Burmese New Year

Burmese New Year Quick Facts

AKA NameThingyan, Myanmarese New Year
Hashtags#BurmeseNewYear, #Thingyan
2020 DateApril 13, 2020
2021 DateApril 13, 2021
Burmese New Year

Burmese New Year History

On Burmese New Year, people celebrate Thingyan, or "Water Festival". It is a buddhist celebration symbolizing the cleansing of sins. Everything revolves around water. Participants spray it on each other using buckets, water guns and other items. Participants are also sprayed by large trucks with hoses stationed around the city. There is also water-themed rock concerts.

Burmese New Year Facts

  • The celebrations last for four days, up until the actual first day of the new year.
  • There are stages set up around cities, where people perform traditional Myanmar (formlerly Burma) Thingyan dances.
  • Cars and people are drenched with water everywhere around the city. Whoever doesn't want to get wet has to stay indoors.
  • During this time of the year, the weather is extremely warm in Myanmar, so being drenched in water can be quite a relief.
  • Younger people wash their older family members' hair as a sign of respect.

Burmese New Year Top Events and Things to Do

  • Buy some water guns and balloons and have a water fight with your friends and family members.
  • If you are in New York, mark the day for Waterfight NYC. It's a big water gun fight at Central Park. The event takes place in July, which matches the time of the year many Burmese people celebrate Thingyan in New York.
  • Have a pool party or go to the beach.
  • Visit a water park.

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