Thingyan Water Festival in Myanmar has been the tradition since Tagaung Period and becomes prominent in Bagan. According to the Gregorian calendar, Thingyan Water Festival falls on the last four days before Myanmar New Year day which is in the second week of April twelfth or thirteenth (The month of “Tagu” in Myanmar Calendar).
Thingyan Water Festival takes place toward the end of the hot and dry season also ushers in the Myanmar New Year. Neighboring Theravada Buddhist countries such as, Songkran in Thailand and Laos, Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia also celebrated Water festival. Many decorated platforms called “Mandats” are built in front of government offices and private business establishments and special Thingyan songs play all the time. The traditional dance performance is the really eye-catching by beautiful Myanmar damsels a round patch of traditional “Thanakha” on the cheeks and sporting springs of yellow “Padauk” blossoms in the hair. During Thingyan Water Festival, The people pouring water each other since they believe that Thingyan water has the power to cleanse the evil and sins of the old year. Children use water pistols to drench their friends, relatives and anyone else in range-only monks, pregnant woman and the elderly are safe.
Thingyan is a time for fun and also a time for religious reflection. Many young and old people go to temples to do merit and offer food to monks, pay homage to elders and bathe Buddha images. Preparing foods and offered to one and all pepople called “Satudithar” in Mandat with Thingyan food “Moke Lone Yay Paw”. Young people pay respects to their elders by washing their hair, cutting their nails and offering them gifts.
Thingyan Water Festival long holidays is normally started from 11 April to 20 April of every year. All rates for tour program are increase 2 times of normal price in the Water Festival time. Optional tour can be provided and can request by mail for your trip.
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