Htamanè Festival (nation wide)
Myanmar's traditional delicacy is ceremonially prepared on the full moon day of Tabodwè. Htamanè is glutinous rice fried with coconut, sesame seeds, peanuts, ginger and oil. The sticky rice is kneaded, crushed and the ingredients are mixed in huge frying pans, the first portion is offered to Lord Buddha at the pagodas and monasteries and to monks and elders. A traditional Myanmar delicacy, Htamanè is wholesome and a delicious snack which goes well with plain hot green tea.
Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
Symbolizing the limitless wisdom of Buddha, there is a month long sanctified festival for the temple Ananda, the most beautiful one out of 2000 holy monuments in Bagan, Myanmar. It is usually falls on January every year. The busiest day of the festival is on the full-moon day of the lunar month. Villagers and pilgrims around Bagan roll in the sacred site of Ananda for the consecration.
This is also the best time to see not only the ritual of Buddhists but the festival is also meant for social gathering, reunification, propagation and perpetuation of the religion that is Buddhism. During the festival, walk around in sea of vendors and shops that sell traditional Myanmar food-staff and enjoy the local atmosphere in locality.
Mahamuni Pagoda Festival (Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay)
Monks chant Buddhist scriptures nonstop; the evening entertainments such as zats and anyeints, a performance of dances, songs and plays. And stalls selling a variety of Myanmar snacks and a communal offering of dry rational food and essentials are given to the monks in the nearby monasteries.
Indawgyi Pagoda Festival (Kachin State)
The largest lake in Myanmar situated approximately 100 miles far from Myitkyina; five hours drive up to the Indawgyi Lake. This festival lasts ten days. One amazing thing is that two sandbanks emerged before the festival begins, making it easy for the pilgrims to walk from the bank to the Pagoda. There is a belief that one passage is for human use and the other for Sprits. Shortly after the festival, these two sandbanks would just disappear into the lake.
Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)
It is held on the full moon day of Tabaung (approximately March) and is one of the biggest events. During this festival, visitors can get a feel of the spirituality of the people of Myanmar by participating in the events and temple fairs; and observing the rituals.
Itis celebrated on the last month of Myanmar lunar clanendar and the most colorful month of the year with Pagoda Festivals throughout the country. The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is held on the full moon of Tabaung (21st March, 2008) and is the month's finest event. Kakku Pagoda festival in Taunggyi is also held in March and the native tribes such as Danu, Pa O, Taung Yoe and Palaung make offerings on the full moon day. Pindaya Shwe Oo Min cave Pagoda festival is held on and around fullmoon day of Tabaung as well. It starts seven days before the full moon day. During the festival time, thousands of devotees come from villages around the area to the cave.
Festivities include performances by roaming artists and there is a busy market. During this festival, visitors can get to know the true religious feelings of the people of Myanmar by participating in events at pagoda fairs or by observing the rituals of the holiday.
Thingyan (Water ) Festival (nation wide)
It is the most significant and the most famous festival in Myanmar marked by splashing, pouring, and throwing icy water at one another regardless of your color, your religion and your background, is Myanmar New Year Water Festival (Thingyan). Thingyan falls on 13th April and ends in 17th April every year.
Fun fairs, modern stage shows and traditional dances in the temporary pandals are throughout the country. All things in Thingyan will always be enchanting, attracting and enjoying. It is the best time to come and see typical Myanmar's happy-go-lucky, easy-going, and generous nature. Communal-feedings are omnipresent.
Myanmar New Year's Day (nation wide)
Myanmar New Year Day is an auspicious day for all Buddhists. Throughout the country where family merit making is performed at all pagodas, monasteries and Home for the Aged
Popa Nats or spirits Festival (Mt. Popa)
Popa Mountain Nat Pwe (Festival of the Spirits) where Nat dances are performed at Mt. Popa.
Kason Full moon Day (Watering of the Sacred Bo Tree) Festival (nation wide)
The Kason festival of watering the Sacred Bodhi (Bayan) Tree symbolizes the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist event and many processions are held at temple grounds throughout the country.
Royal Ploughing Ceremony (Bonn Chroat Preah Nongkoal)
Cambodia has a deep connection with the Earth and farming, and there is a deep astrological belief that the Ox has an instrumental role in determining the fate of the agricultural harvest each year. So the Royal Ploughing ceremony marks the beginning of the rainy season and the planting season. The ceremony is led by the King or other high official. Adorned sacred cows plough a sacred furrow and then are led to trays containing rice, corn, beans and other foods. Cows are given a variety of crops to eat. Based on the choices of crops eaten, predictions are made for the coming year's harvest. Ceremonies are usually held next to the Royal Palace, in front of the National Museum. For this festival both men and women can be seen wearing brightly colored traditional Khmer costume.
