Festivals

ANANDA PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - Full Moon of Pyatho to 15th Waning of Pyatho
Location - Bagan
Duration - 15 days
Description : This is one of the most famous pagoda festivals in Bagan one of the Asia's most amazing and richest archaeological sites. The Great Ananda Pagoda Festival is said to have been going on continuously since the Bagan period. Long ago, people from many villages around Bagan came to the festival in bullock-carts and made camps for the whole duration of the festival. Even now some villagers still come to the festival in the traditional way. Visitors can definitely enjoy the traditional lifestyle of the locals of Bagan during this festival.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

Date - 04January
Place - Nationwide
Description - 1 day Celebrations arranged by the government in Naypyidaw and across the whole country. Ceremonies are very early at 0420 am and can usually not be attended by the public. All government offices, museums and markets are closed.

KACHIN MANAW FESTIVAL

Date - Usually around first week of January
Location- Myitkyina, Kachin State
Description - The Kachins; one of the major races of Myanmar, take great part in this festival and many Kachins from abroad come back to meet and dance at this special event. The Manaw dance is performed at Manaw Festival which originated as part of the Nat or spirit worship of the past.

NAGA NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

Date - Usually January 14 to 16
Location - Either Lathe or Layshi, Savgaing Region
Duration - 3 days
Description - Naga New Year Festival is one of the rarest ceremonies in Myanmar. There are more than 49 different clans with their own distinctive dresses and dialects. They usually gather annually to celebrate the New Year which falls on January 15. Package tours are available to visit the Naga New Year Festival of Myanmar.

NYAN TAW PAGODA (SHWE MYIN TIN PAGODA) FESTIVAL

Date - 18 - 25February
Place - Nayn Taw Pagoda’s compound, PyinOoLwin (Maymyo)
Theme - Religion & Culture
Object of worship - Annual pagoda festival
Nearest airport - Mandalay
Description - Similar to most of the pagoda festivals with most of the ingredients as in the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival. It is a famous pagoda festival in PyinOoLwin. In addition, we can observe several Shan and other ethnic groups who come from the hills to sell their products.

KYAIK-KHAUK PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 18 - 26February
Place - Khauk-Khauk Pagoda’s compound, Syriam
Theme - Religion & Culture
Object of worship - Annual pagoda festival
Nearest airport - Yangon
Description - Kyaik-Khauk Pagoda Festival will be held starting from 18 - 26 Feb. Most of the pagoda festival has evening entertainments such as Zats, Anyeints, some stage show and movies shown in the open air the whole night for every day. Villagers nearby come to the festival by ox-carts, which can be seen just before and on fullmoon day (24-25 Feb 13).

MAHAMUNI PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 14th Waxing and Full Moon Day of Tabodwe
Location - Mandalay
Duration - 2 days
Description - Maha Muni Buddha image is highly venerated as it is said to be made in front of Buddha Himself, and thus its face is most revered. The image is completely covered with 15 cm-thick gold. February is the coldest month in Myanmar and at the Maha Muni Pagoda Festival Devotees light bonfires and cook huge pans of sticky rice with ginger, coconut and sesame to offer to monks.

Htamane (Glutinous Rice Festival)

Date - Full Moon Day of Tabodwe
Location - Throughout the country
Duration - 1 day
Description - This is a competition between teams of men for donation of Glutinous Rice to the Great Lord Buddha in early morning on Full Moon Day. There are lots of people enjoy watching the demonstrations and competition of cooking glutinous rice and after finished. Glutinous rice is distributed as donation to people and followed by the prize giving ceremony for the winners.

UNION DAY

Date - 12February
Place - Nationwide
Description - Celebrations arranged by the government in Naypyidaw and across the whole country. Mostly early morning. All government offices, museums and markets are closed.

Novitiation Ceremony

Date - During the months of Tabodwe and Taboung (school holidays, mostly in summer holidays in March and April before the water festival)
Location - Throughout the country
Duration - 2 days
Description - It is deemed the most important duty that parents owe to their son by letting him go forth and embrace the legacy of the Buddha join the Sangha as novice and become immersed in the teachings of Buddha at least for a short while. Novitiation ceremony is the unique characteristics in Myanmar. The ceremony usually celebrates during the school holidays. A formal Novitiation Ceremony involves a parade around the pagodas with boys all dressed up as princes.

