Manao Festival

Cultural in Myitkyina

Originally a way to propitiate the local nat, this is now a nationally important gathering of the six Kachin tribes for feasting and costumed dances. It's performed in Manao park (north of centre), where the large Native American–style totem poles remain in place year-round. Accommodation is at a premium at this time. Observers get into the festival mood by drinking copious quantities of rice beer. Held on and around 10 January, Kachin State Day.