Celebration of water festival by preserving traditions urged in Myanmar

13:16, April 12, 2010      

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A Myanmar official daily Monday urged people of young generation in the country to celebrate the Maha Thingyan Water Festival, due to fall on Tuesday, by preserving and maintaining its culture and traditions.

"As the water festival reflects Myanmar's culture and traditions, it is the duty of the national people to maintain and preserve the traditions of holding Myanmar Thingyan festival," the New Light of Myanmar stressed in its editorial.

Although the style of holding the Thingyan water festival is slightly different among the nationalities due to geographical conditions, its basically same tradition has existed for hundreds of years, the editorial pointed out.

The editorial cited the style of some nationalities as introducing that in the ethnic Rakhine water festival, young men and women stand face to face and drench each other with water from the long boats.

Offering wax smelly Thingyan rice is the tradition of Mon ethnic minorities, it said, adding that the tradition of paying respects to the elderly and providing free meal by seeking fund with the performance of Thaman Kyar dances in Dawei and Myeik regions in the southern part is among the happy occasion of Myanmar nationalities in the water festival.

Myanmar's Thingyan water festival will start from Tuesday ( April 13) and will run for four days until Friday (April 16) and the new year will ushers in on Saturday (April 17) according to the traditional customs, but the public holidays have started from April 10 through to April 21 lasting a total of 12 days.

With song and dance performances, Yangon city's Maha Thingyan water festival will be inaugurated on Tuesday afternoon at the city's biggest representative water throwing pandal erected in front of City Hall near the Sule Pagoda.

There are over 100 big and small water throwing pandals set up in the former capital city for the festive activities.

Source: Xinhua


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