Festivals in Kasone ( May )

Event Sand stupa festival
Venue Pa Le Ngwe Yaung quarter, Min Thar Su Quarter, Yahai Quarter / Mandalay
Period The eve and full moon day of Kason ( May. 1 - 2, 2015)
Theme Ritual related for Buddhist / small scale

In three different Mandalay quarters stupas are built with sand at the eve of Kason full moon day. Sand stupas are built up with five segments gradually converging to the top. Each layer of white sand is supported by bamboo-mats and -posts. The celebration dates are not the same and depend on the different quarters where the festival is held.


 

Event Kason Fullmoon Day ( Watering ceremoniously to sacred Bodhi tree
Venue Shwedagon ( Yangon) / Other significant pagodas
Period Full moon day of Kasone ( May 2, 2015 )
Theme Buddhist ritual deed

 

Event Shwe Kyet Yet pagoda
Venue Shwe Kyet yet pagoda- near Sagaing bridge
Period Full moon day of Kasone ( May 2, 2015 )
Theme Buddhist ritual deed

Like other pagoda festival is held before full moon day of Kasone. Small plays are performed locally.


 

Event TAUNG YOE Festival
Venue Pindaya cave
Period The eve and the full moon day of Kason (May. 1 - 2, 2015)
Theme Taung Yoe ethnic ritual deed

 

Taung Yoe tribe make torchlight procession in the early part of the night of full moon day to pay homage to the numerous statues in the cave.


 

Event Pa-O Rocket Festival
Venue Taunggyi
Period The eve and full moon day of Kason (May. 1 - 2, 2015)
Theme Pa O ethnic ritual deed

 

Locally made rockets stuffed with powerful gunpowder are ceremoniously carried and launched in competition. It is observed mostly by ethnic Pa-O to predict the weather and crops. Young men and women use small mirrors to tease one another.


 

Event Shite Thaung pagoda festival
Venue Mrauk U
Period The eve and full moon day of Kasone ( May 1 -2, 2015)
Theme Pagoda festival

 

Event Shwe Guni Pagoda festival
Venue Kyaukka village , 20 km east of Monywa
Period 7th- 9th waning of Kasone( peak day May 10 , 2015)
Theme Pagoda festival

There is a 33 meters high Buddha image dating from the 14th century. Kyaukka Village is just beyond        Shwe Guni Pagoda. It is the main center for the crafting of lacquer-ware since the Konbaung Era.