Top 5 Most Interesting Festivals in Myanmar

Perhaps, with a wide range of multicolour events that dot the Burmese calendar, it partly explains why Myanmar is always regarded as the land of festivals.

Of course, how regrettable it is when experiencing Myanmar private tours but not taking part in one in the myriad of Burmese festivals that are celebrated across the country annually.

So, to help you get into the festive spirit, here is the list of top 5 beloved traditional festivals of the country’s old world charm in style which are celebrated in a extremely hearty welcome.

1. Thingyan Water Festival (April)

A better way to contemplate in the Burmese New Year is washing away the dirt of previous year with a high-spirited water festival. Being translated as the changing over, Thingyan, the Myanmar’s biggest national festival lasting for 5 days is widely organized in mid-April every year.

Apart from the usual water throwing, people often express their deep gratitude to their parents during festival time. Normally, the majority of people tend to com back their old villages to visit their elderly as well as relatives and decide to spend the rest of the festival there. In addition, hair washing using the traditional shampoo named as Acacia seems to be entirely common.

2. Ananda Pagoda Festival (January)

 As a rule in every January, the Bagan's ancient ruins seem to become alive after the harvest season for 15 days around the first full moon when many convoys of cow carts make their route from the beginning of the plain villages to Ananda pagoda.

In fact, this festival is the annual alms giving time for the region, and the pilgrims who join in can raise charity fund by donating money, rice, and other goods to support s large number of Buddhist monks who inhabit this area.

3. Kasone Festival (May)

Each year, May is a good period of time to let you see all Burmese citizens to celebrate an alternative water-pouring ceremony with the aim of expressing their honour to Buddha’s birthday. Being taken place on the Kasone's full moon day, this festival mainly focuses on the spiritual Bodhi Tree, under which Buddha gained enlightenment whilst meditating.

Without difficulties, during your excursion created by Myanmar river cruises, you can follow the pilgrims' procession of pouring water to ensure these precious Bodhi trees not being suffered from drought.

4. Thadingyut Festival of Lights (October)

Perhaps, everyone have a tendency to get used to Thadingyut, Myanmar festival of lights, is celebrated at the end of October. Particularly, most of houses and buildings in this country are ablaze with lantern, candles, or electric bulbs. Besides, young people still always keep their habit of showing the respect for elders with meaningful and practical gifts of food or longyi.

Actually, this festival is an embodiment of the event when the Buddha came down to the earth after the end of Lent.

5. Taunggyi Balloon Festival (November)

The hot air balloons themselves mark the Taunggyi festival out as something distinct from the other Burmese land’s festival. Traditionally, it is held in the culturally diverse capital of Shan State over several days lasting from the end of October to the beginning of November that marks the end of rainy season each year.

Especially, the fun is often started in the early afternoon until the moment of creating the enormous balloons finished in diverse shapes of pagodas and animals containing anything from birds to dragons and elephants.

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