November

NOVEMBER

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Date                       : Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone

Location               : Taunggyi, Southern Shan State

Duration              : 3 days

The most spectacular event of the year is the Hot Air Balloon Festival held every November in Tazaungdaing Festival. Thousands of local pilgrims and international tourists choose to visit Taunggyi, especially to watch scores of giant paper animals being inflated and floated off into the sky. The competitions run during the day and at night when the sky is colourfully illuminated with hot air balloons. Hot air balloons in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, waterbuffalo, bird , pig, fish, owl and parrot are sent up into the sky.

 

Tazaungmone Full Moon Festival

Date                      : Full Moon of Tazaungmone

Location              : Throughout the country

Duration             : 1 day

After the rains, the monks would need new robes and on the fullmoon day, the offering of new robes for the monks are held. It is called the Kha Htein ceremony. Sets of new robes and other offerings such as slippers, umbrellas, alms bowl. food, towels, soap and other necessities are presented to monks. Cash offerings for monasteries are also collected and displayed on wooden frames built in the shape of a tree.

 

All Night Robe Weaving Contests

Date                     : Begins in evening before the Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone

Location             : Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, and other pagodas throughout the country

Duration            : The whole night

In the evening of the Full Moon Day, teams of weavers complete to finish a monk's robe during the night, to be offered to Buddha images at dawn the next day. It is a major event at the Shwedagon Pagoda. This ritual was once practised both in the palace during the time of monarchy and villages.

 

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

Date                      : Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone

Location              : Nyaung U, near Bagan, Mandalay Region

Duration             : 15 days

On the Full Moon Day, there is a ritual of offering a filled alms bowl to a thousand and more monks and novices. Lacquerware, glazed pots and hand woven cotton blankets are sold by villagers living in the region at this great country fair.

 

Phowintaung Pagoda Festival

Date                        : One day before Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone

Location                : Monywa, Sagaing Region

Duration               : 2 days

Like other pagoda festivals with the usual entertainment provided. Myanmar thanaka, sandawood and woven textiles ( cotton blankets and longyis mainly ) can be bought at the various stalls around the pagoda area.

 

Shwesandaw ( Pyay ) Pagoda Festival

Date                          : Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone

Location                  : Pyay, Bago Region

Duration                 : 1 day

Shwesandaw Pagoda is one of the Myanmar's biggest Buddhist pilgrimage sites and the festival of this pagoda is one of the most visited festivals for pilgrims all over the country. During the festival, the sacred tooth hall which contains a Buddha tooth relic is opened for devotees.

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