Shwe Nattaung Pagoda Festival

Date - 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location - ShweTaung, Bago Region
Duration - 8 days
Description - This is one of the largest pagoda festivals in this part of Myanmar and many local pilgrims arrive by bullock-carts from the surrounding villages. This pagoda is said to be built in the Pyu Period.

MAW-TIN-SUN PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location- Laputta Township, Southwest Coast of Myanmar
Duration - 8 days
Description - This is the only seaside Pagoda Festival which attracts many people and it can be accessed from Yangon by a pleasant boat ride to Pathein, an interesting delta town famous for its parasols.

SHWE SARYAN PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - Full Moon Day to 8 Waning Day of Tabaung
Location - ShweSar Yan Village, Patheingyi, Mandalay Region
Duration - 9 days
Description - ShweSar Yan Pagoda is easily accessible by car, being on the main Mandalay-Lashio Highway. The ShweSar Yan Pagoda Festival is a very interesting festival indeed: a typical rural fair, bringing many visitors from not only the outlaying villages but also from faraway. The main attractions of this festival are the folk toys woven out of dried palm fronds. Beside the Pagoda is also a 17th century pagoda, Po KalarGu, which houses many beautiful mural paintings.

PAKHAN GO GYI KYAW FESTIVAL

Date - 14 - 26March
Place - ShweGu Ni village, Pakokku
Theme - Religion
Object of worship - Annual nat festival for paying respect to KoGyiKyaw Nat
Nearest airport - Monywa
Description - Regional Nat festival like TaungByone and YadanarGu. 1st day - KoGyiKyaw is coaxed and he ascends the throne, 2nd day - Nat figures are cleansed with water and re-gilded, 3rd day - drum-thumping for the nat and cock-fighting, 4th to 7th day - designated for pacifying KoGyiKyaw and 8th day - Re-enactment as told in legends. This festival is mainly visited by those wishing to make their businesses prosper by praying to him and requesting his intervention.

INDAWGYI PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location- Laputta Township, Southwest Coast of Myanmar
Duration - 8 days
Description - This is the only seaside Pagoda Festival which attracts many people and it can be accessed from Yangon by a pleasant boat ride to Pathein, an interesting delta town famous for its parasols.

ZALUN PYIDAWPYAN IMAGE FESTIVAL

Date - 8th Waxing To Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location - Zalun, Ayeyawady Region
Duration - 8 days Description - The colonialists who had occupied lower Myanmar took this Buddha Image to England with the intention of using the bronze in their mint. According to legend they could neither melt it nor break it with hammers, and the Queen was said to have suffered nagging headache and nightmares. She ordered that the statue be returned to the place from where it was taken. After sending back it to Myanmar, she recovered from the suffering. In memory of its having been taken abroad and having been brought back, it became famous as the Man AungMyinPyitawpyan Buddha Image (the statue that was returned from abroad).

PEASANTS’ DAY

Date - 02March
Place - Nationwide
Description - Held in honour of the country’s largest productive workforce. ll government offices, museums and markets are closed.

BAW-GYO FESTIVAL

Date - 10th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location- Thibaw Township, Southern Shan State
Duration - 6 days
Description - It is a famous historic pagoda festival in Shan State of Myanmar. Not only the people from Shan State but also the ones from the middle part of Myanmar take part in that festival. To observe Shan tradition, custom and culture, which are slightly different from the tradition of the middle park of Myanmar, is quite good while celebrating in the festival.

PINDAYA CAVE FESTIVAL

Date - 11th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location- Pindaya, Southern Shan State
Duration - : 5 days
Description - Shan, Pa O, Palaung, TaungYoe, Intha, Danu groups residing around Pindaya come and camp under the huge banyan trees to take part in the festival. The Pindaya Cave houses hundreds of Buddha Images, old and some new. During the festival time, thousands of devotees come from villages around the area to the cave. It is a joyous scene, people coming in groups by car, some coming in a huge line of traditional bullock-carts. The tribals circle the ox-carts, and in the middle, people do their cooking and rest for the night during the festival.

