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Feste

Wenn Sie die Chance haben, während Ihres Aufenthalts in Myanmar einem Fest beizuwohnen, sollten Sie dies nicht verpassen! Es ist eine lohnende Erfahrung. Wir versuchen, dies in Ihre Route einzubeziehen.
Myanmar ist als Land der Feste bekannt. Es gibt jeden Monat wichtige religiöse Feste. Das Datum basiert jeweils auf dem Mondkalender. Die meisten Feste sind buddhistischer Natur. Viele Feste beziehen sich auf gegebene Fakten der jeweiligen Jahreszeit (z.B. das Wasserfest / Waterfestival während der heißesten Zeit, oder das Spenden von Reiskuchen nach der Erntezeit).
Feste werden von der Landbevölkerung besucht. Einige Dorfbewohner haben eine tagelange Anreise mit Ochsenkarren hinter sich und bleiben für die Feste über Nacht.
Die Leute tragen ihre beste Kleidung, es gibt viele Aktivitäten in den Pagoden und normalerweise öffnen viele Essensstände.

Das wichtigste Fest ist das Wasserfest Mitte April (zur selben Zeit wie das Wasserfest in Thailand), das 4 oder 5 Tage dauert. Während dieser Tage gießen die Leute einander Wasser über die Schultern (auch wenn die Wassergefäße heutzutage leider oft durch Feuerwehrschläuche ersetzt werden), um die schlechten Dinge des alten Jahres wegzuspülen. “Mouk loun je baw”, ein Reiskuchen, wird gegessen.

Der letzte Tag des Wasserfestes ist das Birmanische Neujahrsfest. Am Neujahrstag gehen die Leute in die Pagoden und Klöster, um Gaben an die Mönche zu verteilen und Vögel oder Fische werden frei gelassen. Man glaubt, daß dies Glück bringt und man im nächsten Leben nicht als Gefangener gehalten wird. Die älteren Leute werden geehrt, indem man ihr Haar wäscht und ihnen die Nägel schneidet.

Es werden auch private Feste veranstaltet, z.B. wenn Jungen Mönche werden. normalerweise geht jeder Junge während seiner Kindheit einmal für bis zu 10 Tage ins Kloster. Dabei wird den Novizen das Haar abgeschnitten und zum erste Mal die Mönchsrobe angelegt.

An den Festtagen folgen besonders die älteren Leute den 8 Grundsätzen des Buddhismus.

Zusätzlich feiern manche der ethnischen Stämme, entsprechend ihren Traditionen, ihre Neujahrsfeste zu anderen Zeiten.

Das auf dem gregorianischen Kalender basierende neue Jahr wird im wesentlichen nicht gefeiert.

In der Vergangenheit war Marionettentheater ein Bestandteil der meisten, manchmal tagelang dauernden Feste. Das Marionettentheater ist allerdings bei der Bevölkerung nicht mehr beliebt und wurde von „modernem Entertainment” verdrängt. Daher können Sie nur ein für Touristen arrangiertes Marionettentheater sehen.

Die wichtigsten Feste sind:
 
Januar ANANDA PAGODENFEST in Bagan (Pagan)
Februar MAHAMUNI PAGODENFEST in Mandalay
März BAW GYO FEST in Hsipaw
TABAUNG PAGODENFEST – in vielen Orten (z.B. Kakku, in der Nähe des Inle Sees / Taunggyi und Pindaya Höhlenfest)
April
 
SHWEMADAW PAGODENFEST in Bago (Pegu)
WASSERFEST im ganzen Land
Mai MT. POPA (NAT) FEST in der Nähe von Bagan (Pagan)
August TAUNG BYONE (NAT) FEST in der Nähe von Mandalay
September - Oktober
 
PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODENFEST am Inle See
KYAUKTAWGYI PAGODENFEST in Mandalay
November
 
TAZAUNGDAING FEST –Heißluftballon Fest in Taunggyi
SHWEZIGON PAGODENFEST in Bagan (Pagan)
PO WIN DAUNG (HPO WIN DAUNG) PAGODENFEST nähe Monywa
KAUNG HMU DAW PAGODENFEST nähe Sagaing
 

 

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MYANMAR FESTIVALS/ PUBLIC HOLIDAYS - 2017

Starting Date  Events & Festivals in Year 2017 City
04 January Independence Day
Celebrations organized by the government at People's Park in Yangon and across the whole country. Ceremonies start as early at 04:20 a.m. and are usually attended by special invited guests.

