December 24, 2016

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Yangon community throngs to light festival

People ride Ferris Wheel at festival of lights on Yegyaw Road on Sunday. Photo: Aye Min Soe
People ride Ferris Wheel at festival of lights on Yegyaw Road on Sunday. Photo: Aye Min Soe

A festival of lights on Yegyaw Road in Pazundaung Township began on Sunday, attracting many members of the Yangon community.
The Yegyaw Festival launched five days ahead of the Thadingyut Full Moon Day, which falls on 28 October this year and marks the end of Buddhist Lent. Buddhist communities are preparing to hold light festivals across the country.
Yangon residents thronged to Yegyaw Road to enjoy the festival, which features Ferris wheels, funfairs, food stalls and shops.
“I had to have K200,000 to authorities to get a place for my food stall for five days. I earned a good profit,” said Mya Mya, who sells Myanmar traditional sticky rice stalks at the festival every year.
The festival will end on 29 October.
Visitors can enjoy funfairs, shopping, traditional dance performances and comedy during the early days of the festival.
The last two days will feature a festival of lights to celebrate the Thadingyut Festival, said a resident.
Yangon will see a series of festivals in the upcoming opening season, which starts on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyunt on 28 October. Residents of 147th Street in Tamwe Township also began the festival Saturday by consecrating the Buddha Image kept temporally in the Street’s hall. To mark the festival the residents will offer alms to over 70 monks on Monday.

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