Date(s) - 29/09/2019 - 16/10/2019
A few months later, in October, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda on Inle Lake has its own festival to honour its uniquely round and golden Buddha statues. On a gilded barge in the shape of a Hintha bird (a golden swan), surrounded by several leg-rowed boats, four of the five Buddha images of the pagoda are taken from village to village over a period of 18 days. Locals, as well as foreigners, can follow the procession by boat, as well.
On some days, the procession is followed by a series of boat races, during which the rowers use their legs to swing the paddles- it’s really a sight to behold!
These races can easily give the impression that the whole of Myanmar comes together to support their national champions: the canals, packed to the brim with boats, turn into a sea of people; well-dressed Shan tribes mix with monks and foreigners, spectators get comfortable on their boats, taking out meals and umbrellas, all waiting for their chance to witness Burmese glory in this wonderful and impressive display of strength.