar

MONTHLY OF MAJOR PAGODA AND NAT FESTIVALS IN MYANMAR.
Year – 2015

January

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
JAN 16 Dec 2009 Stumadu Pwe Shwe-mok-taw Pagoda, Bagan. 14th waxing day of Pyatho. Stumadu (made of sesame oil, molasses, honey and butter) is offered to monks
JAN 29,30 Dec 2009 Phaungdawoo Pagoda
festival
Mandalay next to Mahamuni, Mandalay. Full Moon day of Pyatho and previous night.
JAN 10 Jan 2015 Kachin State Day Manaw festivals start at 8 to 12 Jan in Kachin state. The precise dates of the Kachin new year in early January vary.
JAN 18-20 Jan 2015 Naga New Year's Day Annually Jan 12th to 15th. Celebrated in Layshi or Lahe in the Naga Hills Sagaing Division. Oxen (gayals) are slaughtered in sacrifice followed by Naga Pole Erection, traditional dance and Game competition and drinking alcohol throughout the night, with bonfires to ward off the cold and evil.
JAN 04-19 Jan 2015 Ananda Pagoda Festival Bagan. From 8th waxing day of Pyatho to 14th waning day. Bowls of alms filled with crops are offered to long lines of monks. Many farmers travel by bullock carts from Upper Burma. Festival market with local produce including woven baskets and earthern glazed pots.
JAN 15 Jan 2010 Lahu New Year Day 1st waxing day of Tabodwe. In villages around Kengtung, especially, celebrations go on for up to a month.
JAN 24 Jan to 17 April 2015 Shwesettaw Pagoda festival The festival at the Shwesettaw Pagoda (with two Buddha footprints) near Minbu, Magwe. From 5th waxing day of Tabodwe to 4th waxing day of Tagu. Temporary accommodation is arranged on both sides of Monn creek.
JAN 15-30 Jan 2010 Mahamuni Pagoda (Payagyi) Festival Mandalay. 1st waxing days to 1st waning day of Tabodwe. Glutinous rice contests cooking are held late on the 14th waxing day. On the morning of the 15th waxing day, incense is burnt in large flames in a symbolic gesture of offering sweet in cense to the Great Image.

February

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
       
JAN 15 Feb 2010 Full Moon Day of Tabodwe Kyaikkasan, Kyaikkalo and Kyaikwaing pagoda festivals, Yangon all take place in this month
FEB 4,5,6 Feb 2010 Shan State Day Three days of ceremonies and dances in Taunggyi, Kengtung and Lashio
      Karen Bonfire Ceremony, Kyondo and Hpa-an. Karen Nationals burn branches and stems of the thet-yin-gyi plant (Croton oblongifolius) in the morning of the full moon day. By watching the billowing smoke and the crest of the flames, they make predictions about the weather and other conditions for the forthcoming year. Throughout the night, young people sing songs with riddles
      Around the Tabodwe Full Moon Day, many Burmese families hold Htamane festivals when a pudding of glutinous rice is cooked up for all comers.
      Bonfire Ceremony (nyan-yo-bwe), Prome. White stems of the nyan-yo plant which emits no smoke when lit, are burnt at the four cardinal points on the platform of the Shwesandaw Pagoda in the early morning of the 15th waxing day. Worshippers then proceed to Hpo Oo Taung, the hill where the Lord Buddha was said to have predicted the founding of th– city of Srikshetra.
FEB 17-22 Feb 2010 Mingun Nat festival (North-west of Mandalay, 1 hour by boat). From the 5th to 10th waxing days of Tabaung, for the Brother and the Sister of the Teak Tree. The boy and the girl fell into the Irrawaddy and were carried along by a floating teak tree, but died before the tree ran aground. The trunk took root and the late children became nats in its branches.
FEB 13-28 Feb 2010 Maw Tin Zun Pagoda Festival The southwest coast of Myanmar. The Pagoda start 1st Waxing day to 1st Waning day of Tabaung. This is only seaside pagoda festival of importance. Part of the route from Yangon is by a pleasant boat ride to Pathein, an interesting delta town famous for its pretty parasols.
FEB 18-27 Feb 2010 Shwedagon Pagoda Festival Yangon - ceremony to celebrate enshrinement of Sacred Hair Relic. From the 6th waxing day to the Full Moon day of Tabaung.
FEB 20-27 Feb 2010 Indawgyi Pagoda Festival Kachin State near Moehnyin. 8th waxing day to full moon day of Tabaung. This is the biggest pagoda festival in Kachin State, and very popular with local Shan mountain-dwellers. With drinking and gambling, it can be a bit wild. The Shwe Myitsu Pagoda is on an island in the lake. Two causeways made of sandbanks surfaces during the festival to allow pilgrims to have access to it. One is for humans, and the other for spirits (it is incomplete).
FEB 20-27 Feb 2010 Shwenattaung Pagoda Festival Shwedaung, near Prome/Pyay. From the 8th waxing to the full moon of Tabaung.
FEB

