Festivals in Myanmar

Festivals in Myanmar

Myanmar New Year Festival (Country wide)

Buddha images are bathed in thanaka water as older Burmese retreat to monasteries and temples to pray.

Festivals in Myanmar

Wesak (Buddha’s Birthday)

Celebrated by the watering of Bodhi trees at temples and monasteries around Myanmar, Wesak marks the day of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Musical troupes accompany the stream of locals carrying pitchers on their heads.

Festivals in Myanmar

Chinlone Festival, Mahamuni Pagoda Mandalay

The national chinlone (a local version of “keepy-uppy”) competition, attracting the country’s finest exponents.

Festivals in Myanmar

Taungbyon Festival, north Mandalay

For eight days running up to the full moon, this small town upriver from Mandalay is transformed with an intense, hedonistic nat worship festival.

Festivals in Myanmar

Tooth Relic Ceremony, Pyay

The culmination of three days of celebrations, the famous molar is paraded on elephant back around the riverside town of Pyay before returning to its temple for another year.