General Public celebrates in their respect wards and tracks various kinds traditional games (adults arrange for children for fun) in the morning time up to the afternoon in their particular wards (especially in Yangon).
All government offices and markets are closed.

The whole country
05-27 January Ananda Pagoda Festival
There are evening entertainments such as Zats: a variety of dances, songs, short and long plays, Anyeints: a performance of a few hours in which number of jokers caricature current situations and or person strung together by a traditional dances, popular movies shown in open air. It is also a popular sales fair where all kinds of goods, some of them are locally produced and sold. The most interesting aspect of this festival is the caravan of bullock carts in the pagoda compound, camped under the shady trees. It is very crowded around the full moon day on 12 January 2017. There may be noise from loudspeakers everywhere during festival.
Bagan
07-10 January Kachin Manaw Festival (State Day Festival)
Kachin Manaw Festival in Myitkyina, Kachin State day is on 10 Jan 2017, the festival will be held three days ahead of Kachin State day.
But they celebrate once in 4th year or 10th year. Please check with us whether celebrate or not.
Myitkyina /

Kachin State

14-15 January Naga New Year festival
On the 1st day, an opening ceremony is held in the morning and in the evening there is traditional dance with bonfires. On New Year day they have a competition of traditional sports, and gathering of sub-tribes of Naga, once fierce worriers in their bright and exotic dresses, celebrate with rice wine roasted meat and tribal dances performed with loud beating of drums.
 Chin State
28 January Chinese New Year
Celebration starts from New Year day about 10 days. The lion and dragon dances are festivities of New Year. Red and gold colors are lucky color for Chinese so houses and shops are decorated with that color at New Year. On the New Year Eve Day, all family members gather together, pay respect to ancestor and have meal to be a good year. Next tradition of Chinese is giving a present or money in red envelope, called Ann-pond, from old people to young single people. On the eve and New Year days, really crowded at china town and Chinese temple. Festival is held the whole country, but only crowded in big cities (e.g. Yangon & Mandalay).
The whole country
03 February Feast of Shan Harvest day

The festival is usually celebrated in the rural regions of Shan State.

Shan State
04-11 February


 
Mahamuni Ceremony
This ceremony in which a number of monks chant Buddhist scriptures non-stop is held by the Burmese calendar from 8th Waxing day till full moon day). ,The full moon day is: the real festival days with 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.
On the 1st day, there is a communal offering of food (dry rations) and various domestic articles to monks from the 100 nearby monasteries.
Mandalay
04-12 February
 
 
Kyaik Khauk Pagoda Festival (at Syriam, near Yangon)
Most of the pagoda festivals have evening entertainments such as Zats, Anyeints, some stage shows and movies shown in the open air the whole night for every day. Villagers nearby come to the festival by ox-carts, which can be seen just before and on full moon day.
Kyaik Khauk Pagoda (Syriam, near Yangon)
07 February Shan State Day Taunggyi
10 February Htamane (Glutinous rice) Festival
Htamane (Glutinous rice) Festival is held on the eve of the day before full moon day in one night on Shwedagon Pagoda (start from around 4:00 p.m.). This is a competition between teams of men for donation of Glutinous rice to the great Lord Buddha at early morning on full moon day. There are lots of people enjoy watching the demonstrations and when finished, Glutinous rice are distributed as donation to people and followed by the prize giving ceremony for the winners.
On Shwedagon Pagoda
11 February Full moon Day of Taboetwe The whole country
11 February Alaungdaw Kathapa Pagoda (lighting) Festival
Alaungdaw Kathapa Pagoda (lighting) Festival is held on the full moon day.
It is crowded with the local people from surrounding area and far distances. The festival is held by lighting to the Pagoda and National Cave.
North-west of Monywa
12 February Union Day
Celebrations arranged by the government at People's Park in Yangon and across the whole country. Mostly early morning. All offices and markets are closed (the whole country)
The whole country
26 February -12 March Maw-Tin Pagoda Festival Ngapudaw, near Pathein
26 February -12 March  Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival
45 minutes drive from Mandalay on the way to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) near Hton Bo. You can also take a small boat on the Douhtawaddy River and visit the pagodas nearby. Myanmar traditional toys, boxes, baskets and mats made of dried toddy palm leaves are the best selling village products in this festival.
Shwe Saryan Village in Patheingyi Township near Mandalay
28 February -12 March    Pakhan Ko Gyi Kyaw Festival

