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Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

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Probably one of the world’s most spectacular processions on the water – “The Paung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival”


It is in Inle Lake, southern Shan State of Myanmar and the 18-day festival will commence from 9 to 26 October 2010. It is a major Buddhist festival in Myanmar, where the four out of five holy Buddha images of Paungdaw Oo monastery, in the shapes of gold balls due to countless gold leaf offerings, are carried on the decorative Karaweik Barge. The hundreds of leg-rowers tow the barge, travel on the outrageously beautiful lake, and bless the Intha villages on the stilts by making overnight stops at each village. The devout Buddhists eagerly wait and pay homage with the various offerings from special foods in their silver and gold bowls as well as fresh flowers from their long tailed boats as the Buddhas travel from village to village across the lake and on the creeks. The traditional leg-rowers, in their beautiful costumes, tow the barge with the perfect timing sync by the drumbeats while some of them perform Shan dances and martial arts in each special ceremonial boat. On two specific dates of the festival period, there are boats racing competitions – a splendid and most exciting moment as the teams representing various villages around the lake use their skills and strength to win the race.

Words alone cannot express all that is striking and breathtaking. Seeing is believing! Come and see this awesome Paung Daw Oo Pagoda festival with Santa Maria.






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