Photos: Myanmar welcomes the new year with Thingyan water festival

Updated: May 09, 2016, 13:00 IST
  • Photos: Myanmar welcomes the new year with Thingyan water festival
    The Buddhist festival of water pouring symbolizes spiritual cleansing and begin the new year free from worldly impurities with celebrants devoting the four days of Thingyan in merry making of water dousing until evening
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    Thingyan means transit of the Sun from Pisces to Aries
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  • Photos: Myanmar welcomes the new year with Thingyan water festival
    Celebrated annually around mid-April, Thingyan often coincides with Easter
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  • Photos: Myanmar welcomes the new year with Thingyan water festival
    The dates of Thingyan are observed as the most important public holiday throughout Myanmar and are part of the summer holidays at the end of the school year
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    Water-throwing or dousing one another from any vessel or device is the distinguishing feature of Thingyan and may be done on the first four days of the festival
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  • Photos: Myanmar welcomes the new year with Thingyan water festival
    Thingyan is related to other new year festivities in Theravada Buddhist areas of Southeast Asia such as Songkran in Laos, and Thailand, the Cambodian New Year, the Sinhalese New Year, the Pana Sankranti in Odisha and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Rongali Bihu in Assam
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    Marma people in Chittagong Hill Tracts and Rakhine people also celebrate Thingyan in same time by name of Sangrain or Sangren respectively
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    In major cities like Yangon, garden hoses, huge syringes made from bamboo, brass or plastic, water pistols and other devices from which water can be squirted are used in addition to the gentler bowls and cups, but water balloons and even fire hoses have been employed
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    During Thingyan, everyone is fair game during water dousing festivities except monks and obviously pregnant women
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  • Photos: Myanmar welcomes the new year with Thingyan water festival
    Serious water dousing begins only until a-kya nei, the eve of Thingyan, which is the first day of the festival, in most of the country although there are exceptions to the rule
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Myanmar's citzens participated in wet celebrations marking Thingyan, a water festival which brings in the country’s new year, in Yangon. All pics/AFP

 

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