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Myanmar: Thingyan, the Burmese Water Festival

13/04/2019 - 16/04/2019 All day
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The Buddhist New Year festivities taking place simultaneously in Thailand (Songkran), Cambodia (Chaul Chnam Thmey) and Laos (Bun Pi Mai) also occasions a major celebration in Myanmar.

As with its fellow Buddhist countries, Myanmar celebrates the festival of Thingyan with plenty of water: revelers toss bucketfuls of water on passersby in the open, who welcome the once-a-year water battle with enthusiasm. Water symbolizes purity in the local lore, and pouring water represents cleansing the soul of the past year’s evils and imperfections.

In the Myanmar capital of Yangon, the citizens have perfected the Thingyan festival to an art form: around Kandawgyi Lake, revelers draw water from the lake to feed water-spraying stations called “man-dat”; raucous party music throbs from speakers on the man-dat as the locals manning the stations spray water on everyone within range.

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