Festival In Myanmar
Festival from Myanmar social and religious activities and Full moon Day each month of Myanmar has its own festive occasion. We recommended visiting in famous festival time to Myanmar.
Thingyan Festival or Water Festival
The people of Myanmar used to celebrate their “New Year”, around the middle of April with the showers of blessing in the form of water which is throe friends and even strangers on the street. There is also pageantry with decorated pandals(Mandats), float, music songs and traditional dance celebration of “Thingyan Festival or Water Festival” in Mynamar.
Full moon Day of Kason according to the Myanmar calendar (Early May). All over Myanmar, men and women of all ages go to pagodas in processing to pour water at the root of sacred “Bo-Tree” or “Bodhi Banyan Tree” under which the Buddha attained enlightenment.
Maha Dok Festival
“Wagaung” (August) is the month for what is called “Maha Dok” festival, named after a very poor man who became rich over-night for his offerings to “Kassapas Buddha”. On the festival day, a large number of marquees are built to place as many alms bowls as there are monks in locality. People passing by contribute what they can putting alms into the bowls which get filled up and are finally distributed to the “Sangha” are assigned to donors, with the drawing of lots in both cases.
“Taung Pyone Festival”
The festival of “Taung Pyone” (in August) is a very peculiar and particular festival that although the Myanmar Buddhists are not actually spirit-worshippers, thousand of country folks and townspeople alike folk to this yearly festival of “Nats” ( Spiritual Gods) near Mandalay to participate in its joyous, light-hearted merrymaking. The small Taung Pyone Hill and surrounding areas had’ been “awarded” to the “Nats” as a special province of their own by the Myanmar Kings since the Bagan Dynasty in the 11th century. Once a year, festivals area held to honour these “Nats”.
Thadingyut is a name of Myanmar month and we celebrate lighting festival. Thadingyut festival is one of the prominent festivals in Myanmar. Illuminations are there celebrate the anniversary of our lord Buddha’s return from celestial abode where he had spent the lent teaching the celestials his laws. Monsoon is on the way out and sky is cleaning and sunny days are start. Lighting festival namely the day before full moon day and the day after. We are decorated with colourful of light on pagodas, house, public building and monuments are decorating with beautiful lighting and worshipping to the lord Buddha. Pilgrims are paying homage to monks, teacher, parents, elders and asking pardon for whatever misdeeds might have committed the years. Street fair and fun in both cities and villages are celebrated over three days. You can ever see this festival only in Myanmar.
“PhaungDawOO Pagoda Festival”
The festival of “PhaungDawOo Pagoda” in Inle lake is held every year during the month of Thidingyut (October), is the biggest occasion of the lake. The images of the Buddha from “PhaungDawOo Pagodas” are placed on a decorated royal barge called “Karaweik” (Mythical Bird) and taken around the lake, stopping at villages for people to pay homage. The festival is full of pageantry and colourful, and there are fun fairs, music and dance. One-leg rower races can be seen by visitor during the festival of “PhaungDawOo Pagoda”.
"Elephant Dance Festival”
One of the Elephant Dance Festival celebrates in KyaukSe. The main feature of this festival is the elephant dance accompanied by colourful pageantry a life-size “White paper elephant” decked with regal trapping carries on its back a replica of an “Arahat” while a “Black paper elephant” follow as the final ? Of the procession. Each of these paper elephant is borne and animated by two men inside. The “Black paper elephant” dances merrily to the procession music and thus it is the centre of attraction during the carnival. Now a day, the elephant dance no longer sticks to its native town alone. It has become one of the highlights in many auspicious celebrations throughout the country.