With a record number of pilgrims across the country, Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda festival was annually opened in Minbu on 5th waxing of Tabodwe and scheduled to conclude on Myanmar New Year Day. But the festival closing date has been changed to the following day of Myanmar New Year Day this year.
According to the agreement of Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda’s Ovadacariya sayadaws, Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda patrons inclusive of Regional Government ministers and Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda board of trustees, the closing date was set to change, said a member of the pagoda board of trustees.
“Both monks and lay disciples are usually busy with charitable activities on Myanmar New Year Day. So, we changed the closing date to the following day of Myanmar New Year Day i.e. 18th April.” said Chairman of the board of trustees
U Myint Thein.
The festival is one of the most significant pagoda festivals in Myanmar and lasts more than two months. Mann Shwe Settaw (the Golden Footprints) pagoda is one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. There are two foot prints namely the Auk Set Taw Ya or the Lower and the Ahtet Settaw Ya, the Upper.