KAKKU PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - Begins on 14th Waxing of Tabaung
Place - Kekku Ancient Pagoda Complex, near Taunggy, Southern Shan State
Duration - 3days
Description - A cluster of more than 3000 pagodas, said to be from Bagan period, but in the Yun Shan style, are grouped on a small hillock overlooking the Hopon Valley. Pa O people flock to the festival in their best costumes to pay homage to the pagoda on the full-moon day of Tabaung. The best time to see this is at dawn, on the full–moon day, when villagers come.

AlaungdawKhathapa Pagoda Festival

Date - Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location- AlaungdawKhathapa National Park, Sagaing Region
Duration - 1day
Description - The AlaungdawKhathapa shrine is located in a National Park in Yinmarbin Township, Sagaing Region. It is crowded with the local people from surrounding area and far distances. The festival is held by lighting to the Pagoda and National Cave. People go there not only for just pilgrimage but also for observing the nature as it is one of the renowned ecotourism sites of Myanmar.

Shwedagon Pagoda Festival

Date - Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location- Yangonbr> Duration - Approximately one week preceding the full moon day
Description - Shwe Dagon Pagoda is the most well known pagoda in Myanmar and this Pagoda Festival is one of the most visited festivals for pilgrims all over the country. There is a competition to weave the holy robes using traditional looms to be offered to the Buddha Images at the four corners of the pagoda before dawn. Monks recite the Holy Scriptures 24 hours continuously throughout the duration of the festival, Buddhist devotees pay homage every day and their donations go towards the preservation of the Pagoda.

ARMED FORCES DAY

Date - 27 March
Place - Nationwide, especially in Naypyitaw
Description - Armed Forces Days is held in the country's administrative capital Naypyitaw. All government offices, museums and markets are closed.

SHWEMAWDAW PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 8th Waxing to 5th Wanning of Tagu
Place - Bago
Duration - 13days
Description - The most famous Pagoda Festival in Bago. Classical theatre troupes perform their best here so they will be booked by agents for the next pagoda festival season.

WATER FESTIVAL (THINGYAN)

Date - Usually 13th April to 17th April (New Year’s Day)
Location - Throughout the country
Duration - 5days of throwing water and the last, New Year’s Day,
Description - Thingyan (The Water Festival) is the most interesting and greatest occasion for merry–making with the largest number of people taking part in it throughout the country. During the Thingyan Festival, people pour water over one another to the melodious tunes of singing and dancing at the decorated pavilions. Pouring water signifies cleansing the body and mind of evils of the past year. During these auspicious days, Myanmar people perform a lot of meritorious deeds to usher in the New Year such as keeping Sabbath, going to pagodas and monasteries, offering food and alms to monks, paying respect to parents, teachers and elders, setting free fish and cattle and so on .Thingyan is a distinctive festival which is always awaited with great joy and excitement by Myanmar people every year.

MYANMAR NEW YEAR

Date - 17April
Place - Nationwide
Description - This is the start of the new year and the end of the waterfestival. The whole country is very quiet and everything is closed. Officially Myanmar New Year Holidays are 10 days and government offices are closed from 11 until 20 April 2012.

POPA NAT FESTIVAL

Date - 17 April
Place - Mount Popa
Theme - Religion
Object of worship - Annual nat festival
Nearest airport - Bagan (NyaungOo)
Description - During Thingyan water festival, pilgrims from the country pay respect to Popa Nat shrines. Nat dances are held on Mt. Popa. Very crowded and difficult to get up the mountain.

KASON FULLMOON DAY

Date - Full Moon Day of Kason
Location - Pagodas throughout the country
Duration - 1 day
Description - This ritual commemorates the date 2500 years ago when the Buddha gained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree. Pilgrims pour water on the Bodhi trees in pagoda compounds to keep them fresh in the summer heat of May.

