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- Inle Lake - Phaung Daw U Pagoda Festival
Annually, during the Burmese month of Thadingyut (from September to October), an 18-day festival is held, during which four of the five Buddha images housed at Phaung Daw U Pagoda are placed on a replica of a royal barge designed as a hintha (a mythical bird resembling a goose) and taken throughout Inle Lake.
The elaborately decorated barge is towed from village to village along the shores of the lake in clockwise fashion, and the four images reside at the main monastery in each village for the night. The high point of the festival is on the day when the images return to Phaung Daw U where they are welcomed by high-ranking officials in the government. The religious ceremony is followed by a race among boats of the various villages.
Return to Inle Lake or see La Festa de' Noantri, a religious festival in Rome which has some points in common with that shown in this page.