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Myanmar Festivals

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 - Htamane Festival
- Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
- Shwesettaw Pagoda Festival (Minbu, Magway)
- Mahamuni Pagoda Festival (Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay)
- Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
- Kachin Manao Festival (Myitkyina, Kachin State)
- Naga New Year Festival (Chin State)
February - Maw-tin-sun Pagoda Festival (Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy Division)
- Indawgyi Pagoda Festival (Kachin State)
- Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival (Shan State)
- Chinese New Year
- Salone Traditional Festival (Myeik Archipelago)
March - Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)
- Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival (Bago)
- Shinpyu (Novitiation) Ceremonies
April - Thingyan (Water Throwing) Festival
- Myanmar New Year Day
- Popa Nat or Spirits’ Festival (Mount Popa)
May - Kason Fullmoon Day (Watering of the Sacred Bo Tree Festival)
- Taung-yo Torchlight Procession Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
June - Nayone Festival of Tipitaka
July - Waso Fullmoon Day or Dhammasetkya Day
August - Taungpyone Nats or Spirits’ Festival (Taungpyone, Mandalay)
October - Phaung Daw Oo pagoda Festival (Inlay Lake, Shan State)
- Performing Arts Competition (Yangon)
- Thadingyut Festival of Lights
- Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival (Kyaukse, Mandalay)
- Shwezigon Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
November - Tazaungdine Festival of Lights
- Kyaik-htiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) Festival (Kyaik Hto, Mon State)
- Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks Festival (Taunggyi, Shan State)
- Kathein Thingan (Yellow Robe) Weaving Festival
December - 9000 Lighting of Candles (Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon)
- Kayin New Year Day
- Christmas Day

Gazetted Holidays

January 4 Independence Day
February 12 Union Day
March 2 Peasants’ Day
March 27 Armed Forces’ Day
April -  Thingyan(Water Throwing Festival)
April - Myanmar New Year
July - Dhammasetkya Day (Full Moon Day of Waso)
May 1 Workers’ Day
July 19 Martyrs’ Day
October - Abhidhamma Day (Full Moon Day of Thadingyut: Thadingyut Festival)
November - Tazaungdine Festival (Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone)
November - National Day
December - Christmas
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