Myanmar usually have long holiday in April. It usually take place from 10th of the month to 21st. But it’s not always same for every years. For this year, it start from 11th April and end on 21st April.
Those are holiday because Myanmar celebrate Thingyan among that period.Thingyan is a water festival, in which people throw water to each others. People celebrate because it’s ending of a Myanmar year. It’s a kind of new year celebration of Myanmar and other buddhism country such as Thailand and some in south east Asia. Today people celebrate Thingyan by making stages beside the roads in many cities. From the stages (pandals), people spring the water by pipe and vocalists sings. Some DJ also involve on the stage by playing music. My foreign friends say it night club on the road. Actually, Myanmar Thingyan is not to be happening in that way. It should be happening with Myanmar traditional dress and Myanmar songs. Also people shouldn’t drink Alcohol. Those are just my personal opinion.
Old people usually go to meditation camp around those days. There is no rule which only let old people to go. But only just few young people are taking time to go meditation camp. For me, I have been going meditation camp for 6 years. I’ll also go for this year. Within mediation period, we practice mindfulness lessons. We learnt what the Buddha taught for life living and life leaving.
Being a Buddhism, I’m happy to practice Vipassana. It is a kind of meditation (in Theravada Buddhism) involving concentration on the body or its sensations, or the insight that this provides. Many foreigners are also trying it in Myanmar. There are also meditation centers in Myanmar which teach in English language.
I won’t be able to update the blog for seven days because I will be in camp for seven days. Hope you all have a belated and happy Thingyan and happy Myanmar new year!