Taunggyi Tazaungdaing festival and hot air balloon competition is held annually. This year, event organizers are starting to accept registration of competitors since 1 October, giving the competitors a month of registration period. On the first day, 20 teams registered for the competition.
The famous hot-air balloon competition at the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing festival will be held from 15 to 22 November at the Awaiya hot-air balloon square in Taunggyi, southern Shan State. Prizes will be awarded on 23 November, and those who wish to participate are to register with an endorsement by a relevant ward administrator, said the competition convening committee secretary Dr. Than Win.
“We are going to accept registration of the teams for a month. About 20 teams registered on the first day. We celebrate this event by making it more attractive year after year. This hot-air balloon competition is the only, one not only in the country but in the world as well. All are getting ready to participate in this competition,” he added.
Event organizers have also announced the terms and conditions of the competition, which will be held like last year. The plan is to get enlisted UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. So competitors are asked to compete under the traditional techniques. It is this year’s uniqueness, said Dr. Than Win
The committee does not allow the use of pictures on ballons that can affect national unity. Beer, alcohol and cigarette are also not permitted. The dimensions of the hot-air balloons are set and gun powder usage per hot-air balloon for special pyro-technic displays are limited to 40 viss a viss equals 3.6 lb, it is learnt.
Khin Sett Wai