THE Kyaukse traditional elephant dance competition is due to take place on 23 October this year in a small town of Kyaukse, a short drive south of Mandalay, with the organisers planning to hold elephant donation festival on the following day.
The unique elephant dance festival is annually held in October. The festival has been celebrated since the 11th Century, the era of King Anawrahta. The dance competition is one of its attractive programmes that is popular among local visitors as well as foreigners. The roads and streets during this year’s festival were crowded with pilgrims as well as tourists, some of whom travelled great distances in order to observe this unique cultural celebration.
The contest is categorized into three groups, including traditional elephant dance competition, sequined costume elephant dance competition and children’s elephant dance competition. This year, over 20 troupes have registered to take part in the contest.
This year’s competition will be held at the elephant competition grounds at the foot of Shwethalyaung Hill in the town.
Maung Pyi Thu (Mandalay)