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Dates: Begins one day before the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut

Location: Mandalay

Duration: Four days

An exciting festival focused on a huge Buddha image carved from a block of marble. It coincides with an annual competition among teams of cane-ball (chinlon) players. This sport of keeping a rattan ball off the ground without using the hands is not about one side winning and the other losing and is surely the only sport in the world with such a concept.

Festival of Light

15 October - October 16

Dates: One day before the Full Moon Day of Thandingyut, the Full Moon Day and one day after

Location: Throughout the country

Duration: Three days

Hpaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

02 October - October 19

Dates: 1st Waxing Moon Day of Thadingyut

Location: Inle Lake, Southern Shan State
Duration: 18 days

Manuha Pagoda Festival

14 September - September 15

Dates: One day before the Full Moon Day of Tawthalin and the Full Moon Day

Location: Myinkaba village, Bagan
Duration: Two days

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

04 November - November 19

Dates: 1st Waxing Moon Day of Thadingyut

Location: Nyaung U, near Bagan
Duration: 15 days

Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda Festival, Sagaing (November 26 to December 1)

26 November - December 01

A festival where the caravan of bullock-carts in the pagoda compound carrying their village products such as hand-woven cotton cloths and handmade mats.

Robe Weaving Contest, Myanmar (On November 26)

26 November - November 26

A kind of contest for the weaving skills between teams of women will be held on the eve of the day before full moon day in one night. Competitors have to weave complete special robes which is called Ma-Tho-Thin-Gan from the evening onwards at dawn.

 

Than Bodde Pagoda Ceremony, Monywa (November 25 and 26)

25 November - November 26

Myanmar Thanaka, sandalwood and textiles such as cotton blankets and longyi are sold at the various stalls around the area.

Shwe Myat Mhan Pagoda Festival, Shwe Taung near Pyay (November 19 to December 26)

19 November - December 26

Just like most of the pagoda festivals in Myanmar, there are many things to see such as traditional performances, traditional food and snack stalls and magic shows

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival, Bagan (November 19 to December 19)

19 November - December 19

Yearly festival of Shwezigon Pagoda is celebrated on the Fullmoon day of Tazaungmone. Lacquerwares, glazed pots, hand woven cotton blankets and traditional food aresold by villagers living in the region.

Hot Air balloon festival, Taunggyi (November 20 to 26)

20 November - November 26

Hot-air balloon festival is held one week before the fullmoon day of Tazaungmone. This festival is very well-known as one of the most famous festival in country. During the festiva, giant hot air balloons of variouis colors and shapes are sent up to the sky.

Hpaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival, Inle Lake (October 25 - November 1)

25 October - November 01

Four of the Hpaung Daw Oo Pagoda’s five Buddha images are carried on a golden barge to spend the night at villages around Inle Lake. Their arrival at the villages is greeted with ceremonies and rejoicing.

Thadingyut Festival of Light, nation wide (October 27 - November 7)

27 October - November 07

This national festival marks the end of Buddhist Lent and is one of the biggest festivals on the Buddhist calendar. People light candles around their houses and in the streets and homes are decorated with colourful lights.

Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda festival, Mandalay (Otober 27-28)

27 October - October 28

This festival usually begins one day before the full moon day of Thadingyut and its focus is a huge Buddha image carved from a block of marble. The festival coincides with an annual competition among teams of cane-ball (chinlon) players.

Indein Pagoda festival, Inle Lake (October 14 - 17)

14 October - October 17

This Buddhist ceremony is held at an ancient pagoda on Inle Lake.

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