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Festivals in Myanmar (with description)

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Festival Name Description
Independence Day: Falls on 4 January
Marked by a seven-day fair in Yangon.
Thingyan (water festival): Falls around middle of April.
A three day festival.
Starts the Burman new year.
Celebrated by throwing buckets of cold water at anyone who dares venture into the streets. Cows and fish are dressed up, adorned and set free by processions of dancing drummers.
Festival of Light: Falls in October.
Celebrates Buddha's return from heaven.
The country is lit up by fire balloons and paper lanterns and families make offerings at the local pagoda for three days.
Bon Om Tuk or the Water Festival.: Begins in late October or early November
Pirogue (long canoe) races are held in Phnom Penh at this time.
Chaul Chnam: Held in Mid-April.
A three-day celebration of the Khmer New Year.
Lunar New Year: Falls in late January or early February.
Celebrated by Ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese.