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Vol. 2

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October-December 2002

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Events Calendar

Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda Festival
Where: Sagaing
When: The Dawn of the Fullmoon Day of Thadingyut (October 21)
People flock to the Pagoda to offer food to Lord Buddha on the dawn of the Fullmoon day.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival
Where: Inlay Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township
When: October 7 to 24, 2002
One of the most famous of pagoda festivals. 4 Buddha Images are carried around the villages of the lake on a huge golden barge paddled by hundreds of leg-rowers.

Elephant Dance Festival
Where: Kyaukse, Mandalay Division.
When: Fullmoon day of Thadingyut(October 21)Life-sized Papier mache elephants are carried around the town towards the pagoda on the Kyaukse Hill. A dance competition features these elephants.

Kahtein Robe Offering Ceremony
Where: Allover the country
When: the whole month of the Myanmar month of Tazaungmon (November). Holy robes are offered to the monks at the monasteries. This offering of robes enable
the monks to acquire new robes in place of the old ones that were torn during the monsoon season.

Hot Air Balloon Festival
Where: Taunggyi
When: One week before the Fullmoon of Tazaungmon to Fullmoon Day (November 19) Traditionally it is to pay homage to the Sulamuni Pagoda in the abode of the
Celestial Beings by sending up lighted hotair balloons. Now this traditional is combined with a competition to send up the most elaborate and beautiful balloons
of every shape and size.

Parade of Lights
Where: Taunggyi
When: Fullmoon night of Tazaungmon. (November 19)
The people of Taunggyi and its environs parade through the town with decorated
floats and lighted candles to the Sulamuni Pagoda at the edge of the town.

Lights Festival and weaving competition
Where: Allover the country; Shwedagon Pagoda
When: Fullmoon ofTazaungmon (November 18-20, 2002).
An all-night weaving competition takes place at the Shwedagon pagoda, on the
night before the Fullmoon Day, Nov. 18.
 

Enchanting

Myanmar

A Guide to Tourism Destination and Beyond

Vol. 2

No.1

October-December 2002