Myanmar’s New Year

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Yangon, Myanmar

Thursday 23 November 2017

Myanmar New Year - water festival - boys playing water

Celebrating New Year only once? Not in Myanmar…… grab this chance to celebrate cultural diversity several times a year!

YANGON, 23 November – Myanmar Tourism Marketing invites tourists to celebrate cultural diversity several times a year during the different New Year celebrations from November 2017 till April 2018. Unlike most Western countries that only celebrate the Gregorian calendar New Year, the country with over 130 different tribes celebrates the Shan, Naga, Chinese, Kayin, Chin, Kachin New Years and obviously the Myanmar New Year. There is no other country in the world that celebrates New Year so many times.

Myanmar is a land of diverse ethnicity. The Kayin, one of the major ethnic groups in Myanmar, celebrate their New Year (usually last week of December) through unique cultural identity with dance contests and songs while wearing their traditional costumes. Each January the Naga ethnic tribe’s New Year Festival takes place in the far northern region of Myanmar. This festival brings all Naga tribes together to celebrate their harvest and pray for a good new year and it’s the best opportunity to visit the remote Naga region and to experience the authentic traditional culture and custom.

Myanmar’s most famous festival Thingyan, the Burmese New Year Water Festival, takes place in mid-April and lasts for four to five days. This festival is one of the largest and most widely celebrated holidays in Myanmar. During the festival, people splash water on each other and are believed to “wash-away” one’s sins of the previous year. You can enjoy the most vibrant and festive atmosphere in the big cities and every neighbourhood can be seen with well decorated bamboo or wood pavilions and stages. This festival gives a unique experience and is fun and colourful.

The country has been in the media for a while, focussing only on one small part of the country and it is important to ensure the rest of the country will not suffer as well. “Myanmar is a huge, multi-racial country offering colourful festivals, beautiful beaches as well as stunning nature for tourists”, says May Myat Mon Win, Myanmar Tourism Marketing Chairperson. “Not visiting because of the crisis would be a big loss for those thousands of people working in tourism in Myanmar who have nothing to do with the issue in Northern Rakhine state” she continues.

At the end of November, Pope Francis will visit Myanmar and he will be the first Pope ever to do so. People expect the Pope’s visit will put a positive image of this culturally diverse country that not only celebrates the Gregorian calendar New Year but also several other calendars New Year.

 

Myanmar Tourism Marketing invites social media influencers to share their experiences under @visit.myanmar or by using the hashtag #MyMyanmar. www.facebook.com/myanmartm is used to share stories and interesting information about tourism in Myanmar and www.instagram.com/visit.myanmar is all about the most beautiful pictures of this photogenic country.

 

 

About Myanmar Tourism Marketing
Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM) aims to promote Myanmar as a sustainable tourism destination that can be visited the whole year round. It is part of the Myanmar Tourism Federation and is mainly privately funded by key members of the tourism industry in Myanmar. The MTM team is happy to assist press and media to publish more about tourism in Myanmar.

For editors & journalists
Media queries and questions regarding this Press Release or future media trips or TV and film opportunities in Myanmar can be addressed to:

 

Htet Htet Lin – PR Officer

Myanmar Tourism Marketing
No. 204, Bo Myat Tun Road (Middle Block) Pazundaung Township

Yangon, Myanmar
Tel: +95 – 9 977204456

Mobile: +95 9 966 961079

E-mail: pr.officer@tourismmyanmar.org

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