On this long holiday weekend, many are visiting, travelling, or making pilgrimages. The following are quotes from workers in Nay Pyi Taw who are trying to use the time off to enjoy themselves.
Ko Arkar Ko Ko, Nay Pyi Taw Kyae Sin Hein bus line
Our bus line plies to Yangon, Monywa and Lashio. In Nay Pyi Taw, all bus tickets were sold out since yesterday evening. Today too, all tickets were sold out earlier in the day. Nay Pyi Taw is considered as office workers’ town. As there are four consecutive holidays this week, most office workers return to their hometowns. Some were seen going off on a trip with families and friends. That is why sales of bus tickets are high. Tickets in other bus lines and bus gates were also heard to be sold out completely. There is quite a number of travellers this week.
Daw Yu Yu Mon, Union Election Commission Office
Now is the time when there are four days holiday, and I’ll go back to Yangon. My parents and relatives are in Yangon. It is a happy time, as we can visit our parents and relatives while having a relaxing time. Staffs from other ministries are also returning to their hometowns. There are some who couldn’t return because they were on duty. I planned to go since last night, but couldn’t get a bus ticket so I’m going back this morning. For those who couldn’t go back to their hometown for any reason can enjoy the Tabaung festival held here. All can enjoy this during the holiday. Some didn’t return to their hometown because they want to enjoy this festival here. I’ll have a great time with my parents and other family members during this four-day holiday.
Daw Nwe Yin Tun, Ministry of Electricity and Energy
I’m going back to my father and mother in Yangon during this four-day holiday. But it was quite hard to get a bus ticket, so I’m going back only this morning. Taking into consideration the time I need to return, I can stay in Yangon for two days only. Anyway, it is great to have a four-day holiday. It is great to go back and meet with parents and relatives even for a short time. As my parents are quite old, they could not stay with me in Nay Pyi Taw. So it is a good chance for me to be with them and to take care of them. I hope there are more such long holidays. This is my wish.
Ma Hla Yin Aye, Myanma Gems Enterprise
I didn’t make it back to my parents this four-day holiday. I’m going on a pilgrimage to pagodas in Nay Pyi Taw, Pyinmana and Lewe with friends. We have paid homage to Shwe Let Hla Pagoda and Uppatasanti Pagoda today. We are having a relaxed time with friends and enjoying the foods. We’ll gain new knowledge. It is an enjoyable time. Winding down the tensions of work while gaining new knowledge. We’ll continue this in the coming days too. On Sunday, we’ll prepare to go back to work the next day while relaxing at home. We’ll read books. Some friends return to their parents. Seeing my friends having an easy time made the tension and fatigue from work go away.
Ko Kyaw Thet Naing Tun, University of Veterinary Science, Yezin
I’m paying homage to Uppatasanti Pagoda with friends while we have a four-day holiday. We are a group of ten friends. We are doing research works in the university so we are not free to go back to our parents. So on this religious holiday, I urge all to spend time with friends or families to pay homage to pagoda or go on a trip.
Ma Wei Yi Phu, University of Veterinary Science, Yezin
Today is the full-moon day of Tabaung. As it is a school holiday, I come on a pilgrimage to the pagoda with friends. We are doing research in the university. So we are unable to go anywhere. Now that there is a four-day school holiday, it is good to go on a trip with friends. We will gain some knowledge while having a great time with friends. I would like to urge all to use the long holiday fully.
By Min Myo