Myanmar is a Land of Festivals: a festival for every month of the year. Majority of the festivals are cultural and religious. Most are celebrated nation- wide while a few are distinctly regional. The dates of the festivals and special events are determined by the Lunar Calendar.

Festivals

January – Htamane Festival
– Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
– Shwesettaw Pagoda Festival (Minbu, Magway)
– Mahamuni Pagoda Festival (Mahamuni Pagoda,Mandalay)
– Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
– Kachin Manao Festival (Myitkyina, Kachin State)
– Naga New Year Festival (Chin State)
February – Maw-tin-sun Pagoda Festival (Pathein, Ayeyarwaddy Division)
– Indawgyi Pagoda Festival (Kachin State)
– Pindaya Cave Pagoda Festival (Shan State)
– Chinese New Year
– Salone Traditional Festival (Myeik Archipelago)
March – Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)
– Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival (Bago)
– Shinpyu (Novitialion) Ceremonies
April – Thingyan (Water) Festival
– Myanmar New Year Day
– Popa Nat or Spirits’ Festival (Mount Popa)
May – Kason Fullmon Day (Watering of the Sacred Bo Tree Festival)
– Taung-yo Torchlight Procession Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)
June – Nayone Festival of Tipitaka
July – Waso Fullmoon Day or Dhammasetkya Day
August – Taungpyone Nats or Spirits’ Festival (Taungpyone, Mandalay)
October – Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival (Inlay Lake, Shan State)
– Performing Arts Competition (Yangon)
– Thadingyut Festival of Lights
– Kyaukse Elephant Dance Festival (Kyaukse, Mandalay)
– Shwezigon Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
November – Tazaungdine Festival of Lights
– Kyaik-htiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) Festival (Kyaik Hto, Mon State)
– Hot Air Balloons & Fireworks Festival (Taunggyi, Shan Stale)
– Kahtein Thingan (Yellow Robe) Weaving Festival
December – 9000 Lighting of Candles (Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon)
– Kayin New Year Day
– Christmas Day

Some festivals like Myanmar Traditional Equestrian Festival and Myanmar Traditional Boat Regatta are held in Yangon and Traditional Bullock Cart Festival in Mandalay every 2 or 3 years.