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Hot Air Balloon Festival

By Noe Noe Aung

Dates: From 28th October, 2017 Location: Taunggyi, southern Shan State Duration: Five days
Also known as Tazaungdaing Fire Balloon Festival, the daytime competitions are for balloons made in animal or bird shapes and at night fire balloons are decorated with strings of lanterns or designs made of lights. The balloons have a bamboo frame over which hand-made paper is glued. The hot air is generated by burning rags under the opening. Balloons are judged for size, style, design and the time they remain aloft. On the night of the Full Moon Taunggyi townsfolk hold a parade around the town carrying colourful lanterns.

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