The Buddhist festivals of the Dai also include "Bai Ganduo". From September 15 by the Dai Calendar every year, the Dai elders begin to "Enter into Wa", which means entering the Zang House (Temple) to worship Buddha. After three months, "Coming out of Wa" takes place, which is a ceremony to welcome the Buddha' s return to the world. The second day afterwards is December 16 by the Dai Calendar, when the "Bai Ganduo" also begins.
The timing of the festival varies in different areas according to the number of large and important temples in the area. Generally a temple holds one "Bai", for between three and five days.
The venue for the festivities is commonly set up on a spacious square with huge green trees all around to offer natural cool shade. The people wear grand festival clothes and carry proudly the sacrifices they wish to offer, led by the music of the elephant foot drum band as they march to the ceremonial ground. They first go to the temple to burn incense and worship the Buddha, praying for offspring and wealth as well as peace. They then go to the festival market, where a vast smorgasbord of trinkets, food and items of interest are all arranged for sale. The stirring sound of the gongs and drums, the performing of peacock dances and Dai drama all make this a highlight of the year for the Dai people.