Numbers down at Thingyan pandals in first two days, observers say

Water pandals crowded with revelers who enjoy water festival for Myanmar New Year on Akya Day in Yangon.—MNA
Water pandals crowded with revelers who enjoy water festival for Myanmar New Year on Akya Day in Yangon.—MNA

Yangon, 14 April — Numbers have been down at water-throwing pandals during the first two days of Thingyan Festival celebrations compared to last year, some participants said Tuesday.
Some people who bought tickets to pandals for Akya Day, the second day of festivities, had been offering to sell them to others, said Hlwan Moe, 32, who attended one of the big water-throwing pandals on KabarAye Pagoda Road.
Celebrations began across the city Monday on the festival eve Akyo Day, with Akya Day marking the first official day of the New Year Water Festival.
Meanwhile, the price of tickets to throw water from the pandals for the final two days is increased compared to the first two days, he said.
A ticket which entitles a participant to throw water at the pandal for four days costs K50,000 at a discount, said Khin Cho Lwin, who bought a ticket one week ahead of the festivities which began Monday and will end Thursday.
A VIP ticket costs around K100,000, according to a manager of a pandal.
For revelers, a hired car costs around K150,000 per day.  The Yangon City Development Committee has allowed the construction of more than 200 pandals of varying sizes to celebrate the traditional Myanmar New Year Water Festival in Yangon. More than 40 big water-throwing pandals are lined up along Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Pyay Road and Kandawgyi Road, attracting throngs of revelers.— GNLM

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