Becoming a novice in Myanmar

Colorful dresses, glistering jewels, a crown in their hair, perfect haircuts and traditional paper parasols above their head. 

This is what you will see when witnessing the ceremony of young Buddhist children going to the monastery for the first time. It is a festive parade where sons and daughters are dressed up, seated in a carriage or car, escorted by their proud family. 

For Buddhist children, spending a month in a monastery is the biggest religious gift they could receive from their parents.

Once the children arrive in the monastery, they become a novice (Buddhist student) and learn the essentials of Buddhism.

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