Set in and around the stilted villages of inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Myanmar, held from the 1st day of the waxing moon to the 3rd day after the full moon of Thadingyut (usually in September or October).
The celebrations run for about 20 days, during which 4 sacred Buddha images are placed on a decorated royal barge and taken around the lake, stopping at villages so that people can pay homage. The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda itself an important religious site in this region, and the festival is presented each year with great magnifi cence and pageantry.
Watching the traditional leg-rowers as the sail the holy Buddha images around the lake is also an added attraction. During the festival, each village greets the 4 images with fanfare and celebrates every moment of the one-night stopover. Festivities may include rowing competitions, Shan dances and martial arts displays.