What is Mahamuni Pagoda Festival?
In early February the Mahamuni Pagoda holds an annual festival to celebrate the temple’s more than 200 years of history.
The Mahamuni Pagoda contains one of the most revered images of the Buddha in Myanmar. Legend has it the Mahamuni Buddha statue is one of only a handful of statues created during Gautama Buddha’s lifetime. Buddhist tradition holds that the image was consecrated by the religious leader during a mission to spread his philosophy in Southeast Asia.
The Mahamuni Pagoda is a thriving center of religious activity, and it positively hums with activity. As part of the two day festival, Buddhist monks perform a reading of an ancient philosophical Buddhist text. The recitation of the “Book of Conditional Relations” takes two full days of nonstop oration by the red robed monks. During the evenings, the festival grounds come to life with various performances of traditional dances, music, and plays. The festival is also a lively social event, as many families that live in rural areas only see extended relations during the holiday.
When is Mahamuni Pagoda Festival?
The Mahamuni Pagoda Festival usually falls in mid-February. Because Myanmar uses a traditional Buddhist lunar calendar to select religious festival dates, the exact times can vary greatly from year to year. While planning a luxury tour of Myanmar, one of our Travel Specialists can make appropriate arrangements to experience the festival during your exploration of Myanmar.
Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Highlights:
Myanmar’s thriving Buddhist culture is a thrill to experience. The Mahamuni Pagoda is at the epicenter of Mandalay’s religious life, and experiencing this ancient and much revered temple during the festival is a sight that should not be missed.
Where is Mahamuni Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The Mahamuni Pagoda Festival takes place in the city of Mandalay. Guests on our Myanmar tours reach the city via a direct flight from Yangon, and are then chauffeured to destinations in a private vehicle.
When visiting places of Buddhist religious importance, it’s best to dress in clothing that covers shoulders to knees in keeping with traditions of modesty.