Celebrated for 10 days on the Full Moon Day of Tabaung or Tagu (March or April)
Sri Angata Eswari Munieswar Swamy Temple, Pelikha Village, Kyauk Tan Township, Yangon Region
Attendees walk on hot coals, soak their feet in goat’s milk and rub their feet with turmeric. Tourists can experience the rare traditional ritual in the growing city of Yangon.
Celebrated by Yangon’s Hindu community, this festival is considered a major festival for Hindus in Myanmar. Held in March at the Sri Angala Enswari Munieswar Swamy Temple, tourists can witness the highlight of the festival – the intriguing fire-walking ceremony that involves devotees walking on hot coal. Attendees would then soak their feet in goat’s milk and rub turmeric on their feet. It is believed that walking on hot coal represents self-sacrifice that would ward off evil and that after the walk, the attendee would receive good fortune. This festival is one of the few traditional celebrations in the developing city of Yangon, which makes it even more unique as it instills ancient traditions into the urban lifestyle of people living in the city. This serves as an eye-opening experience to tourists who wish to experience the richness in culture and traditions Myanmar has to offer.