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Kachin Manaw Festival

kachin-manaw-festivalTraditionally, the Jinghpaw are animists who recognize a spirit world presided over by Karai Kasang, a supreme deity who requires animal sacrifice. Duwa (hereditary chieftains) maintains ceremonial and cultural leadership, especially with regard to the manao (also spelt manau or Manaw, important festival held periodically to placate or pay homage to the Jinghpaw nats. On 10th January-Kachin state Day-a major manao in Myitkyina draws Kachin groups from all over the state and beyond.


Ananda Pagoda Festival

ananda-pagoda-festivalThe authentic Naga Hill Tribes (about 68 different groups) wear their respective traditional costumes to participate this important festival. They worship to their deities by scarifying the animals. Their traditional dance, martial music and cults of animism are unique and interesting. The festival is held at Khamti, Lahe, Lashi in Sagaing. The festival days are 12th to 16th of January.



Rice Harvesting Festival (HTAMANE FESTIVAL)

rice-harvesting-festivalThe full moon (in the lunar month of Tabo-dweh) is the time of the rice harvesting festival Htamane, or Htamin (literally rice), a special food-offering made and eaten at this time, consists of glutinous rice mired with sesame, peanuts, Shredded ginger and coconut In villages large batches of htamin are cooked over open fires and stirred with big wooden paddles until they become a thick mall, after which the rice is wrapped in small banana-leaf parcels and distributed among all the members of the community.



Shwedagon Festival

shwedagon-festivalThe lunar month of Tabaung brings the annual Shwedagon Festival, the largest Paya pwe (pagoda festival) in Myanmar. The full moon day in Tabaung is also an auspicious occasion for the Construction of new payas, and the local paya festivals are held.

Pindaya Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival (Pindaya, Shan State)

shwe-oo-min-pagoda-festivalShwe Oo Min Pagoda cave, located in Pindaya, about 45 km, North of Kalaw, noted for its over 8,000 and centuries old Buddha images. It celebrates its festival on and around the full moon day of Tabaung. During the festival time thousands of devotees throng to the cave to pay homage. Pagoda's mall is set up at the foot of the hill selling local products, food and seasonal fruits.



Myanmar New Year Festival (Thingyan Water Festival)

myanmar-new-year-festivalMyanmar Buddhist New Year Thingyan, celebrated over three or four days around the middle of the month is a joyous and exceedingly wet occasion. And new year holidays is from 10th to 20th April. Buddha images are ceremonially bathed and monks are lavishly entertained. The word Thingyan is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning the entry of the Sun to any of the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac’. Gifts are offered to parents and teachers.


Shin Pyu Ceremony (Nation Wide)

shin-pyu-ceremonyOne of Myanmar's most interesting and picturesque ceremonies usually comes on Myanmar months of Tabaung and Tagu. Here young boys of Buddhist parent's are ceremoniously parade under golden umbrella on their father's shoulders, to react the great renunciation of Prince Siddhatha some 2500 years ago. It is one of the most important ceremonies for the parents and they are very proud to be lay-peoples of the sons of the Buddha who just entered parent’s monkshood and become as the sons of the Buddha. It is the holiest ceremony for the parents. All the friends and relations from all over the country participate in this unique ceremony.


Kason Sacred Bo Tree Watering Ceremony (Nation Wide)

kason-sacred-bo-tree-watering-ceremonyHonors the day, on which, in different years, the Buddha was born, achieved Enlightenment and died. Processions are held in temples, Buddhists pour water on the sacred banyan tree and rituals re enacted at the Shwedagon and other pagodas. The annual Festival of Spirits takes place some time during May-June.


Full moon day of Nayon,

full-moon-day-of-nayonStudent monks are examined on their knowledge of the Tripitaka religious texts.


Dhama Sakya Day (BUDDHA DAY)

buddha-dayThis day commemorates the Lord Buddha's first sermon to his five disciples. The holy day's religious activities can be found at the precincts of the famous pagodas and monasteries featuring; delivering sermons by Buddhist monks, reciting Pali verses praising Lord Buddha, offering meals to the monks.


Buddhist Lent

buddish-lentThe full moon of Waso is the beginning on the three month Buddhist 'Lent'. Laypeople present monasteries with stacks of new robes for resident monks, since during the lent period monks are restricted to their monasteries for a prolonged period of spiritual retreat. Ordinary people are also expected to be rather more religious during these time-marriages do not take place and it is inauspicious to move house. The most devout Myanmar Buddhist will observe eight precepts-rather than the usual five-for the duration of the season. This is a good time for young men to temporarily enter the monasteries.


