Burmese New Year and Water Festival:
The social event to commemorate Burmese New Year & Water Festival has been successfully held on the 17 April 2011, last Sunday, at Bonython Park in Adelaide. Traditionally, this is an event annually celebrated in Burma irrespective of race, religion and individual customs. Normally the event was based on Buddhist calendar and religious background but it became a social function as the way most people celebrated Christmas all over the world irrespective of race, religion and individual customs.
We have celebrated to observe the tradition in the event to which about 100 Burmese people, who are living in Adelaide and a number of Burmese students who have been studying in university courses in Adelaide on student visas, have attended. The participants who have attended include Ms Lily Yang, a lecturer, Department of Interpreting and Translating, Adelaide TAFE, and a polyglot, who speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Burmese and English, and Dr Latt Latt Aung, a psychiatrist consultant, Department of Psychiatry, Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The event has been well received by the participants with traditional foods, dishes and thingyan music. The participants have refreshed the memories and traditions that they enjoyed so much back in Burma prior to migration to Australia. A special thingyan song composed by Myo Ma Nyein has made the most refreshing memory of all in the event. Special thanks to all participants who put all the efforts to bring foods and traditional atmospheres. As throwing water to each other is not practicable a little splash from a water gun to reflect the tradition has been done. This event has been organized and celebrated annually in Adelaide since 2007.
We will do it again next year. Cheers!