RANGOON — Young people in Rangoon are eagerly gearing up for Thingyan, a four-day Buddhist water festival that begins in two weeks to celebrate the Burmese New Year.
This year’s festival is expected to be the biggest yet, with more platforms known as pandals from which to drench passing pedestrians with water cannons and hoses.
“Since the middle of March, my friends and I have been preparing for the festival by buying new clothes and pandal tickets,” says 20-year-old Su Pyae Honey, adding that she always prepares in advance for her favorite festival. “All tiredness from the year goes away after playing in the water festival.”
Wai Yan Linn, a 19-year-old in Mandalay, Burma’s second-biggest city, plans to spend two days playing at a pandal and the rest of the festival riding around town on a motorcycle.
“I’m really excited. As soon as I hear Thingyan music and songs, I want to dance,” he says, adding that he enjoys the camaraderie and playfulness of the festival.
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