Myanmar Festivals

Myanmar Festivals

THE MAIN Festivals in Myanmar

THINGYAN  FESTIVAL ( or ) water pouring festival

Thingyan or water pouring festival is the mail festival and every Myanmar peoples are participate and enjoy in various ways . some are feeding to everyone with their local snack . some are going to Buddhist monasteries and keeping their mental and manner and received the teaching of Buddhist ways.Most are happily going out to splash water each other.
The festival is long 5day and after that, there is Myanmar New Year will start.Pouring water is signifies cleansing the body and mind of evils of the past year and to be clean in coming new year.


Fire Balloon festival is held in 2places in Myanmar. One is in Taunggyi City in Shan State and other one is in Pyin Oo Lwin City in Mandalay Division . Competitions were held on mostly in end of October and first week of November. It will vary according to lunar calendar of Myanmar. During the competitions, there are Huge balloons in the shapes of animals and other creation shape were released in the day festivals. The balloons released at night had fireworks and it has multi-colored lights and small lanterns attached to the main balloon. Other items is special one which has fire cracker attached in big balloons and it is need to careful to watch it.


This festival is annually held from the end of September and it will take about one month. During the festival days, people are pay homage to the five deeply venerated Buddha statue and the images are placed on a decorated royal barge in the form of a mythical bird & taking around the inlay lake stopping over at villages for people to pay homage. There will be fan fairs & dances, and the unique event of the festival is the boat races participated by leg-rowers.