List of the Most Famous Festivals in Myanmar
Myanmar has several festivals during a year with most of activities related to Buddhist religion.
Myanmar is a country popular for its historical richness, elegant architecture, and cultural diversity. Apart from the beauty and the religious sanctity the country enjoys, Myanmar is also rich in providing some of the most exciting yearly festivals for its people. If you happened to be in this country during the festival season, you can surely enjoy the uniqueness and traditional values, celebrated with feasts and dances.
Most of the Burmese traditional festivals are celebrated according to the Burmese calender and dates are calculated on the basis of the moon phase. Burmese cultures are more apparent in villages where rural people celebrate these yearly festivals with full spirit and thus make the experience of the people exploring the festivity and the best tourist destinations in Myanmar memorable. The Myanmar celebrates different festivals and all are marked with their own sense of uniqueness and spirit that is bound to make your travel in this country truly entshralling.
Special Festivals in Myanmar
Kasone festival is the pouring of water to the Bodhi tree. The festival takes place on the full moon day of Kasone; this day is also known as the Buddha’s day (because Buddha was born, and also reached enlightenment on Kasone Full Moon Day). Pilgrims pour water on the Bodhi trees in pagoda compounds to keep them fresh in the summer heat of May. The processions of men and women of all ages can be seen on the platform of local pagoda with their finest attire. Young women and men carrying earthen pots in their hands or their heads and go to pour the sacred Bodhi tree at the Pagoda platform.
Ananda Pagoda Festival
One of the most celebrated and popular festivals of Myanmar, Ananda Pagoda Festival is celebrated every January, depending upon the dates specified on the lunar calander. The festival is a symbol of the wisdom of Buddha and there is a month long feast and sacred activities are held in the temple Ananda, one of the beautiful monuments of Began.
Naga New Year Festival
Numerous Naga tribes spread throughout the Northwestern hills of Myanmar. Most of the Naga are from the Chin State. The Naga festival is social but it is also to exchange previous year experiences to make plans for the coming year and to discuss how to overcome difficulties. They pray for abundant crops and domestic animals and to have good weather. Another aspects of this festival is reunion of relatives. who are away from home. They worship to their deities by scarifying the animals. The festival is usually in January.
This is one of the most famous and vibrant festivals of Burma. During the festival, all the countrymen abandon their work bring their nation to a standstill. Water festival is seen as an indication of washing away of sins while welcoming the New Year with a fresh energy. During the season, people also meet each other, visit pagodas, and pay homage to monks.
Also known as sticky rice festival, Htamane is held between February and March, through the whole country. The celebration of this festival is about enjoying the harvest of sticky rice and preparing Htamane dish. The folks also prepare different dishes made with rice. The dishes are first offered to Buddha and the day is considered as a national holiday.
Thadingyut Lights Festival
Thadingyut Lights Festival is held on the full moon day of Thadingyut in October marks the end of the Budditst Lent. It lasts for three days during which houses and streets in cities and towns are brilliantly illuminated. Pagodas are also crowded with people doing meritorious deeds. It is not only a time of joy but also of thanks giving and paying homage to teachers, parents and elders.