Festivals in Myanmar

Festivals in Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)

Yangon’s magnificent stupa becomes the centre of a week-long period of intense veneration, attracting huge crowds from across Myanmar.

Festivals in Myanmar

Kakku Pagoda Festival (Inle)

Marriages are fixed, deals struck and pwe performed in the lively fair that precedes the Pa O people’s annual New Year celebrations at the extraordinary Shan Stupa site near Inle lake.

Festivals in Myanmar

Thingyan Water Festival (Country wide)

Perhaps the quirkiest of all Myanmar’s festivals, and certainly the sauciest, is this hot-season bash, when girls get soaked to the skin by water-throwing admirers.

Festivals in Myanmar

Thanakha Grinding Festival (Rakhine)

While the woman of Sittwe grind the roots of thanaka wood, the men play instruments, sing and dance in this festival dedicated to the fragrant paste worn by most Burmese women.

Festivals in Myanmar

Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival (Bago)

Singing and dancing competitions are the key part of this annual temple festival in the monument-laden former capital.