Against a dramatic backdrop of festivities in the Inle Lake region
of Shan State, the Inle Phaung Taw Oo pagoda festival, which has been bustled
with local and foreign visitors, began on October10.
At 7:00 a.m. today, the images of the Pagoda, which were raised in
an ornate pavilion onboard a gilded barge made up in a form of a mythological
bird, Karaweik, were respectably conducted, for devote Buddhists to pay homage
to, from Nang Pan Village to a cloistered residence of Magyi Seit. There, the golden
images would have an overnight stay.
Along the graceful conduct of the festivity, the devote Buddhists were
seen offering alms food, flowers and desserts at alters to the Buddha images.
What’s more, the Royal barge was towed by 92 long boats, which represented
92 villages in the Pagoda’s
residency township Nyaung Shwe, in procession across the Inle Lake. A boat was
manned by up to 90 rowers.
Along the vibrant itinerary bustled with domestic
and foreign visitors. The scene in and around the Lake looked rather gloomy under
drizzles. According to In ethnics, it was a rare natural scene for visitors.
Across the Inle
Lake, one could explore indigenous falkways of In ethnics such as natural plantations,
fishing, homes, traditions and handiwork businesses.
During the 18-day
festival that ends on October 27, the Buddha images are being worshipped in 21
neighbourhoods of the Inle region, finally returning to the Phaung Taw Oo
edifice in residence at Nang Hu village.
The Inle Phaung Taw
Oo festival is not just a traditional Buddhist occasion of In ethnics, but a
great religious destination in Shan State for local and foreign visitors to
travel and enjoy, as well.