Myanmar New Year Festival
Myanmar New Year Festival is held after the consecutive Thingyan Water Festival. Thingyan Water Festival is enjoyed by both young and old generations throughout the country.
On Myanmar New Year Day. which usually falls on 17th April. Myanmars donate offerings to Monks and elders. The youngsters wash the elders hair. cut their nails and do cleanings for them. It is a traditional manner especially done on the Myanmar New Year Day.
Thanakha Grinding Festival
Thanakha is a cream or make up obtained by grinding thanakha tree’s bark. Females use it as a protection against heat as well as a decoration. However. it is not unusual to see males also wearing them. thanakha grinding event in Sittwe is a traditional event held on the eve of Water Festival i.e. Thingyan. Sittwe is the capital of Rakhine State. The Rakhines are quite similar to the majority Bamar people in many ways but are a completely different ethnic group with history going back thousands of years.
On Thingyan eve. in the early part of the night. young women grind thanakha barks and roots to a fine cream by grinding it along with a sprinkle of water on rounded stone slabs. Young men play musical instruments and dance to support the event. Once the thanakha is ready. all go to nearby pagodas and wash the Buddha images with it as a new-year eve good deed.
Water Festival (Myanmar Thingyan)
Myanmar is a land full of festivals and fun. The Mekong Water Festival includes the countries Thailand. Cambodia. Myanmar and Laos. The celebration is called Songkran in Thailand. Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia. Thingyan in Myanmar and Pimai in Laos. But it is believed that water festival washes away sins and welcomes the New Year. The water festival represents the most popular. raucous and colorful celebration of the year for more than 120 million people who will abandon any thoughts of work and bring their nations to a standstill. People around the country gather together again and visits pagodas. offers and pay homage to the monks. play traditional games and celebrate with their joyous spirit.
After playing around and having fun throughout the country. the city-dwellers welcome the New Year on the 17th by cleaning the floors of the pagodas and monasteries. washing old and aged peoples’ hair. helping to cut them their nails. Some offer free food and drinks for everyone who visits the pagodas. some make other donations. If you can be here with us. you will never forget the true joy.
Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival
The land of festivals and the land of Pagodas are the names that make Myanmar famous among the well nation. Mann Shwe Sattaw Pagoda Festival is one of the most significant Pagoda festival in Upper Myanmar. It is 36 miles from Magwe to the Mann Shwe Sattaw which is also well known as Mann footprint across Ayeyawaddy river bridge. Magwe. And people from the entire nation pay Pilgrimage to the Pagoda but the Pagoda is mostly crowded within the festival time which is from the mid February to mid April. To enjoy Mann Shwe Sattaw Pagoda festival. if you come from lower Myanmar. please take the Yangon-Pyay motor road and go along Pathein-Monywa road after passing Nawadae Bridge.At Mann Shwe Sattaw Pagoda. you will find the upper Sattawyar. the footprint of lord Buddha on the hill and the lower Sattawyar. another footprint of the Buddha at the foot of the same hill.
There is a motor road which will take you to the Upper sattawyar for the elders and children where as the youths can climb up by the stairway built by venerable hermit U Khanti in 1937 and at the same time. study cultural artifacts decorated on the stairway.This is the platform of the upper footprint. And from here. you can view and pay homage to the lower footprint and the panoramic view around here is quiet amazing. This place is beautiful. peaceful and pleasant.
As you go along the stairways to the upper Sattawyar. you will find various stalls selling all sorts of handicrafts and traditional herbal plants. Further above when you reach Mutsoetaung Zedi. you will be able to witness a sight which is so full of greening.And also at the lower Sattawyar. at the foot of the hill.it is bustling with devotees. Locally made lodging houses built with bamboo are waiting for the people who come here to rest and refresh themselves with a well-rested overnight stay. As there are stalls which are staff with products from all over the country. pilgrims can conveniently buy what they went in one place. The cool and pleasant Mann creek flows steadily around both Sattawyars and adds sparkle and life to the Pagoda festival itself.
One exhilarating experience you will get when visiting Mann Shwe Sattaw is bathing in the cool. clean and sparkling waters of Mann Creek after you have had an exhausting day of pilgrimage.To go on a trip to Mann Shwe Sattew Pagoda Festival in Central Myanmar which is like an oasis in an arid zone. you will experience the feeling for a place. Which gives you respite from the torrid heat and at the same time. experience the pilgrimage to a sacred and holy place of Myanmar.