Taking place on the full moon of Thadingyut month (the seventh month of Myanmar calendar, from late September to early October), the Phaung Daw OO Festival is one of the most important and most representative festivals in the Shan state in particular and Myanmar in general, lasting up to 18 days for the purpose of expressing respect for the Buddhas. Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is divided into two main categories: the celebration is the procession of the Buddhas around the villages, the floating farm in the Inle Lake area and the traditional boat racing and other cultural activities.
The procession is a lively assembly, moving sequentially from village to village around Inle Lake in a clockwise direction, forming an endless parade of colors and traditions. Most prominent in the procession is the royal boat that symbolizes the presence of the ancient Karaweik royal. Although this boat is just a mimic version, it is designed and gilded elaborately with head and tail decorated with images of the god Hintha in Burmese mythology, in the middle is the sanctuary dedicated to Buddhist images, with three Pyatthat-style pyramids on the roof.
Perhaps, in order to keep the solemn silence, the royal boat did not move on its own, it was dragged by long boats that mobilized hundreds of "flippers" in colorful traditional costumes, with rowing moves with feet very smoothly and flexibly. Following is the boats of local residents making an impressive procession on the Inle Lake ... When visiting the village, the local pagodas will also invite the Buddhas to stay overnight, making it convenient the followers coming to pay homage to Buddha
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, which takes place at the end of the rainy season in Myanmar, is ideal for people coming to the festival. On this occasion, many people from the plains, some from mountainous areas or remote villages come here to both make merits and have the opportunity to blend into the jubilant atmosphere of the festival, contemplate Shan traditional dance and music art, participate in fairs and special cheering for boat racing between villages.
It is possible to say the Phaung Daw Oo Festival with colorful boats, marching from village to village around Inle Lake and traditional Myanmar flippers are the most impressive and vibrant images in the festival atmosphere of Myanmar.
Visitors coming to the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival will not only enjoy the joy of festive atmosphere and experience the spirit of Buddhism in a unique cultural space, but also have the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauty of Inle Lake scenery, one of the jewels of Myanmar tourism that always attract tourists