DATE & DURATION

Celebrated for 1 day on the full Moon of Tazaungmone

LOCATION

Throughout the country

HIGHLIGHTS

9,999 candles are lit around the pagoda. When brightly lit, the glowing pagoda forms a magnificent spectacle

This Full Moon Festival is celebrated throughout the country in November. It coincides with the end of the rainy season. During the festival, 9,999 candles are lit by locals to be offered to the Koehtatkyi Pagoda in Yangon. The number “9” is believed to be a great number and that it would ward off enemies and diseases. Traditional music is played for the Buddha and the candles are lit in several different locations simultaneously. In the end, the pagoda is beautifully lit by thousands of candles. Tourists love to attend this festival just to see the magnificent view.

Other Festivals in November

Shwesandaw (Pyay) Pagoda Festival

Date: November (Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone)
Location: Pyay, Bago Region

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Phowintaung Pagoda Festival

Date: November (One day before Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone)
Location: Monywa, Sagaing Region

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Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

Date: November (Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone Mandalay Region)
Location: Nyaung U (near Bagan)

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