22-27 Feb 2010

Bawgyo Pagoda festival 17 miles from Kyaukme, 5 miles to Hsipaw, N Shan State. The main festival in the Shan state, at the most revered pagoda in Northern Shan State (the Paung-daw-oo at Inle Lake being the most revered in the South). Held from the 2nd to 7th waxing day of Tagu. It was famous for its gambling. Many Palaung pilgrims come from the Namhsam area. They offer alms to the images at first light on the Full Moon Day. There is a large market, and boat races on the Dokhtawadi (Myitnge) river. The pagoda contains four gilded images, and a sagawa tree which bends so as not to overshadow it.
FEB 23 Feb-02 Mar 2010 Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival Pindaya Caves, Shan State. From the 11th waxing day to the 3rd waning day of Tabaung. A typical festival of the Taung-yo minority, attended by many of the other minority tribes of Shan State (Danu, Pa-O, Shan etc).
FEB 22-23 Feb 2010 Homecoming, or sit-byan, Nat Festival Taungbyone, near Mandalay. Two-day festival on the 10th and 11th waxing days of Tabaung, which celebrates the return of the Taungbyone brothers and was originally held to commemorate the return of King Anawrahta from his Yunnan expeditions.
FEB 22-27 Feb 2010 Ava (Inwa) Nat festival Celebrating the nat Thon Ban Hla: 10th waxing day to full moon day of Tabaung.
FEB 23 Feb-02 Mar 2010 Hinthagon Pagoda Festival Pegu. 11th waxing to 3rd waning day of Tabaung.
FEB 24-28 Feb 2010 Nam-pan Tabaung Festival Nam-pan village, Inle Lake, Shan State. 12th waxing day to 1st waning day of Tabaung. Numerous monks receive alms by boat.
FEB 26 Feb-01 Mar 2010 Ye-leh Pagoda Festival Kyauktan, near Syriam. 14th waxing to 2nd waning day of Tabaung.
FEB 26-27 Feb 2010 Relic Mountain Festival (Dat-taw-taung-pwe), Kyaukse. 14th waxing day and Tabaung full moon day. Buddha images from the caves of the relic mountain are worshipped. Includes traditional boxing.
FEB 27 Feb 2010 Full moon Day of Tabaung This moon is said to be the most beautiful of the year. The month of Tabaung sees the greatest number of festivals in large and small pagodas throughout the country including:
Manuha Pagoda, Pagan;
Shwe-Ohn-Hmin Pagoda,
Aungban (near Kalaw, Shan State);
Zwegabin, Hpa-an;
Shwethalyaung, Kyaukse;
Myathalun Pagoda, Magwe;
Alaundaw Kathapa shrine in the creek National Park of the same name, Sagaing Division.
Also Sinbyugyun, on Salin Chaung. The festival is in the dried up chaung (Creek).
Also at Kazoonma (between Seikphyu and Hsaw), held on full moon and preceding night in sandy chaung.
Also Shwe Nattaung Pagoda near Prome. Turn off west on the Prome-Shwedaung road 4 miles south of Shwedaung 8th waxing day to Tabaung Full Moon day the well wishes come in. Covered wagons/bullock cart.
Shwe Indaung Paya, Taungdwingyi. 8th waning of Tabaung for a fortnight. Includes puppet shows on a few nights.
FEB 28 Feb-07 Mar 2010 Shwesayan Pagoda Festival Near Patheingyi, Mandalay. On the river south of the main Mandalay-Maymyo road (near Ton-bo) and accessible by car or horsecart from the main road. Merchandise from Shan State, and in particular pineapples, sweets and traditional medicines are sold, along with the local speciality, brightly coloured toys and bracelets woven out of toddy palm leaves. From 1st to 8th waning days of Tabaung. A teashop is built out in the river, and piers built out into the river offer scope for pre-Thingyan water festival splashing. Ferrymen rowing swallowtail boats come across from Sagaing and Ava to row pilgrims to the various pagodas.
FEB 28 Feb-04 Mar 2010 Maymyo Nat festival
(Koe Myo Shin Nat)
For Koe Myot Shin, the black-garbed nat who is the guardian of Shan State. Held from the 1st to 5th waning days of Tabaung.

