What is Zalun Pyi Taw Pyan Festival?
The Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda Festival is a traditional Buddhist harvest festival in Zulan, Myanmar.
After the last of the fall harvest is reaped farmers from around the countryside file into the town of Zulan in ox-drawn carts packed with goods to be sold and donated to the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda. The temple grounds fill with stalls of merchants and food vendors. Everything from religious talismans and traditional delicacies to household goods and children’s toys change hands during the multiple day celebration.
Attendees are expected to make offerings of alms to the monks who attend and preside over the celebration. The red robed monks form a long line, and during a slow procession each clergy member will receive donations of rice, money, or personal items from the festival goers in exchange for blessings of religious merit.
When is Zalun Pyi Taw Pyan Festival?
Myanmar’s harvest festival season falls between February and April. An ancient lunar calendar is used to determine dates for religious festivals in Myanmar, so it’s best to plan far in advance if you would like to attend the Zalun’s Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda Festival. Our Travel Specialists can make the appropriate arrangements to attend while developing your custom itinerary for a luxury tour of Myanmar.
Zalun Pyi Taw Pyan Festival Highlights:
Myanmar’s country life is steeped in ancient traditions surrounding the numerous temples, shrines, and monasteries built by successive rulers since the 11th century rise of the Kingdom of Pagan. Visiting the Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda Festival in Zalun paints a bright picture of the ancient traditions that have shaped so much of Myanmar’s culture.
Where is Zalun Pyi Taw Pyan Festival Celebrated?
The Zalun Pyi Taw Pyan Pagoda Festival is held in the small town of Zulan that lies along the Ayeyarwady River. A boat cruise along the river departing from Yangon is the best way to reach the festival while on a Myanmar tour.
It’s best to dress in modest clothing when attending Buddhist religious ceremonies. Some areas within the pagoda may also require you to remove your shoes before being allowed to walk on sanctified ground.