[The most remarkable tradition and also the most important event for the Shans is "Poy Sanglong Festival" which is the ordination ceremony for the Shans' boys. The event is held in March and there is one big celebration throughout the city.]
This is in fact the celebration of novice ordination ceremony of Shan [Tai] people regarded as a highly meritous occasion. Traditionally, the candidate-novice, his head is cleanly shaven and wrapped with head-cloth in the Shan style, will don a prince like garment put on valuable ornaments, and ride a horse or carried over the shoulder of a man to the city shrine. Then he will visit abbots of various Wats [Temples] to beg for forgiveness.
On the ordination eve, a procession of offerings and other necessary personal belongings will be paraded through the town streets and then placed at the monastery where the ordination takes place the following day. It is usually held during March - April. Today this colorful procession has become a major festival.