March

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
FEB 03-04 Feb 2015 Kakku Pagoda Festival Kak-ku, near Sesai, S Shan State (headquarters of U Aung Khamti's Pa-O National Organisation). A traditional Pa-O festival, with theatrical performances and singing contests. The collection of pagodas at Kek-ku dates back to the 17th century. Festival runs from the 9th waxing day to the full moon of Tabaung.
MAR 06-15 Mar 2010 Ahlone festival 12km north of Monywa on the Shwebo road. Held from the 7th waning day to the new moon of Tabaung. A bullock cart procession from the Ma Ngwe Daung festival marks the start of this festival.

April

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
APR 13 Apr 2010  Thanakha Grinding Festival Sittwe, Rakhine State. Held on the eve of Thingyan. In the early part of the night, young women grind thanakha log on stone slabs and young man play music and dance to accompany them. On the following day the Image Bathing Festival (paya ye-cho-bwe) is held, and Buddha images are cleansed with the thanakha paste.
APR 18 Mar 2010  Flower-picking ceremony  (Thakin-ma Taung-pan Hkauk-pwe), Patheingyi, Mandalay. 4th waxing day of Tagu. The ceremony commemorates the flowers strewn from the garland of Lady Shwe Ooth who was mauled to death by a mythical tiger who was, in fact, the man whose love she had earlier rejected.
APR 15-24 Apr 2010 Shwe-maw-daw Pagoda Festival Pegu. From the 3rd to 12th waning days of Tagu. Theatrical shows.
APR  11-12 Apr 2010 Mount Popa Nat festival From the night of the 13th to noon of 14th waxing day of Tagu - to celebrate return of Taungbyone brothers from China. Pilgrims come from all over the country.
APR 17-31 Mar 2010  Ko Gyi Kyaw or Gu-ni Nat Festival  Magwe. Held from the 13th waxing to the 2nd waning day of Tagu. It is widely believed that the nat Ko Gyi Kyaw travels around the country and on his way home, he usually takes a break in Gu-ni. The nat is approached by mediums during their dances who seek his patronage.
APR 13-17 Apr 2010 Thingyan Water Festival Thingyan Water Festival. The festival lasts four, or occasionally five days, and takes place in mid-April, leading up to New Year's Day. Thingyan dates back to the Burmese kings and is also celebrate as Songkran in Thailand. But it is not a religious festival, strictly speaking, and is not determined by the phases of the moon. According to legend, Sakkra, King of the Devas, and Arsi, King of the Brahmas, made a bet whereby the loser would be decapitated. Arsi lost the wager and his head. The Brahmas cut off an elephant's head and fixed it on his body and he became the god Ganesh. Since it was said that the earth would be consumed by flames and the oceans would dry up if Arsi's head fell into them, seven celestial goddesses were charged with holding the head for a year each. When they pass it from one to another, this represents the New Year.
On the eve of Thingyan, Day 1, only children are allowed to throw water before it gets too wild. On Day 2, the Descent Day, Thagyarmin (Sakkra), the Lord of Thingyan is said to descend from his celestial abode. On the intervening day(s), he records saints and sinners in his book, before returning to heaven on Ascent Day, the day before the New Year.
The throwing of water originally took place from a silver bowl from which thanakha scented water was scattered with tha-bye (Eugenia) leaves. Nowadays, water pistols and motor-driven pumps are used. Young people splash water at one another to wash away sins and to have a good time flirting and drinking, especially in Rangoon and Mandalay, while older people retreat to the monasteries and observe the eight precepts including fasting after noon.
Astrologers from Mandalay distribute the annual Thingyan-sar or almanac which predicts the situation for the coming year, including the weather, pests, economy etc.
During the festivities, than-gyat or satyrical rhyming couplets are called out with a lead singing the first line and the chorus responding. Special Thingyan sweets - moun-lon-ye-baw, rice dumplings with a jaggery centre are cooked as a ritual by boys and girls. When cooked, they float to the top of the boiling water (ye-baw). Sometimes a chille is substituted for the jaggery.
In Tavoy, the men wear 4 metre high bamboo effigies of Indians called Kalar-koe-daung and dance down the streets to drum music.
At Kyaikkhauk pagonda (Syriam) there is a special water throwing procession on New Year's Eve a-teq-né.
APR 17 Apr 2010  New Year's Day. Buddhists throughout the country perform meritorious deeds such as releasing animals (be-meh-hlut-pwe), at Kaba Aye Pagoda and elsewhere, offering alms, and paying homage to their elders. Water-throwing is forbidden except in the village Yo Go south of Moulmein.
APR 17 Apr 2010 Sand Stupa Festival Shwesandaw Pagoda, Twante near Rangoon. Takes place on New Year's Day. A stupa of sand is built in the pagoda compound, in a ceremony sponsored by descendants of Shan migrants. People dress up as buffaloes and dance.

