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Full moon festivals in Yangon

Watering of the Sacred Bo Three Festival

Thanks to the numerous celebrations that take place all year round, Myanmar is often referred to as the Land of Festivals and festivals are a highlight of travel in this country. Taking part in full moon festivals in Yangon, Myanmar, which are closely intertwined with Buddhism, you will have a vivid glimpse into traditional cultures that cannot be found anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Indochina tours Laos

Tazaungmone Full Moon Festival

Tazaungmone Festival

Tazaungmone Festival- source: internet

  • Date: The 4th – 17th November – Full moon day of Tazaungmone
  • Date in 2018: the 23rd November
  • Location: Throughout the country

Falling in the month of November of the English calendar and Tazaungmone in Myanmar Calendar, which marks the end of the rainy season and the beginning of winter, Tazaungmone is also known as Kha-htein ceremony. During this ceremony, locals offer the monks sets of new robes and accessories (alms bowls, umbrellas, slippers, food, soap and towels). The collected offerings are displayed in a parade on wooden frames built in an image of a tree.

During that period, the seasonal Khawei flowers are in full bloom in Myanmar. 9.999 candles are lighted and offered to Koehtatkyi Pagoda in San Chaung Township, Yangon Division on the night of full moon day of Tazaungmone, when all the stars completely show out. Traditionally, at midnight on that day, Burmese always enjoy vegetable curry, which is thought to be the bitter Maezali bud salads helping you free from all diseases. According to this belief, Burmese often prepare Maezali bud salads to share with their family and friends. It is one of Burma’s treasured habits.

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival

Lighten candles and pray in Shwedagon Pagoda Festival

Lighten candles and pray in Shwedagon Pagoda Festival- source: internet

  • Date: the 12th -17th February – 1 week before Full Moon Day of Tabaung
  • Date in 2018: the 1st – 5th March
  • Location: Yangon

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival, when monks continuously recite the Holy Scriptures for 24 hour every day for the entire week before the full moon day of Tabaung, is the biggest pagoda festival (paya pwe) in Burma. The Buddhists believe that reciting will protect the country against the evils and therefore make it much safer. Those who attend the festivals will make donations for the most sacred pagoda’s preservation. These competitions of weaving holy robes using traditional looms will also be held. And before dawn, these beautiful robes made in these competitions will be offered to these Buddha images at the four corners of this pagoda. If your trip to Myanmar is in late February to early March, this five-day festival leading up to the full moon is the most convenient. Travel Indochina Laos

Thadingyut Festival of Lights

Thadingyut Festival

Thadingyut Festival- source: internet

  • Date: September/October
  • Date in 2017: the 4th -7th October
  • Date in 2018: the 23rd -26th October
  • Location: Throughout the country

Celebrating the end of the Buddhist lent, the three-month Buddhist period time, when all monks and novices have to remain in their temples and typically marking the end of the rainy season, Thadingyut festival of lights is the second most popular national festival in Myanmar, after Thingyan.

Held on the full moon day of the Burmese Lunar month of Thadingyut in September/October, this 3-day event takes place at all pagodas all over Myanmar but is most stunning in Inle Lake and Yangon. Complimenting the lighting of lanterns and candles are feasting and performances.

Kason Bo Tree Watering Festival

Watering of the Sacred Bo Three Festival

Watering of the Sacred Bo Three Festival- source: internet

  • Date: The second month of the Myanmar Calendar – May of the English calendar
  • Location: Countrywide

Usually falling in May, the month Kason, when the length of the day is longer and the night is shorter, is the month of excessive great. Burmese people regard the month of Kason, when water in all lakes, ponds and creeks are at its lowest level as Taurus season. In this festival, there is a ceremony pouring water at the holy Banyan tree (the Maha-Bodhi tree), whose foot was a place where the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and passed away. The Kason month is the middle of summer, so the earth is really dry and locals want to pour water at the holy banyan tree to make sure that it will not die of drought during the hot season. The Buddhist people march in a grand procession to the pagodas or to the holy tree to pour scented water on every full moon day of Kason and on this day and this has become an integral part of Myanmar culture.

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