Myanmar Water Festival, also known as Thingyan Water Festival, is the most expected celebration of Burmese people. Taking place to celebrate the New Year party annually, this is a wonderful event for not only local people but also tourists traveling to the country during the holiday to indulge in the delightful moment and pray for a better year. In the heat of Myanmar summer, expect to get wet by the cool water among thousands of people, scream aloud and leave all the stress behind. If you are looking for an essential guide for the Thingyan water festival in Myanmar – the highlight of Burma tours in April, just have a look at this useful information below to gain an insight about its history,  activities and how people celebrate it.

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History of Thingyan Festival in Myanmar

The history of Thingyan water festival in Myanmar dating back from a very long time ago originated from the Buddhist version of a Hindu myth. Thingyan, in Sanskrit language (the language of ancient India), means “transit of the Sun from Pisces to Aries. The legend said that Thingyan festival is an event to henceforth to signify the changing hands of the Brahma’s head – a powerful deity that lost his head in a gamble with Devas.
Nowadays, the Thingyan water festival in Myanmar is renown as the most cherished event for people to wish for the good health and luck to all people who attend.

How Burmese People Celebrate Thingyan Festival

Activities in Thingyan Festival

There were several versions of how Burmese people celebrate the Thingyan festival. In the past, the water festival in Myanmar is varied from region to region. If in Mon State, people often prepare a special dish from dried snakehead fish, onion, green mangoes, and beeswax, in Shan State, people observe three other traditional celebrations in the water festival. Notwithstanding these differences, on the first day of Thingyan Water Festival is an occasion to take place in many religious activities.

Normally, the Thingyan water festival in Myanmar lasts for five days. The first day is the Thingyan Eve, people go to the temples and pagodas such to observe the Buddhist relief, offer to monks, wash the Buddha image, and pray for their life. The water fighting festival in Myanmar starts on the second day when Thagya Min – who is considered the King of Nat makes his descent from heaven to the earth. This amazing day is marked with the firing of a water canon shot into the public area. This time, people will pour out the street and collect the water with pots and bucket, some are armed with water guns and the street is soaked by the water. Burmese people believe that water will drive out the bad luck and purify the sin of people in the last year.

Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw are two destinations witness the biggest celebration of Thingyan festival. During the festival time there will be many trucks run around the street to pick up people. Burmese people are friendly and hospitable. Therefore, if you expect to be picked and roll out with them to experience the madness of the festival, they are always welcome you with an open arm. The third and fourth day are two following days of the water fighting. Attending the festival, tourists are able to enjoy another highlight of Thingyan festival: the free food distribution on the street including some hot coffee, fried noodles, and traditional Thingyan snacks. Don’t be surprised that you will not have to spend any money to enjoy it! Burmese people are happy to give it to everyone! Together with the lively water fighting, traveling to the Golden Rock in Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is also a favorite activity for prayers and worshipers. However, you should remember that traveling out of Yangon during the festival can be pricey cause transportation is limited during 5 days of the festival.

Indulge in the vibrant water festival on a vehicle with the local

Mouth-watering Thingyan Food in Myanmar Water Festival 

Like many other festivals in the world, Myanmar water festival also has its own food. Each with a unique taste and flavor.

1. Mont Lat Saung

Mont Lat Saung is a Burmese traditional drink made from sugar or palm sugar and rice jelly shaped like worms mixed with coconut milk. On the occasion of the Thingyan water festival in Myanmar, you can easily find it on every street vendor in the city.

Mont Lat Saung-favorite dessert in Thingyan Festival

2. Shwe-yin-aye & Mont-lat-saung

This is a favorite dessert of Burmese people in Thingyan water festival made from bread, sticky rice with jaggery caramel sauce. It is much similar like Mont Lat Saung but it has extra bread and sticky rice.

Thingyan dessert - Shwe-yin-aye & Mont-lat-saung

3. Mote Lone Yay Paw

Mote Lone Yay Paw is a traditional sweet snack in Thingyan festival made from palm sugar put inside glue rice and coconut milk creating sticky rice balls.

Mote Lone Yay Paw-favorite Thingyan sweet snack

4. Thingyan hta-min

Thingyan hta-min (or water festival rice set) is a special dish of Burmese cooked in scented water and prepare with intricated steps to create a dish that reaches a new level of rice perfection. Originated in Mon State in the southern part of Myanmar, so far, it has been eaten widely all over the country. Once finding yourself in the water festival of Myanmar, don’t miss your chance to enjoy it!

Thingyan hta-min-a special rice eaten in Thingyan festival

Myanmar Water Festival in 2019 2020: Info & Travel Guides

Whenever you decide to travel for a water festival tour in Myanmar 2019 2020, there are always some significant things you might want to master.

Essential Tips for Traveling to Myanmar

Traveling to Myanmar, you will realize that taxis are a bit expensive cause there is no meter. Therefore, negotiating is necessary before getting in. Besides, means of public transportation are limited during the holiday but trains are available.
When attending the water fight on the street, remember to use the water-resistant bags to protect your electric devices
There will be massive people pour out the street during the water festival time, thus, keep eyes on the important belongings when you bring them together
People who join in the water festival in Myanmar are free to throw the water to each other. Nevertheless, do not throw the water to the monks, the elders, and motorbike drivers.
To adapt well when you traveling to Myanmar for the first time. you might like to read: dos and don’ts in Myanmar
Burmese people will highly appreciate if you can say Happy New Year in Burmese. It is “hnit thit ku mingalar pa

When is the Best Time to Enjoy Myanmar Water Festival?

The water festival in Myanmar begins on April 13 to April 16, Go Myanmar Tours offer Myanmar water festival tour package 13 days for tourists to soak up this biggest festival in Burma. The sooner you contact us, the better the promotion you will receive!

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