May

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
MAY 26-27 May 2010 Kyaukse Nat festival (Kyaukse is on the main road between Meiktila and Mandalay). Held on the 14th waning day of Tagu until the New Moon day to honour Shwe Sagadaw.
MAY 20-27 Apr 2010 Shiq-thaung Pagoda Festival Mrauk U, Rakhine State. From 8th waxing day to full moon day of Kason. There are mock boat-races on land and real boat races and splashing in the Mrauk U canal on the full moon day. Traditional wrestling competitions take place at the foot of the pagoda, with the final on Full Moon day.
MAY 20 Mar-07 Apr 2010 Kutheinaryon Pagoda Festival Salin (West Bank of Irrawaddy, SW of Bagan). The festival begins on the 8th or 9th waxing day and continues until the 9th or 10th waning day of Kason.
MAY 27 Apr 2010 Shwe-kyet-yet Pagoda Festival Near Amarapura. Held on the 14th waxing day of Kason, the day before the normal 'watering' ceremony. A large-scale ceremonial procession is followed by the pouring of water on the sacred Bo tree.
MAY 27 Apr 2010 Full Moon day of Kason In different years, Buddha was born, died and achieved enlightenment on the full moon day of Kason. The festival of offering water to sacred Bo (banyan) trees celebrated throughout Burma, including at the Shwemohkdaw Pagoda in Bassein. Alms-offering ceremony by Prome residents at Neikbeinda (monasteries three miles north of Prome)
MAY 19 May 2010 Shwemyintin Pagoda Festival Meikhtila. Kason New Moon day to the 7th waxing day of Nayon.
MAY 25-27 May 2010 Amay Gyan nat festival Kyaukse. Amay Gyan is the beer drinking wife of an Ava prince-thief. Held from the 13th waxing to the Full Moon Day of Nayon.
MAY 27 May 2010 Recital Festival (Sa-pyan-pwe). Held on the Full Moon Day of Nayon at Kaba Aye Pagoda, Yangon. The five parts of the Nikaya are recited. Similar recitations are conducted by monks and nuns throughout the country.
MAY 25 May-06 Jun 2010 Thiho Shin Pagoda festival Pakokku (north of Bagan on west bank of the Irrawaddy). The pagoda contains an image presented by the King of Ceylon some 800 years ago. Held from 8th waxing to the 10th waning day of Nayon, with traditional plays (although not, for the last few years, puppet shows). Local specialities include thanakha logs, jaggery, longyis and checked cotton and wool blankets. The pagoda is said to have been built by King Alaunsitthu. The Thiho Shin Buddha image is one of the most revered one. This is a typical a-nyar (Upper Burma) festival.
MAY 28 May-26 Jun 2010 Wicker Ball Festival Precincts of the Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay. The festival lasts a month from the 1st waning day of Nayon. Chin-lon ball players come from all over the country to participate in a festival which has been going for over seventy years.

