August 19, 2016

Shwebo glarized pots sold at Shwezigon Pagoda Festival

Glazed ware sold at pagoda pagoda festival in Bagaon. Photo: Aye Min Soe
Glazed ware sold at pagoda pagoda festival in Bagaon. Photo: Aye Min Soe

The ancient Shwezigon Pogada in Bagan held its annual festival from 19 to 26 November. The festival was celebrated with Buddhist sermons  by prominent members of the Sangha, recitations of the Pathana, sports events and traditional dance and music performances.
The festival also included dales of local and imported commodities. The shopkeepers, known as ‘12- month-festival vendors’, make their livings by opening  shops at pagoda festivals across the country throughout the year. Their commodities included food, consumer goods, household needs, agricultural equipment, clothes and medicines.
Famous ceramic pots from Shwebo Township, Sagaing Region, were also sold at the festival. The prices of large pots varied from K17,000 to  K19,000. Smaller ceramic items, including vases, ashtrays, cups plates and kitchenware, were sold at even lower rates.
“This year, only four ceramic shops opened at the festival. One shop could only bring about 200 ceramic items to sell due to low supplies from Shwebo. But the demand was high, and some locals from villages bought four or five large ceramic pots each,” said one ceramic pot vendor.
Shwezigon Pagoda, one of the most prominent pagodas in Bagan, is a double-encased pagoda. The inner pagoda was built by King Anawrahta, and the outer one was built by King Kyansittha, both during 11th century A.D.


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