What is Kachin Manaw Festival?
The Kachin peoples are a diverse group of hill tribes that inhabit the northern reaches of Myanmar. While most of Myanmar’s varying ethnic groups have long histories as Buddhist devotees, the Kachin peoples have retained much their ancient animist traditions.
Each year in January, the tribes gather in the Kachin State’s capital city of Myitkyina for their New Year celebration. The Kachin Manaw Festival’s celebrations center around a series of decorated pillars called Manaw Poles. The tribes perform ritual dances that were once used to celebrate victory in battle or good fortune while wearing colorful traditional costumes.
When is Kachin Manaw Festival?
The Kachin Manaw Festival is held annually on January 10.
Kachin Manaw Festival Highlights:
Cultural enthusiasts relish the opportunity to see one of the most ancient tribal celebrations in Southeast Asia. The Kachin Manaw Festival is an iconic event that should not be missed when exploring Northern Myanmar.
Where is Kachin Manaw Festival Celebrated?
The festival is held in city of Myitkyina, which is the capital of Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin State. Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar reach the city via direct flight from Yangon or Mandalay.
Western-style clothing choices are fine to wear when attending the annual festival.