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Full Moon Day of Thadingyut

Full Moon Day of Thadingyut 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Myanmar

Full Moon Day of Thadingyut is one of the most important of public holidays in Myanmar. It is a Buddhist holiday that celebrates the coming of Buddha back from heaven after he had stayed there during Buddhist Lent, teaching his mother and other heavenly gods his various laws and doctrines.

202029 Oct to 2 NovThu to MonFull Moon Day of Thadingyut
202120 OctWedFull Moon Day of Thadingyut
20229 Oct to 11 OctSun to TueFull Moon Day of Thadingyut
202328 Oct to 30 OctSat to MonFull Moon Day of Thadingyut
202416 Oct to 18 OctWed to FriFull Moon Day of Thadingyut

The holiday comes on the full moon of the Buddhist lunar month of Thadingyut, just after the completion of Lent. On the Gregorian Calendar, it often falls sometime in October.

Full Moon Day of Thadingyut is also known as Myanmar’s “Festival of Lights”. It is thought Buddha and other heavenly beings built a “star ladder” on Buddha’s way down to earth and that people put lights all over their homes to welcome him. Today, the tradition of lighting up buildings continues. Across the country, people also use clay lamps fuelled by sesame seed oil and a cotton wick.

On Full Moon Day of Thadingyut, there are fundraising drives for charities, musical performances, street dancing, and all manner of festivities and entertainment. It is also a day on which children pay respects to their elders and on which many couples get married after the long Lenten period, which traditionally is not supposed to have any weddings.