Festivals in Tabodwe ( Feb )

Event Shan State Day
Venue Taunggyi , Laisho , Kyaing Tone and Shan State
Period 7 Feb ( Fixed as Gregorian calendar)
Theme Shan national annual festival

The Shan State National Day was founded on Feb 7, 1947, by Shan princes and leaders. The unity of Shan leaders was carried through in the  Panglong agreement. Dances of Shan ethnic minorities are performed.


Event Mahamuni pagoda festival
Venue Mandalay
Period Peak days - 13th waxing to full moon day of Tabodwe  (  Feb  –  , 2016)

This festival usually lasts for 7 days. Glutinous rice (locally called Htoe Moant delicacy) contests are also held on the pagoda’s platform. A variety of incense sticks are burnt for the Buddha image on the full moon day (29 Jan.). Thousand of people make the pilgrimage to the Mahamuni Pagoda.

The temple is always the center of activities and during this festival people celebrate with might and main. Evening entertainment such as Zats (a variety of dance, song and short & long plays), Anyeints (a performance of a few hours in which a number of “jokers” (usually four) caricature current situations and /or persons strung together by a traditional dancer) and popular movies shown in open air. In the day time, there are many stalls selling various kinds of Myanmar snacks displayed in continuous rows of long tables.


Event Nyan taw pagoda festival (Shwe Myin Tin Pagoda)
Venue Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
Period 13th waxing to full moon day of Tabodwe  (  Feb  –  , 2016)

Similar to most of the pagoda festivals with most of the ingredients as in the Mahamuni Pagoda Festival. It is a famous pagoda festival in Pyin Oo Lwin. In addition, you can observe several Shan and other ethnic groups who come from the hills to sell their products.


Event Kyaik Khauk Pagoda festival
Venue Thanlyin near Yangon
Period 13th waxing to full moon day of Tabodwe  (  Feb  –  , 2016)

The atmosphere at the Festival of the Golden Hilltop of Kyaik Khauk Pagoda is similar to a fun fair.

A bamboo spiral staircase is erected around the Pagoda for men to climb up, worship the Buddha and to enjoy the surrounding scenery. A multitude of stalls are offering local foods, ceramic and clay pots of all sizes, furniture and bamboo mats. Most of the pagoda festival has evening entertainments such as Zats, Anyeints, some stage show and movies shown in the open air the whole night for every day. Villagers nearby come to the festival by ox-carts of that can be seen on eve of full moon day.


Event Bon Fire ceremony of Shwesandaw pagoda
Venue Pyay
Period The eve and the full moon day of Tabodwe  (  Feb  – , 2016)

Plants which emit no smoke when lit are burnt at four cardinal points on the platform of the pagoda in the early morning. Worshippers than proceed to Pho U mountaintop where the Lord Buddha is said to have visited and made preordination of events.


Event Htamane feast or Rice Harvesting Festival
Venue Nation wide
Period The eve and the full moon day of Tabodwe  (  Feb  – , 2016)

The full moon (in the lunar month of Tabodwe) is the time of the rice harvesting festival Htamane, or Htamin (literally rice), a special food-offering made and eaten at this time, consists of glutinous rice mired with sesame, peanuts, shredded ginger and coconut. In villages large batches of glutinous rice are cooked over open fires and stirred with big wooden paddles until they become a thick mall, after which the rice is wrapped in small banana-leaf parcels and distributed to nearby community.


Event Chin national day
Venue Haka, Chin state
Period 20th Feb ( Fixed as of Gregorian calendar)

The Chins were among the ethnic groups represented at the signing of the Panglong Agreement in 1947, an agreement to create unity in the country. In February 1948, instead of the traditional hereditary system of chieftainship, Chin representatives were elected at a conference in Falam town. The final day of the conference, February 20, was thereafter recognized as Chin National Day. Chin people gather at Haka Town’s Soccer ground and do celebration the whole day.