Festivals in Myanmar

Festivals in Myanmar

Kachin Manao Festival (Myitkyina, Kachin)

Traditional manao “totem poles” form the focus of tribal dances by Kachins dressed in traditional finery.

Festivals in Myanmar

Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan, Mandalay)

Thousands of pilgrims descend on Bagan’s greatest temple for this month-long religious celebration, when a fufair and market accompany the worship. Monks wait a long line for their alms bowls to be filled.

Festivals in Myanmar

Naga New Year Festival (Sagaing)

Most of the Naga tribespeople from Sagaing and Chin states are Christian, but their exuberant New Year’s festival, marked by spectacular group dances and animal sacrifices, harks back to their animist past.

Festivals in Myanmar

Maha Muni Pagoda Festival (Mandalay)

This intense Buddhist festival venerates the country’s more adored statue, a massive gold seated Buddha enshrined in the southern suburbs of Mandalay. Copious quantities of incense are burned in large fires.

Festivals in Myanmar

Salone Festival (Tanintharyi Region)

Traditional dances, feasts, rowing and diving competitions mark this government-sponsored homage to the region’s Moken “Sea Gypsies”, staged in Majungalet Village on Bocho Island in Myeik, one of the few occasions when foreigners are allowed on to the Mergui Archipelago.