June

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
JUN 19 Jun 2010 U-Hmyn-Koe-She 90 caves, Sagaing Hills: 8th waxing day of Waso.
JUN 25-26 Jun 2010 Buddhaw-maw-pwe or Cliff Nat Festival Sittwe. Held on the first Tuesday and Saturday before the Full Moon day of Waso. The women of Sittwe gather at the cliff where they believe the Guardian spirit dwells and stick yellow papers onto the rock with banana paste.
JUN 25-26 Jun 2010 Shinbin-sagyi Ceremony Sa-le near Magwe. 14th waxing and Full Moon Day of Waso. The pagoda is noted for Buddhist paintings and carvings. Another ceremony is held on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut.
JUN 26 Jun 2010 Full Moon day of Waso Start of the Buddhist Lent (Dhammasetkya Day). The Full Moon Day of commemorates the day Buddha preached his first sermon on the turning of the Wheel of Law. Marriages are frowned upon in Lent. Monks are confined to their monasteries because of Buddha's injunction that they should not go travelling during the rainy season in case they inadvertently stepped on some growing plant or insect life. Waso Thingan robes are offered
JUN 26 Jun-06 Jul 2010 Paukpayin Festival Kume (between Meiktila and Kyaukse). Full moon day to 10th waning day of Waso.
JUN 25 Jun-26 Jul 2010 Yadana Larbamuni Pagoda Festival (Snake Pagoda), Paleik, south of Mandalay. From the 14th waxing day of Waso, for a month. The festival includes dramatic performances, volleyball, football and bullock cart races. The Warlinpo Festival in nearby Singaing also runs from the Full Moon of Waso for a month.

July

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
JUL 27 Jul 2010 Zetawun Pagoda Festival Sagaing - held on the new moon day of Waso.

August

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
AUG 11-13 Aug 2010 Shwe-kyun-bin, Golden Teak Tree Nat Festival Mingun, Mandalay. 1st to 3rd waxing days of Wagaung. The last barter market in Burma, where natives trades by exchanging goods. Nat dances on the 1st day are an audience, the second a royal bath, and the third, the cutting down of the htein tree (see Taungyone, below).
AUG 26-28 Aug 2010 Kyaukse nat festival 1st to 3rd waxing days of Wagaung, in honour of Shwe Sagadaw.

AUG

18 Aug 2010 Pottery Day (Ou-pouq-pwe), Myauk-pyin, near Mandalay. Pottery-sellers tease one another by hiding each other's wares while on their way to Taungbyone nat festival. 8th waxing day of Wagaung.
AUG 12-25 Aug 2010 Taungbyone Nat Festival Taungbyone Nat Festival, 10 miles north of Mandalay (from 2th waxing day to the full moon day of Wagaung). Burma's most famous nat festival which any nat-gadaw (nat’s wife or medium) worth his or her salt must attend. Very crowded and boisterous. Watch out for pickpockets. The two Taungbyone nat brothers (also called the Shwepyin brothers - Shwepyin-gyi and Shwe-pyin-lay), King Anawrahta's adopted sons, are worshipped.
On the 8th and 9th waxing days, homage is paid with flowers at the shrine of the Twin Princes, gilded images one slightly larger than the other. Discarded flowers are kept as tokens of good fortune.
At 3 p.m. on the 10th waxing day, there is a conference of the officiating families of the festival and the main orchestra begins to play to pay homage to the images (other orchestras do not start playing until the afternoon of the following day).
On the 11th waxing day, the royal ablutions are carried out. The 12th waxing day is -weq-pwe (or 'half') day, when offerings are made if bananas, coconuts, fruit, flowers, cakes, fried chicken, fish and liquor. One half is left at the shrine and the other half taken home. The 13th waxing day is htat-pwe ('heap day'), when whatever is offered at the shrine is added to, and devotees take home their offering and the extra.
The 14th waxing day is yon-hto-pwe, when roasted wild rabbit or hare and toddy are offered to the images, with a drunken procession and dancing, in memory of when they visited toddy plantations themselves for grilled rabbit and a drink.
On the Full Moon Day, male natgadaws representing the princes descend from the stage and cut down the branches of 'htein' tree (Nauclea Parviflora) which have been placed by the shrine. According to legend, their adopted father Anawrahta was killed by the god of the htein tree in the form of a wild buffalo, and they are exacting their revenge. Fragments of the branches are kept for good luck.
On the 1st waning day, the images are regilded and their robes changed and the following day alms are offered to the monks.
AUG 25 Aug 2010 U Min Thounseh Pagoda Festival Sagaing Hills. Full Moon Day of Wagaung.

