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4 Burmese Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss

[SPONSORED CONTENT] The country’s colorful traditions are on display at these spectacular celebrations. Flymya, your one-stop Burma travel service, makes it easy to book domestic flights, arrange transfers and experience everything the different regions have to offer.

Published on Nov 11, 2016

Tazaungdaing Festival

Held on the full moon of the eighth month of the Burmese calendar, the “Festival of Lights,” as it’s often referred to, is a joyous occasion marking the end of the rainy season. All around the country, devout Buddhists help weave saffron-hued robes for monks or perform acts of charity. Hot air balloons illuminate the sky with thousands of candles.

Where to Go Although other parts of the country release hot air balloons, the best place for these celebrations is still where the tradition originated: Taunggyi in the Shan State.

Thadingyut Festival

Celebrated during Vassa, the Buddhist equivalent of Lent, Thadingyut is a three-day festival where locals put on elaborate, usually free, theater performances, play with firecrackers and fire balloons, and decorate the streets with lights and candles. It’s a particularly joyous time for travelers to visit and the stunning light displays make for some enviable Instagram snapshots. 

Where to Go You’ll find plenty of street fairs and fun around the nation, but the festivities in Rangoon are especially memorable. Be sure to pay a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda during the daytime. 

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

Once a year, Inle Lake’s most striking pagoda throws a fabulous 18-day festival. Hundreds of elaborately decorated, gilded barges glide across the glassy waters, making this truly a sight to behold.  

Where to Go Head to Inle Lake to experience this unique cultural event. While you’re there, you may find you want to you want to extend you stay by a couple of days to soak in the serenity. 

Thingyan Festival

Much like the Thai Songkran, Burma’s Water Festival combats the sweltering Southeast Asian heat around the New Year with a high-spirited water battle throughout the streets. Participants grab their water guns or mount pickup trucks with buckets, hoses or balloons to soak friends, family members and strangers alike. 

Where to Go Mandalay and Rangoon have raucous celebrations well worth checking out, but for something different, travelers should head to Rakhine, where residents fling water from a traditional long boat and dine on mohinga, an addictive noodle dish. 



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