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Stories About Myanmar

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Myanmar Traditional Food

The history of Myanmar traditional food may be as old as its culture and arts. Myanmar is an agricultural country with rice as the principle crop. Most of Myanmar snacks are generally made of rice or glutinous rice, milk or grated shreds of coconut and sugar or jaggery as sweeteners. Myanmar snacks are rich in variety of kinds and taste. Myanmar people are very fond of snacks either breakfast items, as fast food or at tea-times.

Within the country, traditional dishes often differ, depending on whether you eat them in the north or south. The specialties have also evolved according to the taste of the predominant ethnic groups in a particular region.

Myanmar menus also show the influence of neighboring China and India. Visitor can find the dumplings and grilled vegetables of China side by side the curries and chapatti of India. But there is still an abundance of the ‘real thing’ to attract the consumer with combinations of hot, sweet, sour and salty flavors that are uniquely Myanmar.

Mohinga Breakfast Stew

Mohinga

Mohinga is the traditional breakfast in Myanmar and it is quite normal to go out for this meal. So, each morning, Mohinga stalls appear and people tend to have their favorite vendor or café. The Mohinga that cooked in an area may be quite different in another. That’s because each of the 135 ethnicities in Myanmar has its own culinary style. It is also a popular snack at any time of day or night. The dish with a gentle fish soup is added to the shallot and banana stem served with rice noodles and a variety of condiments scattered on top. The soup is cooked by chickpea mixed with fish and condiments. The fish used for soup has to different as river, lake or seawater fish. All of which have the excellent taste. The rice noodle has various sizes such as thin, normal, thick and flat. So the customer can order and enjoy as his preferences. Optional toppings include sliced hard-boiled eggs and fried onions, gourd fritters, crisp bean crackers are either broken in small pieces. The dish is seasoned to taste with lemon juice and lemon grass.

Laphet Thoke

Laphet

The pickled tea leaf that is called laphet, is eaten at all time of day, perhaps as the end of a meal or as a snack. According to the Myanmar’s tradition, the lapetthoke (pickled tea leaves salad) will be served when visitors arrive. On such occasions, a drink of local green tea and the laphettoke filled with laphet, crunchy dried peas and beans, peanuts, garlic, fried garlic, toasted sesame and green chilli will be served.

Nan Gyi Thok

Nan Gyi Thoke ( Thick Rice Noodle Salad)

Nan Gyi Thoke often called the spaghetti of Myanmar is another popular breakfast food. However it is available from morning till afternoon as some people eats regardless of time. The dish is is prepared by mixing curried chicken and the rice noodle adding onion shreds, scallions and par-boiled bean sprouts as individual’s preference. It is very delicious meal.

Hto-Hpu-Nwe

Hto Hpu Nwe (Warm Tofu)

Hto Hpu Nwe known as “Warm Tofu” is one of the popular dishes of Shan Tribe in north-eastern Myanmar. Despite the tofu name, the dish does not really include tofu, but rather a thick porridge made from chickpea flour. It is served in thin rice noodles, chunks of marinated pork or chicken and covered with a layer of chilli oil.

Ngapiyegyo

Mashed Pressed Fish (Ngapiyegyo)

It is fish mashed with bones and all. A moist paste product and use a little for boiling. It is very popular side dish in Myanmar, especially the Myanmar and Karen tribes. The mashed pressed fish (Ngapiyegyo) is boiled with onions, tomato, garlic, pepper and other spices. The result is a greenish-grey broth-like sauce, which makes its way to dining table. Fresh, raw or blanched vegetables and some fruits (such as cabbage, tomato, green mangos, chilli, onions and garlic) are dipped into the Ngapiyegyo and the enjoyable with rice. Sometimes, in less affluent families Ngapiyegyo forms the main dish, and also the main source of rich protein.

Kaut Nyin Paung

Kaut Nyin Paung (Steamed Sticky Rice)

In Myanmar, Kaut Nyin Paung is mostly served for the breakfast or sometime at the tea time in the afternoon. It is usually steamed with special steamed cookies in Shan State, while the Myanmar people seem to cook it just like the normal rice. Steamed black and white glutinous rice has firmer texture and of course more delicious, while the cooked one is soft. It is usually prepared the black and white mixture of sticky rice with sesame powder, salt and coconut shreds.

Si Hta Minn

Si Hta Minn

Si Hta Minn or Yellow Myanmar Sticky Rice is always simple and delicious. It is one of the typical breakfast in Myanmar and also a popular dish in pagoda festivals. Steamed peas and baked dried fish is a perfect duo with Si Hta Minn. It is sprinkled the Si Hta Minn with fried onion and sesame powder.

Mote Lone Yay Paw

Mote Lone Yay Paw

Mote Lone Yay Paw is a traditional sweet rice balls. In Myanmar language, it means the snack that floats on water. It is usually stuffed with palm sugar. The food is often served during the celebration of Myanmar New Year Festival, which is also known as Thingyan.

Special Thingyan Meal

Special Thingyan Meal

Thingyan, a four day festival that ushers in the Myanmar New Year, is the biggest holiday of the year in Myanmar. It usually starts on April 13th. Most of the cities and towns makeshift pavilions with stages for singing and dancing are erected and barrels are filled with water. Young people dance and sing on the stages and throw water on anyone who passes on the road.