Waso Robe Offering (Nation Wide)

waso-robe-offeringThe month of Waso in Myanmar calendar is associated with the offering of Waso Robe to the Buddhist monks viewed precursor to the Buddhist lent, not later than the full-moon day of Waso. After this day, the Buddhist monks are forbidden to travel and are required to spend lent in their monasteries. The robes are offered to use during the period of retreat.


Chinlon Festival

chinlon-festivalChinlon is closely related to the sport of Sepaktakraw, a game played all over Southeast Asia with a Similar rules to Volley ball except for a few important differences. In ' Chinlon ' - players use a woven rattan ball about 15 centimeters. 'Chinlon ' game has been played for 1500 years, is a combination of sepaktakraw moves, dance and martial arts with an emphasis on style, entertainment and form rather than Competition. The games is played on a packed earth circle about 7 meters ( 22 feet) in diameter. And performers generally favor bare feet. Team of Six people, typically, aim to woo the crowd by keeping the ball aloft and performing tricks - using their feet, shins, knees, thighs, shoulders and head. The only part of their body they can't use is their hands, although in some moves the hands provide vital support to the rest of the body.


Taungbyone Nat Pwe (Spirit Festival)

taungbyone-natpweIf you're in Mandalay, try to get to Taungbyone about 30km north, where there is a noisy, seven day festival to keep the nats (spirit) happy. It is held from 10th waxing of Wagaung to the 15th of the full moon.


Yadanagu Nat Pwe (Spirit Festival)

yadanagu-natpweIn Amarapura is held from the 8th waning of Wagaung to the 14th of the waning moon.


Phaung-Daw-U Pagoda Festival

phaungdawoo-pagoda-festivalphaungdawooSeptember and October (when the rain is ding off, but the river level is high) are the months when boats races are held on rivers and lakes throughout Myanmar. The most spectacular festival takes place in October at the phaung-Daw-U Pagoda on inle Lake near Taunggyi. At this splendid event, four of the five Buddha images, originally of Sandal wood, but now covered so thickly by gold leaf applied by pilgrims that they appear to be rather shapeless objects of pure gold are placed on the Royal Barge (the fifth is left to take care of the monastery). The barge takes the shape of a bird, the Karaweik ('a mythical bird with a sweet voice'), and a procession takes place around the lake, stopping at each large monastery and village to spend the night before moving on the following morning to the next village (these visits represent those made by King Alaungsithu several centuries ago).
At Nyaung Shwe they spend three nights and then they return to the Pagoda via the right- hand side of the river. On the last day of the festival, which last nearly three weeks, there is a boat race. This consists of long boats, three at a time, each containing around 100 people who row with their legs (on both sides).


Festival of Lights – Full Moon Day of Thadingyut

thadingyutThe Buddhist Lent (Thadin) ends on the full moon day of Thadingyut, when the Buddha's return from Heaven is celebrated with the 'Festival of Lights', involving all manner of lights, lamps, Candles, and fire works. The poorest Myanmar have some candles burning, even if they cannot afford paper lanterns or electric lamps. Dancing and various forms of entertainment take place and as with most festivals, people gather pagodas all over the land.


Tazaung Dine Festival (The second lighting festival-Nation Wide)

dazaung-dine-festivalThe celebration is held to commemorate the offering of lights to the "Sulamani Pagoda" which is at the abode of celestial beings. At night, there are variety pattern of lights on houses and pagodas platform. Hot air balloon of paper lanterns are released to pay homage to this pagoda. Food stalls are lined up or the roadsides and shows can be seen at different parts of the towns and cities.


All- night weaving-contest

all-night-weaving-contestAt the Shwedagon there is an all- night weaving-contest, an occasion for a festival of lights, as well as a weaving festival in which young girls engage, in weaving competitions, making new roles for the monks by the light of the full moon. The results of which are donated to the monks and to the Buddha images.


Hot air balloons & Rocket-firing festival (Taunggyi, Shan State)

air-balloon-festivalThe festival of Tazaungmone in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State is the most crowded and colourful in upper Myanmar. Evening, time event features, Candle-lit processions accompanied by traditional Shan and Pa-Oo dances and musics, hot air balloons and rockets are launched.


Golden Rock Pagoda Festival (Kyaikhtiyo, Mon State)

golden-rock-pagoda-festivalThe impressive Golden Rock Pagoda in Kyaikhtiyo, Mon State, celebrates its festival on the full moon day of Tazaungmone. Nine thousands of oil-lit offering is held on the pagoda platform.