Regional Nat Festival like Taung Byone and Yadanar Gu. (Shwe Gu Ni Village between Pakokku and Mingyan)
 

Shwe Gu Ni Village between Pakokku and Min-gyan
02 March Peasant's Day The whole country
03 - 12 March Indawgyi Festival
Ca. 160 km from Myitkyina. At least 8 hours drive to Indawgyi Lake. This festival is held annually for ten days. One intriguing fact is that two sandbanks are washed up by the waves before the festival begins so that people can walk from the bank to the pagoda. People believe that one is for human use and the other is a passage for the gods these two sandbanks disappear into the lake shortly after the festival.
Hopin, near Myitkyina
06 - 12 March  Zalun Pyidawpyan Image Festival
Zalun is situated near Hinthada town in Ayeyarwaddy Division.

The pagoda is crowded with the local people and there is a festival market also.

Zalun town
07 - 12 March Baw-gyo Festival
Once a year, only during the festival days, the locked up "four Buddha images" are brought out for display, worship and gilding with gold leaf. We can see tea-growing Palaung tribes from the hills and jewelers from Kyauk Me who try and sell their products there. Many kinds of gambling are allowed during the festival days only.
near Hsipaw
09 - 13 March   Kakku Pagoda Festival
On 04 March, alms offering is carried out by the native Pa-O people dressed in their traditional black outfits. There is a festival market also. The best time to see the festivities is on 04 March (full moon day).
Kakku near Taunggyi
09 - 13 March  Pindaya Cave Festival
It is held on 09 to 13 March on full moon day 12 March in Pindaya with offerings made by the native tribes such as Danu, Pa-O, Taung Yoe and Palaung. Festivities include performances with roaming artisans and the festival market.
Pindaya
11 - 12 March  Nyan Taw Pagoda Festival (Shwe Myin Tin Pagoda)
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, we can observe several Shan and other ethnic groups who come from the hills to sell their products. 
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
11 - 12 March Nay Win Taung Pagoda Festival
Same as Nyan Taw Pagoda Festival. Traditional Shan festival. It takes place in the northern part of Pyin Oo Lwin, about an hour's drive from the downtown area.
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
12 March Full moon Day of Tabaung
Ceremonies are held at Pagodas all over the country and most of the famous pagodas are very much crowded with local people. People celebrate today by donating drinking water and juices at pagodas and in some wards and streets, people donate traditional foods. Everyone can enjoy it. 
The whole country
27 March Armed Forces Day
Celebration arranged by the government at Nay Pyi Taw. Ceremony starts at very early around 3:00 a.m. and can usually not be attended by the public. All government offices are closed.
Nay Pyi Taw
08 - 06 April Shwemawdaw Pagoda Festival
Same with the other pagoda festival. There are evening entertainment such as Zats, Anyeints, stage show and also a popular sales fair where all kinds of goods, most of them are clothes, toys and kitchen supplies. (not expensive one)
Bago
13 - 16 April Water Festival
Myanmar people celebrate the famous water festival called "Thingyan". One cannot avoid of getting very wet because every one throws water at everybody. People drive through the city in open cars and there are stages along the street where people throw water. During this time, most restaurants, shops, markets, museums etc. are closed.
The whole country
17 April Myanmar New Year
This is the start of the new year and the end of the Water Festival. The whole country is very quiet and everything is closed.
The whole country
01 May May Day The whole country
10 May Shitthaung Pagoda Festival
This pagoda festival will be on Full Moon day  as the others pagoda festival but they have one exiting thing is they have traditional wrestling show and boat racing show.
Festival may held on either days or on both. Please check with us.
Mrauk Oo
10 May Shwe Kyet Yet Pagoda Festival  Shwe Kyet Yet near Amarapura
10 May Full moon Day of Kasone
Pouring water to the sacred Bo-Tree. No other special entertainment. Just only a small ceremony all over the country. Especially lots of crowds at Shwekyetyet Pagoda.
The whole country
13 May Popa Ceremony
Nat dances on Mt. Popa. Very much crowded and could be difficult to get up the mountain.
Mt. Popa
02 - 16 June Shinbinsagyo Pagoda Ceremony  Sale (Salay) near Bagan
02 - 16 June Thihoshin Pagoda Festival
There is festival market and also evening entertainments such as Zats, Anyeints and Movies.
Pakkoku
24 June - 08 July
 
