December is a good time for pilgrims to see few of religious festivals in Myanmar. Soak up festive festivals in Mae Lamu Pagoda or Mount Popa.

Mae Lamu Pagoda Festival

Time: From 8th to the full-moon day of Nadaw month
Duration: 8 days
Location: North Okkalapa, Yangon

Mae Lamu Pagoda Festival is one of the famous temple festivals in Yangon. During the festival, the monks chant 24 hours per day. The Buddhists offer to the Buddha and monks. Many traditional performances and music shows are played on the stages around the pagoda’s compound.

Buddha statues at Mae Lamu Pagoda

Buddha statues at Mae Lamu Pagoda

Popa Guardian Spirit Festival

Time: from the full-moon day of Nadaw month
Duration: 6 days
Location: Mount Popa, near the city of Bagan

In the festival time, all the pilgrims and residents from the neighboring area gather in the rituals to collect the merit with the hope of a new year of luck and prosperity. All the rituals are held at Mount Popa area.

The main guardian spirit (Nats) at Mt. Popa

The main guardian spirit (Nats) at Mt. Popa

9000 Lights of Candle Festival

Time: annually on 31st December
Duration: 1 day
Location: Temple Kyaik Htiyo, Mon state

At the night of the festival, Buddhists lit 9000 lights to welcome the New Year and offer to the Buddha in the Kyaiktiyo pagoda. The Buddhists and believers have fun and dance all night.

In the festival, Buddhist followers go to pagodas and stupas to offer flowers, variety of fruits, rice (soon) and candle lights.

9000 Lights of Candle Festival

9000 Lights of Candle Festival