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Shwedagon Pagoda Festival (Yangon)
It is held on the full moon day of Tabaung (approximately March) and is one of the biggest events. During this festival, visitors can get a feel of the spirituality of the people of Myanmar by participating in the events and temple fairs; and observing the rituals.
Shwedagon temple festival usually lasts for half of the month with many activities and traditional rituals bearing all the unique and featured Buddhists. In the morning, thousands of participants in traditional attire will walk around the stupas in the temple complex by barefoot. After ringing the gong, the monks begin chanting to create a very spiritual atmosphere of spirituality. According to custom, during the 15 days of the festival, a group of 12 monks will take turns chanting until March 7, at the end of the festival.
Itis celebrated on the last month of Myanmar lunar calendar and the most colorful month of the year with Pagoda Festivals throughout the country. The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival is held on the full moon of Tabaung and is the month's finest event. Kakku Pagoda Festival in Taunggyi is also held in March and the native tribes such as Danu, Pa O, Taung Yoe, and Palaung make offerings on the full moon day. Pindaya Shwe Oo Min cave Pagoda festival is held on and around full-moon day of Tabaung as well. It starts seven days before the full moon day. During the festival time, thousands of devotees come from villages around the area to the cave.
Festivities include performances by roaming artists and there is a busy market. During this festival, visitors can get to know the true religious feelings of the people of Myanmar by participating in events at pagoda fairs or by observing the rituals of the holiday.