SHIT-THAUNG PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 24May
Place - Shite-thaung Pagoda’s compound, Mrauk Oo
Theme - Religion & Culture
Object of worship - Annual pagoda festival
Nearest airport - Sittwe
Description - This pagoda festival will be held on Full moon day as same as the others pagoda festival but they have one exiting thing is they have traditional boxing show. Dummy boat races on land, real boat races and water splashing in MraukOo canal on full-moon day.

Salon Festival

Date - Late April (After Thingyan (Water Festival))
Location - Myeik Archipelago
Duration - 1 day
Description - The only inhabitants in Myeik or Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar are Sea Gypsies, namely Salon (Moken). They live on boats during dry season and remain on land during rainy season. They still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generation. Even they are living in the sea for most of the time, they have their traditions, customs, cultures and their localized traditional festival. During the festival, all villagers gather at the villages, offer foods and pray for their better on business, good luck, for good health and more prosperous for coming season. They are also enjoy their meals, drink and dance traditionally during their festival.

CHIN LONE (CANE BALL) FESTIVAL

Date - After the Full Moon Day of Waso
Location - Maha Muni Pagoda Compound, Mandalay
Duration - 48 Days
Description - WasoChinlone Festival of Mahamuni Buddha Image in the year 2009 stretched for 48 days. It was the 81st game held annually since 1926; the largest sport event of its kind, participated by 1220 Chinlone teams. The players had travelled across from all corners of the country to pay homage to the most revered Shrine, and to convene in tribute, the game of Chinlone. It is believed that this game has taken root in Myanmar for more than 1500 years. During the Festival of Mahamuni Buddha Image, as the grandeur of game call for, chinlone contest is performed with live music of Myanmar saing-waing (traditional orchestra) and running commentary.

PAKOKKU THIHOSHIN PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 8th Waxing of Nayon
Location - Pakokku, Central Myanmar
Duration - 15 days
Description - Pakokku is an old traditional town on the western bank of the Ayeyawady River. This pagoda festival is the most important for all towns west of the Ayeyawady and products from the region, such as dried chili, homespun baskets and tobacco are sold every year at this huge country fair. The best thanakha trees, the bark of which is pounded to make the purely organic make-up cream used by many Myanmar women, grow in this area.

MARTYR’S DAY

Date - 19 July
Place - Nationwide
Description - The day of the assassination of General Aung San and other ministers. Early morning (private) memorial services at the monument near Shwedagon Pagoda. All government offices, museums and markets are closed.

WASO FULLMOON DAY    

Date - Full Moon Day of Waso
Place - Throughout the country
Duration - Mid July Description - The Myanmar month of Waso is the beginning of the monsoon rains. It is also the start of the Buddhist Lent. Monks are prohibited to travel overnight from their monasteries. According to the monks' code of conduct, they are still obligated to make the rounds for their daily food whether it is raining or not. As it is, they need spare robes. Therefore there is a ceremony to offer robes to the monks for use during the wet season.

SHWE KYUN PIN NAT FESTIVAL

Date - 08 – 14 August
Place - Mingun
Theme - Religion
Object of worship - Annual nat festival
Nearest airport - Mandalay
Description - Regional Nat festival. Can observe several kinds to ceramic wares from Singaing and Kyaukmyaung are laid out at the bank of river for sale during the festival.

TAUNG BYONE NAT FESTIVAL

Date - 8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Wagaung
Place - TaungPyone Village, near Mandalay
Duration - 8 days
Description - TaungPyone is the site where two brothers serving a king of Bagan in the 11th century were executed. They became powerful spirits or Nats. This festival in their honor is attended by tens of thousands of mediums and worshippers. During the festival, toddy palm wine, whisky, rum, grilled rabbit and fried chicken are offered to the two spirit brothers. Orchestras come to play for the mediums who dance to make the spirits 'Joyful'.

FISH FEEDING FESTIVAL

Date - 21 September
Place - Kyaung-taw-ya Pagoda, Pyintphyu near Magwe
Theme - Religion
Nearest airport - Bagan
Description - Held on the bank of Mone canal in Magwe. Groups of cat -fishes are fed throughout the Buddhist Lent, when many locals believe is the only time the fish appear.

