19 Nov 2018
(Yangon, 19th November 2018) On the full moon day of Tazaungdaing, on 22nd November, MPT plans to commemorate the auspicious festival of lights with donations of oil lamps, candles and shawls at pagodas in Yangon, Mandalay, Ayawaddy, Bago, Sagaing and Mon. In Buddhist tradition the festival of Tazaungdaing is marked with religious offerings to monks including special robes called Matho Thingan, weaved tirelessly from night to dawn for two consecutive nights.
Public ceremonies will be held at the nine locations of the Botahtaung, Kyeik Htee Yoe, Pyay Shwesandaw, Phowuntaung, Shwesigon, Kaung Hmu Daw, Mahar Ant Htoo Kan Thar, Shwe Mok Htaw, Shwe Maw Daw and Kyeik Than Lan pagodas, an expansion of festivities from last year to include even more states and regions for this special day of observance.
|No||Event Locations |
|States and Division||Townships||Festival Activities|
|1||Shwesandaw||Bago||Pyay||18 – 22 November|
|2||Phowuntaung||Saging||Yin Mar Bin||20 – 22 November|
|3||Shwezigon||Mandalay||Nyaung Oo||20 – 24 November|
|4||Kaunghmudaw||Saging||Saging||21 – 23 November|
|5||Mahar Anthtoo Kan Thar||Mandalay||Pyi Oo Lwin||21 – 23 November|
|6||Kyeik Htee Yoe||Mon||Kyeik Hto||21 – 23 November|
|7||Zalun Pagoda||Ayeyarwady||Pathein||22 November|
|8||Shwe Maw Daw||Bago||Bago||22 November|
Table: Pagoda ceremony locations at the various states and divisions where special MPT activities will be held for the public in conjunction with the Tazaungdaing festival.
MPT will be donating the shawls, oil lamps and candles to the public at these events. MPT staff and the members of public will also be invited to jointly create oil lamp and candle arrangements that will light up the pagodas into the evening. Joining the activities for the day will be Myanmar celebrities Poe Mamhe Thar who will participate at the Botahtaung Pagoda, Yangon, Nyein Thaw at the Kyeik Htee Yoe Pagoda, Mon State and Thazin Nwe Win at the Shwe Si Gon Pagoda, Bagan. All of the celebrities will be at the respective locations from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on that day participating the auspicious event with the people who come to that Pagodas. MPT sales booths will also be set up at all the pagodas where the ceremonies will be held.
Mr. Yoshiaki Benino, Chief Operating Officer of MPT-KSGM Joint Operations said, “As a truly local operator, MPT is pleased to be commemorating this most auspicious festival together with the people of Myanmar yet again, as we have been celebrating through special events since 2015. This year, we are organizing ceremonies at nine locations in more regions and states to honor this unique religious day of observance for Buddhist devotees, in recognition of its cultural significance for so many here in Myanmar. At the nine sacred pagodas, we will give offerings of oil lamps, candles and shawls. We look forward to seeing thousands of attendees at the Tazaungdaing Festivals and we hope everyone joins us to light up this joyous occasion.”
With Tazaungdine coming soon, MPT is inviting the public to participate at the nine pagodas where it will jointly offer candles/oil lamps and donate shawls to the pilgrims, as well as to mark the auspicious day together by conducting good deeds.