Here are some of the more popular festivals in February. Have you tasted Htamane? Let us know in the comments.

Htamane Festival (4 Feb)

Also known as the Glutinous Rice Festival, Htamane is cooked throughout the country on the eve of Tabodwe Full Moon Day in February. People gather and participate in a competition where they have to make the best glutinous rice. It is also a show of unity and strength. They offer the glutinous rice to Buddha and monks at the dawn of the Full Moon Day. The remaining rice is then given out to attendees and neighbours. It is also a seasonal snack so you can buy it at markets.

Maha Muni Pagoda Festival (3 – 4 Feb)

During this festival, people crowd the area around Maha Muni pagoda to pay respects to the Mahan Muni Buddha image. It is rumored that the majestic Mahan Muni Buddha image was made in front of the Lord Buddha himself, making it a highly cherished religious landmark for the locals. Devotees would cook glutinous rice over bonfires that are offered to the monks in that area. On Full Moon Day, incense sticks are also burnt as part of the offerings of the Buddha image.

Mann Shwesettaw Pagoda Festival (5 Feb – 17 Apr)

The festival of the Mann Shwesettaw Pagoda in Minbu Township, Magway Region, will be held on 5 February, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar. The festival was canceled in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic and reopened in 2021. Pilgrims and travellers can participate in the pagoda festival and visit the nearby villages. The Mann Creek is also a great place to soak in.

Chin National Day (20 Feb)

February 20 is regarded by Chin people as Chin National Day. On February 20, 1948, more than 500 Chin representatives from across Chin State convened a Chin National Conference when the representatives voted to adopt the modern democratic governing system over the traditional feudal system. Later, the conference date was designated as Chin National Day.

The Chin National Day is celebrated in various states where 53 ethnic groups of Chin people settled as one of the most important days for Chin people. Although it is not officially recognised as a national holiday in Myanmar, the celebration is often arranged through collaboration between both Chin State Government and local community leaders in Chin State.

Credit: Ministry of Tourism website

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