Festivals and Major Events

Myanmar Festivals

Myanmar Festivals
Myanmar is a Land of Festivals: a festival for every month of the year. Majority of the festivals are cultural and religious. Most are celebrated nation- wide while a few are distinctly regional. The dates of the festivals and special events are determined by the Lunar Calendar.
Festivals of January

  • Htamane Festival
  • Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
  • Shwesettaw Pagoda Festival (Minbu, Magway)
  • Mahamuni Pagoda Festival (MahamuniPagoda,Mandalay)
  • ShweOo Min Pagoda Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
  • KachinManao Festival (Myitkyina, Kachin State)
  • Naga New Year Festival (Chin State)
Festivals of 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)
Festivals of March
  • Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)
  • Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival (Bago)
  • Shinpyu (Novitiation) Ceremonies
Festivals of April
  • Thingyan (Water) Festival
  • Myanmar New Year Day
  • Popa Nat or Spirits’ Festival (Mount Popa)
Festivals of May
  • Kason – Fullmon Day
  • Taung-yo Torchlight Procession Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
Festivals of June
  • Nayone Festival of Tipitaka
Festivals of July
  • Waso – Fullmoon Day
Festivals of August
  • TaungpyoneNats or Spirits’ Festival (Taungpyone, Mandalay)
Festivals of September
  • PhaungDawOo Pagoda Festival (Inlay Lake, Shan State)
  • Performing Arts Competition (Yangon)
  • Thadingyut Festival of Lights
  • Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival (Kyaukse, Mandalay)
  • Shwezigon Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
Festivals of October
  • Tazaungdine Festival of Lights
  • Kyaik-htiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) Festival (KyaikHto, Mon State)
  • Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks Festival (Taunggyi, Shan Stale)
  • KahteinThingan (Yellow Robe) Weaving Festival
Festivals of November
  • 9000 Lighting of Candles (KoeHtatGyi Pagoda, Yangon)
  • Kayin New Year Day
  • Christmas Day
Festivals of December
  • Ananda Pagoda Festival – Bagan
  • Alotawpyi Pagoda Festival – Bagan
  • Nat (or) Spirits’ Festival (Mount popa)
Some festivals like Myanmar Traditional Equestrian Festival and Myanmar Traditional Boat Regatta are held in Yangon and Traditional Bullock Cart Festival in Mandalay every 2 or 3 years.
Gazetted Holidays
  • January                  4           Independence Day
  • February              12           Union Day
  • March                     2           Peasants’ Day
  • March                   27           Armed Forces’ Day
  • April                        –           Thingyan (Water Festival)
  • April                        –           Myanmar New Year
  • May                         1           Workers’ Day
  • July                       19           Martyrs’ Day
  • July                        –             Dhammasetkya Day (Full Moon Day of Waso)
  • October                 –             Abhidhamma Day (Full Moon Day of Thadingyut: Thadingyut Festival)
  • November            –              Tazaungdine Festival (Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone)
  • November            –              National Day
  • December           25            Christmas


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