One of the largest religious festivals in Myanmar, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, is underway in the picturesque Inle Lake region. The festival is celebrated from the first day of the waxing moon to the third day after the full moon of Thadingyut: September and October in the Western calendar. Thus the exact dates vary each year. Visitors will experience local culture and enjoy the unique spectacle of rowers dressed in traditional costumes rowing boats standing with one leg.
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in the Inle Lake region is home to five gilded Buddha images, which are covered with gold leaves so that their original appearance cannot be recognized. Four of the five images are paraded around the Inle Lake in an elaborate barge pulled by traditional long boats manned by hundreds of rowers. In this way, pilgrims can pay homage to the Buddha images. The fifth image is left to guard others' resting places in the pagoda.
This colorful festival is a must-see if you happen to be on a trip to Myanmar!
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