Hot air balloon competitions to be held at Taunggyi Tazaungdaing festival

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File photo shows a hot-air balloon lifts off in Taunggyi Tazaungdaing festival.  Photo: Thiha Tun

The famous hot-air balloon competitions of the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing festival will start on 26 October at the Awaiya hot-air balloon square in Taunggyi, southern Shan State, according to a report in the Myawady Daily yesterday.
A total of 160 hot-air balloons will be part of the competition.
The balloons are of various shapes, designs, patterns and colours. Balloons featuring goblins are the most popular among the younger generations, organisers said.
At the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing hot-air balloon festival, the festival celebration committee does not allow the use of the pictures which can adversely affect national unity.
They also do not allow advertisements for beer other types of alcohol or cigarettes.
Those who wish to participate in the hot-air balloon competition must register with the competition convening committee not later than 13 October. The hot-air balloon competitions attract spectators from around the world, organisers said.

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