Public Holiday

Public Holiday and Special Events (2015)




1 04-Jan Independence Day
2 12-Feb Union Day
3 02-Mar Peasants’ Day
4 Within last week of March Full Moon Day of Tabaung
5 27-Mar Armed Forces Day
6 12 to 21-April Maha Thingyan (Water Festival) long holidays
7 01-May May Day
8 Within last week of May Full Moon Day of Kasong
9 19-July
In July
Martyr’s Day
Myanmar ems Emporium
10 Within last week of July Full Moon Day of Waso (Beginning of Buddhist Lent)
11 Within third week of October Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (End of Buddhist Lent)
Myanmar performing arts competition
12 Within third week of November Full Moon of Tazaungmone
13 27-November National Day
14 25-December Christmas Day

Festival on full moon day of Tabaung

The last month of the Myanmar calendar falls in March. The days are getting  warmer and each morning the singing of the birds greets the new day. Nights are cool and pleasant, especially in moonlight when gossamer wisps of mist lend an ethereal touch to the atmosphere. Tabaung is a month of pagoda festivals. The harvest is safely home and people can look forward to leisurely days of enjoyment. Each month of the Myanmar calendar is marked by a festival and Tabuang festival is marked by the building of sand stupas. Not content with having festivals in honor of the existing local pagodas, people have to build pagodas of their own, even if they are ephemeral ones built of sand.

Koe Khan Gyi Pa-ya festival

Koe Khan Gyi Pa-ya festival is held at the full moon day of Tabaund of the Myanmar calendar. This pagoda is situated at Yan-aung No.2 quarter of Nay-pyi-taw-Pyin-ma-nar and this Buddha image is 4 meter high and was cast by bronze weighting 5800 kg.

Yan-aung-myin-shwe-let-hla Pagoda festival

Yan-aung-myin-shwe-let-hla Pagoda festival is held on full moon day of Tabaung. This pagoda is situated in Nay-Pyi-Taw-Le-way and originally built by Thi-ri-dham-mar-aso-ka at BCE 320 by the name of Naung-Pyin Pagoda. By the year AD 99, king Tha-mu-dar-rit of early Ba-gan ynasty reconstructed from the stage of ruins and kept know as “Yan-aung-myin” as well as “Shwe-let-hla Pagoda”.

The festival on Tagu

Thingyan festival

The Myanmar New Year falls on the second week of April. The New Year is ushered in by three  days of Water Festival. According to folklore, Thagyarmin, king of the celestials, will be on a visit to the human abode for three days.  If you stay in this country for some time, you are sure to hear a lot about Thagyarmin, king of the celestials. He may be, as some scholars say, a deity borrowed from the Hindu mythology, or he may be a parallel of Zeus, but it doesn't really matter. What matters is that he is very close to the Myanmar Buddhists. His name pops up every now and then in everyday conversation. 'Thagyannin knows I'm telling the truth! May Thagyannin help me out of this.' People sort of believe in him. There is hardly anyone whose soul is so dead as not to.

New Year festival at U-ppa-ta-san-ti Pagoda

New Year Day in Myanmar Era. Devotees and pilgrims took Sabbath, set fish, birds and cattle free, took care of older persons and performed meritorious deeds across Nay Pyi Taw. The devotees also offered water, flowers and meals to pagodas and consecrated Buddha images there from the morning to the evening.


Sin-Phyu-Taung pagoda festival

Sin-Phyu-Taung pagoda festival is held at the full moon day of Tague and it is located 10 miles away from Pyin-ma-nar. Driving pass by the Paung-laung Dam, the road to the mountain is rough. Along the steep mountain ridge, a lot of monkeys can be observed.

The festival on full moon day of Waso

The Waso festival is annually held on the full moon of Waso throughout the country. The festival commemorates the time when the Buddha gave his first sermon, to five monks. Pilgrims throughout the country gather wild flowers to offer at pagodas, and offer new robes to monks. The Buddhist Lent period is from the full moon of Waso until the full moon of Thadingyut.

PA-YA-KOE-SUU-CE-TI festival is held at the month July (Waso) and it is situated by the side of Min-ga-lar Shan-kan Lake, on the top of amond, nine pagodas which are collectively called Pa-ya-koe-suu Ce-ti, is one of a pride of Nay-pyi-taw- Pyin-ma-nar. Originally built by nine devotees at AD 1305.

Myanmar Traditional performing arts competitions

Myanmar has been staging performing arts competitions yearly since 1993 with a view to revitalizing Myanmar traditional cultural performing arts which has been preserved by artists of successive periods. The competitions were yearly participated by thousands of youth contestants, including contests of song, dance, composition, music and play at different stages such as professional, amateur, higher education and basic education levels.
Nowadays, Myanmar traditional performing arts competitions are annually held in Nay-Pyi-aw with the aim of ensuring emergence of new generations of artists and musicians who work for uplifting national prestige and integrity as well as safeguarding cultural heritage and national character.


Throughout the history till now, performing arts of Myanmar national races have been flourishing well according to their own forms, styles, languages, character and elegance not only in a single place but also in the length and breadth of the country.


Myanmar gems emporium

Myanmar has held 87 gems emporiums since 1964.
Annually held at Maniyadana Jade Hall and Myanma Gems Museum, Nay-Pyi-Taw.


Myanmar Gems Museum (Nay-Pyi-Taw)

Opening time (9:30 am) Closing time (4:30 pm)
Close day (Every Mon day and gazetted holiday)
Entrance fees for local : Adult 1000 kyats, Child 500 kyats
Entrance fees for foreigner: Myanmar currency Kyats equivalent to USD 5$ according to the daily exchange rate of central bank of Myanmar



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