Traditional Water Festival Kicks Off Across Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, April 13 (NNN-MNA) � Traditional Thingyan water festival has kicked off in Myanmar’s regions and states in full swing.

Yangon Region Chief Minister, U Phyo Min Thein, on Friday extended wishes to the people for a happy water festival and prosperous new year.

Thingyan water festival will last until April 16, and the new year will fall on April 17, in which Myanmar people decide to turn over a new leaf and leave misfortunes from the old year.

Yangon region’s water throwing pavilion was unveiled by the chief minister in front of the region’s City Hall, located in downtown area of Yangon city.

The opening ceremony was followed by performances by the Myanmar traditional dance troupes in colourful dresses with Thingyan music.

Special celebrations featuring Walking Thingyan Festival was also being celebrated by people roaming around the city, to receive the water-throwing from pandals where people throw water using hoses.

Meanwhile, Mandalay Region Chief Minister, Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, also ceremonially inaugurated a water-throwing pandal in the country’s second largest city, Mandalay, calling for peace and socioeconomic development across the country.

Among Myanmar’s 12 seasonal festivals throughout the year, the Thingyan water festival represents the grandest which is believed to bring peace and prosperity to everyone.

As part of the celebration, people throw and douse water onto one another to wash sins and to clear the moral impurities from the old year.� NNN-MNA

Source: NAM News Network