Dancers perform during the water festival in Yangon, Myanmar, April 13, 2019. Myanmar's traditional Thingyan Water Festival kicked off across the country Saturday morning. (Xinhua/U Aung)
YANGON, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Traditional Thingyan water festival has kicked off in Myanmar's regions and states in full swing.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein on Friday extended wishes to the people for a happy water festival and prosperous new year.
Thingyan water festival will last until April 16 and the new year will fall on April 17, in which Myanmar people decide to turn over a new leaf and leave misfortunes from old year.
Yangon region's water throwing pavilion was unveiled Friday by the chief minister in front of the region's City Hall located in downtown area of Yangon city.
The opening ceremony was followed by the performances by the Myanmar traditional dancer troupes in colorful dresses with Thingyan music.
Special celebrations featuring "Walking Thingyan Festival" was also being celebrated by people roaming around the city to receive the water-throwing from pandals where people throw water using hoses.
Meanwhile, Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung also ceremonially inaugurated a water-throwing pandal in the country's second largest city Mandalay, calling for peace and socio-economic development across the country starting from the new year.
Among Myanmar's 12 seasonal festivals throughout the year, the Thingyan water festival represents the grandest which is believed to bring peace and prosperity to everyone.
Myanmar people annually celebrate traditional Thingyan water festival to welcome new year as other Southeast Asian countries such as Songkran in Laos and Thailand as well as Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia.
As part of celebration of the festival, people throw and douse water onto one another to wash sins and to make clear the moral impurities from old year.