What is Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival?
The Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival is the annual harvest celebration for the Patheingyi Township and the countryside south of Mandalay.
The annual event is part social gathering, part religious ceremony, and part country fair. Farmers file into town from the countryside in ox-drawn carts laden with their harvests. A bustling market erupts as the festival proceeds with traditional toys, local handcrafted goods, produce, and household items exchanging hands. The vendors will donate a portion of their profits to the Shwe Saryan Pagoda as alms to support the monks who inhabit the area, and help with maintenance costs of the ancient Buddhist structure.
When is Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival?
The Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival is usually held between February and March. Myanmar’s religious festival dates are determined using an ancient lunar calendar. Dates of religious festivals can vary greatly from year to year, so it’s best to speak with one of our Travel Specialists to confirm times and dates well in advance of your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival Highlights:
Pagoda festivals in Myanmar are a modern day continuation of the ancient practices that have caused Buddhism to thrive in the country. The temple depends on the alms donations from the farmers and merchants to sustain the monks who preside over the spiritual lives of those who dwell in the countryside. Visiting the Shwe Saryan Pagoda during its annual harvest festival gives cultural enthusiasts a unique window into the ancient customs that have shaped modern day Myanmar.
Where is Shwe Saryan Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The Shwe Saryan Pagoda is located in Shwe Saryan Village about 45 minutes from the city of Mandalay. Guests on our Myanmar tours can reach the village and temple overland in a private vehicle departing from Mandalay.
When visiting sites of Buddhist religious importance, it’s best to dress in conservative clothing that covers shoulders, arms, and knees in accord with traditional senses of modesty.