Myanmar New Year ( Water festival)
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thingyan-01By the Myanmar calendar, the first month is 'Tagu' (April). It is the time of the Water Festival-we calls it "Thingyan' which means 'change'. This is often symbolized with the change of duty from one celestial daughter to another to hold the severed head of the 'Brahma' lest it might fall into the sea or on land and cause a complete dry-up in wherever it happens to fall. But, that belief may originally belong to Hinduism. The people of Myanmar usher in their 'New Year' around the middle of April with the showers of blessing in the form of water, which is thrown over friends and even strangers on the streets. Even foreigners and all other believers can participate in the festival together like the same family of Myanmars during three of four days. Everybody can see the enjoyable sights and sounds as others do so, or perform religious meritorious acts or just enjoy rest and recreation in festive atmosphere all around. There is also pageantry with decorated pandals (Mandats), floats, music, songs and dances, celebration of 'Thingyan' in a cultured way is being promoted by the State and People of the Union of Myanmar.

Pouring water in ' New Year' is believed to cleanse the body and mind of evils of year that was left behind. There is merriment and fun galore. But it is not all fun and play; the elderly and the pious perform a lot of meritorious deeds to usher in the 'New Year' . People keep Sabbath; go to pagodas and monasteries; and offer foods and alms to monks and nums. Even children and youths too welcome the 'New Year' by paying respects to their parents, teachers and elders. To gain merit, fish and cattle are also set free. Though merriment and fun and meritorious and pious deeds, the Myanmar usher in a 'New Year'.

According to belief, it also marks the time when the King of Nats, 'Tha-gya-min', descends to Human World for a visit to check on the conduct of human morals. He carries with him two books-one covered with 'dog-skin' and the other bound with 'gold' .He records the names of those who have committed sin into the 'dog-skin' book, while he enters the names of do-gooders in the golden book.

Our propose itinerary:

Day 1 : 12 April 2009

thingyan-02Arrive to Yangon by flight, transfer to Hotel. Sightseeing Yangon city from Sule , the heart of Yangon city , the city hall;the independant monument and the largest collection colonial building area. Visit Kyaukhtatgyi reclining buddha image, Kabaaye world peace pagoda and the Shwedagon pagoda.Dinner serve at Karaweik royal barge with Myanmar traditional dance. Overnight at Yangon hotel.

 

Day 2: 13 April 2009

thanlyin-03Morning after breakfast , Thanlyin Yele pagoda ( the pagoda on the small island).Afternoon take a pick-up truck go round the city to enjoy the water festival.Back to hotel before dark. Dinner and overnight at hotel

 

 

Day 3: 14 April 2009

thingyan-03Morning after breakfast ,to enjoy playing waters on the marquee. After lunch take a pick-up truck to visit the city and park to fully enjoy the water festival.Back to hotel before dark.Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

 

Day 4: 15 April 2009

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport for departure.

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