Burmese New Year

Burmese New Year Quick Facts

AKA NameThingyan, Myanmarese New Year
Hashtags#BurmeseNewYear, #Thingyan
2021 DateApril 13, 2021
2022 DateApril 13, 2022
Burmese New Year

Burmese New Year History

Burmese New Year seeks to celebrate Thingyan, also known as the Water Festival. Meaning, changing over, Thingyan is a time of festivities. It celebrates the coming of a New Year. This holiday goes on for three days. It involves many participants who take part in the Burmese custom of splashing others with water. This custom is meant to wash away the old year and welcome the new.

Burmese New Year originates from a Buddhist version of a Hindu myth involving the King of Brahmas and the King of Devas. It is observed annually on April 13th.

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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 (or 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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