November (Tadingyut/Tazaunmone)

Tazaungmone Festival

Tazaungmone Festival

Tazaungmone in Myanmar Calendar is the month of November. It is among the 12 months when the rainy season ends and winter comes in. At that time. in Myanmar. the seasonal Khawei flowers are in full bloom. On the night of full moon day of Tazaungmone. 9.999 candles were lighted and offered to Koehtatkyi Pagoda in SanChaung Township. Yangon Division.

On the auspicious night. the word ‘Atula Dipati Mahamuni Thetkya Koehtetgyi Badhha’ if add. you will get the number 9 which we called Koenawin and the omen which means free of enemies and diseases. exactly. we started to light of 9.999 candles and offered them to Buddha. 9. 999 candles were lit around the pagoda in groups and to get the best place. they have to draw lots.

At designated place the groups started to prepare for the festivity at 2 in the afternoon. At four the music artistes played the traditional harp and offer music to the Buddha. In the evening at about 5:22 p.m.. the grand ceremony commenced. All those present first take the five precepts and say the prayers for offering the lights unanimously and unison.

At 6:09 exactly. the Master of Ceremonies gave 11 minutes for people to take up position. Before long. the sound of Aka Ratu came out. All electric bulbs were then put out on the pagoda and people started to pray and recite partitas.At the auspicious hour. the conch shell was blown and later the playing of the brass gongs and bells could be heard simultaneously.

Together with these auspicious sounds fire works came out from the either side of the throne of the pagoda and at the same time the lights of the candle came out as if a lighted blanket was removed. it was a breath-taking site and all those present lit candles and offered it to the great Buddha image. Fire crackers are known as Ta Zaung in olden days. And since it is placed atop the pole and lighted we called it Tazaung Daing. During the Tazaungdaing festivals of spirits is also held.

On the full moon day of Tazaungmone. all the stars completely shown out and at midnight on that day. people usually eat vegetable curry and it is believed the bitter Maezali bud salad. you will be free from all diseases.Streaming from that belief. people usually prepare Maezali bud salads and share it with friends. This is one of the treasured habits of Myanmar.

To prepare Mezali salad. first you will have to choose tender buds about 9 baskets. clean and rinse it and then boil it until it becomes soft and tender. Then you will have to pound it until it becomes pasty. Then you mix the paste with groundnut oil. pounded ground nut. fried onions. beans. fried Dahl. sesame . cabbage. green chili and salt to taste. It is a vegetarian dish which Myanmars adore.

By watching the 9.999 candles lighting festival at Koehtatkyi Pagoda and by enjoying the Maezali salad. we all hope you will share our fine tradition and culture which we. Myanmar preserve and adore to date. May you all share our merits of good deeds.

Hot-air balloon Festival

Hot-air balloon Festival

Taunggyi is the capital of the Southern Shan State and it lies 1.430 meters above the sea level and has a moderate climate. The most significant festival is the annual Tazaungdine Lighting Festival which is around October and November. Lu Ping festival commonly known as hot balloon festival celebrates by Pa O. one of the many ethnic groups in the region.

On the occasion people enjoy fun and merriment by holding firework-launching competitions. The firework is in the form of rockets. There is also hot balloons competitions on the day and night occasions. Day balloons are usually in the form of Pagodas. and animals such as elephant. dragon or ducks while the night balloons usually in the shape of rugby ball. huge elongated paper balls with small lighted multicolored paper lanterns hung around their sides and balloons would sting along fireworks and fire sticks which are set off mid-air fireworks.

Kahtein Thingan Offering

Kahtein Thingan Offering

Kahtein Festival is held annually. after the duration between the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut and the Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone. The Kahtein robe offering and donation of Kahtein tree or the Padaytharpin are also another famous act in Myanmar.

Yellow Robe Weaving Festival

Yellow Robe Weaving Festival

This festival of Tazaungmon is an auspicious time for offering of yellow robes to the monks. The Buddha’s mother. reincarnated as a god in Tavatimsa. perceived from her heavenly abode that her son would soon be discarding. the royal robes and wearing a monk’s garments. She wanted to provide the yellow robes of the monk and she had only a night’s time. But she had it woven in a single night and offered to the Prince (Siddhata) by a celestial messenger. In commemoration of this event weaving competitions of yellow robes are held all over the country.

An offering of Kathein thingan (ceremony for offering of yellow robes) to the monks is usually a big affair in large cities of Myanmar. Offering ceremonies consist of a thousand and one gifts pooled by the whole town beside the prime gift of Yellow robes. The Kathein festivals account for the greatest significance in Tazaungmone.