Freezing cold, drenched in rain, sleep-deprived, and wearing a hideous pink poncho I found on this boat 😓 but still pretty stinkin’ happy to be out here for the coolest “parade” I’ve ever seen.
Every year toward the end of October, Inle Lake, located in the Shan Hills of Myanmar, hosts one of the biggest festivals of the year: the Phaung Daw U pagoda festival. Four out of the pagoda’s five Buddha statues are paraded around the lake in a lively, colorful procession of decorated long boats, one-legged rowing, music, and lots of singing and dancing. The barge on which the gold-gilded statues are carried stops from village to village along the lake, taking refuge in the local monasteries overnight, for a total of 18 days. Check out my stories to see more!
I just happen to be at Inle Lake for this year’s festival, so despite how excited I am to sleep in past 5am someday soon, today was for sure not that day. 😆