YANGON, Myanmar, Nov. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Myanmar Tourism Marketing invites tourists to celebrate cultural diversity several times a year during the different New Year celebrations from November 2017 until 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. 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, focusing 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