Manaw Festival

Where: Myitkyina, Kachin State

When: January 10, 2006

Duration: 1 day

Traditional Kachin Manaw Festival to celebrate the New Year. All the Kachin clans will congregate at Myitkyina to celebrate this event.

Independence Day

Where:  Main event in Yangon

When: January 4, 2006

Duration: 1 day

Celebrate to commemorate the country's Independence gained in 1948.

Naga New Year

Where: Lashi Township, Sagaing Division

When: January 14-15, 2006

Duration: 2 days

One of the most colourful ceremonies. Different Naga clans will gather in their festive costumes to perform ritual dances.

Ananda Pagoda Festival

Where: Ananda Pagoda precinct, Bagan

When: One week preceding the Fullmoon day of Pyatho (January)

Duration: One week ( 7 to 13, January 2006)

One of the most popular pagoda festivals in the country. Villagers come in covered bullock wagons and camp for the duration.

Shan States Day

Where: Taunggyi (Southern Shan State) and Lashio (Northern Shan State)

When:  February 9, 2006

Duration: 1 day

A popular holiday for the Shans, one of the main ethnic races of the country. Dance competitions of all the ethnic groups living in the Northern Shan State are usually held at Lashio.

Union Day

Where: Main event in Yangon

When: February 12, 2006

Duration: 1 day

Celebrated all over the country to commemorate the signing of the Panglon (Pinlon) Treaty that paved the way for national unity and Independence.

Kyaikkhauk Pagoda Festival

Where: Thanlyin (formerly Syriam)

When: Fullmoon day of Tabodwe (February 12, 2006)

A typical Buddhist  festival like a country fair

Chin National Day

Where: Haka (Northern Chin State) and Mindat (Southern Chin State)

When: February 20, 2006

A popular holiday for the Chins, one of the main races of the country. Ethnic dances performed by different Chin groups at both venues.

Kekku Pagoda Festival

Where: Kekku Pagoda precinct, Taunggyi Township,

When: Fullmoon  day of Tabaung (March13, 2006)

Pa O people from all the surrounding villages come in their best costumes to pay homage to the pagoda. Some come in bullock carts and make camps under the huge Banyan trees.

 Pindaya Pagoda Festival

Where: Pindaya Township, Southern Shan State

When: Fullmoon  day of Tabaung (March13, 2006)

Duration: 7 day starting from March 18.

Traditionally a pagoda festival in honour of the Buddha statues inside the Pindaya cave.