Myanmar Festival Calendar 2019

Below you will find a list of the biggest local and nationwide festivals in Myanmar in 2019; note that this is not a full list of all festivals, as there are too many around the country to include all of them here. For more background, go to festivals, music and entertainment.

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Taungbyone Nat Festival

Date:
8 August 2019 to 15 August 2019
Location:

Taungbyone, north of Mandalay

Description:

One of Myanmar’s largest and most vibrant festivals, and certainly one of its most unusual, this is a nat (Burmese spirit) like no other. For more information, read our blog here.

Bo Bo Gyi Nat Fesitval

Date:
17 September 2019 to 23 September 2019
Location:
Description:

This festival celebrates Bo Bo Gyi, an alchemist who is now revered as a nat (Burmese spirit). Taking part involves throwing small tea leaf packets at others and if you are hit, you are supposed to attend again the following year to pay homage.

Yadana Gu Nat Festival

Date:
23 September 2019 to 29 September 2019
Location:
Description:

Music and traditional dances are performed at this festival to pay respect to Popa Medaw, the mother of two nat (Burmese spirit) brothers, who is said to have stopped in Amarapura on her way back from Mount Popa.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

Date:
29 September 2019 to 16 October 2019
Location:
Description:

The biggest yearly gathering in Shan State, the Phaung Daw Oo festival takes place over two weeks, during which a golden barge holding four Buddha images is pulled by hundreds of leg-rowers around Inle Lake, visiting every village on the water. There are martial arts and rowing competitions, and plenty of dancing!

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Festival

Date:
6 October 2019 to 13 October 2019
Location:
Description:

Mandalay is the biggest Buddhist religious centre in Myanmar and this week-long festival one of the most important and popular pagoda festivals of the religious calendar.

Indein Pagoda Festival

Date:
9 October 2019 to 13 October 2019
Location:
Description:

One of the most popular pagoda festivals in the Inle Lake area, this takes place at the village of Indein to the south west of the lake

Thandingyut Festival of Lights

Date:
12 October 2019 to 14 October 2019
Location:

Nationwide

Description:

This festival is held at the end of Buddhist Lent to commemorate the Buddha returning to earth; as this happened at night, people around the country decorate their houses with coloured lanterns.

Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival

Date:
12 October 2019 to 14 October 2019
Location:

Kyaukse, near Mandalay

Description:

Paying homage to the Shwe Tha Lyaung pagoda, men dance in large and colourful elephant figures made from paper and bamboo.

Taunggyi Fire Balloon Fesitval

Date:
5 November 2019 to 11 November 2019
Location:
Description:

This huge festival takes place in the capital of Shan State and celebrates the Full Moon of Tazaungmon with a dazzling array balloons and fireworks – to find out more, read our ‘Fire in the sky’ blog and take a look at our YouTube video from the Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

Date:
8 November 2019 to 11 November 2019
Location:
Description:

This festival is one of Bagan’s biggest yearly events and its centrepiece is the alms-giving ceremony to many hundreds of monks who gather from the monasteries in the surrounding area. It also features theatre shows and traditional dancing.

Pyin Oo Lwin Balloon Festival

Date:
10 November 2019 to 12 November 2019
Location:
Description:

Similar to the Taunggyi Balloon Festival but smaller in scale, this event remains great fun and isn’t as hectic and crowded as its big brother. It also offers balloon competitions through the day and evening.

Thanboddhay Pagoda Festival

Date:
10 November 2019 to 11 November 2019
Location:
Description:

Another lively pagoda festival in the Monywa area where you will find food stalls, dancing and musical performances.

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