Hot Air Balloon Festival

   Date – Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone

   Location – Taunngyi , southern Shan State

   Duration – 3 days

The most spectacular event of the year is the Hot Air Balloon Festival held every November in Taunggyi commonly called the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival. Thousands of local pilgrims and international tourists choose to visit Taunggyi, especially to watch scores of giant paper animals being inflated and floated off into the sky. The competitions run during the day and at night when the sky is colorfully illuminated with hot air balloons. Hot air balloon in theshape of elephant , ox, horse, water buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl, and parrot are sent up into the sky.