Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, may have lost its status as the capital of Myanmar in 2005, when it was transferred to Naypyidaw, however, it still remains the country’s first city and a core economic and cultural center. Yangon is located in the southern part of the country and has around 7.5 million inhabitants.

Htamane Sticky Rice Festival

It is one of the most significant traditional festivals in Myanmar. This particular Festival is celebrated nationwide on the 15th day of the month. In the morning, people cook Htamane (traditional snack made with sticky rice) with local traditional ingredients such as sticky rice, coconut, oil, peanut and sesame. Guests can enjoy by watching sticky rice cooking competitions as people cook Htamane with a big pan and paddles. The winning team is awarded. Firstly, Htamane is offered to the Buddha in the morning and after that, this food is distributed in everyone and the neighbors free.

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Novice Ceremony

The most important responsibility of parents in Myanmar culture is to put their sons into the monkshood for the children to be imbued with Buddha’s teachings and to learn about Dhamma. Thus, the parents who have young sons put their sons into monkshood and the ceremony is held at summer holidays. In this religious ceremony, people make donations and go around as a parade at the pagodas, temples and monasteries with the novices. After this ceremony, the young boys have their hair shaved and become young monks.


Shwe Dagon Pagoda Festival

Shwe Dagon Pagoda is the most famous and omnipotent pagoda in Myanmar, attracting many pilgrims all around the world. During this pagoda festival, weaving robes competitions are celebrated and after that, the robes are donated to Buddha statues at four corners of the pagoda. Then, monks are chanting the prayers non-stopped all day during this festival.

Thingyan Water Festival

Thingyan, which is also known as the water festival, is one of the biggest festivals in Myanmar. It is celebrated for 4 or 5 days nationwide and is also the Myanmar New Year Festival. During this festival, people play with water as they splash water to each other, believing that the sins and guilt that they had made for the whole year will be washed away with the water. After this enjoyable festival period, on the first day of the new year, people do good deeds such as going to pagodas, monasteries, making donations to the monks and paying respect to the elders, parents, teachers, etc.

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