Centennial religious festival begins in Pyinmana

Shankan, the venue of the Centenary Celebrations, is  decorated with multi-colour lights. Photo: MNA
Shankan, the venue of the Centenary Celebrations, is decorated with multi-colour lights. Photo: MNA

The Centenary of the conveyance of the 28 Buddha Images for public obeisance began with the illuminations for the coming light festival in Pyinmana in the Nay Pyi Taw Council area yesterday.
In the evening, visitors crowded Shankan, the venue of the Centenary Celebrations, that was decorated with multi-colour lights.
“We have over 50 booths showing the biography of the Buddha, the paintings, the photos of the prominent persons and local agricultural products apart from skill demonstrations of Myanmar traditional cane ball and Myanmar traditional martial arts that make are festivity more attractive and livelier, said secretary of the Centenary Organization Committee U Thein Than Oo.
On 25 October evening, the final day of the Centenary, the ceremonial conveyance of Buddha Images begins with the accompaniment of on-the-car entertainments provided by famous artistes of the country.
“We have a prize-presentation program for the decorated Buddha Images conveying vehicles,” said U Thein Than Oo, who assured comprehensive preparations for the greater uniqueness and perfectness of the Centenary than the previous anniversaries.
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“The special illuminations of the venue highlight the uniqueness of the Centenary,” he added.
Annually we convey the Buddha Images by decorated floats around Pyinmana. This year we decorated the venue with colorful lights. Aside from educative booths, we also stage Myanmar traditional orchestra and traditional circling dance performances in honour of our town Pyinmana,” said a local.
The Centenary illustrates the value of Myanmar culture, whereas, it serves a platform where local food products are displayed as a means for emergence of Myanmar food culture. It is also a festival that will help enliven Myanmar crafting techniques and traditional hot-air balloons, and develop tourism. The Centenary will also give locals of Pyinmana the habit of doing things in a collective and harmonious way, while serving as a showcase where children can gain knowledge and understand the value of Myanmar culture. Myo Myint, Han Lin Naing

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