Yangonites ready to get wet in four-day water festival celebration

 A Thingyan pavilion is readied for Myanmar’s New Year’s water festival on Kaba-Aye Pagoda road on Saturday, ahead of the start of the festival on Monday.—Photo: Ye Myint
A Thingyan pavilion is readied for Myanmar’s New Year’s water festival on Kaba-Aye Pagoda road on Saturday, ahead of the start of the festival on Monday.—Photo: Ye Myint

With only one day to go, Yangon is set to mark the Thingyan New Year’s water festival with lively events around the city.
The Thingyan water festival is annually observed from 13-16 April across the country. During the holiday period, roads and streets are thronged with people dancing to music and dousing each other with water.
In central Yangon, entertainment stages and water-throwing pavilions will be open from Pyay Road to Kaba-Aye Pagoda Road and from Kandawgyi Ring Road to downtown streets.
Preparations are also under way in full in the suburbs. As authorities have limited the number of festival pandals on the main roads of the city, this year’s Thingyan festival is expected to see less traffic.
“I am getting exciting to get wet in the four-day water party,” said 18-year-old Zaw Min, who bought tickets for a pandal on Kaba-Aye Pagoda Road. “I prefer sitting in a pandal to going round on the roads in the midday heat.”
Kaba-Aye Pagoda Road, where most of the big pandals are located, is preferred by revelers who circle the entertainment areas by car.
Apart from the huge pandals lined on main roads and small ones scattered in a variety of locations, the Yangon Mayor’s pandal aims to attract locals and foreigners with a series of shows including traditional Thingyan dances. — GNLM

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