Festivals in Bagan, Myanmar

  • Ananda Festival

    • 12 Jan 2014–24 Jan 2014

    During the full moon in December or January thousands of Burmese monks gather with locals and celebrate for three days at the Ananda Pagoda in Bagan. Entertainment includes dance, theatre and singing as well as stand up comedy.

  • Chinese New Year

    • 31 Jan 2014–3 Jan 2014

    There is a significant Chinese community in Myanmar and they celebrate Chinese New Year with a typical display of music, colourful dragons and dancing.

  • Shinbyu Ceremony

    • 1 Mar 2014–31 Mar 2014

    Burmese Buddhists believe that all boys should attend a monastery at least once in their lives to bring merit to their families. Young novice monks traditionally enter monasteries during the Shinbyu Ceremony, when schools are on holiday. The novices dress beautifully and are carried around their village before going to the monastery.

  • Water Festival

    • 7 Apr 2014–18 Jan 2014

    This is a great time to visit Bagan when what is effectively a three-day, nationwide water fight takes place. The water traditionally represents cleansing to mark the New Year. These days, the festival is for many people just about having a lot of fun and no one is spared a soaking. The best advice is to wear some old clothes, keep your valuables at home and go out and enjoy the fun.

  • Kason Festival

    • 1 May 2014–31 May 2014

    This festival takes place on the Kasone full moon day according to the Buddhist calendar and marks the Buddha’s birthday. Water is poured onto the sacred Bo tree, under which the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.

  • Dhama Sakya Day

    • 29 Jul 2014–27 Jul 2014

    This holy day is held to commemorate the Lord Buddha giving his first sermon to the five disciples. At most of the country’s pagodas and monasteries sermons are held by monks in remembrance of the Buddha’s life.

  • Lawkananda and Manuha festivals

    • 1 Sep 2014–30 Sep 2014

    While these events aren’t the most important festivals in the Bagan festival calendar, they are colourful occasions nonetheless. If you are in Bagan during September, it’s well worth checking out these festivals, held at the pagodas of the same name.

  • Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

    • 29 Oct 2014

    October is a good time to visit the Scwezigon Pagoda. This colourful festival sees fireworks and candles being carried in procession and then given as an offering to the pagoda.

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