A Guide to Tourism Destinations and Beyond

Vol.3  No.4   
July-September 2004

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Taungbyone Nat Festival
Where: At Taungbyone village near Mandalay
When: Fullmoon Day of Wagaung (August 30)
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 Nat Festival 
Where: Ratanagu Pagoda, Amarapura Township 
When: 8th Waxing Moon Day of Wagaung (September 7)
This is a festival to honour the mother of the two Nat brothers of Taungbyone.

Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda Festival
Where: Sagaing
When: The Dawn of the Fullmoon Day of Thadingyut 
October 28, 2004)
People flock to the Pagoda to offer food to Lord Buddha on the dawn of the Fullmoon night.

Hpaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival 
Where: Sagaing
When: (October 7 to 24, 2004)
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 28)
Papier mache elephants 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 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 Ballon Festival
Where: Taunggyi
When: One week before the Fullmoon of Tazaungmon to Fullmoon 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 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
Where: Taunggyi
When: Fullmoon night of Tazaungmon (November 26)
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 Festival and weaving competition
Where: All over the country; Shwedagon Pagoda
When: Fullmoon of Tazaungmon (November 26)
An all-night weaving competition takes place at the Shwedagon Pagoda, on the night before the Fullmoon Day.