because of the fire balloon festival held along since 14 years ago, the
festival of a Buddhist temple in Pyin Oo Lwin is increasingly bustled with
local and foreign visitors to immerse themselves in interesting local culture.
the temple known as Mahar Aunc Htoo Kan Thar, the fire balloon festival takes
place on November 19-23, which marks the end of the rainy season with the full
moon day of Tazaung Mone in the Myanmar lunar calendar.
the festival period, there are contests of weaving robes from lotus fibers to
offer the Buddha image enshrined in the temple, sending fire balloons laden with elaborate candle designs and fireworks into the
night sky has becoming traditional, says an official with the organizing
well, the festivities are enriched with a variety of several fun activities
such as traditional sporting events, dances, photography contests, performing
drama series, and playing games of toy aircrafts by remote control.
to get fire balloons ascending into the sky are categorized into three. The
first one is of fire balloons laden with decorative displays of gunpowder
fireworks. The second is of fire balloons to which smaller fire balloons are
attached to form something or someone.
third is of those beautifully crafted into the forms of an animal that are sent
into the day sky to decorate by single or in a grouping.
number of contestant parties is set for each category. There will be ten
parties for the first; the second invites 19 parties; and the third could allow
35 parties to participate. A different panel of judges will be assigned to each
category of competition.
planned so in order for the judge panels to give fair marks and decide
correctly, which is supposed to be better than the previous years,” said U Kyaw
Htay Ko, secretary of the committee.
prizes would be awarded to winners. The first prize for the first category is
Kyat 5.5 million; the runner-up is to bag Kyat 4.0 million; and the third is
Kyat 3.0 million.
at the second category, the first prize is K2.0 million; the second, K1.5
million; and the third, K1.0 million. And, there will be other outstanding
prizes to award.
there is a malfunction such as a premature setting-off of the fireworks or a
blow-up of the balloon itself, falling to the ground, we have set up a system
to apply rain showers over the malfunction,” U Kyaw Htay Ko said.
also, he said there were already 60 participants from many parts of the
country, to take part in playing games of toy aircrafts by remote control.
previous years, to organize Pyin Oo Lwin’s fire balloon festival had to seek
the expertise in gunpowder and crafting fire balloons from the city of
now, Pyin Oo Lwin has raised six groups of the expertise,” said the festival
responsible officials of the city’s changes in this traditional aspect.