Flickering flames dot the floor between ancient temples and pagodas at the glimmering Thadingyut Candle Light Festival.
The old phrase 'to burn a candle for' has a slightly different (and more romantic) meaning but it's nevertheless appropriate if you're visiting Myanmar's archaeological wonder that is Bagan. Home to over 13,000 restored and ruined temples, this magical town is one of the country's best places to be for the annual Thadingyut Candle Light Festival.
Each year, on the day of the full moon in the lunar month of Thadingyut, thousands of candles carpet the space between hundreds of temples. The effect of neatly arranged formations criss-crossing temple grounds is lulling and magical. Children frantically buy fresh sparklers and weave in and around indifferent monks to find their friends. Around town, cultural shows and festivities occur, with some of the biggest and best happening by Ananda Temple. Street food stalls pop up and serve everything from fresh juice to curry dishes, ideal for wandering around while you discover this Buddhist-centric festival.
A peaceful, respectful and culturally rich event, this one needs to be on your Bagan travel-to-do-list if you're in town. After seeing how beautiful Thadingyut Candle Light Festival is we think you'll be seriously smitten, if not converted.
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