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October 16, 2018

Mathoe robe weaving contests held at famous pagodas

Women weaving at the Mathoe robe weaving contest with participation of religious associations at Shwedagon Pagoda on 2 November 2017. Photo: Phoe Khwar

THE 33rd Mathoe robe weaving contests took place at famous pagodas yesterday, including Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, with the participation of nine religious associations.
The opening ceremony of the Mathoe robe weaving contest was held at Shwedagon Pagoda on 14th Waxing Tazaungmon, 2nd November in Yangon.
At the ceremony, Shwedagon Pagoda trustee U Thaung Htike delivered a speech and cut the ribbon for opening the competition together with Shwedagon Pagoda trustees. Nine teams of weavers took part last night on the eve of the Full Moon, of Tazaungmon, at Shwedagon Pagoda.
Likewise, the 35th Mathoe robes weaving competition ceremony were held at Botahtaung Pagoda in downtown Yangon at 5:30 pm yesterday. U Myint Thaung, the Yangon Region Minister for Planning and Finance, delivered an opening speech at the ceremony and cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony. Twenty-four teams of weavers competed at Botahtaung Pagoda.
A similar contest was held at Kaba Aye Pagoda in Mayangon Township yesterday evening, where seven teams of weavers took part in the competition. Officials viewed the participation of weaving teams at the looms yesterday evening.
The robes will be offered to Buddha images at the pagodas tomorrow morning.


Ko Ko Zaw


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