September

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
SEP 03-07 Sep 2010 Mount Popa Nat festival To celebrate departure of Taungbyone brothers for China - from 9th to 13th waning days of Wagaung.
SEP 04 Sep 2010 Amarapura (south of Mandalay) Nat festival - Irinaku/Yadanagu pwe, for the ogress Popa Medaw, mother of the Taungbyone brothers who has visited them in Taungbyone. 10th waning day of Wagaung to the new moon day. The site is flooded during the rainy season and a rowing boat must be taken. The five day ceremony includes a nat audience, the royal bath, ascending the throne, the daughter of Mahagiri reels on the ground in grief (4th day) and the cutting of the htein tree (5th day). Thalein Medaw, the nat guardian of buffaloes, dances in the streets.
SEP 22-23 Sep 2010 Manuha Pagoda Myinkaba village, Pagan. On the 14th and 15th waxing days of Tawthalin. On the first day, pretty village girls dressed in their best parade eith trays of fruit and cake to offer at the pagoda. During the afternoon, young men parade larger-than-life papier mache figures they have made of heroes, celestails 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.\
SEP 23 Sep 2010 Padamya Pagoda, Sagaing Hills Full moon day of Tawthalin. The festival held in Sagaing Hills.
SEP 28 Sep-09 Oct 2010 Bo Bo Gyi nat festival Taungthaman Lake, Amarapura. 5th waning day of Tawthalin to the new moon.

