Festivals in Myanmar

Myanmar celebrates many festivals throughout the year and, fortunately for tourists, there are many options to choose from year-round. The exact dates of the festivals are calculated according to the Myanmar lunar calendar. Pagoda festivals are similar to country fairs, while nat (spirit) ceremonies are accompanied by plenty of music, dancing and eating. Major festivals include Thingyan Water and New Year Festival held every April.

Thingyan Festival

Thingyan Festival
Water Festival, or 'Thingyan' as it is called in Myanmar, marks the Burmese New Year and falls around mid-April, at the end of the dry season. Lasting five days, this Buddhist festival leads to the New Year, which is the most important holiday in Myanmar.

Ananda Pagoda Festival

Ananda Pagoda Festival
Considered one of the most famous pagoda festivals in Bagan, the Ananda Pagoda Festival celebrates a beautiful and culturally significant destination in Myanmar. If you’re looking for a festival to enjoy traditional, local life in Bagan, this is perfect for you.

Salone Festival

Salone Festival
The Salone Festival celebrates the Salone people, also known as the Moken, that live in Myeik or Mergui Archipelago. The Salone are an isolated group, many of whom live in boats during the dry season and uphold traditions by generations before them...

Kakku Pagoda Festival

Kakku Pagoda Festival
Located in Southern Shan State, the Kakku Pagoda Festival is a three-day celebration paying homage to the 3,000+ pagodas nestled on a hill overlooking the Hopon Valley. If you would like to participate authentically, take note that the villagers visit the pagodas on...

Full Moon day of waso

Full Moon day of waso
The Waso Moon Festival is another celebration that takes place all over Myanmar in July. The month of Waso kicks off Buddhist Lent, which corresponds with the country’s rainy season. This festival signifies the path of Siddhartha on his journey to become Buddha...

Tazaungdaing Festival

Tazaungdaing Festival
The Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in southern Shan State over a period of three days. Held every November, and arguably the most spectacular event of the year, the festival hosts thousands of tourists and pilgrims alike to enjoy the amateur and expert balloon...

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