The novitiation ceremony, or “shinbyu” in Burmese, marks the first time a boy enters the monastery and becomes a novice monk. Almost every Burmese boy participates in a novitiation ceremony during his lifetime as parents consider it an important duty to encourage their sons to study the teachings of Buddha. Enjoy a rare opportunity to take part in this memorable occasion for one 12-year-old boy. By sponsoring the ceremony, you are helping a deserving local family honor an age-old tradition. The celebrations are often quite exuberant, with parades, richly decorated traditional costumes, and colorful communal meals featuring rice and curry dishes.

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This experience can be arranged as part of a custom trip in Myanmar designed by TravelStore. Experiences are valid when posted and are subject to change and availability. Some of the special experiences cannot be booked on their own and are only available when booked in combination with other travel services. (AK)

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