Myanmar embassy throws a bash to celebrate the traditional water festival

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Myanmar embassy throws a bash to celebrate the traditional water festival

"The water festival is celebrated to mark the occasion to welcome the Myanmar New Year which comes four days after the water festivals. We throw water on each other which symbolizes that the impurity of the past year is washed away and welcome the new year with the open heart," said Moe Kyaw Aung, Myanmar ambassador to India.

The pre festivity to Myanmar New Year began today with the water festival (Thingyan) as millions of its citizens within the country and across the globe celebrated it with fun and frolic throwing water on each other which is the traditional way of celebrations. To mark the occasion the Myanmar embassy in India organized a cultural programme and customary water throwing on revelers, which saw participants from various nationalities and indigenous Myanmar citizens who gathered at the embassy premises for the event.

"The water festival is celebrated to mark the occasion to welcome the Myanmar New Year which comes four days after the water festivals. We throw water on each other which symbolizes that the impurity of the past year is washed away and welcome the new year with the open heart," said Moe Kyaw Aung, Myanmar ambassador to India.

The colorful Thingyan festival lasts for four days from April 13 to 16, with the New Year arriving a day later.

Aung himself led the celebrations as he welcomed the guests and joined the festivity as he doused water on the revelers.

A huge participation from the Myanmar citizens living in India made the festivities very vivacious as they shared their experience about the festivals with nostalgia.

"The water festival is a pre-bash ahead of the new year which is falling on April 17 this year. In Myanmar, many stages are set up as the revelers enjoy throwing water on each other the whole day from the morning to night. There are many programmes including dancing and singing to mark the occasion," said Myo- Naing-Soe, A Myanmar citizen living in India.

The cultural programme organized on the occasion was the attraction of the day as men, women, and children attired in traditional dress danced and sang. Aung himself joined the performers, crooning beautiful Myanmar songs.

The traditional Myanmar food was served to the guests who had arrived for the festival celebrations.

Aung took the occasion to wish the diplomatic community a very Happy New Year saying he prays for the world solidarity.

The celebrations saw huge participation from the diplomatic community which included Brunei High Commissioner to India, Dato Paduka Haji Sidek Ali and Thai ambassador to India Chutintorn Gongsakdi.

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