Domestic pilgrimages up compared to last year during Thadingyut Festival

Pilgrims are seen around the golden stupa of Paya Pagoda by the Ayeyawady River, Bagan.  Photo: 001
Pilgrims are seen around the golden stupa of Paya Pagoda by the Ayeyawady River, Bagan.  Photo: 001

Record numbers of pilgrims flocked to the famous Pagodas in Bagan, to celebrate the holidays of the Thadingyut Festival this year, according to an official of Hotels and Tourism and local people in Bagan.
“This year is a record numbers of pilgrims. Due to the influx of local pilgrims to Bagan than previous year, all hotels, motels and lodging houses have been booked.
Also monasteries in Bagan were full with local pilgrims and visitors. All the streets were crowded with the pilgrims,” said a local driver Ko Maung Myint.
“Because of more pilgrims than previous years, motorboats charge outrageous fares to Tantkyitaung Pagoda on other side of the river and each boat has enjoyed many more trips a day between Bagan and Tantkyitaung Pagoda.
“The increase in pilgrimage is good for us and our country,” a pilgrims U Tin Win from Yangon said, adding that domestic religious pilgrimages help to develop the country’s tourism industry,” he added.
The Thadingyut Festival, also known as the Lighting Festival, is held on the full moon of the Lunar month of Thadingyut to celebrate the Buddha’s descent from the heaven.
In five-holiday Thadingyut Festival this year, famous pagodas in the region — Shwe See Gone, Ananda, Ah Lo Daw Pyae, Buu pagoda, Lawka Nanda and Htilo-Minlo pagodas are heavily congested with pilgrims, with local residents paying homage to the pagodas like during the Thingyan Festival (New Year Water Festival).—001

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