What is Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival?
The Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival is the city of Pyay’s lively Buddhist pilgrimage and fair.
The Shwesandaw Pagoda enshrines a Buddha tooth relic brought from Sri Lanka. During the festival, the ancient relic is taken from its golden shrine and put on display within the temple for pilgrims to view.
A lively market is held on the pagoda’s grounds for the festival with vendors selling goods ranging from religious icons and house hold items to handcrafted goods like lacquerware and silk longyis (a traditional Burmese skirt worn by both sexes). There are numerous traditional plays performed for the visitors, as well as competitions between Burmese drum and cymbal orchestras.
When is Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival?
This traditional Buddhist festival is usually held in November, but the exact date is determined by Myanmar’s lunar calendar, which can shift dates several weeks with the phases of the moon. To make the appropriate arrangements to attend the Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival, speak with one of our Travel Specialists who can confirm the exact dates of the event for your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival Highlights:
The Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival is a unique chance for pilgrims and travelers to see a Buddha tooth relic. It’s uncommon for these ancient remnants left from the cremation of the founder of Buddhism’s body to be put on display, and the festival is a rare chance to watch pilgrims interact with one of the most sacred objects in Myanmar.
Where is Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The Shwesandaw Pagoda Festival is held in the city of Pyay in Myanmar’s Bago Region. It’s best reached over land departing from Yangon.
It’s best to dress conservatively while attending Buddhist rituals and other religious events on holy ground. Some areas within the complex will require visitors to remove their shoes before entering.