Location:Nyaung U- Bagan, Mandalay Region
Date: 1st waxing day to full moon day of Thadingyut
Duration: 15 days
When the full moon appears in the night sky, it is time for the locals of Bagan to celebrate the Shwezigon Pagoda Festival. This normally falls in October or November each year, within the Tazaungmone month of the Burmese calendar. The Shwezigon pagoda was built by two great kings from the Bagan Dynasty, and dates back to the 10th century.
As is typical with all good festivals, there are food stalls, puppet and magic shows, markets selling local goods, and theatrical shows. Handicrafts are dotted around the site, creating a series of small Aladdin’s caves. Goods include hand woven cotton, glazed pots, and lacquer ware.
The smell of enticing street food travels through the air whilst smiling children play, and youngsters enjoy the organised entertainment. The words of the sellers spill out into the atmosphere, trying to attract passers-by.
The festival makes a great event for families, and there is something to interest everyone.