Festivals in Tagu ( April )

Event Shwemawdaw pagoda festival
Venue Bago
Period 14th waxing day to 1st waning day of Tagu (Apr .  -  , 2016)

Theatrical artists perform such as Zats, Anyeints, stage show and also popular sales fair where all kinds of goods, most of them are clothes, toys & kitchen supplies not expensive ones.


Event Thanakha grinding Event
Venue Sittwe, Rakhine State
Period The eve of water festival ( A Kyo day) -- Apr 2016

A traditional event held on the eve of water Festival. In the early part of the night young women grind Thanaka bark and roots to a fine cream usually by using water on rounded stone slabs accompanied by musical troupe support the event.


Event Thingyan (Water Festival)
Venue Throughout the country
Period Thingyan period is set by astrologist on study of position of stars and movement of planets
(Usually be met with Apr 13-16 by Gregorian calendar)
Theme order 1st day : eve of Thingyan ( Welcoming to Thagyarmin, the chief of celestial beings)
2nd day : beginning day
3rd day : peak day
4th day : receding day

The festival is held prior to Myanmar new year to cleanse away evil deeds of the past year with water.
Youths go out for enjoyment while elders take retreat in monasteries and pagoda precincts to perform meritorious deeds.


Event Poppa Ceremony
Venue Poppa Taungkalat
Period Receding day( A-tet day) of Thingyan  (16th April)


During Thingyan, Pilgrims from the country over pay respect to Popa nat shrines.


Event Myanmar new year day & Animal-freeing Ceremony
Venue Throughout the country & Kaba Aye Hillock and elsewhere significant religious sites
Period Immediate after Thingyan (17th April )

Buddhists young and old alike, and the day performing meritorious deeds like releasing live animals, offering food to monks, paying homage to elders, keeping Sabbath etc. Animal freeing ceremony is held by the Religious Department on Kaba-aye Hillock to give animals. Similar ceremonies held township wise.