Friday, September 22, 2017

Water festival to help boost tourism

The traditional Myanmar Thingyan Water Festival this year will be something special, says U Myo Yi, chair of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association (Mandalay Zone).

Foreigners participate in the Thingyan water festival in Yangon. Photo - StaffForeigners participate in the Thingyan water festival in Yangon. Photo - Staff

“On display will be Myanmar’s traditional cultural dances, music and food,” he said.

Speaking on March 28, he added that this year, the water festival will be held, for the first time, in the southern part of Mandalay City’s palace moat.

“We will make it a truly traditional affair with dance performances and musicians who will capture the heart and spirit of Myanmar culture,” he said.

This year’s traditional Thingyan will be jointly organised with the cooperation of hotel and tourism entrepreneurs, who are members of Hotels and Tourism Entrepreneurs Association.

Also part of the organising team will be tourist guides and the restaurant association (Mandalay Zone) and will contain ethnic traditional pandals, as well as Sadudita (distribution of free food to anyone).

U Min Naing, chair of Hotel Entrepreneurs Association (Mandalay Zone), added that there will be entertainment provided by pandals located from 67th Street to 69th Street at the southern part of the moat.

He added that the free food distribution will be carried out throughout the four days of the festival.

“Everybody can take part in the water festivities at the pandals. But alcohol will be strictly banned. We will also provide bowls and water pipes for foreigners to splash water on those around them. We also put Thabyay (Eugenia) sprigs in the water bowls.” he said.

The reason of holding Myanmar traditional culture walking-style Thingyan festival is to improve and to develop the tourism industry and for the tourists to enjoy and see the festival, he said.

U Min Naing said, “We are trying to promote tourism and culture through the traditional Thingyan festival. We will showcase Myanmar tradition in a systematic and organised manner for the world to see and understand.”

There will also be a singing contest open to all participants with no age limits. And the winners will walk away with prize money from K1 million to K3 million, said U Myo Yi.

“Everybody can compete. The people can get the forms at the Myanmar Tourism Association at 68th Street between 27th and 26th streets. Professional singers will not be allowed to take part, though. We welcome amateurs. And there will be 10 Thingyan songs that the participants have to sing and compete,” he said.


Translation by Khine Thazin Han