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FESTIVALS TOURS

Tour Code : PhaungDawOo Pagoda Festival

Tour Sites : Inle Lake in Shan state

Availability : 16th October - 2nd November 2012

Price : REQUEST

Description 

The greatest event of the PhaungDawOo Buddha images is held on a grand scale in the month of October (sometimes in September). It is the time of transition from the rainy to the cold season. The monsoon is gone and the whole country everywhere looks pleasant. It can be regarded as pagoda festival season as famous pagoda festivals are held and PhaungDawOo Pagoda festival is the most colorful and spectacular festival in Myanmar. It is the biggest occasion at the Inle Lake because it is not only held at the place where the pagoda is situated.

Four Buddha images out of five from PhaungDawOo pagoda are taken on a gilded Karaweik royal barge and conveyed around 14 villages on the lake during 18 festival days. The barge is towed by decorated canoes paddled by leg- rowers an d hundreds of boats follow the occasion. The pagoda festival is held in every village, where the barge makes stopover. People pay homage and offer flowers, alms, water and a variety of fruits to the Buddha images. The most interesting event of the festival, especially for foreigners is their boat race due to their unique leg rowing. Boat races are held during the festival and on the last day. Usually a race is taken place with three long boats, containing one hundred people each, standing upright and rowing with their legs in the traditional Inle style. It is the one and only place in the world where one can see such marvelous act.

Even when it is not festival time, it is very interesting to observe the Intha's lifestyle on the lake, floating farms and the most famous floating market which being held at Ywama village every five days.

How to get there

Flying from Yangon /Bagan/Mandalay to Heho airport and 1 hour drive to NyaungShwe and take the boat to Inle Lake. How to get there

Accommodation 

Widely available and choose your favorite in Hotels.

Program

One or two days of this occasion program should be combined with your choice of tour including Inle Region.

 

Tour Code : Hot Air Ballon Festival in Taunggyi

Tour Sites : Taunggyi in Shan State

Availability : 23rd - 28th November 2012

Description 

In Taunggyi, the capital of the Southern Shan State, the festival is celebrated annually on a grand scale for 6 days. Lu Ping festival commonly known as hot balloon festival is said to have seen the origin of Pa-O minority, one of the many ethnic groups in the region. There, the word Lu Ping generally means eliminating all evil by giving alms and offertories to Buddhist monks. On the occasion, people also enjoy fun and merriment by holding firework and hot air balloon launching competitions, competing over their beauty, lasting hours in the air and attitude they can gain. Day balloons are usually in the form of Pagodas and animals such as elephant, dragon or duck while the night balloon are usually in the shape of rugby ball, huge elongated paper balls with small-lighted multicolored paper lanterns hung around their sides. Every balloon is hand-made using bamboo frames and locally produced paper, made from the mulberry plant.

Night balloon are larger and more elaborate, equipped with firecrackers and fireworks. The pyrotechnic display starts at a pre-determined height. All the fireworks are traditionally made, using gunpowder, charcoal and a little bit of magnesium. How to get there

Flying from Yangon /Bagan/Mandalay to Heho airport and 1 hour drive to NyaungShwe and take the boat to Inle Lake.

How to get there

It takes about 1 hour drive from Inle and 2 hours drive from Heho Airport.

Recommended Accommodation

 Ayetharyar Golf Resort

Program

One or two days of this occasion program should be combined with your choice of tour including Inle Region.

 

Tour Code : Taung Pyone Nat Festival

Tour Sites : TaungPyone village, about 20 km north of Mandalay, on the Mandalay – Mogoke Road.

Availability : 26th August - 1st September 2012

Price : REQUEST

Description 

About 20km north of Mandalay lays a small village called TaungPyone, resting quietly among the green fields. This place becomes the focus of the TaungPyone Spirit Festival held every year in the Myanmar month of Wagaung (August) to honor the Nats at that place. This area had been awarded to the Nats as a special province of their own by Myanmar Kings since Bagan dynasty in 11 century. According to tradition, Nats are spirits that must be appeased or they will wreak havoc in peoples' lives. The homage-paying festival is now held annually to appease the spirits as it is believed that the Nat Brothers can fulfill one's wishes, protect one from ill fate and danger, and bring good luck, prosperity and progress. It is one of much glories and distinguish spirit festival occurs annually on August.

Nowadays, TaungPyone is the most famous one among the Nat festivals countryside. All the Nat medians and those who believe and worship Nat gather at that village. Thousands of people are attending at the hundreds of Nat Pavilions to discuss the median for their future plans and prosperities. Series of 37 Nat statutes on the stands are offered food and flowers, cash, alcohol and the medians amuse Nat with dance and the traditional Nat music day and night. As Nat song and music is very fantastic, whoever heard this song want to participate in their dance. Thousands of people are coming in and out every-day until the end of the festival.

It takes about 1 hour drive from Inle and 2 hours drive from Heho Airport.

How to get there

It takes about 1 hour drive from Mandalay.

Program

One or two days of this occasion program should be combined with your choice of tour including Mandalay.

 
     
 
 

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