Birthday of the King
It is the birthday of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromoneath NORODOM SIHAMONI's. During king's birthday, no festivities, only a giant firework display is held close to the riverbanks in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.
Nayone Festival of Tipitaka (nation wide)
Waso Fullmoon Day or Dhammasetkya Day
It is the start of the Buddhist Lent, in which alms giving ceremonies including offering of robes and other essentials to the monks at pagodas, monasteries and even at homes.
Taungpyone Nats or Spirits' Festival (Taungpyone, Mandalay)
About nine miles to the north of the Mandalay Hill lies the small Taungpyone village nestling quietly among the green fields. In the village stands a small pagoda bearing testimony to the incidents of yore and to the lives and love of the two young princes of Bagan Era.
The Taungpyone Nat festival is held every year in the Myanmar month of Wagaung (August). The Nat festival reaches the climax on the fourth day when the faithful observe the bathing ritual of the two Nat princes, carried on palanquin followed by the train of procession to the Shwe Ta Chaung stream (the Golden stream) which runs close to the west of the village.
Times change and modern life becomes more and more complex yet the simple faith in these two princes of ancient Bagan Era make the faithful come every year renewed hopes and wishes. The Taungpyone Nat festival is a must for those who want to study the spirit-worship in Myanmar. Be in Mandalay on 9th to 11th August.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival (Inle Lake, Shan State)
Phaung Daw Oo pagoda festival is the most interesting event due to their unique leg rowing. It is the one and only place in the world that one can see such marvelous act.
Situated in Inle Lake, one of the most dazzling and magical places in Asia. It is held on a grand scale for 18 days, usually falls in October (sometimes in September). Four Buddha Images out of five from Phaung-daw-oo Pagoda are carried on royal barge and conveyed around 14 villages on the Lake. The barge is towed by the boats of leg -rowers and hundreds of boats follow the procession. The large crowds of people gather on the lake-shores to celebrate the occasion. It is really a splendid sight.
Among the dance shows and fun-fairs, the most interesting event of the festival, especially for foreigners, is their boat race - due to their unique leg rowing. It is the one and only place in the world that one can see such marvelous act. This year Phaugdawoo Pagoda festival will begin on 12th October and end on 29th October, 2007. 18th and 29th of October is special recommend for taking photographs.
Thadingyut Festival of Lights
It is a traditional festival marking the end of Buddhist Lent, one of the most prominent of the year where pagodas, houses and streets are brilliantly illuminated. It is not only a time of joy but also thanksgiving and paying homage.
Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival ( Kyaukse, Mandalay)
Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival is a yearly cultural highlight of Kyaukse; located 26 miles to the south of Mandalay. A huge elephant figure is made from bamboo and paper. Men take their places inside the figure and imitate and coordinate the movements of the dancers, assisted by a small number of musicians. The festival is celebrated on the day before the fullmoon of Thadingyut (October). As the day progresses, it is getting more and more crowded because people from nearby villages and as far as Mandalay come to Kyaukse and join in the festivities.
Tazaungdine Festival of Lights
The robe weaving ceremony is held on the eve of the day before the full moon of Tazaungmone (November). This is a competition for the weaving skills between teams of women to complete special saffron-coloured robes, called "Ma Tho Thin Gan" (non stale robe) from the evening till dawn. At dawn,the prizes are given to the winners and the finished robes are offered to the Images of Lord Buddha.This festival lasts for about three days.
Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks Festival (Taunggyi, Shan State)
A Traditional Shan Festival where the various competitions of hot-air balloons attached to firecrackers are performed at night time on the full moon day of November. At day-time, there is a competition of decorated hot-air balloons in different shapes and forms of mythological birds as well as animals such as elephants, etc.
The Kachin Manaw Festival is celebrated to commemorate any joyous or auspicious occasion like a bountiful harvest, happy marriage or a house-warming.
Naga New Year (Lahe)
The Naga New Year Festival is held every year in January in Lahe, Sagaing Division. There is great feasting and joy, and tribes walked for days over mountains to join the revelries. The visitors also participate in the festivities. The national races wear their own national costumes, handed down from generation to generation. At the New Year celebrations, endless cups of rice wine are drunk, bison and wild boar meat roasted and eaten. Traditional dances are also performed to the beating of drums.