Largely celebrated by the Myanmarese across the country, this festival lasts from 13 to 17 April. Locals celebrate the end of the dry season and welcome the new year along with the rainy season that would once again flourish the green forests of Myanmar. To do so, locals would splash water on family, friends and even tourists who are present to celebrate the joyous festival with them. This serves as a way to keep evil and negativity at bay as they welcome the new year. The last day of the festival is celebrated by the locals who would conduct merit-making rituals. They release captive animals and this leads the locals to receive good fortune for their good deeds. Kind wishes are also exchanged between family and friends. Tourists will surely enjoy this fun and meaningful celebration along with the locals.
The Burmese New Year falls in the second week of April that we called Thin Gyan Water Festival. Normally, people celebrate water festival 3 to 4 days in the whole country of Myanmar but in Dawei, it is a little bit different, people celebrate 7days. 3 days for Kid and 4 days for adult. At the third day of the water festival, every house prepares Thingyan traditional flower pot to welcome Thagya-min (king of the heaven) who visit the abode of humans. During Thin Gyan days, young people celebrate the water festival in the whole city while elder people go to the monastery to meditate. At the last day of Thingyan, people believe that Thagya-min would go back to heaven and poured Thingyan flower pot and people wash hair with tradition shampoo. On the Myanmar New Year’s day, people offer food buffet donation called Satuditha at various place.