What is Shwedagon Pagoda Festival?
The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is one of Myanmar’s largest religious gatherings.
The multiple day celebration takes place in Yangon’s iconic Shwedagon Pagoda centering on the legendary golden stupa shrine said to contain hairs from Gautama Buddha. The festival permeates the sprawling shrine and temple complex with a reverent atmosphere reinforced by the devotions of the thousands of pilgrims. Throughout the festival, red robed Buddhist monks lead the attendees in Buddhist rituals.
Pilgrims circle the central golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda in a clockwise rotation in an ancient tradition believed to garner religious merit. During the festival, the pagoda is ringed by the flames and smoke of thousands of candles and incense sticks lit by the pilgrims as offerings of good fortune. The monks who preside over the Shwedagon Pagoda will receive large donations from pilgrims and Yangon’s residents during the festival to support themselves and the temple through the next year.
When is Shwedagon Pagoda Festival?
The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival usually falls between February and March. Festival dates in Myanmar are determined with a traditional Buddhist calendar based on the phases of the moon, which can cause holidays to fall on a wide range of days. If you’re interested in visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda Festival, it’s best to plan far in advance so our Travel Specialists can confirm appropriate dates and adjust the itinerary of your luxury tour of Myanmar accordingly.
Shwedagon Pagoda Festival Highlights:
The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is an ancient tradition that cultural enthusiasts love to experience.
Where is Shwedagon Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The Shwedagon Pagoda is located in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon. Our guests reach the temple grounds in a private vehicle while touring the city.
Dress in modest attire that covers your shoulders, arms, and knees while attending religious ceremonies in Myanmar.