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Myanmar Festivals & Major Events

Myanmar is a Land of Festivals: a festival for every month of the year.
Most festivals are cultural and religious.
Majority are Nation-wide celebrated while a few are distinctly regional.

The dates of the festivals and special events are determined by the lunar Year.

January Kachin Manao Festival ( Myitkyina, Kachin State, )
Ananda Pagoda Festival ( Bagan ),
Naga Festival ( Sagaing Division )
February Mahamuni Pagoda Festival ( Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay ),
Chinese New Year
March Indawgyi Pagoda Festival ( Kachin State ),
Kakku Pagoda Festival ( Shan State )
Shwe-set-taw Pagoda ( Minbu, Magway ),
Shinpyu Novitiation Ceremonies ( nation wide )
April Thingyan ( Water ) Festival ( nation wide ),
Myanmar New Year's Day ( nation wide )
May Kason Fullmoon Day ( Watering of the Secred Bo Tree Festival, nation wide )
June Nayone Festival of Tipitaka ( nation wide )
July Waso Fullmoon Day or Dhammasetkya day ( nation wide )
August Taungpyone Nats or Spirits Festival ( Taungpyone, Mandalay )
September Pahung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival ( Inlay Lake, Shan State )
October Thadingyut Festival of Lights ( nation wide ),
Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival (Kyaukse, Mandalay Division ),
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Festival ( Mandalay ),
Kahtein Thigan ( Yellow Robe ) Weaving Festival
November Tazaundine Festival of lights ( nation wide ),
Kyaik-Htiyo Pagoda ( Golden Rock )
Festival ( Myaik-Hto, Mon State ),
Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks Festival ( Taunggyi, Shan State )
Kaungmhutaw Pagoda Festival ( Sagaing ),
Thanbodde Pagoda Festival and Phowintaung Pagoda Festival ( Monywa )
December Shwemyetmhan ( the Golden Spectacled Buddha Image ), Kayin New Year Day,
Christmas Day