Calendar of Events

The best time to travel to a place is when there is a festival or a traditional celebration. You get an insight of the culture and lifestyle of the place and its people. If you want to see the deep roots of the culture, belief, lifestyle, living, food, art, traditions of Shan and other ethnic groups in Mae Hong Son province, the events and festivals are the windows to view the truth of culture and lifestyle of the local people.


Poi Lu Kaow Yaku:

Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: February
After harvesting season, the villagers of each village will bring the new rice to cook for Kaow Yaku by mixing sticky rice with coconut milk, molasses, peanut, and sprinkling on top with shredded coconut offering at the temple before making the procession through the street giving it to relatives and others for a merit.

Tea tasting festival:
Location: Rak Thai village, Mae Hong Son
Date: February
Being held every year at Chinese Village (Baan Rak Thai) to promote tourism and the best quality tea produced from this village. There are a lot of typical dances and plays within the festival which show the traditions and cultures of Chinese Yunnan.

Muang Sam mork (Winter Fair):
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: February
Held in every February of the year, there are the products from various organizations, governments and private departments to publicize the portfolio of each department including the shows of various hill tribes in Mae Hong Son province to make the festival more interesting.

Poi Sang Long (The Novice Ordination) Tradition:
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: April
Poi Sang Long is considered as the great procession of Shan, which inherited for hundreds of years since they evacuated into Mae Hong Son province, spending long time for preparation, and having a great number of people to join the tradition. The objective of the tradition is to let the children learn Dharma and bring a vast amount of merit to their families.

Songkran Festival:
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: April
Songkran Festival held in April of each year which is summer in order to reduce the heat of hot season the people will throw water towards one another  along the road. There will be Buddha procession for people to spring water on it for their prosperity at Hnong Jong Kum and there will also be boat racing, Miss Songkran contest, and other activities. The last day of the festival people will go to make the merit at temples and go to ask for forgiveness and blessings from the relatives.

Poijati (The Worship of a Sand Pagoda):
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: June
Poijati or The Worship of a Sand Pagoda is one of long traditions of Shan. The people will carry sand into the temples for building a pagoda which decorated with flags, different colors of flowers, and shining beautiful lamps at night. The purpose is to offer worship to the Buddha for exorcism and good fortune in the planting season.

Chong Phara tradition:
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: October
Chong Phara or the castle of Buddha is an art of Shan made of bamboo and pad by mulberry paper, colors of paper and various local fruits, decorated with a lamp and there will be a parade along the road in town after that it will be carried to the temples and houses.

Poi Learn Sib Ed (End of Buddhist Lent Tradition):
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: October
Poi Learn Sib Ed is one of the most important traditions of Shan. There are a lot of ongoing activities such as offering food to the monks (Tak Bat Devo in Shan) at Prathat Doi Kong Moo Temple. Both of the roads and houses will be decorated with colorful, beautiful lamps and very many of local shows which concern about the lifestyles, cultures, and traditions of Shan.

Poi Aok Wa (End of Buddhist Lent Tradition):
Location: Mae Sariang
Date: October
Poi Aok Wa or End of Buddhist Lent Tradition of Mae Sariang district, the villagers will build simulation castle or Chong Phara for local people in front of the houses to welcome the Buddha in coming back to the world. There are a lot of entertainments like giving alms, processing of thousands candles and both sides of various streets will be nicely decorated with candle lamps.

Poi Kad Lu (End of Buddhist Lent Tradition):
Location: Pai
Date: October
Poi Kad Lu is End of Buddhist Lent Tradition of people in Pai district. The ceremony will have no anymore difference from Mae Hong Son Muang district and Mae Sariang district. There are the build of Chong Phara which decorated of candle lamps, fruits, flowers and colorful pattern cutting paper. There are local art performances but the interesting activity is buying and selling at the market from morning until night to prepare things for making a merit and at the market will be decorated with lamps and beautiful bright lighting candles.

Bua Tong Blossom Festival:
Location: Khun Yuam District
Date: November
Bua Tong Blossom Festival will be held at Doi Mae U Khaw (Mae U Khaw Hill)in Khun Yuam District every year during November – December when Bua Tong (Mexican Sunflowers) are fully blossom. There are tents for rent to provide for the tourists who would like to stay overnight and many other activities to welcome the tourists, too.

Loy Krathong Festival:
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: November
Shan will arrange Loy Krathong Festival each year on the full moon night of November. The villagers will make Krathong( a bowl made of banana leaves)floating  onto the rivers or swamps. Houses will be decorated by color of lights in addition there will be lot of various entertainments, Krathong contest and beauty contest (Miss Nopamat).

Perd Muang Tai (Shan culture festival):
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: December
This mentioned activity has its own objective to preserve Shan’s food culture in Mae Hong Son province. Tasting typical Shan’s food, touching seven tribal lifestyles in Mae Hong Son, Shan dance show which is the uniqueness of Shan in Mae Hong Son, and performances of the tribes living in Mae Hong Son province.

Poi Muang Kapa (Maze Tradition):
Location: Mae Hong Son
Date: December
Maze Tradition or Poi Mung Kapa in Shan is Shan tradition according to the belief in Buddhism about Wasandorn Shadok who was expatiated from town to live in Maze. When the nearby villagers knew and bringing food with flower, incense stick and candles to offer him. The villagers believe that the person who can pass through the Maze to Wasandorn’s hermitage will be success in every aspect, it is considered as an auspicious of life.


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