Bagan Event Calendar 2021

27 January to 12 February 2021

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.

26 February 2021

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.

13 April to 16 April 2021

Water Festival

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.

17 April 2021

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.

25 May 2021

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.

22 July to 23 July 2021

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 walls.

23 July 2021

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.

13 August to 14 August 2021

Law Ka Nandar Pagoda Festival

Law Ka Nandar Pagoda is located in New Bagan, about 10 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.

21 August to 22 August 2021

Mya Zedi Pagoda Festival in Myinkapar Village

Mya Zedi Pagoda is located in Myinkapar village, which is about 5 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.

19 September to 20 September 2021

Manuhar Pagoda Festival in Myinkapar Village

Manuhar Pagoda is located in Myinkapar Village, about 5 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.

20 October 2021

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.

17 November to 21 November 2021

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.

18 November 2021

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.

11 December to 12 December 2021

Alo Taw Pyi Pagoda Festival in Bagan

Alo Taw Pyi Pagoda Festival in Bagan Pagoda is well-known as a wish-fulfilling pagoda and the festival is normally held on the full moon day of Nat-taw.

31 Dec 2021

New Year Festival

Although strictly speaking the Myanmer people consider Thingyan as their New Year, they also celebrate January 1st in a more modest way.