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Tabaung , the last month of the Myanmar calendar falls in March. Tabaung is a month of pagoda festivals. On the road between Yangon and Pyay, there were quite a few shinbyu processions. Shinbyu is the Burmese term for a novitiation ceremony in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. This ritual symbolises Prince Siddartha Gautama's departure from the royal palace at the age of twenty nine, leaving his wife and newborn son in search of the Four Noble Truths.

The ceremony starts early with a procession to the monastery. Young boys dressed in resplendent silks embroidered with gold as royal princes, shielded from the sun by a gold umbrella and led on horseback by an orchestral band headed by a clown. Behind follows the families, proud parents carrying the monastic robes and sisters carrying ceremonial boxes of betel and lotus blossoms all in their best silks with the rest of the joyous party completing the procession.

This young boy on the side of the road was absolutely fascinated by this loud and joyful crowd.

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Viewed: 1983
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Additional Photos by JM Hullot (vincz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
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