Traditional fireworks festival held in Namsam, Shan State

A rocket shaped firework launches into the sky in Namsam, southern Shan State.   photo: Sai Zaw Latt (Langkho)
A rocket shaped firework launches into the sky in Namsam, southern Shan State.  
photo: Sai Zaw Latt (Langkho)

A traditional fireworks festival of Yinn Gyar ethnic, named Pan Lhu Fei, was held in Namsam, southern Shan State, yesterday. The festival was organized by the Yinn Gyar and Yinn Nat ethnic groups living in Namsam Township, Loilem District, in southern Shan State.
Few members of the ethnic group live in Myanmar, even in Shan State, said U Lone Lwe, a village administrator. The festival is annually held on every full moon day of Kason. The festival starts with the launch of competing fireworks shaped in the form of rockets. Some 50 participants compete in the festival. Referees decide the winners of the festival depending on which rockets reach the target on ground.—Sai Zaw Latt (Langkho)

Yinn Gyar ethnic people set up a traditionally made firework.   photo: Sai Zaw Latt (Langkho)
Yinn Gyar ethnic people set up a traditionally made firework.  
photo: Sai Zaw Latt (Langkho)
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