Yesterday was the Full Moon Day of Tabaung, a time when pagodas nationwide and recreation places become crowded with Buddhist devotees.
Children along with their parents feed sugarcane to elephants at the Yangon Zoological Garden, which attracted visitors from many parts of Myanmar yesterday, the beginning day of the four-day holiday for civil servants.
“This is my first visit to the Yangon zoo. I want to visit the zoo again next year,” said Maung Win Aung, who completed his 9th grade examinations recently in Myingyan, central Myanmar. For him, feeding the elephants was the favourite part of his visit to the zoo. People enjoy watching the skills of the elephants as they kick the ball into the net, the performances of tamed monkeys and bears, magic shows and a snake show.
“I have shown my performance with poisonous snakes for about 30 years. I am delighted to perform for people across the country,” said snake handler and performer U Sein Tin.
“I usually make the pilgrimage to the pagodas in Yangon during the Tabaung holidays. I visited the Botahtaung pagoda, the Kyaik Wine pagoda and the Mei Lamu pagoda in the morning and I plan to go to the great Shwedagon pagoda in the late afternoon. Afterwrads, I will take my children to the amusement park to have a wonderful time together,” said Daw Myint Myint Htay of Nyaungdon Township.
But many residents of Yangon said they prefer visiting places outside Yangon.
“As for me, I didn’t go to other places because I need to buy something near the Sule Pagoda. I have made a plan to meet my old friends at Maha Bandoola Park. Before my office is reopened, I’ve planned to go on a day trip somewhere,” said Ko Thiha Aung, of Kamayut Township.
“I planned to go to Kawthaung, but I had to rearrange my travelling because it is difficult to buy tickets during the festival. I have visited Chaungtha beach twice, but now I want to go to Ngapali beach, if possible,” said Ma Soe Yu Khaing, of Mingalar Taungnyunt Township.
“I will make a visit to Bagan-Nyaung Oo and the Shwe Sat Taw pagoda to observe Myanmar’s traditional heritage. In order to spend time with my family, I have chosen to go there this year,” said Ko Aung Win, of Sanchaung Township.
“During the public holidays, most people go to the Ngwe Saung and the Chaungtha beach. As far as I know, people from Yangon prefer to go to the Kyaikhteeyoe pagoda. There are many people who will visit Mandalay, Pyin-Oo-Lwin and Bagan,” said Ko Phone, a driver.