The Tazaungdaing full moon festival is a time to celebrate the end of the rainy season, to offer robes and gifts to the monks, eating special treats, making lanterns, and most famous of all, and holding of the Taunggyi Hot-Air Balloon Festival.
On the night of the full moon, 26th November, locals usually eat a specially prepared maezaliphuu salad, which is very good for health and wellbeing. And on the day after the full moon, teenagers and young children delight in playing tricks on others, like hanging a ‘Butcher Shop’ sign on your friend’s house; this is called Kyimano Pwei, a time for mischief and fun.
Another important ritual is the Satuditha Feast, where different houses share in giving food out free to others. Some houses might supply cordial drink, others, rice and curries. Each household has its own token, or ticket, which is handed out to neighbours to come and collect what’s on offer.
Outside Shwedagon Pagoda a robe-weaving competition (Mathothingan) is held amongst the top weavers in Myanmar. This takes place on the nights of 25th and 26th November. Make sure you go down and have a look at their superb workmanship.
Last of all, if you have time, make sure you go to the Taunggyi Hot-Air Balloon Festival, the most amazing, crazy and exhilarating experience you will ever have at a festival. Festival runs from the 20th to 26th November.