Myanmar is a country teeming with water sources such as creeks and rivers in its nature. In consequence, most of the Myanmar people are skilful in livelihoods related to water sources.
Since time immemorial, Myanmar forefathers have been using small and large boats for transportation from one place to another. They used creeks and rivers as their transport ways. They earned income from trading goods with the people along both banks of creeks and rivers. Till today, everybody can see towns and villages were established on both banks of Ayeyawady, Chindwin, Thanlwin, Sittoung, Laymyo and Kaladan rivers.
Both rural and urban people used the boats to transport vegetables, seasonal crops and utensils to their destinations. Hence, they were skilful in using the boats as well as swimming sport.
Since yore, the traditional boat races have been held not only in urban regions but in rural areas with the participation of healthy lads. They tried to show their excellent skills in the races so as to take pride in their efforts. They wished to post the milestones of their skills of rowing in the native lands. In the monarchical era, royal boat rowers were more popular than other soldiers among the maidens.
Myanmar people could not forget their tradition of rowing the boats as competitions. They have been carrying such a kind of sport till today. In successive eras, the government holds the traditional boat races in the month of Tawthalin in the Myanmar lunar calendar which generally falls in September when the weather is generally fine.
Most of the rural people can suspend their farming works during the period and join the races enthusiastically. At present, these boat races are basic for taking exercises so as to take part in the internationally traditional boat races. In fact, Myanmar’s traditional boat races held across the nation have turned out the skillfully selected rowers for the national squad which bagged a lot of gold, silver and bronze medals in the international contests for the State.
In fact, Myanmar’s traditional boat races held across the nation have turned out the skillfully selected rowers for the national squad which bagged a lot of gold, silver and bronze medals in the international contests for the State.
Currently, the climatic condition is fine. Now is in September. Myanmar people not only in urban lands but in rural areas are keen to take part in the traditional boat races mostly held in the countryside, which will be attractive to the international tourists and local travellers.