Hpaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

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By Ma Thanegi
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Sep 2016

Dates: 1st Waxing Moon Day of Thadingyut

Location: Inle Lake, Southern Shan State
Duration: 18 days

Images of the Hpaung Daw Oo Pagoda are carried by a golden barge to villages around Inle Lake where they spend the night. Their arrival is greeted with ceremonies. Thousands of people carry fruit and flowers on lacquer trays in their own boats and pay homage as the holy barge passes. Teams of famous leg-rowers compete in annual boat races.

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