YADANAR GU NAT FESTIVAL

Date - 1st to 8th Waning of Wagaung
Place - Amarapura, Mandalay Region
Duration - 8 days
Description - This festival honours the mother of the two powerful spirit brothers in Bagan era. She is the Goddess of Popa and her main shrine is on Popa Crest, near Bagan. She is a powerful spirit and protector of women.

SHWE-KYET-YET PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 27 September
Place - Shwe-Kyet-Yet Pagoda’s compound and Shwe-Kyet-Yet jetty, Amarapura
Theme - Religion & Cultural
Object of worship - Annual pagoda festival
Nearest airport - Mandalay
Description - Various kinds of offerings are donated to monks. Boats from villages around come and pay respect to the pagoda. Boats racing are made near ShweKyet Yet Jetty.

PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 1st Waxing to 3rd Waning Day of Thadingyut
Location- Inle Lake, Southern Shan State
Duration - 18 days Description - PhaungDawOo Pagoda is one of the famous principal pagodas which houses five Boddha images. This pagoda is the main attraction of Inlay Lake and is situated in the middle of the lake. Thousands of people from communitiesaroung the lake and villages in the surrounding mountains carry fruits and flowers on lacquer trays in their own boats and pay homage as the holy barge passes. Teams of the lake's famous one-legged-rowers compete in annual boat races.

KYAUKDAWGYI PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - Begins one day before the full Moon day of Thadingyut
Location - Mandalay
Duration - 4 days
Description - An exciting festival focused on a huge Buddha image carved from a single block of marble. It coincides with an annual competition among teams of cane-ball (chin-lone) players.

MYATHALON PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 12 October – 10 November
Place - Myathalon Pagoda’s compound, Magwe
Theme - Religion & Cultural
Object of worship - Annual pagoda festival
Nearest airport - Bagan
Description - Buddhist chanting, early morning rice-offering to 1700 monks and the lighting of 9000 candles are major activities. The scenic beauty of the pagoda, situated on the river bank, is dramatic. Famous utensils made of iron are sold at a large scale.

ELEPHANT DANCING FESTIVAL

Date - One day before the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut and the Full Moon Day
Location - Kyaukse, about 40km southeast of Mandalay.
Duration - 2 days
Description - On the first day, colourfully decorated elephant figure made of cloth and bamboo with two men inside compete in dance competitions. The elephant with the best dance performance and behaviors wins the gold. Food and flowers are offered to the pagoda on the second day.

 

 

TADINGYUT FULLMOON DAY

Date - One day before the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut, Full Moon Day and one day after
Location - Throughout the country
Duration - 3 days
Description - This festival commemorates the time when the Buddha returned to earth after preaching in the abode of celestials during the three months of Lent. He descended at night and devotees greeted Him with lamps and lanterns. People decorate their houses with candles and coloured lanterns to symbolize this event. The festival of Light marks the end of Lent.

KAUNGHMUDAW PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - Around Full Moon Day of Thadingyut
Location - Sagaing, Sagaing Region
Duration - 5 days
Description - One of the famous pagodas in central Myanmar. Most interesting aspect of this festival is the caravan of bullock-carts in the pagoda compound. Some of the carts carry their village products, such as hand-woven cotton clothes and cane mats, etc, to sell them at the festival. They like to camp under the shady trees.

Tazaungmon Full Moon Festival

Date - Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location - Throughout the country
Duration - 1 day
Description - After the rains, the monks would need new robes and on the full moon day, the offering of new robes for the monks are held. It is called the Khahtein ceremony. Sets of new robes and other offerings such as slippers, umbrellas, alms bowls, food, towels, soap and other necessities are presented to monks. Cash offerings for monasteries are also collected and displayed on wooden frames built in the shape of a tree.

SHWEZIGON PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone Mandalay Region
Location - Nyaung u, near Bagan,
Duration - 15 days
Description - On the Full Moon Day, there is a ritual of offering a filled alms bowl to a thousand and more monks and novices. Lacquer ware, glazed pots and hand woven cotton blankets are sold by villagers living in the region at this great country fair.

