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Taunggyi Tazaung Dine Festival:
Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State. Every year in November, there is the most active and crowded festival of Myanmar. Throughout the country, the light festival is celebrated. But here combining with the light festival, they also make baloon festival. Baloons are made of traditional Shan Paper which is made from Mulberry tree. At the bottom of the baloon, there is a cirlcle shape bamboo, having kind of black petroleum soaded cloth. This cloth has to be soaked into petrol for at least 3 months. This cloth is fired,so that the smokes fill the baloon and goes up. A big baloon can be 90 feet (30 metre) high.

Day Baloons:
They are of animal figures. You just think of an animal, they will be made. Mostly of birds, sparrow, peakok, parrot, dove, pigion, ect. Pig, cow, crocodile, octopus, etc... and here is a pandar bear. The day baloons are made by mostly young people, they start to learn how to make these baloons, have to begin with day, animal shape baloons. When they become expert, they can make the night baloons.

Night Baloons:
There are of two types.

1. small and transperant barrel shaped containers, containing lit up candle are hang aound the baloon. They are only hang during the time that the baloon is filled by the smoke. The candles make the shape of figures. It can be Shwedagon Pagoda, Golden Rock, Peakok, some logo of commercial companies,eg. flying elephant which is the logo of Yangon Airways, one of the domestic Airlines in Myanmar. Sometime, the candle containers have small parachoots which are connected to a special string. The string is spiraling around the baloon. just before the baloon is released, they fire the beginning of this sting. When the baloon goes up, this string is burned slowly, so that the parachoots with the candle are released. The flow of candles are fallen down.

2. Another type of baloon has no candles around. Instead, a structure with fireworks explosives are hanged. The more fireworks explosive, the more weight the baloon has. So the baloon has to be big to fill with large amount of somkes. The paper for the baloon has to be very strong. Just before the baloon is released, the string connected to the explosives are fired. When the baloons goes up, there is the fire works above the sky. Some experts can made the baloon which has fire works for more than 30 minutes. The material they uesd for explosing is made by baloon makers. Traditionally, they pond them in a motor. At least there is one accident every year, at least one is died or injured. Now adays it is said to be they mixed with the color chemicals from computer printer to get beautiful colors.

Sorry, my night baloon pictures does not turn well. Thank you again to Luko, instructing me how to shoot the fire works. I can't find a film with ISO 800. I used 400 ISO and slow shutter speed of 15 and 30. Any how I will submit one to get the idea.

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