The day of the full moon during the Myanmar Tazaungdaing celebration, or “festival of lights,” is called the day of Tazaungmone. It is a public holiday in Myanmar, coming at the end of the rainy season but varying as to where it lands on the Western calendar.
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Buddhist monks don new robes on Tazaungmone. These robes are often given to them as offerings of the people. They may also receive such things as new slippers, an umbrella, bath soap, or food to eat. Some also give the monks money, and the cash donated will be put on display on wood-framed “trees” for all to see.
There is a contest held late on Tazaungmone to see which group of weavers can complete an entire robe before morning. The robe will be used on statues of Buddha.
Perhaps, the most popular celebration, and certainly the most colourful, is the hot air balloon event in Taunggyi. Many tourists attend, and many locals arrive on pilgrimages. Many of the balloons are made of paper, shaped like various animals, and lit up inside. The balloons are released at night all at once, creating a stunning sight you won’t soon forget.
Finally, many locals prepare and share “bitter Mezali-bud salad” with family and friends on this day, believing that consuming it will prevent their contracting all manner of diseases.