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An Illuminating Sight

By Linda Tancs

The cooler autumn air in Myanmar is warmed up a bit with the cascade of lighting taking place during the Tazaungdaing Festival.  During November’s full moon, women weave saffron-colored robes as an offering to the Buddhist monks.  More than just a robe-weaving festival, though, the event’s highlight is the vast illumination of pagodas, monasteries and even office buildings with colored lanterns and candles.  As Saint Thomas Aquinas once said, “Better to illuminate than merely to shine.”


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