Thingyan Festival or the Water Festival preceding the Burmese New Year is the most celebrated festival in Myanmar. It is wreathed with fantastic tales and folklore, but Buddhist in spirit. People keep fast, give alms and do good deeds. There is goodwill and loving-kindness all around.
The best part of the water festival (at least for the young folks) is to have nice clean fun with friends and strangers alike; sprinkling scented water on one another. Moreover, the Padauk blossoms which are the symbolic flowers of Thingyan, can be seen everywhere. Thingyan is also the season of giving and people give away seasonal snacks to the revelers. This is the true spirit of the season.
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