The national language of Myanmar is Burmese.
English is spoken in tourist areas but many locals in remote areas don’t speak any English at all and speak a regional dialect of Burmese due to the different ethnic groups spread across the country.
The main religion is Buddhism. There are small Muslim and Christian populations as well in Myanmar.
Thadingyut is the Festival of Light and celebrates the Buddha’s descent from the heavens. It is also the end of Buddhist Lent and there are open air concerts and markets in the streets.
The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the most important Buddhist festivals in Myanmar and celebrations last for over 20 days. Pilgrims come to the Phaung Daw U Pagoda and pay homage to images of Buddha.
Thingyan is the Burmese New Year Water Festival and is usually celebrated in mid-April. It lasts for a period of four to five days and culminating in the New Year, it is the most important public holiday in Myanmar. It also features a water fight in the streets on the second day.