Thingyan, also known as Water Festival, marks Myanmar Lunar New Year. It’s the greatest and merriest celebration throughout country. It features the tradition of water-throwing by relieving the intense heat of Myanmar’s summer and washing away the sins of old year. People also do lots of good deeds i.e. donation, meditation and paying homage to elders. So Thingyan means fun, virtuous deeds and well being.
Kason, the second month of Myanmar Lunar Calendar, is Bodhi Tree Watering Festival. Bodhi or Bo tree is the one under which Buddha meditate and attain Buddhahood or Enlightenment. On the fullmoon day of auspicious Kason month, long processions of devotees carry small pots of water on the heads or shoulders and pour water on the Bodhi tree grown in the vicinity of famous pagodas.
The month Warzo is famous as duration of alms offering. People around country pour their savings to offer alms to Buddhist monks.
Thadingyut, also recognized as the Lighting Festival, is a 3-day festival takes place nationwide. Everywhere house or office, shopping center or food stall are decorated with colorful oil lanterns. These lanterns are to welcome the Lord Buddha descended from heaven after preaching his reborn mother. This lighting festival is one of the most important occasions for Myanmar Buddhist people.
The month Tazaungmone is the occasion of robe offering to the Buddhist monks. The robes are accompanied by other requisites for monasteries. Not only to the monks, are special featured robes offered to the Buddha images at the pagodas. Many groups of young women take part in robe weaving competitions held on the platforms of the pagodas. The robe is to be finished flawlessly overnight and offered to the images around the pagodas at dawn.
Htamanair Festival is a tradition where Myanmar people prepare this uniquely Myanmar food and distribute to neighborhood. Htamanair is a very typical kind of Myanmar food made up of glutinous rice, sesame seeds, ground nuts, shredded coconut and ginger. There also is a competition of preparing the best Htamanair. It is cooked in giant concave iron pots; 3-5 young men crush the oar-like wooden spoons for many hours. The goal of the competition is to keep up customs, to let young men work united and put aspiration to produce the best Htamanair.
Some of Myanmar festivals are died out what with the competition from other kinds of 21st century traditions. People sometimes, celebrate these legendary festivals with developed forms of celebration like concerts and stage performances. Yet, Myanmar traditions are so well-established that most of the seasonal festivals are still going strong.