October to February is cool and dry and best time to visit, when temperatures in Yangon are pleasantly warm, though with fairly high humidity. It is warm and dry by day, with average highs hovering around 30 ° C (86 °F) across the country. Temperatures have not yet reached stifling, providing ideal weather to visit the many unusual temples. At night the temperatures may drop to 15 ° C (59 °F), so prepare some warmer clothes. October is undoubtedly festival season in Myanmar, which makes it a wondrous time to visit. Thadingyut (Lightning) Festival is the most lively, when the streets come alive with celebrations for three days, and the locals make their way to the nearest pagodas to pay their respects to the nation’s many monks.
Marking the day Buddha returned from spending lent in heaven, Thidingyut Festival, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for three days during the month of October throughout Myanmar. The final day is the climax as the festival goers release balloons into the sky and shoot off fireworks at night.
Location: Countrywide, Myanmar
Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival
For five days, visitors come from around central Myanmar to this famous pagoda with its distinctive egg-shaped dome to pay homage to the 56-foot solid marble Buddha housed inside. Many travel in a caravan of traditional bullock carts and camp in the pagoda compound under the trees, and sell local crafts and fabrics from their villages.
Location: Sagaing, Myanmar
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
September - October
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda lies in the middle of the Inle Lake and is home to five gold leaf-covered statues of Buddha. Every year, four of the Buddhas are placed in the royal barge which is led by boats driven by leg-rowers. The barge procession visits the surrounding villages and the statues are housed in the monasteries overnight.
Location: Inle Lake, Myanmar
Kyaik-hti-yo âGolden Rockâ Pagoda Festival
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Kyaik-Hti-Yo Pagoda spire sits on top of an enormous rock, covered in gold leaf, perched on a cliff edge. It is customary for pilgrims from all over the country to join the ceremony in which 9,000 lamps are lit around the rock to celebrate the New Year and to offer thanks to Buddha for his peaceful philosophy and wisdom.
Location: Golden Rock , Myanmar
George Orwellâs Indian Days and Burmese Nights
Author : James Newman
George Orwell's extraordinary talent for understanding the human race was born from the streets and back alleys of British India and Myanmar; these Eastern lands informed one of the greatest literary minds of the Western world.