Thiho Shin Pagoda traditional Buddhist festival is held near the small town of Pakokku in Myanmar. Part ancient prayer ritual, part country fair, the Thin Shin Pagoda Festival churns the usually quiet grounds of the temple into a lively carnival market where everything from Buddhist icons to household goods changes hands. This traditional pagoda festival, and the many others like it held across Myanmar, is a chance for the largely rural farming communities in this central region of Myanmar to come together and celebrate the end of a harvest season.
Many farmers arrive hauling their excess harvests in ox-drawn carts and spend up to a week in the area reuniting with family and friends that are rarely seen. As the festival progresses, red-robed Buddhist monks amble through the temple grounds collecting alms from the pilgrims and festival goers. The farmers and merchants who do a brisk trade in the market donate portions of their profits to the temple, and the monks use the proceeds of the Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival to sustain themselves and pay for the upkeep of the temple throughout the year.
The Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival takes place in June. Myanmar’s festival dates are determined by a traditional Buddhist lunar calendar. As festival dates can shift several weeks each year, it’s best to plan far in advance if you’re interested in attending the Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival can make the appropriate arrangements and confirm the festival’s exact dates while customizing your route.