Taungbyone Nat Festival
Where: At Taungbyone village near Mandalay
When:Fullmoon DayofWagaung (August 23)
The most famous of the Nat ( supernatural beings that reward believers) the
festivals Holy in Myanmar. This event is visited by all those who worship Nat,
especially the traders and merchants who want helpfor more profits!
Ratanagu Nat Festival
Where: Ratanagu Pagoda, Amarapura Township
When: 8th WaxingMoon Day of Wagaung (August 16)
This is a festival to honour the mother of the two Nat brothers of Taungbyone.
Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda Festival
When: The Dawn of the Fullmoon Day of Thadingyut (October 21)
People flock to the Pagoda to offer food to Lord Buddha on the dawn of the
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Where: Inlay Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township
When: October 7 to 24, 2002
One of the most famous of pagoda festivals. 4 Buddha Images are carried around
the villages of the lake on a huge golden barge paddled by hundreds of
Elephant Dance Festival
Where: Kyaukse, Mandalay Division.
Papier mache elephants are carried around the town towards the pagoda on the
Kyaukse Hill. A dance competition features these elephants.
Kahtein Robe Offering Ceremony
Where: Allover the country
When: the whole month of the Myanmar month ofTazaungmon (November).
Holy robes are offered to the monks at the monasteries. This offering of robes
enable the monks to acquire new robes in place of the old ones that were soiled
during the monsoon season.
Hot Air Balloon Festival
When: One week before the Fullmoon of Tazaungmon to Ful\moon Day (November 19)
Traditionally it is to pay homage to the Sulamuni Pagoda in the abode of the
Celestial Beings by sending up lighted hotair balloons. Now this traditional is
combined with a competition to send up the most elaborate and beautiful balloons
of every shape and size.
Parade of Lights
When: Fullmoon night of Tazaungmon.(November 19)
The people of Taunggyi and its environs march through the town with decorated
floats and lighted candles to the Sulamuni Pagoda at the edge of the town.
Lights Festtival and weaving competition
Where: Allover the country; Shwedagon Pagoda
When: Fullmoon of Tazaungmon (November 18-20, 2002).
An all-night weaving competition takes place at the Shwedagon pagoda, on the
night before the Fullmoon Day, Nov. 18.