Chinlone (Cane Ball) Festival in Mandalay
The annual Chinlone Festival is being held at the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay. The festival held not as competitions but as entertainment. Not only local teams but also foreigners are participating in the festival. Aside from Chinlone competitions, there are also folk performances and local food and handicrafts for sale.
At Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay
08 July  -
05 October
Fish Feeding Ceremony  Pwinphyu near Magwe
08 July Full moon Day of Waso
Start of Buddhist lent. Donation ceremonies of new robes and other temporal requirements to the monks all over the country at major pagodas, monasteries and even at homes.
The whole country

 

19 July Martyr's Day
The day of the assassination of General Aung San and other ministers. Early morning (private) memorial services at the monument near Shwedagon Pagoda.
The whole country
24 July - 07 August Shwe Kyun Pin Festival
Regional Nat festival. Can observe several kinds to ceramic wares from Sagaing Kyaukmyaung are laid out at the bank of river for sale during the festival.
Mingun
03 - 06 August Taung Byone Festival
Traditional Nat Festival. The most famous in upper Myanmar, around 1 hour drive from Mandalay. It lasts five days and every day has special programs. Festival where especially youngsters are merry and enjoy drinking and where people of all ages can join in the Nat dance. Ceremonies are mostly at night and it is very hard to get into the village.
Mataya town near Mandalay
15 - 21 August
 
Yadanar Gu Festival

Traditional Nat festival on the Mandalay - Sagaing road, around 30 mins. drive from Mandalay. We can take a small sampan along the lake up to the Nat Shrine hall.

Amarapura
21 September -08 October Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

The biggest occasion of the Inle Lake. The images of the Buddha from Phaung Daw Oo are placed on a decorated royal barge and taken around the lake, stopping at villages for people to pay homage. The festival is full of pageantry and colorful, and there are fun fairs, music, dances and boat races. Since this festival lasts very long, please check with us for exact dates and events.

Inle (Inlay) Lake
28 September -05 October
 
Kyauktawgyi Pagoda Festival

It's situated at the foot of Mandalay Hill. 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.

Mandalay
30 September -19 October Myathalon Pagoda Festival Magwe
04-05 October Elephant Dance Festival
Yearly cultural highlight of Kyaukse. The whole town competes, not only for the best "elephant dance"-performance, but at the same time for the nicest-decorated "elephant". For the dance itself: two men get inside at life-size hollowed-out papier-mache' elephant figure and imitate the movements of a real elephant. Usually there is a 'lead'-man who coordinates the movements of the dancers, assisted by a small number of musicians.
The festival is celebrated on the day before full moon day of Tadingyut. As the day progresses, it is getting more and more crowded because people nearby villages and as far away as Mandalay come to Kyaukse and join in the festivities.
Kyaukse, south of Mandalay
04-06 October Thadingyut Festival
End of Buddhist lent. And also the festival of lights. Pagodas, houses and streets are brilliantly illuminated. It is not only a time of joy but also thanksgiving and paying homage to teachers, parents and elders.
The whole country
05 October Full moon Day of Thadingyut The whole country
06 October Light Floating Festival
Lit candles light on paper boat and let them float onto the river

On this day, people float lamps on the Shwekyin River. Before lamp floating, visitors were lining the bank of the river to enjoy boat rowing contests and spectacles such as dance performance by troupes on boats. At evening, the river bank is crowded with spectators, boat carry visitors up and down the river to enjoy the entertainment and float their lamp.

