Due to COVID-19, the famous Inle Phontaw Oo Pagoda Festival has been cancelled according to the Phontaw Oo Pagoda Board of Trustees.
Set in and around the stilted villages of Inle Lake, the event is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Myanmar. During the festival, four Buddha statues are transported clockwise from village to village to bless the monasteries, on a barge shaped as a mythical bird. With traditional music, dancing and boat races, this holy festival attracts thousands of local and foreign visitors.
It traditionally begins on the 1st day of Thidingyut – 20th October this year and is held annually.
The festival was cancelled last year as a result of the Covid pandemic.