Maungtaw celebrates Rakhine traditional Thingyan festival

Thingyan revellers enjoy water festival in Maungtaw, Rakhine.  Photo: aung kyaw oo
Thingyan revellers enjoy water festival in Maungtaw, Rakhine. Photo: Aung Kyaw Oo

Despite the unseasonal rain, Maungtaw celebrated the second day of the Rakhine traditional Thingyan festival yesterday.
Artists from Yangon and local Rakhine vocalists entertained the revelers with songs and music. “It is a lovely custom of this region that local damsels grind the sandalwood with water to make a fragrant liquid first, and then clean the Buddha images before celebrating the water festival,” said singer Athin Chay.
“This year’s celebration has attracted more revelers than last year,” said Rakhine ethnic singer Win Ko Khaing. Local people from rural areas and wards in Maungtaw Township erected small pandals to celebrate the festival.—Aung Kyaw Oo

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