Bagan Event Calendar 2018

01 Jan 2018 to 14 Jan 2018

Ananda Pagoda Festival

Ananda Pagoda Festival is one of the biggest in Bagan. Though held mostly to worship and raise funds for upkeep of the Buddha, commerce flourishes among the tents set up around the Pagoda. Villagers in bullock carts add to the festive atmosphere.

31 January 2018

Nhtet Pyit Taung Pagoda Festival

The Nhtet Pyit Taung Pagoda Festival is a small festival in Nyaung Oo celebrated by villagers, marked by the setting up of stalls selling local products, and the preparation of HTAMANE, a sticky rice dish prepared with peanuts, ginger and onions to be shared by all. In prosperous years, traditional entertainers are invited to present stage shows including dances, opera and drama.

13 Apr 2018 to 16 Apr 2018

Water Festival

Water Festival is the run-up to Myanmar New Year. People splash water on each other to commemorate the passage of time, washing away past misdeeds, hoping for spiritual renewal and praying that the monsoon will bring bountiful harvests.

17 Apr 2018

Myanmar New Year

After the last day of the Water Festival on 16 April, on the following day 17 April Thingyan marks the start of the Myanmar New Year following the lunar calendar.


29 April 2018

Kason Full Moon Day

The Full Moon Day of Kason is marked by the water-pouring ceremony at the Maha-Bodhi tree, the holy Bodhi tree (Fiscus Religiosa) at the foot of which Gotama Buddha attained Buddhahood.

26 July 2018 to 27 July 2018

Shinpinsagyo Pagoda Ceremony in Salay

This pagoda, famous for its original wall paintings still intact after all the years, holds an annual celebration to which villagers flock from far and near. They also take the chance to pay homage to Buddha at the nearby Yoke Sone Kyaung Pagoda, renowned for its antique hand-carved walls.

27 July 2018

Full Moon Day of Waso

Waso Full Moon Day signals the beginning of Buddhist Lent, and is mostly observed by alms-giving to monks and to the needy.

18 August 2018 to 19 August 2018

Law Ka Nandar Pagoda Festival

Law Ka Nandar Pagoda is located in New Bagan, about 10 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.

25 August 2018 to 26 August 2018

Mya Zedi Pagoda Festival in Myinkapar Village

Mya Zedi Pagoda is located in Myinkapar village, which is about 5 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.

23 September 2018 to 24 September 2018

Manuhar Pagoda Festival in Myinkapar Village

Manuhar Pagoda is located in Myinkapar Village, about 5 minutes from Thiripyitsaya by car.

24 October 2018

Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (Candle Light) Festival

The Tadingyut Candle Light Festival celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent, during which Pagodas are illuminated by hundreds of candles.

21 November 2018 to 26 November 2018

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival in Nyaung Oo

The Shwezigon Pagoda compound becomes a bustling marketplace when pilgrims and villagers from near and far come to pay homage to the Buddha whose relics are enshrined in the Pagoda.

22 November 2018

Full Moon Day of Tazaundaing Festival

Tazaundaing is observed by holding a weaving competition between teams of men and women, where they produce saffron-colored robes for monks. Prizes are given at the end of the competition at dawn, and robes are offered to monks.

22 December 2018 to 23 December 2018

Alo Taw Pyi Pagoda Festival in Bagan

Alo Taw Pyi Pagoda Festival in Bagan Pagoda is well-known as a wish-fulfilling pagoda and the festival is normally held on the full moon day of Nat-taw.

31 Dec 2018

New Year Festival

Although srictly speaking the Myanmer people consider Thingyan as their New Year, they also celebrate January 1st in a more modest way.