The festival of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Inle Lake held in October is the biggest occasion of the Lake. The festival is held with great pageantry, with fun fairs and dances to boot.
The holy images of the Buddha from Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda are placed on a decorated royal barge called Karaweik (Mythical Bird) and towed by leg-rowers around the Lake, stopping at each village to let people pay homage.
In a pagoda festival you can find food stalls, toy shops selling sundry consumer goods, magic show, puppet shows and dramas. People young and old simply love to have a stroll around.
By visiting Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda festival you might see the different races of Myanmar, such as Danu, Inntha, Pa-O, Shan, Palaung, Kachin, Taung Yoe and so on.
The festival usually takes place between the first and second week of October and lasts 18 days.