The 35th festival of giving sanctuary to the oxen will be held on the following day of Myanmar New Year Day. Member of the board of trustee of Ale-yat Chanthagyi Pagoda in Monywa will accept the oxen that have been issued with the killing license by the municipal department last year, said U Tint Lwin, a member of Chanthagyi pagoda trustees.
“This year, the villagers will save the life of the oxen. We have already listed 24 oxen to pardon their lives. Donors who want to pardon the lives of oxen are required to send the oxen to Chanthagyi pagoda not later than the following day of Myanmar New Year Day. The veterinary doctors will be available to provide health care to the oxen. But, we will not accept the oxen that cannot walk or are suffering from infectious diseases, said U Tint Lwin.
The oxen will be donated to Ingyin Myaing Ngwe Taung monastery in Thabeikkyin township in Mandalay region. But, the monastery needs to construct a new building to keep the oxen. The pagoda trustees donated Ks 35 million to build the new building. Eight oxen were already as of 5 April donated by Kyaymon village and Letpantaw village from Yinmarbin township, and Yontaw village in Butalin township.
The past 34 festivals have saved the lives of 207 oxen worth Ks 64.6 million, it is learnt.