The Holy Month Of Waso

8 Jul

The Holy Month Of Waso

The rains had arrived in our land. The lakes and the ponds are full and the mighty Ayeyarwady River rushes down towards the delta with renewed force. The farmers are wholly engaged in their paddy fields, heedless of the lashing torrents that come down from the dark rain clouds above. Thunder booms and lightnings flashe. [...]

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Expedition To Climb Mt. Victoria(1971-1972)

8 Jun

Zina Man Aung Pagoda 2

An Account of the Expedition To Mt. Victoria By 180 Strong Group of Students From Universities (December 26, 1971-January 4, 1972)(Excerpt of the Expedition to Mt. Victoria) By:U Hla Aung xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Myanmar Hiking & Montaineering Federation was successful in organizing many expeditions to Mt. Victoria(10200 ft) on the south-eastern corner of [...]

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The Holy Month Of Kason (လ ျမတ္ က ဆုန္ )

10 May

The Holy Month Of Kason (လ ျမတ္ က ဆုန္ )

“The land dries up in Tagu but all is parched in Kason (တန္ ခူး ေရ ကုန္၊ က ဆုန္ ေရ ခန္း)”. That is the saying in Myanmar as the sun scorches the countryside with its blazing heat. The village ponds are dry and the rivers are low. But soon there will be a light sprinkling of [...]

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Tabaung Is A Month Of Many Moods

10 Mar

Tabaung Is A Month Of Many Moods

The Shwedagon Pagoda The Myanmar month of Tabaung is the 12th and the last month in the Myanmar Lunar calendar. As the Myanmar month of Tabodwe(February) retreats, the weather starts getting warmer in the daytime. But the cold north winds have still not given up. Nights are still chilly. And in Myanmar we have a saying [...]

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The Shwe Set Taw Pagoda Festival(ေရႊစက္ ေတာ္ ဘု ရားပြဲ)

3 Mar

The Shwe Set Taw Pagoda Festival(ေရႊစက္ ေတာ္ ဘု ရားပြဲ)

Upper Set Taw Yar (အ ထက္ စက္ ေတာ္ရာ) Shwe Set Taw (The Golden Footprints) pagoda is one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. Actually there are two pagodas: the Auk Set Taw Ya or the Lower and the Ahtet Set Taw Ya, the Upper. Lower Set Taw Ya(ေအာက္ စက္ ေတာ္ရာ) The pagoda history tells us that [...]

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ထ မ နဲ ပြဲ (Sticky Rice Preparation Competitions)

13 Feb

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ထ မ နဲ ပြဲ (Sticky Rice Preparation Competitions) Tabodwe (January-February) is a cool month in Myanmar. A Myanmar saying goes “so cold as to freeze the tips of the buffalo’s horns”, that is how cold it gets in the central parts of the country in Pyatho(January) and Tabodwe(February). But it is also the time when the first [...]

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Is It A Dragon’s Lair?

30 Jan

Is It A Dragon’s Lair?

IS IT A DRAGON’S LAIR? THE NAGA PYWET TAUNG AT MINBU Long, long time ago, even before Buddhism had taken roots in Myanmar people were awed with the forces of nature: the clashing of thunder and bolts of lightning that flashed in the sky must be of Gods fighting in heaven, the visitation of illnesses [...]

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Battle of the Eggs(ၾကက္ ဥ ထု ပြဲ)

11 Jan

Zina Mann Aung pagoda

Battle of the Eggs(ၾကက္ ဥ ထု ပြဲ) Myanmar is a country of many traditions and none more unique than what is known as “Battle of the Eggs (ၾကက္ ဥ ထု ပြဲ)” where two contestants smash the eggs in their hands against each other. Pe Nin Gyi pagoda This competition is usually held in conjunction with [...]

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A Visit To The Historic Ledo Road

28 Dec

A Visit To The Historic Ledo Road

A Visit To The Historic Ledo Road The younger generations would not have heard of it excepts in history books. But for those who lived through the horros of the 2nd World War knows it as the “Road of Death” no less infamous than the “Death Railways” connecting Thanbyuzayat in Southern Myanmar and Kanchanburi in [...]

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Reminiscences On Thadingyut

11 Oct

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REMINISCENCES ON THADINGYUT Soon the black monsoon clouds will clear and the sky will once again be blue. People all over Myanmar will celebrate the end of the Buddhist Lent with many festivities. Towns and villages all over the country will be gaily decorated with lights: electrical bulbs in the cities but with traditional candles [...]

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