Since the days of King Anawratha of Bagan, Kyaukse city upon Shwe Thar Lyaung hill has celebrated the elephant dance festival. Traditionally locals don a colourfully decorated, life-size elephant costume, welcoming the end of Thadingyut with a unique array of dance and acrobats.
A feast of sound pouring out from nearly 300 instruments, representing the entire Union of Myanmar, will be on display this week as the 22nd Myanmar Traditional Cultural Performing Arts competition gets under way in Nay Pyi Taw.
Only the bravest festival goers dare to ride the human-powered Ferris wheels at Yae Kyaw’s Thadingyut festival each year in October. Ferris wheel workers call out to the crowd, coaxing both thrill-seekers and the faint of heart alike to take a spin, as a troupe of boys, dressed in the same monochromatic uniforms, physically turn the Ferris wheel until it reaches its top speed.
As dragonflies and songs of reggae singer Saw Phoe Kwar billowed in the breeze on October 16, Mahabandoola Park filled with multimedia artists and art lovers for Collective Dream, an artistic showcase put on in collaboration with PEN Myanmar, Myanmar Story Teller and the Myanmar Art Social Project.
Our Festival of Lights celebrates the descent of the Buddha from heaven, after preaching Abhidhamma to his mother, Maya. And we pay respects to our elders, apologising for any sins on our part. But that isn’t going to stop us having fun.
Yangon may not have a reputation as being one of Asia’s most liveable cities but, according to advocacy group Yangon Heritage Trust, it soon could be. In a new report, YHT outlines its vision for the future of the city over the next 15 years, and says the city can welcome investment and innovation while preserving its rich architectural and cultural history.
After a quarter-century break, Khwardo is back. The ethnic Zomi New Year festivities will take place in Chin State this year, with the expulsion of demons scheduled for October 14-15. The celebrations will centre on the village of Lai Loe in Tiddim, said organising committee member Ko Htan Sant Htaung.
Festivals, festivals. If it’s not the Thingyan water festival in April, it’s the Taungbyone nat festival in August. Or the boat rowing competition in September. And then, this month, we have Thadingyut, the Festival of Lights.