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Waso Full Moon Festival
Date : Full Moon Day of Waso
Location : Throughout the country
Duration : Mid July
The Myanmar month of Waso is the beginning of the monsoon rains. It is also the start of the Buddhist Lent. Monks are prohibited to travel overnight from their monasteries. According to the monks's code of conduct, they are still obligated to make the rounds for their daily food whether it is ranining or not. As it is, they need spare robes. Therefor there is a ceremony to offer robes to the monks for use during the wet season.
Waso Chin-Lone ( Cane Ball ) Festival
Date : After the Full Moon Day of Waso
Location : Maha Muni Pagoda Compound, Mandalay
Duration : 48 days
Waso Chinlone Festival of Mahamuni Buddha Image in the year 2009 stretched for 48 days. It was the 81st, game held annually since 1926 ; the largest sport event of its kind, participated by 1220 Chinlone teams. The players had travelled across from all corners of the country to pay homage to the most revered Shrine, and to convene in tribute, the game of Chinlone. It is believed that this game has taken root in Myanmar for more than 1500 years. During the festival of Mahamuni Buddha Image, as the grandeur of game call for. Chinlone contest is performed with live music of Myanmar saing-waing ( traditional orchestra ) and runnig commentary.