TAUNGGYI FIRE BALLOON FESTIVAL

Date - Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location - Taunngyi, southern Shan State
Duration - 3 days
Description - The most spectacular event of the year is the Hot Air Balloon Festival held every November in Taunggyi commonly called the TaunggyiTazaungdaing Festival. Thousands of local pilgrims and international tourists choose to visit Taunggyi, especially to watch scores of giant paper animals being inflated and floated off into the sky. The competitions run during the day and at night when the sky is colourfully illuminated with hot air balloons. Hot air balloons in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, water buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl, and parrot are sent up into the sky.

THANBODDE PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - 12 -17 November
Place - Thanbodde Pagoda’s compound, Monywa
Theme - Religion & Cultural
Object of worship - Annual pagoda festival
Nearest airport - Monywa
Description - Like other pagoda festival with the usual entertainment provided. Myanmar thanaka, sandalwood and woven textiles (cotton blankets and longyis mainly) can be bought at the various stalls around the pagoda area.

PHOWINGTAUNG PAGODA FESTIVAL

Date - One day before Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location - Monywa, Sagaing Region
Duration - 2 days
Description - Like other pagoda festivals with the usual entertainment provided. Myanmar thanaka, sandalwood and woven textiles (cotton blankets and longyis mainly) can be bought at the various stalls around the pagoda area.

PYIN OO LWIN FIRE BALLOON FESTIVAL

Date - 16 - 17 November
Place - PyinOoLwin
Theme - Cultural
Object of worship - Annual Tazaungdine Lighting Festival
Nearest airport - Mandalay
Description - This festival has taken place on the day before full moon and full moon day. It is similar to festival in Taunggyi, but not bigger than in Taunggyi.

ROBE WEAVING CONTEST

Date - Begins in evening before the Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone
Location - Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, and other pagodas throughout the country
Duration - The whole night
Description - The robe weaving ceremony is held on the eve of the day before fullmoon day in one night. This is a competition for the weaving skills between teams of women to complete special saffron-coloured robes, called “Ma Tho Thin Gan” from the evening onwards at dawn. It is still done in the traditional way and lots of people enjoy watching the demonstrations. At dawn, the robes are offered to the great image of Lord Buddha and followed by the prize giving ceremony for the winners. In the evening of the Full Moon Day, teams of weavers compete to finish a monk’s rube during the night, to be offered to Buddha images at dawn the next day. It is a major event at the Shwedagon Pagoda. This is a competition for the weaving skills between teams of women to complete special saffron-coloured robes, called “Ma Tho Thin Gan” from the evening onwards at dawn. It is still done in the traditional way and lots of people enjoy watching the demonstrations. At dawn, the robes are offered to the great image of Lord Buddha and followed by the prize giving ceremony for the winners.This ritual was once practiced both in the palace during the time of monarchy and villages.

NATIONAL DAY

Date - 24 November
Place - Nationwide
Description - All government offices, museums and markets are closed.

SHWEMYETMHAN (GOLDEN SCEPTICAL) FESTIVAL

Date - 13th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Tabaung
Location - Shwetaung, Bago Region
Duration - 3days
Description - People enjoy celebrating ShweMyetHman Pagoda Festival annually. People of Buddhist can pay obeisance and others can observe the Buddha Image, only one having spectacles, that is very wonderful in Myanmar. The products of Pyay and it’s environ, the traditional handicrafts from various places of Myanmar are available during the festival.

CHRISTMAS DAY

Date - 25 December 2013
Place - Nationwide
Theme - Religion
Description - All offices, museums and markets are closed.

Kyaik-hti-yo ‘Golden Rock’ Pagoda Festival Nine Thousand Lamps

Date - One evening of December 31
Location - Kyaik-hti-yo ‘Garden Rock’ Pagoda, Mon State
Duration - 1 evening
Description - On the platform of the Kyaik-hti-yo ‘Golden Rock’ Pagoda, devotees light nine thousand lamps to welcome the New Year and to give thanks to Buddha’s peaceful Doctrine. The magical Golden Rock Pagoda, a golden spire, sits on the top of a huge boulder covered with gold leaf and perched on the edge of a cliff.

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