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Thingyan Water Festival (The most enjoyable festival in Myanmar)

In Myanmar, there is a festival in most of every month. Myanmar festivals or Buddhist festivals usually coincide with the full moon and held in all across Myanmar every year. Thingyan Water Festival is one of the famous festivals in Myanmar, and also the most enjoyable festival in Myanmar. Thingyan festival, water festival and also known Burmese New Year Festival. This festival celebrated in April period of four or five days. It takes place on April 13th to April 16th of every year.

Thingyan festival is different from other festivals. People on the road were all wet from head to toe because people from all across Myanmar splash and throw water on each other and this means cleaning the dirt and bad deeps of the previous year. All people from Myanmar never get angry at each other for, it is Burmese New Year and getting wet is a normal thing at Thingyan except the monks and obviously pregnant women. During Thingyan festival, all walks of life, the rich and the poor, all aged group, the young and old, all religions participate and enjoy once a year in this festival. For every Burmese, this is the event not to be missed. Thingyan is also long holidays for both students and for all people. In this time, the small yellow flowers bloom called Padauk, and the Padauk is the typical flower in Thingyan. Most of the Burmese always hope to bloom this flower in Thingyan because Padauk and Thingyan cannot be apart.

Another theme of Thingyan Festival is called Montloneyaybaw, the sticky rice ball with jaggery, and eat with coconut shreds. It is a Burmese traditional snack that can see everywhere because people tease Montloneyaybaw to each other during Thingyan. During Thingyan, you can also see the pavilion made with bamboo and coconut frond in every place called Mandat, water throwing in the large signboard Mandat are everywhere not only in cities but also in villages. Some served with Montloneyaybaw and other traditional food when you go around and hungry you can enjoy Burmese traditional food in Mandat.

Nowadays young people go around the town with various kind of cars and use water guns to each other wet. In a developed city, you can see the stage in a crowded place. The famous Burmese actors, actresses, singers, and models also take part in this festival by dancing and signing at a well-known stage that is sponsored by famous brands and businesses. On the stage, people throwing water on the high place. Under the stage, people are wet and dance. They look very happy with their famous stars’ dancing and singing. All these April days, sprinkling water and music are everywhere in the air.

At the end of the water festival, people stop pouring water and stop opening the songs. Most of the people go to pagoda and cleaning the floor and some offer free meals for the people who come to the pagoda and some make other donations. If you are planning to go to Myanmar, this is the one festival not to be missed. Thingyan festival or water festival is celebrated in the first month of the Myanmar calendar called Tagu and is the most enjoyable festival of Myanmar. Before you visit Myanmar, we share the following festive days as Myanmar travel information.

Events & Festival in Myanmar

Myanmar National Holidays & Festivals

January 4 Independent Day
February 12 Union Day
March 2 Peasant's Day
March 10 Fullmoon Day of Tabaung
March 27 Armed Forces Day
April 11-20 Thingyan Festival (Water Festival) & Myanmar New Year Day
March 1 May Day (Worker's Day)
May 8 Fullmoon Day of Kason
July 6 Beginning of Buddhist Lent
July 19 Martyr's Day
October 3 End of Buddhist Lent (Thadingyut Festival of lights)
November 1 Tazaungdaing Festival of Lights
November 11 National Day
December 16 Kayin New Year Day
December 25 Christmas Day
Depawali & Eid-Ul-Azha Days will be announced.
A Heho (approximately 2-miles from Heho Airport), Taung Toe, Loikaw, Kyone (on the way of Aungban-Pindaya Road)
B Taunggyi, Aungban, Pinlaung, Inle Floating Market
C Pwa Hla, Mine Tauk (on the shore of Inle Lake), Phaungdaw Oo, Kyauk Taing, Taung Ni
D kalaw, Khaung Daing, Indein, Shwe Nyaung, Phae Khone
E Nyaung Shwe (gateway to Inle Lake), Pindaya (vinicity to Pindaya Cave), Nampan, Hum See (gateway to Kakku)
XXX This month has only 30 days
A Heho (approximately 2-miles from Heho Airport), Taung Toe, Loikaw, Kyone (on the way of Aungban-Pindaya Road)
B Taunggyi, Aungban, Pinlaung, Inle Floating Market
C Pwa Hla, Mine Tauk (on the shore of Inle Lake), Phaungdaw Oo, Kyauk Taing, Taung Ni
D kalaw, Khaung Daing, Indein, Shwe Nyaung, Phae Khone
E Nyaung Shwe (gateway to Inle Lake), Pindaya (vinicity to Pindaya Cave), Nampan, Hum See (gateway to Kakku)
XXX This month has only 30 days
A Heho (approximately 2-miles from Heho Airport), Taung Toe, Loikaw, Kyone (on the way of Aungban-Pindaya Road)
B Taunggyi, Aungban, Pinlaung, Inle Floating Market
C Pwa Hla, Mine Tauk (on the shore of Inle Lake), Phaungdaw Oo, Kyauk Taing, Taung Ni
D kalaw, Khaung Daing, Indein, Shwe Nyaung, Phae Khone
E Nyaung Shwe (gateway to Inle Lake), Pindaya (vinicity to Pindaya Cave), Nampan, Hum See (gateway to Kakku)
XXX This month has only 30 days

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