Full Moon Day of Tabaung in Myanmar is a Buddhist holiday that comes on the full moon of the third month of the Burmese Calendar. That normally corresponds to sometime in March on the Gregorian Calendar.
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The whole month of Tabaung is a time of celebration, colourful cultural events, and Buddhist devotion in Myanmar. Full Moon Day of Tabaung, also called “Magha Puja”, is the highlight of it all.
This is a time when Buddhist devotees will go to temple and “make merit”. it is also the time of the Shwedagon Pagoda Festival, the biggest one of the year in all of Myanmar. At the outset of this festival, there will be ceremonial offerings made to 28 different statutes of Buddha. Then, for 10 days straight, there will be recitals of various Buddhist scriptures.
You will also find smaller, similar pagoda festivals held around the country, including the Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival and the Alaungdaw Kathapa Pagoda Festival. Plus, there are special celebrations to commemorate the birth of King Suriyachanda, a separate holiday called “Pa-O National Day” that happens to fall on the same date as Full Moon Day of Tabaung.