Pariyatti Sasana Examination (Countrywide)

The religious (Buddhist) examinations are usually held during the month of Na Yone (June). Since the time of the Myanmar Kings, the religious examinations for the novices and monks were held in the court yard annually including written test and viva voice. Nowadays the religious examinations were held for and wide all over the country.

Sand Pagoda Festival (Countrywide)

One of the traditional festivals of the month Tabaung (March) is the festival of the pagoda or stupa on the broad sand banks along the river of the locality. It falls on the full moon day of the month, Tabaung. During the Pagoda festival, there are shopping malls where the visitors from adjacent villages buy and sell. The free shows of Theatrical troupes, dancing troupe and marionette troupe are engaged.

Full Moon Day of Waso

Waso Robe Offering Festival (Countrywide)

Myanmar Festivals

Myanmar Calendar

The Myanmar calendar subscribes to both the solar and lunar months. thus requiring an intercalary 30-day 13th month every second or third year. Therefore. the full moon days may change from one month to another in the usual calendar. The Myanmar months and the respective festivals are as follows.

January (Nadaw/Pyartho)

February (Pyartho/Dabodwei)

March (Dabodwei/Tabaung)

April (Tabaung/Tagu)

May (Tagu/Kason)

June (Kason/Nayon)

July (Nayon/Waso)

August (Waso/ Wakhaung)

September (Wakhaung/Tawthalin)

October (Tawthalin/Tadingyut)

November (Tadingyut/Tazaunmone)

December (Tazaunmone/Nadaw)

Taung Pyone Festival (Mandalay Division)

Mount Popa is a vast volcanic mountain that overwhelms the flat landscape. It is only about one hour drive from Bagan. Popa is located near Bagan and it has many legendary stories about the spirits (Nats) of today. This annual festival is known as Taung Byone festival. it is usually held during the month of August.

The Nats are believed to be super natural powerful beings. stated between the gods and the spiritual beings.

The Myanmars still worship them vigorously. and believe that the Nats can bring luck and prosperity to the worshippers and can also bring danger to those who do not respect them. The word "Nat" is unclear. It may be derive from the Hindu Natha which means lord. savior or protector.

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This festival includes the following matters.

  1. Preparation for the Ritual
  2. The Offerings
  3. The Orchestra
  4. The Possession

The Nat Pwe is usually held for three days. The first day is for the Summoning the Nats. The second day is the Nats' feast. The third is the day for the Nats' departure. Devotees from all over Myanmar. comes to this special festival and offer their donations and enjoy themselves with the blessings of the spirits. every year. They pray for prosperity. fame. and luck for the next coming year.

So. if you can have a visit to Myanmar. to learn about new cultures and to have extraordinary experience. we recommend that you should visit this special festival of Mount Popa.

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