Photogenic Festival Time in Myanmar
The liveliest time of year at Inle Lake takes place between 24 September and 11 October. Phaung Daw Oo Festival is the spectacular sight of a boat with 50 of the lake’s iconic leg rowers pulling a gilded barge holding the sacred Buddha images of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda from one village to the next. There are also energetic leg rowing boat races between the lakeside villages. The schedule and location of the daily procession is only known a few weeks in advance. Enquire with the local boatmen or Khiri Travel Myanmar’s contact person where to go each day of the 18-day festival to see these boats. Inle Lake attracts many locals wearing their traditional dress, so it’s promising to be a colorful festival. It makes for some awesome photographs.
Thadingyut, the Festival of Lights, follows the pagoda festival. Celebrated throughout the country on the full moon day in mid October, Thadingyut marks the end of Buddhist Lent. It is a time to pay respect to parents, teachers, and elders. Houses and pagodas are illuminated and young people and children go out walking with candles and gifts to pay respect. If you happen to have guests touring Myanmar at this time of year, a great tip for them is to light a candle at their hotel and enjoy the magical atmosphere.
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