Karen New Year (Innsein-Yangon and Pa-an)

karen-new-yearIt is a national holiday and is celebrated by the Karen national race, featuring, group dance in their ethnic costume, sport activities like the traditional boxing matches are held in Innsein, a suburb in northwest Yangon where the Karen communities are concentrated. Pa-an, the capital of Karen state, held the grandest celebration.


Nadaw full moon day

nadawThe Nadaw full moon is a time for honoring the spirit world and Nat festivals (nat-pwe) are held in many parts of the country.


Christmas Day

christmas-dayChristianity is the second largest religion in Myanmar after Buddhism. The day is also a public holiday.


E-Visa Information

evisaMinistry of Immigration has launched e-Visa on 1st September 2014. Only Tourist Visa is allowed and the citizens of 67 countries are eligible to apply e-Visa online.

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Jan 23, 2016

Thanks ever so much May for excellent services. Very, very nice meeting you at last! Here is our recommendation to MANDALAY HOLIDAYS,

This was the second time me and my husband arranged our four week trip to Myanmar through Mandalay Holidays. We are very grateful to May and her colleagues for providing such an excellent services. That is booking of hotels, airplane tickets, taxi, bus tickets boat trip and guides.

This Dec/Jan we visited Golden Rock, Ngwe Saung, Ngapali, Sittwe, Maruk-U and Myeik . Last year we went to Yangon, Bagan, Inle lake, Kalaw and Ngapali. ,

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Jan 01, 2016

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Charlotte and Eric (Switzerland)

Jan 12, 2016

Dear May,

My turn to wish you and your team all the very best for 2016.

I take this opportunity to thank you for all the arrangements you made for us in Myammar, especially in having appointed Bobo as a guide, he is great.
Just for your info the hotel in Mandalay should not be used for a certain time because they are building a new part of the hotel and it surely will be very noisy the next months....

I keep your contacts ,first to give them to friends if they wish to travel in Myramar, they surely can contact you directly, and also for myself as I intend to return toThandwe to the beach and will need you help for flights etc.

All the best and kind regards

sylvia Milko (Switzerland)

Dec 4, 2015
Hi May

Please take a look at the attached. Let me know if anything confusing.

"Thitsar" is me .


Our 14 day trip in Myanmar was fabulous. Mandalay Holidays listened to what we were asking for. We always travel on our own but this trip was in 5 different cities from mountains to the lake and then the beach. We knew that we needed assistance for the trip as Myanmar is just developing in tourism and most of things like in-country flight options are pretty restricted. Traveling to and around Myanmar is not necessarily as convenient as in other countries. MH helped us with everything from soup to nuts. They handled every single details perfectly starting from air tickets, ferry tickets, rental cars, hotels, private boat excursions, just to name a few. It would have been incredibly time- consuming trying to do everything ourselves. MH made our lives easier.

They also got nice partners everywhere we hit. During 4 day boat trip in Inle Lake which is in remote area of the country, my stomach had a little problem and needed ORS powder. The boat driver, U Pa Soe, tried his best to bring me to get a professional treatment which was absolutely hard to do there. First he brought me to the community hospital but the doctor was not on duty. He then arranged me to see the only nurse of that village but unluckily she just had pills not fit to my symptoms (but I got full attention and sympathy of her family members instead ;) ). In the gloomy sky and very cold weather, he managed to hop me from village to village until I finally found what I want. So impressive!
Since then MH is our best choice for exploring Myanmar many times. Just give them our interests and leave it to them!

Thitsar, Bangkok

November 26, 2014

Dear Adam,
Axiata Group Board of Directors Meeting, Myanmar 20-24 Nov
As you know, Axiata Group Board of Directors had chosen Myanmar as the location for their last Board of Directors Meeting in 2014 and the board meeting included tours of Yangon and Bagan. The event went well and has just successfully concluded. The Board of Directors and I are very pleased with the services rendered by MANDALAY HOLIDAYS during our stay and I would like to convey our appreciation to your team headed by Ms. May Oo Thaw who worked very hard to ensure we had a safe and comfortable stay.

My team informed me that it has been very challenging to put this event together as November is peak season over there in Myanmar and we did trouble you with some last minute changes and demands for only the best for our Board of Directors. Nevertheless, MANDALAY HOLIDAYS had responded in the most efficient manner and delivered beyond our expectation.

Ms. May has been very diligent and hands on in managing this event and had assembled a team of experienced people, particularly. A few of the board members are already planning a return trip to Bagan on their own and I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to use the services of MANDALAY HOLIDAYS. Special thanks to May, Steven and Banya for their dedication and to you for facilitating a successful meeting and a memorable of Myanmar.

Warmest regards,

Dato Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim
President & Group Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Suryani Hussein
Secretary of BoD (

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