What is Shwezigon Pagoda Festival?
The Shwezigon Pagoda Festival marks the end of Myanmar’s monsoon season on the Bagan Plains.
On the night of the full moon of the eighth month of the Burmese calendar (Tazaungmone), the grounds of the Shwezigon Pagoda Festival erupt in an ancient festival that’s one part country fair, and one part traditional Buddhist ceremony. Vendor stalls spring up on the pagoda’s grounds selling traditional handicrafts like lacquerware and garments. Farmers spill in from the countryside often astride ox-drawn carts laden with their excess harvest to sell in the market, and donate to the pagoda’s monks as alms. Traditional plays are performed on small stages depicting numerous stories from both the Buddhist religion, and the ancient animist spirits that are often still worshiped in some capacity by the people of Myanmar. The smell of local delicacies being cooked to order pervades the entire complex as the festivities continue through the night.
Within the temple, red robbed Buddhist monks lead a plethora of sermons and rituals for the laymen who attend the festival.
When is Shwezigon Pagoda Festival?
The Shwezigon Pagoda Festival is usually held between November and October, but the exact date depends on when the full moon falls on the traditional Burmese lunar calendar. If you’re interested in attending the Shwezigon Pagoda Festival, our Travel Specialists can make the appropriate arrangements to add the festival to your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Shwezigon Pagoda Festival Highlights:
This is one of the liveliest pagoda festivals in Central Myanmar at one of the country’s most important Buddhist religious sights. The curious mix of country fair atmosphere and Buddhist ceremonies makes for an unforgettable experience for any traveler.
Where is Shwezigon Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The Shwezigon Pagoda Festival takes place in the small town of Nyaung Oo just north of the ancient city of Bagan. The area is best reached by guests on our Myanmar tours by a private vehicle departing from Mandalay.
Appropriate Attire :
It’s best to dress in modest clothing that covers shoulders to knees while attending Buddhist rituals in Myanmar.