From the early morning to around 6:30 pm, parents are busy harvesting watermelons and vegetables, which will be sold in the main town.
Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful new year!
LIFE AS A HARVARD GRADUATE STUDENT
Every year, America settles down for a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. This year, one of our former students, Thein Min Swe, had the privilege and pleasure to find himself in the US during this most festive time of year. Now at Harvard, pursuing a Master of Public Health, we caught up with him one Sunday afternoon to learn how he's doing.
THADINGYUT FULL MOON FESTIVAL
Having the day off suddenly, I didn’t have anything planned and decided I should visit my local pagoda and take in the atmosphere. As luck would have it, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a brief 20-minute stroll through the People’s Park from my house. What better pagoda to have as your local for the celebrations.
ARRIVING ON AN ISLAND
I heard the trip to Man Aung Island is rough and was a bit concerned what I would do if the ship sunk in the sea.
After an early breakfast at a teacher’s house, we went to the 7 am meeting where the villagers were sitting under the trees near the monastery.
ARRIVING IN A VILLAGE
One of teachers from the village frequently phoned me to warn that I should come earlier as the sea waves were bigger in the evening.
MYANMAR WATER FESTIVAL
Photo: “Rakhine Thingyan” by Zin Ko Naing (CC BY NC ND 2.0)
This week heralded in the long-awaited Water Festival. Also celebrated in Thailand, this is one of those religious festivals that has become a byword for lavish, hedonistic party time.
MUM VISITS MYANMAR
When we discussed what my mum wanted to visit in Myanmar, I listed the usual tourist sights: Shwedagon, Bagan, Mandalay, and the Golden Rock teetering on a seemingly gravity-defying point. However, my mother wanted to get a feel for the Myanmar that I knew and worked with. So, we went to Yangon and to Sittwe.
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