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Myanmar Festivals by Months

Well known as happy – go – lucky people who always smiling, Myanmars are very fond of fun ad festivities so much so that there was a major festival in every month of year round since Myanmar kings.

JANUARY Kayin New Year Kayin State
Independence Day Nation Wide
Kachin Manaw Festival Myitkyina, Kachin State
Ananda Pagoda Festival Bagan
Kayah State Day Kaya State
Naga New Year Chin State
FEBRUARY Feast of Shan Harvest Day Shan State
Shan State Day Shan State
Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Mandalay
Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda Festival Thanlyin (Syriam)
Union Day Nation Wide
Salone Festival Mergui Archipelago
MARCH Maw-din Pagoda Festival Ngapudaw, near Pathein
Pakhan Ko Gyi Kyaw Festival Shwe Gu Ni Village (Between Pakokku and Mingyan)
Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival Shwe Saryan Village, Patheingyi Mandalay
Indawgyi Festival Hopin, near Myitkyina
Zalun Pyidawpyan Image Festival Zalun, near Pathein
Baw-gyo Festival Shipaw
Nyan Taw Pagoda Festival (Shwe Myin Tin Pagoda) Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
Katku Pagoda Festival Katku
Pindaya Cave Festival Pyndaya
Tabaung Fullmoon Day Nation Wide
APRIL Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival Bago
Thingyan Water Festival Nation Wide
Sand Stupa Festival Min Thar Su Quarter, Mandalay
Myanmar New Year Festival Nation Wide
Popa Ceremony Mt.Popa
MAY Shwe Kyet Yet Event Amarapura
Kason Fullmoon Day Nation Wide
JUNE Festival of Tipitaka Nation Wide
JULY Waso Fullmoon Day Nation Wide
Fish Feeding Ceremony Pwinphyu near Magwe
Shwe Kyunn Pin Festival Mingup
AUGUST Taung Byone Nats Festival Matara near Mandalay
Lawkanandar Pagoda Festival Bagan
Tantkyitaung Pagoda Festival Bagan
SEPTEMBER Yadanar Gu Festival Amarapura
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival Inlay
Manuha Pagoda Festival Bagan
Yuyintaung Pagoda Bagan
OCTOBER Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Festival Mandalay
Myathalon Festival Magwe
Elephant Dance Festival Kyaukse
Thadigyut Festival Nation Wide
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival (Golden Rock) Kyaikhto, Mon State
NOVERMBER Tazaungdine Festival of Lights Nation Wide
Thanbodde Pagoda Ceremony Monywa
Phowintaung Festival Monywa
Hot air Ballon Festival Taungyi
Shin Mar Le Pagoda Festival Mandalay
Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival Sagaing
National Day Nation Wide
Alotawpgyi Pagoda Festival Bagan
DECEMBER Kayin New Year Nation Wide
Christmas Day Nation Wide
Public holidays

Several holidays are based upon the lunar calendar and therefore change date each year.

January 4 Independence Day

February 12 Union Day

March 2 Peasants’ Day

March/April Tabaung full moon

March 27 Armed Forces Day

April 13–16 Thingyan (water festival)

April 17 New Year

May 1 Labour Day

July 19 Martyrs’ Day

July Waso full moon (beginning of Buddhist ‘Lent’)

October Thadingyut full moon (end of Buddhist ‘Lent’)

November Tazaungmone full moon

December 8 National Day

December 25 Christmas

Thingyan Festival in Myanmar

Thingya is the Myanmar New Year Water Festival and usually falls around mid-April. Thingyan Festival is comparable to other New Year festivities in Theravada Buddhist areas of Southeast Asia such as Lao New Year, Cambodian New Year and Songkrann Thailand. It is a Buddhist festival celebrated over a period of four to five days culminating in the new year. Formerly the dates of the Thingyan festival are calculated according to the traditional Burma lunisolar calendar and but now have fixed Roman calendar (13 to 16 April) equivalent - it often coincides with Easter. The dates of the festival are observed as the most important public holiday throughout Burma and are part of the summer holidays at the end of the school year. Water-throwing on one another from any shape or form of vessel or device that delivers water is the distinguishing feature of this festival and may be done on the first four days of the festival. ​

Chinlon Festival (June –July)

It is celebrates for nearly 45 days, the chinlon festival is one of the longest on the calendar. The festival takes place in a small undercover stadium beside Mandalay’s Mahamuni Pagoda and draws teams from across the country. Chinlon is a traditional sport played using a cane ball, known as chinlon, in which five or six players use their body – except for their hands – to keep it off the ground. Players stand in a small circle and take turns to rotate through the middle. Keeping the chinlon off the ground is just the start; there are hundreds of additional tricks and techniques skilled players employ to wow the crowd.

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