In the former capital, Yangon, the government permits crowds to gather on the Kandawgyi Pat Lann and Kabaraye Roads. These kinds of offerings usually consist of a single green coconut surrounded by a circle of bananas. It is a Buddhist festival celebrated over a period of four to five days, culminating in the New Year. All able-bodied individuals are included in this game, except for monks. However, in most parts of Burma, it does not begin in earnest until the second day.
These parades often consist of vehicles and decorated floats. It is the hottest time of the year in the country and a good dousing is welcomed by most. Ganesha was very powerful; if his head was placed into the ocean, all of the water would instantly evaporate. Arsi lost the wager, so he was decapitated by Sakra. Serious water throwing does not begin until a-kya nei in most of the country although there are exceptions to the rule. People pray to the images and cover them with gold leaf.
We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. Hpaung Daw U Festival is a moveable feast relative to the Gregorian Calendar. Temporary water-spraying stations, known as pandals, are set up and double as dance floors. There are many lively celebrations that occur during the night of Thingyan Eve. By night fall the real celebrations starts. In some major cities, celebrations may include fireworks, parades, concerts and other forms of entertainment. Some overenthusiastic young lads may get captured by women, who often are their main target, and become kids of a practical joke with soot from cooking pots smeared on their faces.
This ensures that many Burmese citizens have the opportunity to enjoy the Water Festival. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. If they are, you an only buy tickets 1-3 days in advance and at the station and so that's my best bet. Although each country marks the occasion with its own traditions and customs, it is common for people to gather with friends and family to enjoy the festivities. Commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death Parinirvāna of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition 8 Jul Sat Start of Buddhist Lent - Also known as Vassa. Beginning of Buddhist Lent 28 Oct Wed Full Moon Day of Thadingyut End of Buddhist Lent 26 Nov Thurs Full Moon of Tazaungmone 6 Dec Sun National Day 10th day following the full moon of the month of Tazaungmone 25 Dec Fri Christmas Day Date Day Holiday 4 Jan Mon Independence Day 10 Jan Sun Kayin New Year Day 1st day of the month of Pyathoe 12 Feb Fri Union Day 2 Mar Wed Peasants' Day 23 Mar Wed Full Moon Day of Tabaung 27 Mar Sun Armed Forces Day Tatmadaw Day 11 Apr Mon Public Holiday Bridge holiday before the long holiday 12 Apr Tue Thingyan Holiday Eve of the Water Festival 13 Apr Wed Thingyan Water festival 14 Apr Thurs Thingyan Holiday 15 Apr Fri Thingyan Holiday 16 Apr Sat Thingyan Holiday 17 Apr Sun Burmese New Year's Day 18 Apr Mon Burmese New Year Holiday 19 Apr Tue Burmese New Year Holiday 20 Apr Wed Burmese New Year Holiday 1 May Sun Labour Day May Day 21 May Sat Full Moon Day of Kasong Vesak Day 19 Jul Tue Full Moon Day of Waso Dhammasetkya Day. Local girls rehearse for weeks and even years, in the run-up to the great event in song and dance in chorus lines.
On this day you can also see a hair washing ceremony where young people wash the hair of the elderly. Water symbolizes purity in the local lore, and pouring water represents cleansing the soul of the past year's evils and imperfections. To celebrate this important landmark, the community gathers to enjoy dance, comedy and open-air theatre performances as well as a lively market where vendors sell traditional Myanmar food and other local products. Young men and women help in making it and all are welcome, some have put a birdseye chilli inside instead of jiggery as a trick. Would like to travel to on the 17th. Each year, they gather in the nearest town to celebrate the Naga New Year Festival. Shwe Yin Aye is similar like Mont Lat Saung but it has extra ingredients of bread, sticky rice, and different colours of assorted jellies eating with cold coconut milk.
Also, expect to find many shops, restaurants and public places closed - check before you go. Indawgyi Festival 5-13 March 2017, Hopin near Myitkyina This festival celebrates the full moon of Tabaung. Maung Dong Spirit Festival 17-27 March 2017, Monywa The favorite wife of Kin Taung U was said to have supernatural powers and was therefore exiled to Maung Dong, where she later drowned. Myanmar people also pour scented water from head down over the Buddha images and offer food and drinks. Beginning of Buddhist Lent 24 Oct Wed Full Moon Day of Thadingyut End of Buddhist Lent 23 Nov Fri Full Moon of Tazaungmone 24 Nov Sat National Day 10th day following the full moon of the month of Tazaungmone 25 Dec Tue Christmas Day. The Burman - His Life and Notions.
However nowadays people use whatever they can water guns, buckets, water balloons, fire hoses, bamboo syringes find to throw water and have fun. What happens on the Thingyan water festival? Shwemyetmhan Pagoda Festival 26 November 2017 - 3 December 2017, Shwe Taung This festival is similar to other pagoda festivals, but has an interesting twist. Union Day 12 February 2017, Nationwide Myanmar's Union Day marks the occasion of the signing of the Panglong Agreement which promoted equality between the people of Burma and the non-Burmese hills tribes. If you are from Myanmar, then I am sure you might be searching for Myanmar 2019 Holiday Calendar which includes all Public Holidays, Bank Holidays, Government Holidays, School Holidays and Festivals in Myanmar in year 2019. Pwè performances by puppeteers, orchestras, dance troupes, comedians, film stars and singers including modern pop groups are commonplace during this festival. Full Moon of Thadingyut 5 October 2017, Nationwide The Thadingyut Lights Festival is held on this day, which marks the end of the Buddhist Lent.
To get in touch with one of our travel advisors about tours that include festivals around Myanmar, fill out. Water balloons and even fire hoses have been employed. That cold water is poured on top of the rice and eaten with various side dishes such as dried fish, fried chilies, and mango salads. When is the Ananda Temple Festival? The Burmese people move to a calendar even more ancient than that of the west. During Akyo day to A Tat Day, people enjoy water festival. Traditionally people used to gently sprinkle water on one another using a bowl and sprigs and the water was meant to wash away our sins of the previous year. Hoping to avoid flight unless last resort as prefer train travel.