Festivals in Thidingyut ( Oct-Nov )

Event Phaungdaw Oo pagoda festival
Venue Inle Lake
Period Usually held in 1St waxing to 3rd waning day of Thidingyut ( Oct 14-31, 2015 )
Theme Pomp and pageant  big festival

September and October (when the rain is ding off, but the river level is still high) are the months when boats races are held on rivers and lakes throughout Myanmar. The most spectacular festival takes place at the Phaungdaw-Oo Pagoda on Inle Lake. Four of the five Buddha images covered so thickly by gold leaf are placed on the Royal Barge (the fifth is left to take care of the monastery). The barge, shape of Karaweik (a mythical bird with a sweet voice) and a procession takes place around the lake, stopping at each large monastery and village to spend the night before moving on the following morning to the next.  Hundreds of other vessels travel in the entourage in a general festive atmosphere. At Nyaung Shwe they spend three nights and then they return to the Pagoda via the right- hand side of the river. On the last day of the festival there is a boat race. This consists of long boats each containing around 100 people who row with their legs on both sides. Thousands of people from around the Shan State attend this most holy of all Shan celebrations.There are about 3 heydays – arrival day to Nyaung Shwe with boat race, longest distance while leaving from Kyaing Kham to Mine Pyoe and closing day.


Event Indein pagoda festival
Venue Inle Lake
Period 1st to 4th waxing day of Thidingyut( Oct 14 – 17 , 2015)

Buddhist ceremony is held at unique site of old shrine complex Indein far west of  Inle Lake.


Event Kyaukdawgyi pagoda festival
Venue Mandalay
Period Peak days- 14th waxing day till 1st waning day of Thidingyut ( Oct. 27 – 29, 2015)
Theme Pagoda festival - medium

It’s situated at the foot of Mandalay hill, within a short walking distance from Mandalay Hill Resort. It is considered popular sales fair where all kinds of goods (some of them locally produced) are sold. Next to that is the usual organization of events similar to other Pagoda Festivals.


Event Dummy elephant festival
Venue Kyauk Se, 52 km south of Mandalay
Period Eve of Thidingyut full moon day (Oct. 27, 2015 Only)
Theme Traditional art cum pagoda festival – Big

This unique and exotic elephant dance held at Kyaukse, a small town not far from Mandalay. A huge but light elephant figure is made with bamboo and paper. Men take their places inside the figure and dance around the town to the accompaniment of Dobat and Drums. The elephant dancers circle three times at the foot of the hill to pay homage to the Shwethalyaung Pagoda. It is a dance that requires precise rhythm and timing in order for the elephant dancers to maintain uniformity inside the elephant figure. Numerous life-size paper dummy elephants sing and dance to the accompaniment of music.


Event Mya Tha Lun Pagoda festival
Venue Magwe
Period Peak days- 14th waxing day till 1st waning day of Thidingyut ( Oct. 27 – 29, 2015)
Theme Pagoda festival

Magwe Myathalun Pagoda is located on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy River in Magwe. According to legend, the pagoda was originally built by a wealthy man from Magwe named Thubawga. The original height of pagoda was 15.6 metres (52 feet) and it was extended to 24.6m by Bagan’s King Saw Lu (1077-1084) who enshrined 120 relics and seven gold Buddha images inside it. The festival is one of the significant pagoda festivals in the country. It draws from the fifth waxing day of Thadingyut  the last waning day. The peak period is around full moon.

The festival area will encompass three to four acres, with hundreds of shops sell locally made goods, like clothes and traditional medicines. The traditional and modern fun fairs are always.


Event Thidingyut (festival of lights)
Venue Throughout Myanmar
Period 14th waxing day to 1st waning day of Thidingyut (Oct. 27 - 29, 2015)

To mark the end of the Buddhist Lent, and is also one of the prominent festivals of the year. Pagodas, houses, public buildings, parks, and monuments are all illuminated and there are various kinds of activities for everyone to enjoy. Thadingyut is not only for joyous but also thanksgiving and paying homage to Buddhist monks, teachers, parents and elders, and asking pardon for whatever misdeeds might have committed. Today in Yangon, at Sanchaung township area still prevails for best performance. Candle lights are illuminated at Koe Htat gyi pagoda.


Event Pinn Sakalanpa pagoda festival
Venue Yenanchaung
Period 8th  waning day of Thidingyut (Nov 5, 2015)
Theme Country pagoda festival with country style vistas

Pinn pagoda( full name Pinn Sakkalan pa) is located about 6 km west of Yenan Chaung, closed to Ayeyarwaddy river. This is a small festival compared to nation wide. The most enchanting is the way to pagoda. One has to go through low ridge mountains, narrow valley, walking Banyan trees, native people from nearby villages travelled by bull-cart. In that pagoda festival, one can find food stalls, toy shops selling sundry consumer goods, magic show, puppet shows and dramas. People young and old simply love to have a stroll around the place where there is pagoda festival. This country side is virtually tourist away. This is the day worth seeing for those who are looking typical fun of Ahnyar land.