What is Tazaungdaing Full Moon Festival?
The Tazaungdaing Full Moon Festival marks the end of Myanmar’s monsoon season as towns and villages across the country light candles and set off fireworks during the night.
As evening sets, the electric lights across the country are shut off and thousands of candles are lit in homes and in Buddhist temples for the celebrations. Firecrackers pop in the street, and large cities like Yangon and Mandalay put on larger displays in the night sky.
Myanmar’s Shan State celebrates the holiday by releasing thousands of hot air balloons. Most of the balloons are made from paper and shaped like animals, and are often adorned with guttering candles or snapping fireworks that are nestled in metal frames that are attached to the bottom of the balloons.
Charity is a large part of the festival with satuditha feasts (free food offered to both Buddhist monks and laymen) being one of the more common sights alongside donations to monks’ alms bowls.
When is Tazaungdaing Full Moon Festival?
The Tazaungdaing Festival is held on the full moon of the eight month in the Burmese calendar called Tazaungmon. This holiday usually falls between October and November on Western Calendars, but it’s important to plan well in advance if you’re interested in attending the Tazaungdaing Full Moon Festival so our Travel Specialists can make the appropriate arrangements for your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Tazaungdaing Full Moon Festival Highlights:
Lovers of culture find this traditional celebration to be a delightful window into the Myanmar’s society. It should not be missed on a Myanmar tour.
Where is Tazaungdaing Full Moon Festival Celebrated?
When attending ceremonies or festivals of religious importance in Myanmar, it’s best to dress in modest attire in keeping with Buddhist traditions.