Visitors gain a rare insight into the mysterious Shan culture at the Bawgyo Pagoda Festival in the Thibaw Township. Observing ancient traditions, the culture is unique to the rest of the country. The famous pagoda is the pinnacle of the festival. Visitors enjoy traditional dances, performances, music and cuisine in the town’s park.
Local tribespeople flock to Kakku for this two-day festival in Taunggyi in the Shan State. Slender, elegant pagodas decorate the festival grounds in the traditional geometric look typical of the region. Unique the world over, Kakku is enjoyed locally and is gaining international popularity as Myanmar enters the global community.
Singing, dancing and overall merriment are in store for those attending the Ko Gyi Kyaw Spirit Festival in Pakhan. Lasting eight days, the annual festival celebrates the happy spirit Ko Gyi Kyaw in his hometown in the Mandalay region. Worshippers, visitors and locals alike join in the festivities and traditional displays.
The Shwe Oo Min Pagoda in the mountains overlooking Pindaya is home to the Pindaya Cave, which houses thousands of golden Buddha statues and images. During the festival, people come from the surrounding areas and set up camp around the cave for five days before the full moon, cooking, selling local crafts and celebrating together.
For just over a week, people from all over Myanmar come to the Shwe Sar Yan and neighbouring Po Kalar Gu pagodas to visit the relics of Buddha, see the painted murals and buy the traditional toys and crafts woven from palm leaves. Many also cross the Dot-hta-waddy River on small boats to visit nearby Pagodas.
Seeking enlightenment and escaping hell, the Novitiation Ceremony celebrates young men becoming novices in Buddhism. A religious celebration, this fascinating cultural tradition involves a parade where the new novices walk about dressed as princes. Invaluable among Buddhist families, this is a rite of passage for young Burmese men.