At night, the banks of the river are colorfully lit, and locals float river lanterns on the river. The odd prankster might use ice water and a drive-by splash with this would be taken humorously.
For the tourist interested in interacting directly with the Dai ethnic minority of Xishangbanna Prefecture in an informal and fun-filled manner, the annual Water Splashing Festival that takes place in the month of April is the perfect occasion.
Regional traditions[ edit ] Rakhine State - The Rakhine people have three unique customs that form Thingyan, namely the nantha grinding ceremony, the nantha pouring ceremony and the water festival. Each band of girls are uniformly dressed in colourful tops and skirts and wear garlands of flowers and tinsel.
Afterward, a symbolic water splashing ritual is enacted whereby a Buddhist statue, with pomp and ceremony, is first coaxed out of the temple to the courtyard, then is splashed with water.
On that day, the Dai put on their newest and best clothes, then assemble at the local Buddhist temple, where the monks chant Buddhist scriptures. Traditionally, Thingyan involved the sprinkling of scented water in a silver bowl using sprigs of thabyay Jambula practice that continues to be prevalent in rural areas.
Padauk blooms only one day each year during Thingyan and is popularly known as the "Thingyan flower". At this time Burmese visit elders and pay obeisance by gadaw also called shihko with a traditional offering of water in a terracotta pot and shampoo.
The second day, Dai people get together to dance, and pour water on others because they believe that pouring water on others can help remove bad luck and bring out happiness.
History[ edit ] Thingyan is originated from the Buddhist version of a Hindu myth. On the first day, a grand celebration marks the beginning of the festival. On the first day of the festival Dai people race dragon boats and light fireworks made of bamboo for good luck in the coming years.
Thingyan is a time when uposatha observance days, similar to the Christian sabbath, are held. The festival lasts for three days. Myanmar girls perform the Myanmar traditional yein dance with Myanmar dress in the opening ceremony of the Mandalay Thingyan Festival, Young people perform hairwashing for the elderly often in the traditional manner with shampoo beans Acacia rugata and bark.
Young people visit elders to pay respect during this period. It is the hottest time of the year in the country and a good dousing is welcomed by most.
Maidens from mandats with dozens of garden hoses exchange hundreds of gallons of water with throngs of revelers and one float after another. If it were thrown onto land it would be scorched.
Nightfall brings music, song and dance, and merrymaking in anticipation of the water festival. Modern-day celebrations[ edit ] During the Water Festival, the Myanmar government relaxes restrictions on gatherings.
Chittagong Hill Tracts in Southeastern Bangladesh - Marma people organize water pouring stages in their villages.
Temporary water-spraying stations, known as pandals, are set up and double as dance floors. Accordingly, people flock to the streets with pots, pans, bottles, or whatever, where they uninhibitedly splash, spray and douse each other with water, with the same gusto with which Westerners engage in a good snowball free-for-all.
The third day, the climax of the festival, is reserved for water splashing. The huge tourist industry contributes greatly to the development of the area. Water balloons and even fire hoses have been employed.
At a given signal, a cannon Thingyan a-hmyauk is fired and people come out with pots of water and sprigs of thabyay, then pour the water onto the ground with a prayer.
The Water Splashing Festival is one of the most influential ethnic festivals in Yunnan area. Many revellers carry towels to block water from getting into the ears and for modesty as they get thoroughly soaked in their light summer clothes.
All able-bodied individuals are included in this game, except for monks.
The New Year is celebrated in other South Asian countries, based on the astrological event of the sun beginning its northward journey. In ancient times, Burmese kings had a hair-washing ceremony with clear pristine water from Gaungsay Kyun Shampoo Islanda small rocky outcrop of an island in the Gulf of Martaban near Mawlamyine.As is the tradition at Words by the Water, the Main House delivers a powerful programme: Terry Waite delves into his past as he offers a selection of poems and memories, royal expert Penny Junor offers insight into the life of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Claire Tomalin turns her biographer's mind to her own life and discusses her colourful and eventful past.
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Officially known as Songkran, the Thai water festival is about cleaning, purification, and having a fresh start. Houses are cleaned; Buddha statues are carried through the streets in a procession to be washed with flower-scented water.
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The dates of the Thingyan Festival are calculated according to the Burmese calendar. good Thagya Min will take their names down in a golden book but if they have been naughty their names will go into a dog book.
Serious water throwing does not begin until a-kya nei in most of the country although there are exceptions to the rule.Download