Taungbyone Nat Festival
Where: At Taungbyone village near Mandalay
When: Fullmoon Day of Wagaung (August 12)
The most famous of the Nat (supernatural beings that reward believers) festivals in Myanmar. This
event is visited by all those who worship Nat, especially the traders and merchants who want help
for more profits!
Ratanagu Hat Festival
Where: Ratanagu Pagoda, Amarapura Township
When: 8th Waxing Moon Day ofWagaung (August 20)
This is a festival to honour the mother of the two Nat brothers
Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda Festival
When: The Dawn of the Fullmoon Day of Thadingyut
October 10, 2003
People flock to the Pagoda to offer food to Lord Buddha on the dawn of the Fullmoon night.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Where: Inlay Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township
When: October 7 to 24, 2003
One of the most famous Pagoda festivals. 4 Buddha Images are carried around the villages of the lake
on a huge golden barge towed by hundreds of leg rowers.
Elephant Dance Festival
Where: Kyaukse, Mandalay Division
When: Fullmoon day of Thadingyut (October 10)
Papier macheelephants are carried around the town towards the pagoda
on the Kyaukse Hill. A dance competition features these elephants.
Kahtein Robe Offering Ceremony
Where: All over the country
When: the whole month of the Myanmar month of Tazaungmon (November)
Holy robes are offering to the monks at the monasteries. This
offered of robes enable the monks to acquire new robes in place of
the old ones that were soiled during the monsoon season.
Hot Air Ballon Festival
When: One week before the Fullmoon of Tazaungmon to Fullmoon day
Traditionally it is to pay homage to the Sulamuni Pagoda in the
adobe of the Celestial Beings by sending up lighted hotair ballons.
Now this traditional is combined with a competition to send up the
most elaborate and beautiful ballons of every shape and size.
Parade of Lights
When: Fullmoon night of Tazaungmon (November 8)
The people of Taunggyi and its environs march throught the town with
decorated floats and lighted candles to the Sulamuni Pagoda at the
edge of the town.
Lights Festival and weaving competition
Where: All over the country; Shwedagon Pagoda
When: Fullmoon of Tazaungmon (November 8)
An all-night weaving competition takes place at the Shwedagon
Pagoda, on the night before the Fullmoon Day.