Date(s) - 13/01/2019 - 28/01/2019
On the first of the year, the Ananda Temple Festival takes place in Bagan, around the temple of the same name. The temple area hosts music, dance and plays for almost a full month, and ushers in two particular events: the first, a play of Anyeints, is a Burmese traditional performance lasting several hours and combines song and dance, instrumental music, theatrical scenes, comedy routines and puppetry, ranging from formal and almost ritualistic, to light-hearted.
The second happens on the day of the full moon when over a thousand monks arrive from the surrounding villages to accept the alms bowls, filled to the brim. One particular highlight of note is that the festival draws in caravans of bullock carts from far and wide, which arrived a few days in advance and set up camp near the temple.