According to Buddhist tradition in Myanmar the boys over 8 years can enter the Buddhist Order for a small period or for their whole life. Their stay at the monastery it is a blessing for the whole family and it is considered an important duty that parents owe to their sons, to embrace the legacy and become immersed in the teaching of Buddha.
The Novitiation ceremony in Bagan – The parade
A Novitiation ceremony involves a parade around the pagodas on the first day with the boys dressed up as princes before they shave their heads and enter the Order.
Here a parade in Bagan
The Novitiation ceremony in Bagan – The prince.