The Tazaungdaing Festival also known as the Festival of Lights and spelt Tazaungdine Festival), held on the full moon day of Tazaungmon, the eighth month of the Burmese calendar, is celebrated as a national holiday in Burma (Myanmar) and marks the end of the rainy season. It also marks the end of the Kathina (Kahtein in Burmese) season, during which monks are offered new robes and alms. The festival's origins predate the introduction of Buddhism to Burma, and are believed to stem from the Kattika festival, which honors the guardian planets in Hindu astrology. Robe-weaving competitions to weave special yellow monk robes called matho thingan are also held throughout the country, most notably in Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. During these competitions, held for two consecutive nights (the night preceding and the night of the full moon), contestants work nonstop from night until dawn to weave these garments. The tradition commemorates a widely known story of the Buddha's life. Seeing that the Buddha would soon renunciate, the Buddha's mother, Maya, who had been reborn in the Tavatimsa heaven, spent the entire night weaving yellow monk robes for him. Her sister Gotami (Buddha's aunt) continued this tradition and offered new robes annually. In Shan State, particularly in Taunggyi, hot air balloons lit with candles, are released to celebrate the full moon day. The balloons are released as an offering to the Sulamani cetiya in Tavitisma, a heaven in Buddhist cosmology and home of the devas, or as a way to drive away evil spirits, although the origins of the tradition date back to 1894, when the British first held hot air balloon competitions in Taunggyi.
Arrival Yangon and half day sightseeing.
Arrive in Yangon international airport, our guide will meet and welcome you. And transfer to your hotel. Visit to Gan Daw Gyi Park and taking photos to the view of Shwedagon Pagoda. Stay overnight at Rose Garden.
Long neck women and land scape
Fly from Yangon international airport to Loikaw by morning flight. Loikaw is the Capital city of Kayah State and colorful land for the tribes such as Kayan (Padaung tribe), Kayaw, Kayah with their traditional dress. After arrival at Loikaw air port then one hour twenty minutes drive to Panpet village which is belong to Kayan tribe also called KAYAN Padaung. after visiting the village and return to the town and enjoy for the panoramic view to the town and enjoy for the sunset from the Taung Kwe Pagoda.
Enjoy for the land scape, ways of life of the KAYAW tribe and their tradition
After breakfast at your hotel and start depart for your long journey to Htay Hko village which is located 110 km far Southwest of Loikaw and it will take approx 4 hrs to reach there due to the situation of the road condition but it's wealth to visit there. Today you will have a picnic lunch with the local families and have fun. Study their life, visit to their small museum and Church.
After breakfast at your hotel and check out then proceed to the morning market of Loikaw which is one of the colorful market as well. After the market drive to Phe Khon a small town which is the gate way to Inle Lake. After one hour drive you will reach to the boat jetty then enjoy for your long journey to your hotel at Inle Lake. On the half way you will stop for your lunch and sight seeing to Samkar old pagodas and TarKaung pagodas.