The Myanmar Era 1378 comes to a close, the Myanmar Traditional New Year Water Festival began yesterday all over the city of Mandalay, starting with a grand ceremony at 7:30 am.
The recognition of Thingyan began early in the early morning of eve day at 5 am, as members of Mandalay Region government, ministers and members of parliament offered meals to 108 monks at the Mandalay City Mayor Pavilion in the south of Mandalay Ancient City Hall.
At the opening ceremony of the Myanmar New Year Traditional Water Festival, Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung delivered the New Year welcoming speech.
He said during the occasion of the hottest summer, the water festival is the Myanmar tradition that aims to keep each other cold with love through watering.
Other activities entering into the water festival have decayed the people’s love and is being influenced by decadent cultures.
He urged people to pour the purity of water with love to each other, which is the essence of the Myanmar traditional water festival.
He requested people to participate in the nation’s development and to be living in safety based on the affection resulted from the water festival.
After the speech, a ceremonial ribbon to open the water festival was cut by U Shwun Myaing, the honourable patron of the Mandalay Myoma Music Association, author and journalist Maung Thit Lwin ( Luhtu), elderly citizen U Min Maung, recipient of independence Mawgun grade-2, Dr Thidawin, rector of Mandalay University, and Daw Khin Kyi Pyar, rector of National University of Art and Culture as 300 students synchronized the Thingyan dance.
Then, the decorated floats of Antiphonal Chant led by a Myoma-decorated float passed the pavilion. The Kyaukse elephant dance team and Mandalay City Development Committee dance troupe performed and received awards from the Mandalay Region Government.
Travel promotion in the central pavilion and a walk through the Thingyin pavilion in the south of Mandalay Moat were also part of the celebration.
Tin Maung, Min Htet Aung