What is Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival?
The Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival is the annual harvest festival for the town of Pindaya.
The Shwe Oo Min Pagoda is a Buddhist shrine set in a natural series of caves on a rock self above Pone Taloke Lake. Pilgrims have filled the indentions in the stone face with thousands of Buddhist icons in an ancient merit-making tradition that continues today.
When the farmers in the local area reap their fall harvest they bring it to the Shwe Oo Min Pagoda festival to sell the excess, and donate a portion of their bounty to the temple to sustain the monks who provide religious services throughout the year. Merchant and food vendor stalls are raised, and a thriving market emerges on the festival grounds as the festival goers reunite with friends and family they rarely see.
When is Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival?
The Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival takes place between February and April at the end of harvest season. A traditional Buddhist lunar calendar is used to select the exact date every year, so it’s best to plan ahead if you’d like to attend the festivities. One of our Travel Specialists can supply you with correct dates and incorporate the visit into the itinerary of your luxury tour of Myanmar.
Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival Highlights:
The Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival opens a window onto the timeless traditions that have been handed down generation after generation in Myanmar’s rural countryside. It’s a wonderful opportunity for cultural enthusiasts to experience Myanmar’s rural atmosphere.
Where is Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival Celebrated?
The town of Pindaya in Myanmar’s Eastern Shan State hosts the Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Festival. It can be reach overland in a private vehicle departing from Yangon.
When visiting Buddhist celebrations in Myanmar dress conservatively in keeping with traditions of modesty.