Myanmar Festival Calendar 2018 & 2019

Below you will find a list of the biggest local and nationwide festivals in Myanmar in 2018 and 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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Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival

Date:
15 November 2018 to 24 November 2018
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This five day festival is centered on one of the most venerated sites central Myanmar, the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda. Monks perform rituals, there are Yokhte (marionette) performances and farmers gather from the surrounding area to sell their produce.

Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival

Date:
17 November 2018 to 22 November 2018
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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 evening festivities.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

Date:
19 November 2018 to 30 November 2018
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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 at the Shwezigon Pagoda from the monasteries in the surrounding area. It also features theatre shows and traditional dancing.

Pyin Oo Lwin Balloon Festival

Date:
20 November 2018 to 22 November 2018
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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.

Tazaungdaing Festival of Lights

Date:
21 November 2018
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This festival predates the introduction of Buddhism to Myanmar, marking the end of the monsoon and the end of the Kathina season, when monks are offered alms and new robes.

Karen New Year

Date:
1 December 2018 to 31 December 2018
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Nationwide (particularly Karen State and Hpa An)

Description:

The capital of Karen (Kayin) State, Hpa An, is the centre for new year celebrations of this important ethnic group of Myanmar; participants party in the streets, performing traditional music and wearing distinctive local costumes.

National Day

Date:
2 December 2018
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Nationwide

Description:

This public holiday marks the anniversary of the first student uprising against the British in 1920, which ultimately led to independence in 1948.

Hpo Win Daung Festival

Date:
22 December 2018 to 23 December 2018
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A traditional event near the Hpo Win Daung caves, this festival includes music, stage shows and traditional dancing – as well as a market where you can buy thanaka and hand crafted textiles.

Thanboddhay Pagoda Festival

Date:
22 December 2018 to 23 December 2018
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One of several lively pagoda festivals in the Monywa area, at the Thanboddhay Pagoda festival you will find food stalls, dancing and musical performances.

Mount Popa Nat Festival

Date:
22 December 2018
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Famed for its story of nats (Burmese spirits), the festival at the Popa Taungkalat monastery sees pilgrims gather from the surrounding plains to enjoy local entertainment and a procession of colourful nats.

Christmas Day

Date:
25 December 2018
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Nationwide (particularly Chin and Kachin states)

Description:

Christmas Day is a public holiday in Myanmar and you will find ceremonies at the many churches in Yangon and also in heavily Christian parts of the country like Chin and Kachin states.

Kachin Manaw Festival

Date:
8 January 2019 to 10 January 2019
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The most famous celebration of Kachin culture, this festival takes place in Putao and state capital Myitkyina; dancing, traditional costumes and huge, brightly coloured ‘Manaw’ poles are features of this popular festival.

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