Myanmar Thingyan Festival
Thingyan is the Burmese New Year Water Festival and usually starts at April 13th and ends at April 17 except for the certain years, it adds one extra day. It falls in Burmese month of Tagu. It is a buddhist festival which everyone can join and celebrate.
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Padauk[Pterocarpus macrocarpus] is the theme flower of the festival. Water-playing is unique feature of the festival.
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There are four days -:
1. Thingyan Eve (a-kyo nei)
It is the first day of the festival, water throwing does not begin on this day.
2. Thingyan Day 1 (a-kya nei)
Festival fully starts on this day. Water games started through out the country.
3. Thingyan Day 2 (a-kyat nei)
There may be 2 of them in some certain years.
4. Thingyan Day 3 (a-tat nei)
Which is the last day for playing water. Sometime people plays water until mid-night on this day.
5. New Year Day (hnit hsan ta yet nei)
On this day, no water playing is allow. People are going to pagodas, monastries, temples to do variety of religious activities and other meritorious deeds. On this day, there are free food offering to anyone at various places throughout the cities and towns across the country.
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It is comparable to Lao New Year, Cambodian New Year and Thailand's Songkran which is all celebrating at almost at the same dates.
source & read more : wikipedia.org, http://www.seasite.niu.edu/Burmese/Culture/thingyan.htm, accessed : April 12th 2014