Thingyan water festival starts Saturday

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KoKo
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Thingyan water festival starts Saturday

Post by KoKo » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:12 pm

Residents of this capital city will be regaled with music and songs, both traditional and pop, during the annual Thingyan water festival which will start on Saturday.

Among the country's 12 festivals, the Thingyan water festival is considered to be the grandest since it brings peace and prosperity to the people of Myanmar.

The water symbolizes the washing away of the previous year's bad luck and sins.

Although the style of holding the Thingyan water festival is slightly different among the various ethnic groups in Myanmar due to geographical locations, the way that is celebrated based on local customs and tradition is basically the same and has existed for hundreds of years.

The water festival will run for four days until next Tuesday after which the country will usher in its new year on April 17 according to Myanmar calendar.

But the public holidays for the water festival officially begin on April 12 and would last up to April 21, or a total of 10 days.

During the festival, the people of Myanmar, especially the young ones, will have time to spend with friends and families as schools and universities have been closed for the traditional holidays.

This year, Yangon city administration has built a water- throwing pavilion with a new design and shape.

The Yangon central pavilion will feature a wide variety of performances to be presented by Yein troupes, music bands and a group of comedians.

Besides the city government's water throwing pavilion, there are also 37 others, including those erected by businessmen and private companies.

All these water-throwing structures are equipped with CCTV cameras to monitor the movement of people as a preventive measure during the festival since a series of riots and protests have happened recently in the country.

To facilitate holiday makers in traveling across the country, some trains have additional schedules.

Water festival has always caused major traffic jams since water throwers used to rent cars, trucks and jeeps to enjoy water splashing.

Some famous companies arrange to invite celebrities and dignitaries to visit their water-throwing pandals which have modern sound systems and lighting effects to attract attention.

Some noted celebrities have been invited to perform in Mandalay, the second largest city, which features multitude pandals that encircle the city's centrally-located palace moat.

Mandalay, which is the cultural and business center in the north of Myanmar, is also known for its colorful fluvial parade of decorated floats in the evening during the water festival.

Rich with cultural heritage, Mandalay, also known as Yadanabon, was built by King Mindon in 1897, and has been the last royal capital of Myanmar.

Hotel rooms are now fully booked in Yangon, Mandalay and other major cities as holiday-makers, including foreign tourists, have arrived to enjoy watching and participating in the water festival.

Myanmar people are also accustomed to do charity donation at this time and young boys are sent by their parents to Buddhist monasteries to serve as novices.

Myanmar also preserves some unique styles in celebrating the water festival. For instance, in the ethnic Rakhine, during the water festival young men and women stand face to face and drench each other with water while standing in long boats.

Offering smelly Thingyan rice is also the tradition of Mon ethnic minorities while paying respects to the elderly and providing free meal and performing Thaman Kyar dances are prevalent in Dawei and Myeik regions in the southern part of Myanmar.

Source: xinhuanet

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People enjoy significant water festival in wake of riots

Post by Poi » Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:11 pm

Myanmar's four-day traditional Thingyan Water Festival kicked off in Yangon on Saturday morning when the air temperature was still low, with people, young and old, starting to throw water at each other to enjoy coolness.

This year's water festival is significant because it was launched in the wake of a series of riots that took place recently in several areas of the country including Meikhtila in northern Mandalay region and in central Bago region where curfew is still in force.

With 3,500 police personnel out of a total of 7,000 claimed to be deployed to guard the security of the traditional water festival in Yangon amid rumored threats to disrupt the event, opening ceremonies of the festival were respectively launched at two water-throwing pandals of Yangon Region Government and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

The Yangon Region Government's water-throwing pandal was inaugurated by Chief Minister U Myint Swe, while the YCDC or Yangon Mayor's pandal was unveiled by Mayor U Hla Myint.

This year's Yangon Mayor Water-throwing Pandal is designed as a new curve-shaped one with modern sound and lighting systems equipped as new attraction.

The Yangon Mayor's water-throwing pandal, also known as the central and the biggest one in the city, has attracted large crowds of revellers, some being truckload. It features a wide variety of performances presented by Yein troupes, music bands and a group of comedians.

Besides the Yangon central water-throwing pavilion, there are also 37 others, including those erected by businessmen and private companies with their commercial advertisements appearing.

All these water-throwing structures are equipped with CCTV cameras to monitor the movement of people as a preventive measure during the festival since a series of riots and protests have happened recently in the country.

The authorities have warned that severe action would be taken against revellers holding weapons such as sticks and knives.

Mine clearance has also been carried out by experts twice a day with the help of the security forces which are expected to be reinforced if necessary to ensure peace throughout the festival.

In Mandalay, the second largest city, there are dozens of water- throwing pandals around the palace moat as in previous years including Mandalay Mayor's pandal, while in Nay Pyi Taw, only four pandals are erected around the hotel zones with the main Mayor's pandal lying at the City Hall.

Security measures are tightened in both Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw with thorough checks on revellers' cars entering the water- throwing areas for weapons including knives or clubs.

In riot-hit Meikhtila, unlike in the previous years, few water- throwing pandals have been set up for enjoyment as life in the aftermath of the unrest is yet to fully recover, according to local media reports.

Among the country's 12 festivals, the Thingyan Water Festival is considered to be the grandest since it is deemed to bring peace and prosperity to the people of Myanmar.

The water throwing symbolizes the washing away of the previous year's bad luck and sins. Though the style of celebrating the Thingyan Water Festival is slightly different among various ethnic groups in Myanmar due to geographical locations, it is basically based on the same customs and tradition that have existed for hundreds of years.

Ethnic groups in the country also have preserved some their own unique styles in celebrating the water festival. For instance, in the ethnic Rakhine, during the water festival young men and women stand face to face and drench each other with water while standing in long boats.

Offering smelly Thingyan rice is the tradition of Mon ethnic group when paying respects to the elderly, and providing free meal and performing Thaman Kyar dances are prevalent in Dawei and Myeik regions in the southern part of Myanmar.

Moreover, Myanmar people are also accustomed to making charity donation at this time and young boys are sent by their parents to Buddhist monasteries to serve as novices.

The water festival will run until next Tuesday after which the country will usher in its new year on April 17 according to Myanmar calendar.

Public holidays for the water festival have already officially begun on April 12 and would last for 10 days until April 21.

Source: xinhuanet

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32 killed, 190 injured during Thingyan water festival

Post by Saiua » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:56 pm

A total of 32 people were killed and 190 others injured during the Thingyan water festival in Myanmar, official media reported Saturday.

Myanmar New Year's Thingyan water festivals were held across the country from April 13 to 16, said the New Light of Myanmar.

There occurred 177 cases including murders, car accidents, fights, pick pocket/theft, arson, and others.

This year's festival saw less crimes compared with previous years due to precautions from TV and newspapers and close supervision by officials concerned, the report said, adding all nationalities throughout the country celebrated the festival in accord with Myanmar's traditions and customs peacefully.

Among the country's 12 festivals, the Thingyan water festival is considered to be the grandest since it is deemed to bring peace and prosperity to Myanmar people.

Source: xinhuanet

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