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Ananda Temple Festival

This typical festival is held in Bagan, around the Ananda temple, the most crowded celebration in the most beautiful temple. Ananda pagoda festival takes place a few days before the full moon day of Pyatho, usually falls in January or early February depending on the Lunar Calendar.

It is held to raise money for the upkeep of Bagan’s thousand-year-old Ananda temple. A tent city of stalls and shops surrounds the temple. Locals from near and far come to enjoy the festival. Most of the people would be having Thanaka on their face to keep one selves cool from the heat. Thanakha is a yellowish skin paste that is unique in Myanmar. This pagoda festival is not only to worship the pagoda, Buddha, but also for shopping after the harvest time. There are different kinds of stalls and sell everything especially the products from the other regions of the country. Villagers bring their essential things and come by bullock cart and make themselves at home around the temple.

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