Taungbyone Nat Festival
Where:AtTaungbyonevillage near Mandalay
When: Fullmoon Day of Wagaung (August 19)
The most famous of the Not (supernatural beings that reward believers)
festivals in Myanmar.
This event is visited by all those who worship Not, especially the traders
who want help for more profits!
Ratanagu Nat Festival
Where: Ratanagu Pagoda,Amarapura Township
When:8thWaxing Moon DayofWagaung
This is a festival to honour the mother of the two Nat brothers of Taungbyone.
Manuha Temple Festival
When: Day before and day of the Full Moon of
Tazaungmon (November 14 and 15, 2005)
Donating rice to monks, free rice cakes to all and pa pier macxhe figures.
Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda Festival
When:The Dawn of the Fullmoon DayofThadingyut
(October 17, 2005)
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
Elephant Dance Festival
Where: Kyaukse, Mandalay Division
When: Fullmoon day of Thadingyut (October 17)
Papier mache elephants carried around the town towards the
pagoda on the Kyaukse Hill. A dance competition features these elephants.
Robe Offering Ceremony
Where: Allover 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
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 (Noverber 8)
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 ofTazaungmon (November 15)
The people ofTaunggyi 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: Allover the country; Shwedagon Pagoda
When: Fullmoon of Tazaungmon (November 15)
An all-night weaving competition takes place at the
Shwedagon Pagoda, on the night before the Fullmoon Day.