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Regional Festivals

 

Yangon
The Kyaik Khauk Pagoda is built on a hill on the road to the town of Kyauktan in Thanlyin, about a half-an-hour drive across the river from Yangon.


Mandalay
The Pagoda Festival is held in the month of Dabodwe`. In the first ceremony from the 1st Waxing Day to the 9th Waxing Day of Dabodwe`(February), a number of monks chant Buddhist scriptures nonstop. On the 8th Waxing day, there are communal offerings of dry rations and other necessities to the monks from nearby monasteries.



Bagan
Within the tall arched alcoves of its four sides are the standing images of the Buddha. There are a large collection of green glazed terracotta plaques in the Ananda, the largest assembly in a single building.




Monywa
The pagoda has a unique shape. Receding terraces top the square temple, with a myriad of small stupas surrounding the central golden chedi. The pagoda festival is held around the full moon day of Tazaungmone (November).



Mingun
It was built on 5th waxing day of Tabodwe` of Myanmar Era, but it was left uncompleted due to a prophesy that once the pagoda is completed the country will break up. Had it been completed, it would be a height of some 500 feet and would have been a wonder.



Ayeyarwaddy Division
Maw Tin Zun is also called Nagayit Mountain, Tharana Mountain or Neibban Mountain. The pagoda is believed to have been built in Sakarit 103 by Zeyathena, the king of dragons, enshrining two hair relics of Buddha obtained from the two brothers Tapusa and Balika.



Chin State
The Nagas tribes live in the mountains, valleys and plains of one of the most remote regions on earth, in the northwest corner of Myanmar close to India. They live on both sides of the border.




Kayin State
The Kayin New Year falls on the 1st Waxing Day of Pyatho (usually in December, but some times in January). It is celebrated in Kayin State, Kayin quarters inYangon and in other cities where Kayin dominate.




Magwe
The original height was 52 ft, but it was extended to 82 ft by King Saw Lu of Bagan, enshrining 120 relics and seven gold Buddha images. When it was damaged by earthquake in Kawza Sakarit 1290, it was rebuilt to a height of 99 ft.



Myeik
The Salone Traditional Festival (Sea Gyosies Festival) will be held from 14th to 16th February 2004 at Manjungalet Village on Boncho Island with the aim of developing and promoting Myeik archipelago as a tourist destination and attraction as unspoiled natural beauty of Myanmar for international market.



Mon State
The boulder, stupa and part of the cliff are gilded with gold leaf applied over the centuries by faithful pilgrims. There are many legends about the Pagoda and the"nats" and "spirits".




Pakhokku
This pagoda festival is held for more than one month from the second week of June to the third week of July (Nayone to Waso).





Pyin Oo Lwin
The festival is celebrated around the full moon day of Tabaung (March). Myanmar traditional toys, boxes, baskets, and mats made from seasoned toddy palm leaves are the best selling village products.




Rakhine State
The main pagoda was built in five tiers, surrounded by a variety of stone pagodas. This pagoda festival is similar to other pagoda festivals, but it also includes exciting traditional wrestling.




Salay
Sale` is a small town about 15 km south of Bagan, on the Ayeyarwaddy river. The Shinbinsagyo Pagoda festival is held around the full moon day of Waso (July).



Shan State
The entire length of the cave is 490 feet and there are about 8,000 Buddha images made from various materials like teak, marble, alabaster, brick, cement and lacquer. All the images are enshrined in the nooks and corners of the winding caves.



Shwekyin
Shwekyin, a town in the Bago Division on the bank of Sittoung River, celebrates the light festival on the full moon day of Thadingyut (October.) Thousands of lighted candles on terracotta bowls are floated en masse down the river.



Kachin State
Traditionally Manaw was a Nat Festival, honoring guardian spirits, and the Padain Nat is believed to be the protector and benefactor of the Kachin. There are many versions of Manaw: a version to celebrate the New Year, other versions to celebrate victory in battle, house-warmings, and so on.