Festivals & Events in Myanmar

There are also many festivals and events that are specific to particular villages or temples. Buddhist festivals fall all year round in Myanmar and usually coincide with the full moon. Temple fairs or pagoda festivals, lasting a week or longer, are the equivalent of western fun fairs, with entertainers, magicians, puppeteers, musicians, clairvoyants, healers and patent medicine purveyors moving from one fair to the next bringing excitement, color and a much-earned break to the lives of local people.

Myanmar Calendar

The Myanmar calendar subscribes to both the solar and lunar months. Thus requiring an intercalary 30-day 13th month every second or third year. Therefore. the full moon days may change from one month to another in the usual calendar. Myanmar months and respective festival are as follows,

January is the months of Myanmar calendar - Nadaw to Pyartho

  • Kachin Manao Festival (Kachin)
  • Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
  • Naga New Year (Sagaing)

February is the months of Myanmar calendar –Pyartho to Dabodwei

  • Full Moon Day of Dabodwei (Countrywide)
  • Htamane Festival (Countrywide)
  • Maha Muni Pagoda Festival (Mandalay)
  • Salone Festival (Tanintharyi Region)

March is the months of Myanmar calendar – Dabodwei to Tabaung

  • Shwe Dagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)
  • Kakku Pagoda Festival (Inle)
  • Full Moon Day of Tabaung (Countrywide)
  • Shwe U Min Pagoda Festival (Shan State- Pindaya Cave)
  • Sand Pagoda Festival (Countrywide) – The art creating become a Pagoda base on the natural sand and seasonal flowers.

April is the months of Myanmar calendar – Tabaung to Tagu

  • Thingyan Water Festival (Countrywide)
  • Thanakha Grinding Festival (Rakhine)
  • Full Moon Day of Tagu (Countrywide) Myanmar New Year
  • Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda Festival (Bago)

May is the months of Myanmar calendar – Tagu to Kason

  • Full Moon Day of Kason (or) Bayan Tree Watering Festival (Countrywide)
  • Shit Thaung Pagoda Festival – (Rakhine State)

June is the moths of Myanmar calendar – Kason to Nayon

  • Pariyatti Sasana Examination

July is the months of Myanmar calendar – Nayon to Waso

  • Full Moon Day of Waso

August is the months of Myanmar calendar – Waso to Wakhaung

  • Taungpyone Festival – Nat Festival

September is the months of Myanmar calendar – Wakhaung to Tawthalin

  • Phaungdawoo Pagoda Festival (Shan State Inlay lake)
  • Manuha Pagoda Festival (Bagan)

October is the months of Myanmar calendar – Tawthalin to Tadingyut

  • Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (Countrywide) Lighting festival
  • Dancing Elephant Festival (Kyaukse – Mandalay division)
  • Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival (Mon State)

November is the months of Myanmar calendar –Tadingyut to Tazaunmone

  • Robe- weaving contest called Matho Thingan festival (Yangon)
  • Rovbe Kahtein Thingan Offering festival (Country wide)
  • Hot-air balloon Festival (Shan State- Taunggyi)
  • Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
  • January -> Nadaw to Pyartho
  • February -> Pyartho to Dabodwei
  • March –> Dabodwei to Tabaung
  • April –> Tabaung to Tagu
  • May –> Tagu to Kason
  • June –> Kason to Nayon
  • July –> Nayon to Waso
  • August –> Waso to Wakhaung
  • September –> Wakhaung toTawthalin
  • October –> Tawthalin to Tadingyut
  • November –> Tadingyut to Tazaunmone
  • December –> Tazaunmone to Nadaw

MYANMAR NATIONAL HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

JAN 4 Independence Day
FEB 12 Union Day
MAR 2 Peasant’s Day
MAR 20 Fullmoon Day of Tabaung
MAR 27 Armed Forces Day
APRIL 13-17 Myanmar New year Thingyan water festival
MAY 1 May Day (Workers’ Day)
MAY 18 Fullmoon Day of Kason bayan tree watering festival
JUL 16 Beginning of Buddhist Lent
JUL 19 Martyrs’ Day
OCT 13 Thadingyut lighting festival (End of Buddhist Lent)
NOV 11 Tazaungdaing Festival of Lighting & robe-weaving offering contest
NOV 21 National Day
DEC 25 Christmas Day
DEC 26 Kayin New Year Day
Dec 31International New Year Day
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