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Myanmar Festivals and Events


Spirit Festival
Taungpyone Nat or the Spirit Festival is a popular five-day event held in Taungpyone near Mandalay. Tradition says that, Nats are spirits that must be appeased or they will wreak havoc in peoples lives and homes.
This story of the two Nat Brothers originated during the rule of King Anawrahta, when it was the duty of every person in the kingdom to contribute a brick and a handful of sand for the construction of a Pagoda.
The brothers failed to contribute their share and orders came from the King for them to be mildly punished for what they have done but, unfortunately the Nat Brothers were accidentally killed.
The King was so remorseful that he built a big Nat that is a spirit shrine by the side of the Pagoda in honor of the two brothers that were killed. Because of this the homage-paying festival is now held annually to appease the spirits as it is believed that the Nat Brothers can fulfill your wishes, bring good luck, protect you from ill-fate and danger, bring you prosperity and progress.


Independence Day
Yangon, 4th January
On the 4th of January, Independence Day of the Union of Myanmar is celebrated all across the country. Countless parades and fairs, marks this an important day and everyone joins in the celebrations.
The Myanmar Traditional Equestrian Festival or Myin-Khin-Thabin is a national festival which is held annually in Yangon in ancient times, this festival provides the Myanmar Kings with the opportunity to demonstrate their military might, but today its main purpose is for the perpetuation of Myanmar patriotism.
It is a fantastic occasion and tourists are warmly welcomed to participate in the many celebrations.


Harvest Festival
Month of Februrary
This is the month of the Harvest Festival when people rejoice in the feast of Htamane.
No one would miss this opportunity to sample a delicious Myanmar delicacy that consists of glutinous rice freckle with coconut, sesame seeds, peanuts, ginger and oil, which is specially prepared for the feast.


Venues across the country, February 12
The Thingyan festival that is the anniversary of the Union Day falls on February 12. Representatives and cultural troupes of the seven States and seven Divisions of the Union of Myanmar will be dressed in colorful and traditional costumes and gather at venues across the country.
Traditional entertainment highlights the beauty of the different ethnic groups that are found within the Union.


Pagoda Festivals
March, 2000
The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is held on the day of the full moon of Tabaung in March and is one of the biggest events in the year. During this festival, visitors can get a feel of the spirituality of the people of Myanmar by participating in events at temple fairs or by observing the rituals of the holiday.


Water Festival
Throughout the country, April, 2000
In the month of April this Water Festival is held throughout the country, for three days. It marks the end of the old year and beginning of the new. Young people gather together to sing and dance, and to playfully throw water on each other.
Throughout the Thingyan Carnivals decorative floats and water throwing paddles are seen everywhere in both towns and cities alike. If you are not afraid of getting wet, this high spirited festival is one that you won't want to miss!


Buddhist Festivals
Month of June and July
The onset of monsoon season makes June and July relatively quiet months in Myanmar. There are however, various smaller Buddhist festivals to be enjoyed by all, and not to be missed.


Phaung-Daw-Oo Pagoda Festival
Inle Lake, September
The famous festival of the Phaung-Daw-Oo Pagoda is held at Inle Lake once a year during the month of September. This festival consists of leg rowers and is a sight not to be missed by anyone visiting Myanmar.


Boat Regatta Festival
Kandawgyi Lake, December
The traditional Boat Regatta Festival is held to remind the younger generations of the glory, sovereignty and national spirit of the country of Myanmar.



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