There are seven states and seven divisions in Myanmar. Among them, Kachin is one of the states. which has a delightful festival known as Manaw. Kachin. the hill people or the Scots of Myanmar,celebrate Manaw festival. It is one of the most popular festivals in Myanmar. The festival is usually held in January.
This festival hasbeen held for more than three decades. Manaw festivals is the celebration of the New Year. Victory in battles. reunion of the tribes etc. Everybody joins the spiritual dance lined up behind one another. The traditional Manaw poles are decorated in colorful Kachin motifs and are centered in the middle of the festival ground. All who came to the festival wear their best traditional costume and the main feature of the festival is dancing around the erected Manaw poles. quite similar to the totem poles of North American Indians. Manaw festival is held in Myitkyina and Putao in Kachin State.
Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
Ananda Pagoda is probably the finest largest and best preserved of all the Bagan temples. Ananda Temple suffered considerable damage in the earthquakes in history. The Ananda. built by Kyansittha in 1090. is on a larger scale than the Pahtothamya and the Apeyadana and is significantly different in form. The temple is said to represent the endless wisdom of the Buddha.
Symbolizing the limitless wisdom of Buddha. there is a month long sanctified festival for the temple Ananda. the most beautiful one out of 2000 holy monuments in Bagan. Myanmar. It is usually falls on January every year. The busiest day of the festival is on the full-moon day of the lunar month. Villagers and pilgrims around Bagan roll in the sacred site of Ananda for the consecration.
This is also the best time to see not only the ritual of Buddhists but the festival is also meant for social gathering. reunification. propagation and perpetuation of the religion that is Buddhism. During the festival. walk around in sea of vendors and shops that sell traditional Myanmar food-staff and enjoy the local atmosphere in locality.