October

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
OCT 03 Oct 2010 Hsu-taung-pye Alms Offering Ceremony Monywa. Over a thousand monks are invited and receive alms bowls. 10th waning day of Tawthalin.
OCT 09-23 Oct 2010 Shwezigon Pagoda Festival Bagan. Candles and fireworks are offered to the pagoda. Lacquare ware, glazed pots and hand woven cotton blankets are sold by villagers living in the region at this great country fair. The festival runs from the 1st waxing to the full moon day of Thadingyut.
OCT 09-26 Oct 2010 Paung-daw-oo Pagoda festival (Inle-Lak) Paung-daw-oo Pagoda festival. The festival is held from the 1st waxing day to 3rd waning day of Thadingyut. The Buddha images are taken from the Paung-daw-oo Pagoda and tours around Inle Lake from village to village in a decorated barge propelled by leg rowers. The tour lasts for about 18 days. Boat races are held throughout.
OCT 13 Oct 2010 Sand Stupa Festival Kyaikkami and Setse Beaches, Mon State. 5th waxing day of Thadingyut. People from the nearby villages gather on the beach to build sand-stupas and enshrine paper currency. These are washed away by the waves hours later.
OCT 21-23 Oct 2010 Pyet-khay-way Pagoda Festival Kume, between Meiktila and Kyaukse. 13th waxing day to Full Moon Day of Thadingyut. The mountain top is demarcated at the centre of the cardinal points of Burma. Pilgrims bring their own musical instruments to play at the pagoda. A peasant band plays doe-but and drums.
OCT 22-24 Oct 2010 Thadingyut Festival of Lights Throughout Burma from the 14th waxing to the 1st waning day of Thadingyut. Marks the end of Lent, Buddha's descent from Tawatimsa, the Celestial Abode after spending the three months of Buddhist Lent there. Between Thadingyut and Tazaungmon kahtein/kathina robes 'donation with great merit' are offered to the monastery as a whole to be distributed by the senior monks. Padetha-pin - padetha trees - are adorned with money and donations and offered to monks. The Pa-wa-ra-na ('requesting') ceremony in held in which monks ask to be reprimanded for any sins.
OCT 22-25 Oct 2010 Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Festival Mandalay. The Kyauktawgyi image was cast from a single piece of alabaster in 1864 under the guidance of King Mindon. An exciting festival focused on a huge Buddha image carved from a block of marble. It coincides with an annual compettion among teams of cane-ball (chinlon) players.This sport of keeping a rattan vall off the ground without using the hands is not about one side winning and the other losing and is surely the only sport in the world with such a concept. The festival lasts from the 14th waxing day to the 2nd waning day of Thadingyut.
OCT 22 Oct 2010 Matho Thingan weaving competition The Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon (Rangoon). It starts at 5 p.m. on the eve of the full moon day of Thadingyut.
OCT 22-27 Oct 2010 Pa-O Ceremony of the Tree of Plenty (Than-bouq-sin-pwe), Taunggyi. A mythical tree of plenty is erected with a seat on top for Buddha. It is decorated with fruits and other offerings. 14th waxing day to 4th waning day of Thadingyut.
OCT 22-23 Oct 2010 Elephant Dance Festival Shwethalyaung, Kyaukse. Two (one black, one white, life-size dummy elephants made of paper and cloth on a bamboo frame dance for two days to music and take offerings up the stairs of the pagoda to the accompaniment of dobat and drums. Previously pilgrims came on real elephants. 14th waxing day and Full Moon Day of Thadingyut.
OCT 22-26 Oct 2010 Kyaikkami Yae-le Pagoda Festival 14th waxing day to 3rd waning day of Thadingyut.
OCT 23 Oct 2010 Floating Alms Bowl festival (thabeik-ye-myaw-pwe), Bohtataung Pagoda, Yangoon. Alms bowls are floated in the early morning of the full moon day of Thadingyut.
OCT 23 Oct 2010 Zayat-gyi Pwe Dummy oxen and buffalo dances and release of hot air balloons. A Pa-O, Shan, Mon and Karen event on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut.
OCT 23 Oct 2010 Tawatimsa Ceremony Bassein. The Buddha image is ceremoniously pulled down a decorated stairway using cables and pullies to mark the day that Lord Buddha descended from Tawatimsa. Full moon day of Thadingyut.
OCT 24 Oct 2010 Floating Lights Festival Shwekyin, Bago. On the first waning day of Thadingyut there are dances, followed a night in which floating lights dedicated to Shin Upagutta are released onto Shwekyin creek.
OCT 18 Oct-06 Nov 2010 Myathalun Pagoda Festival Magwe (east bank of Irrawaddy between Prome and Bagan). 10th waxing day to the New Moon day of Thadingyut. Buddhist chanting, early morning rice offering to 1700 monks, and the lighting of 9000 candles are major activities. The pagoda is situated on the riverbank. The market pecializes in iron utensils.
OCT 24 Oct-06 Nov 2010 Hsu-taung-bye Pagoda Festival Monywa. The best puppeteers perform during the festival which lasts from the 1st waning day to the new moon of Thadingyut. On the eve of the festival, traditional sweets and snacks are handed out by each household.

November

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
NOV 20 Nov 2010 Flower-tossing ceremony Mahamuni pagoda, Mandalay. People toss water lilies at the image of Buddha while making a wish. 14th waxing day of Tazaungmon.
NOV 21 Nov 2010 A-kyuq A-luq Pwe Takes place on the full moon day of Tazaungmon in Hsipaw, Mandalay, Prome and some other places in the country. It takes place in cemeteries, with candles being lit on graves at night, and a donation a-hlu the following morning. The aim is to release souls which have not managed to escape. Hsipaw has revived it since about 2002 and Mandalay for nearly 20 years before that.
NOV 11-22 Nov 2010 Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival Prome. From the 5th waxing day to the 1st waning day of Tazaungmon.
NOV 20-22 Nov 2010 Hpo-win-daung Festival Monywa. The 16th century cave temples of Hpo-win-daung host a festival and market from the 14th waxing day to the 1st waning day of Tazaungmon which features indigenous medicines from the west of the Chindwin River and bronze utensils and religious articles.
NOV 15-21 Nov 2010 Balloon festival (Mi-bon-pyan-bwe), Taunggyi. A Pa-O festival in which hot-air balloons are released day and night, and compete for attractiveness and height attained. During the day, animal figures are flown, and at night, there are fireworks and bamboo and gunpowder rockets launched, and lighted balloons are sent up as high as possible to reach the magnificent pagoda in Tawatinsa with Thagyarmin, King of the Devas, resides. From the 9th waxing day to the Full Moon Day of Tazaungmon.
NOV 20-22 Nov 2010 Tazaungdaing festival of Lights Full Moon day of Tazaungmon. Candles are lit throughout the country, and buildings are illuminated in lower Burma (more so than at Thadingyut as there is less chance of it being rained out). Treasure hunts (pant-tha-ku) are organised for the children and donors hide and hand out money, sweets and presents.
NOV 21 Nov 2010 9000 Candles Ceremony Ko-dat-gyi (9-storey pagoda) Yangon. 9000 candles are ceremoniously lit on the Tazaungmon Full Moon Day and at midnight visitors are served with a mixed salad of mezali buds (Cassia siamea), mixed with sesame, groundnuts, fried garlic and sesame oil, which is believed to possess powerful magical and medicinal properties if eaten on this occasion.
NOV 21 Nov 2010 9000 candles ceremony Kyaiktiyo pagoda, Kyaikto, Mon State. Rice and fruit are offered at dawn, and candles are lit at night to the Pagoda on the Golden Rock.
NOV 21 Nov 2010 Fire-stick Festival Kalaw, Shan State. Long poles stuffed with fireworks are ceremoniously carried to a pagoda on the outskirts of town on the Full Moon day of Tazaungmon. They are planted near the pagoda and set off to burn throughout the night.
NOV 21 Nov 2010 Hindu Sacred Bathing Festival Prome. Hindus from all over Burma come and observe the Full Moon day of Tazaungmon as they do at the Ganges.
NOV 21-29 Nov 2010 Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival Sagaing. The festival is renowned for its puppet shows and peasant pilgrims who come with oxcarts. It runs from the Full Moon day of Tazaungmon to the 7th waning day. 802 lamp posts illuminate the dome. The pagoda slaves of the three nearby villages (Si-tee, Leq-hlouq, Sun-ket) perform the duties of the respective village names (drum playing, dancing (hand moving), and alms cooking).
NOV 14-21 Nov 2010 Shwezigon Pagoda festival Bagan. Candles and fireworks are offered to the pagoda. The festival runs from the 8th waxing to the full moon day of Tazaungmon.

December

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
DEC 07 Dec 2010 War-going ceremony
(siq-htweq-pwe)
Taungbyone, Mandalay. This nat festival on the 1st waxing day of Nadaw originally commemorated Anawrahta’s departure for Yunnan.
DEC 14-22 Dec 2010 Sandawshin pagoda festival West Phayonga island, Rakhine State. The festival runs from the 8th waxing day to the 1st waning day of Nadaw. The pagoda on the Nilar Paba Hill at the mouth of the Kaladan River is dedicated to a famous Rakhine queen, Saw Me Kyi (or Soe Mai), wife of King Phalaung. According to legend, any form that represents a tiger cannot be taken into the pagoda precincts.
DEC 19-22 Dec 2010 Yangon Bohtataung Pagoda Festival Last two days waxing, full moon day, and first waning day of Nadaw.
DEC 21-26 Dec 2010 Prome Brothers nat festival (Popa Guardian Spirits festival) Prome from the Full Moon day of Nadaw to 5th waning day. The two spirit figures 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 Mountain Popa in their honour.
DEC 21-27 Dec 2010 Mount Popa Mahagiri nat festival From the Full moon day of Nadaw to the 6th waning day. The festival celebrates the brother nat and Lord of the Great Mountain, formerly Maung Tint Deir the blacksmith who was burnt at the stake by a jealous king.
DEC 31 Dec 2010 Hse-Mie-koe-taun 9000 lights festival, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Kyaikto, Mon State. Alms are offered at dawn, and candles lit in the evening. (10th waning day of Nadaw)

January 2011

MONTH  DATE  FESTIVAL NAME  PLACE
JAN 12 Jan 2011 Karen New Year 1st waxing day of Pyatho. Karen New Year celebrated in Hpa-an and Arlein Ngarsint in Yangon. Speeches by Karen elders and group dances. Myanmar traditional kick-boxing competition can also be seen.
 
 

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