Novitiation Ceremony

Date – During the months of Ta bodwe and Taboung (school holidays, mostly in summer holidays in March and April before the waterfestival)

Location – Throughout the country

Duration – 2 days

It is deemed the most important duty that parents owe to their son by letting him go forth and embrace the legacy of the Buddha, join the Sangha as a novice and become immersed in the teachings of the Buddha at least for a short while. Novitiation Ceremony is the unique characteristics in Myanmar. The Ceremony usually celebrates during the school holidays. A formal Novitiation Ceremony involves a parade around the pagoda with boys all dressed up as princes.