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Celebrated for 2 days in October starting one day before the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut and the Full Moon Day


Kyaukse, about 40km southeast of Mandalay.


Dancers put on elephant costumes, mimic elephants and compete to be the best performer. Each costume is made by hand every year.

People dance in elephant costumes to celebrate this festival. Held in October in Kyaukse, men participate in this dance competition in pairs. Participants would then mimick the movements of an elephant and compete to perform the best elephant dance. The elephant costumes are all hand made using brightly coloured fabric, bamboo and striking glitter. The costumes are created every year, which means no costumes are repeated in any of the performance. In this festival, locals also give offerings and donations to the pagoda and monks.

Other Festivals in October

Shwe Kin Light Festival

Date: October (After the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut)
Location: Shwe Kyin Creek, Shwe Kyin Township, Bago Region

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Kaunghmudaw Pagoda Festival

Date: October (Around Full Moon Day of Thadingyut)
Location: Sagaing, Sagaing Region

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Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda Festival

Date: October (one day before the full Moon day of Thadingyut)
Location: Mandalay

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