Shwekyin
24 October -03 November  Hot-air Balloon Festival
Taunggyi Hot-air balloons festival will be held from 24  October to 03 November  and can watch the various competitions of hot-air balloons. At day-time, see the competitions of decorated hot-air balloons in different shapes and forms of animals such as elephants, horse, cattle, pig, mythical Hintha bird and hen etc. Also see the fireworks and firecrackers of hot air-balloon at night time.
Taunggyi
27 October -18 November Shwezigon Pagoda Festival
There are evening entertainments such as Zats (a variety of dances, songs, short and long plays), Anyeints (a performance of a few hours in which a number of "jokers" caricature current situations and or person strung together by a traditional dancer, popular movies shown in open air. On full moon day of Tazaung Daing, there is a communal offering of food and various domestic articles to the monks from the nearby monasteries (ca. 600) lined up as in usual offerings.
Bagan
29 October -03 November  Thanbodday Pagoda Ceremony
Like other pagoda festival with the usual entertainment provided. Myanmar thanaka (sandal wood) and woven textiles (cotton blankets and longgyis mainly) can be bought at the various stalls around the pagoda area. Monywa
Monywa
29 October -03 November    Hpo Win Daung Festival
Like other pagoda festivals with the usual entertainment provided. Myanmar thanaka, sandalwood and woven textiles (cotton blankets and longgyis mainly) can be bought at the various stalls around the pagoda area.
Monywa
29 October -03 November

 

Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival
The most interesting aspect of this festival is the caravan of bullock-carts in the pagoda compound. Some of the carts carry their village products, such as hand-woven cotton clothes and cane mats, to sell them there. They like to camp under the shade of the trees. 
Sagaing
02-03 November    Shin Mar Le pagoda Festival
Celebrated at the time of the Tazaung Daing Festival. People throw with lotus flowers to the top of the stupa, located at the North entrance of the Mahamuni Pagoda, as homage to the Lord Buddha.
Thazi
02 November

 

Robe Weaving Contest
The robe weaving ceremony is held on the eve of the day before full moon day in one night. This is a competition for the weaving skills between teams of women to complete special saffron-colored robes, called "Ma Thoe Thin Gan" from the evening onwards at dawn. It is still done in the traditional way and lots of people enjoy watching the demonstrations. At dawn, the robes are offered to the great image of Lord Buddha and followed by the prize giving ceremony for the winners.
Big Cities
03 November   Tazaung Daing (Tazaung Mone) Full moon Festival

Many locals of different status offer yellow robes & other items such as slippers, umbrellas, alms bowls and other domestic articles to the monks. This offering ceremony is commonly called "Kathein" and every local hope - at least once in his /her life - to participate in this event.

The whole country
03 November  

 
Sagaing Tazaung Daing (Tazaung Mone) Full moon Festival
Sagaing attracts quite some crowds, as it is known as the Buddhist place of retreat per excellence in the country with a concentration of monasteries, nunneries and pagodas in that area. Many people (even from Mandalay) go and spend the whole night (proceeding full moon day) in Sagaing.
Sagaing.
13 November  
 
National Day The whole country
26 November -03 December Shwemyetmhan (Golden Spectacles) Pagoda Festival
This pagoda festival is as same as the others pagoda festival. But one interesting thing is during the British time; Mrs. Hurtno, wife of the commissioner was relieved from her eye disease after she offered a pair of glasses to the Buddha. Local people who lives around this area they believe that whoever have a problem with eyes they make novena to this pagoda.
Shwetaung
Near Pyay (Prome)
18 December Kayin State Day  Kayin State
25 December Christmas Day The whole country

 

 

 

 

 

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