Bagan Event Calendar 2017
Ananda Pagoda Festival
Ananda Pagoda Festival is one of the biggest in Bagan. Though held
mostly to worship and raise funds for upkeep of the Buddha, commerce
flourishes among the tents set up around the Pagoda. Villagers in
bullock carts add to the festive atmosphere.
Nhtet Pyit Taung Pagoda Festival
The Nhtet Pyit Taung Pagoda Festival is a small festival in Nyaung Oo
celebrated by villagers, marked by the setting up of stalls selling
local products, and the preparation of HTAMANE, a sticky rice dish
prepared with peanuts, ginger and onions to be shared by all. In
prosperous years, traditional entertainers are invited to present stage
shows including dances, opera and drama.
Water Festival is the run-up to Myanmar New Year. People splash water
on each other to commemorate the passage of time, washing away past
misdeeds, hoping for spiritual renewal and praying that the monsoon will
bring bountiful harvests.
Myanmar New Year
After the last day of the Water Festival on 16 April, on the following
day 17 April Thingyan marks the start of the Myanmar New Year following
the lunar calendar.
Kason Full Moon Day
The Full Moon Day of Kason is marked by the water-pouring ceremony at the Maha-Bodhi tree, the holy Bodhi tree (Fiscus Religiosa) at the foot of which Gotama Buddha attained Buddhahood.
Shinpinsagyo Pagoda Ceremony in Salay
This pagoda, famous for its original wall paintings still intact after
all the years, holds an annual celebration to which villagers flock from
far and near. They also take the chance to pay homage to Buddha at the
nearby Yoke Sone Kyaung Pagoda, renowned for its antique hand-carved
Full Moon Day of Waso
Waso Full Moon Day signals the beginning of Buddhist Lent, and is mostly observed by alms-giving to monks and to the needy.
Law Ka Nandar Pagoda Festival
Law Ka Nandar Pagoda is located in New Bagan, about 10 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.
Mya Zedi Pagoda Festival in Myinkapar Village
Mya Zedi Pagoda is located in Myinkapar village, which is about 5 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.
Manuhar Pagoda Festival in Myinkapar Village
Manuhar Pagoda is located in Myinkapar Village, about 5 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.
Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (Candle Light) Festival
The Tadingyut Candle Light Festival celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent,
during which Pagodas are illuminated by hundreds of candles.
Shwezigon Pagoda Festival in Nyaung Oo
The Shwezigon Pagoda compound becomes a bustling marketplace when
pilgrims and villagers from near and far come to pay homage to the
Buddha whose relics are enshrined in the Pagoda.
Full Moon Day of Tazaundaing Festival
Tazaundaing is observed by holding a weaving competition between teams
of men and women, where they produce saffron-colored robes for monks.
Prizes are given at the end of the competition at dawn, and robes are
offered to monks.
Alo Pyi Pagoda Festival in Bagan
Alo Pyi Pagoda is well-known as a wish-fulfilling pagoda and the festival is normally held on the full moon day of Nat-taw.
New Year Festival
Although srictly speaking the Myanmer people consider Thingyan as their New Year, they also celebrate January 1st in a more modest way.