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Some Festivals in Myanmar (Burma) for 2009


Updated : 18-September-2008
Festival
Place
Starting
Ending
Comments
Ananda Pagoda Festival
Bagan
03.01.2009
25.01.2009
Bowls of alms filled with crops are offered to Buddhist monks who all wait in a long line.Pilgrimage and holiday outcoming on country oxcarts can be seen.
Naga New Year
Layshi
05.01.2009
06.01.2009
Gayals are slaughtered in sacrifice follow by singing,dancing and drinking local alcoholic beverages through the whole night by the huge bonfire.
Kyaik Khauk Pagoda  
Syrium
02.02.2009
09.02.2009
Maintaining the heritage of donating drinking water to allby descendants of the first donor family is amazing.
Mahamuni Pagoda Festival
Mandalay
08.02.2009
09.02.2009
Incense are burnt in large flame in symbolic of offering heat to the great image.
Inndaw Gyi Pagoda Festival
Inndaw Gyi 
03.03.2009
09.03.2009
Ceremony sponsored by Kachin Buddhist.
Pindaya Cave Festival
Pindaya
08.03.2009
10.03.2009
Typical Taung Yoe Pagoda festival.Different ethnic minor-ities can be seen.
Nam Pan Ceremony
Inle Lake
07.03.2009
12.03.2009
The sight of numerous monks who come in boats to re-ceive food offering is striking view.
Bo Bo Gyi Nat Festival
Monywa
19.03.2009
23.03.2009
Bo Bo Gyi is belived to have mastered high level alchemi-cal practices and to have expired to become nat.
Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda 
Bago
29.03.2009
02.04.2009
Theatrical artists perform on stage with full force to show their counterparts to win future performance contracts.
Festival
Water Festival
All over the
country
13.04.2009
16.04.2009
The festival is held prior to Myanmar New Year in order tocleanse away evil deeds of the past year with water.
Shithoung Pagoda Festival
Mrauk U
08.05.2009
09.05.2009
Dummy Boat race on land,real boat race and water spla-shing in Mrauk U canal on full moon day.Tradional Wrest-ling competition are held at the foot of the Pagoda.
Dhanu Tar Pwe
Pindaya
08.05.2009
09.05.2009
Single Dhannu throw roasted lablab beans at one another in a show of love.
Wicker ball ceremony
Mahamuni
Mandalay
08.06.2009
07.07.2009
Tradional wricker ball players from all over the country par-ticipate in the month long contest that tradition has goingon over 70 years.This is the best event to watch Myanmartradional Chin Lone(cane ball)playing match.
Waso Full Moon Festival
All over the 
06.07.2009
06.07.2009
The day Buddha preached his first sermon is commem-orated .Monks are confined to the monastery by Buddh-ist code of conduct during the 3 months long Buddhist lent. 
country
Shwe Kyun Pin Nat Pwe
Min Gun
22.07.2009
26.07.2009
Myanmar's last barter market where natives trade by ex-change of commodities while celebrating spirit dance.
Taung Byone Nat Pwe
Mandalay
31.07.2009
06.08.2009
Held for worshipping two very important spiritual figures.Major gathering spot for spiritual mediums. 
Yadanagu Nat Pwe
Amrapura
15.08.2009
19.08.2009
Known as mother Taung Byone festival.Most enjoyable because of the rowing boat trip to the site.Spirit dance is rampant.
Bo Min Khan Memorial
Mount Popa
02.09.2009
02.09.2009
Bo Min Khan is remembered for his higher attainment inmediation practice.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Inle Lake
19.09.2009
05.10.2009
Four Buddha images are ceremoniously tugged clockwise around the lake on the royal barge by leg-rowing boats.Leg-rowing boat races are held throughout the event. 
Kyauktaw Gyi Pagoda
Mandalay
02.10.2009
05.10.2009
The image was cast out of a single piece of a labster in1864 under the guidance of King Mindon.
Fesstival
Dummy Elephant Festival
Kyaukse
02.10.2009
04.10.2009
Numerous life-size paper dummy elephants sing and dan-ce to the accompaniment of music.
Thadingyut Festival of light
All over the 
country
02.10.2009
05.10.2009
To mark the day Lord Buddha came down from the Cele-stial Abode after spending three months of Buddhist lenthere.Buddha's return is remembered and commemoratedthrough out the country woth colourful illumination.
Indein Pagoda Festival
Inle lake
10.10.2009
11.10.2009
Buddhist ceremony held at unique site of old sharine complexin Inle lake.fore offering to the pagoda.
Shwezigon Pagoda Festival
Bagan
25.10.2009
17.11.2009
Candle lights and fireworks are carried in procession before    offering to the pagoda.
Balloon Flying Festival
Taungyi
27.10.2009
01.11.2009
Hot-aired balloons are released day and night competingover their beauty and altitude they gain.Day time flying ismeant for competition of animal figures and night time isfor beautiful fireworks. More detailled information on our special page for this very unique festival : Here
Robe Weaving Contest
All over the 
country
01.11.2009
01.11.2009
Groups of young women take part of competitions held on the platforms of the pagodas.The robe is to be finishedflawlessly overnight and offered at dawn to the Buddhaimages around the pagodas.
Phoe Win Taung Cave
Monywa
31.10.2009
31.10.2009
The one and only market where leaves,fruits,roots,thorns,tumbers,stems of any herbal value from the western wild-erness of Chindwin river are sold on a large scale.
Candle Light Event
Yangon
01.11.2009
01.11.2009
On fullmoon day number total 9999 candles are ceremo-niously at midnight .Visitors are served with mixed saladof Maezali buds,believed to possess powerful,magical and medicinal properties if eaten at this time.
Kakku Pagoda Festival
Taungyi
04.03.2009
11.03.2009
Celeberate by Pa O tribalBuddhist at the unique pagodascomplex
Kaung Mu Daw PagodaFestival
Sagaing
01.11.2009
07.11.2009
The best spot to watch Myanmar Puppet.Pilgrimge andholiday outings on country oxcarts can be seen.
Thanbhoddhay Pagoda 
Sagaing
30.10.2009
01.11.2009
Bo Bo Gyi is Believed to have high level alchemical and to have expired to become a Nat.On the eve of ceremony pilgrims throw tealeaf packets at another from racing exacts.It is regarded as a pledge that one who is hit must take a visit next year without fail.
lightfloat festival
Shwe kyi (Bago)
04.10.2009
04.10.2009
On this perticular period Ann hill tribe celebrate fertility festival.Very interesting with traditional group dancing and crinking etc.
Mt. Popa festival
Mt.Popa
07.04.2009
07.04.2009
Mt. Popa being considered most important Nat worshipping center ,thousands of country folks and townpeople in their joyous,light-hearted and merrymaking in thisparticular festival.Thousands of animals were sacrified tothe Nats during the festival however this practice has beenstopped since Bagan period.Spirit possession and overall drunken ecstasy are part of the celebration.


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