Shwe Yin Aye

Shwe Yin Aye

Shwe Yin Aye – one of the popular Myanmar traditional dessert, is sweet and soft. It is made by combine small boiled sago, agar jelly, bread, sugar coconut cream, sticky rice and ice cubes. This simplest dessert is sweet, delicious and usually cooling on hot days and easy to make.

mont-pyar-thalet

Mont Pyar Thalet

Pyar Thalet means the honeycomb. The snack is baked with the rice flour batter as the shaped of honeycomb. It is made in two types with or without palm sugar syrup. With palm sugar syrup is made for sweet taste. But, traditionally, the mont pyar thalets are without palm sugar syrup.

Mont Lin Mayar

Mont Lin Mayar or Mont Oke Galay

It means the couple or husband and wife snack. It is made with rice flour batter fried in the hemispherical shape dimpled pan and joins 2 pieces. Because of joining 2 pieces, this snack figure as the husband and wife.

Bein Mont

Bein Mont

It is the Myanmar Style pancake which is made with rice flour, palm sugar, coconut chips and peanuts, garnished with poppy seeds. It is fluffy in the middle and slightly crispy on the sides. People love to have it with an extra egg atop or sprinkled with nuts or both.

Year Round Festivals

Water Festival and Myanmar New Year

Water Festival and Myanmar New Year

Usually 13 April to 16 April

Thingyan (The Water Festival) is the most interesting and greatest occasion for merry-making with the largest number of people taking part in it throughout the country. During the Thingyan Festival, people pour water over one another to the melodious tunes of singing and dancing at the decorated pavilions. Pouring water signifies cleansing the body and mind of evils of the past year. During these auspicious days, Myanmar people perform a lot of meritorious deeds to usher in the New Year such as keeping Sabbath, going to pagodas and monasteries, offering food and aims to monks, paying respect to parents, teachers and elders, setting free fish and cattle and so on. Thingyan is a distinctive festival which is always awaited with great joy and excitement by Myanmar people every year.

Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda Festival

Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda Festival

Usually 13 April to 16 April

Thingyan (The Water Festival) is the most interesting and greatest occasion for merry-making with the largest number of people taking part in it throughout the country. During the Thingyan Festival, people pour water over one another to the melodious tunes of singing and dancing at the decorated pavilions. Pouring water signifies cleansing the body and mind of evils of the past year. During these auspicious days, Myanmar people perform a lot of meritorious deeds to usher in the New Year such as keeping Sabbath, going to pagodas and monasteries, offering food and aims to monks, paying respect to parents, teachers and elders, setting free fish and cattle and so on. Thingyan is a distinctive festival which is always awaited with great joy and excitement by Myanmar people every year.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Taunggyi Tazaung Taing Festival

One day before and Full moon day of Tazaung mone and after Full moon day

The most spectacular event of the year is the Hot Air Balloon Festival held every November in Taunggyi commonly called the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival. Thousands of local pilgrims and international tourists choose to visit Taunggyi, especially to watch scores of giant paper animals being inflated and floated off into the sky. The competitions run during the day and at night when the sky is colorfully illuminated with hot air balloons. Hot air balloon in theshape of elephant , ox, horse, water buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl, and parrot are sent up into the sky.

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

1st Waxing to 3rd Wanning Day of Thadingyut (Sep - Oct)

Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda is one of the famous principal pagodas which houses five Boddha images. This pagoda is the main attraction of Inlay Lake and is situated in the middle of the Lake. Thousands of people from communities around the lake and villages in the surrounding mountains carry fruits and flowers on lacquer trays in their own boats and pay homage as the holy barge passes. Teams of the lake’s famous one-legged-rowers compete in annual boat races.

Taung Pyone Spirit Festival

Taung Pyone Spirit Festival

8th Waxing to Full Moon Day of Wagaung

TAUNG PYONE means a hill which is full of smile to represent the atmosphere of the festival with smiling people with their mood of happiness in the festival, is a small village situated about 10 km north of Mandalay, on the road between Mandalay and Mogok. It normally takes 45 minutes by car or by a motorcycle from downtown Mandalay to reach the Taung Pyone festival.But except the usual festive traffic jams. Famous TAUNG PYONE or NAT FESTIVAL is always held in the month of August and in Myanmar lunar Calendar, the 10th waxing day of Wagaung and is held for 8 days. The history of the Taung Pyone Pagoda dates back to Bagan Period. During the era of King ANAWRAHTA, on one occasion the king camped around that Taung Pyone area and would like to donate a land mark pagoda there and ordered the army to contribute their personal labour individual regardless of ranks and positions in the construction of pagoda. However In the King’s Army, there were two young generals named Shwe Phyin Gyi and Shwe Phyin Lay who were adopted sons of the King and were believed to posess tremendous power in physical that is invisible were very popular among others.

As youngsters, they enjoy drinking and gambling all the time and missed to obey the King’s order to contribute their parts which became an opportunity for the jealous ministers to make a plot by not placing the two bricks that were supposed to be done by the two generals.

So the two bricks were missing after completion of the pagoda (The space for the missing bricks is still there). When the King found out space without bricks as a sign of treasonous act, he ordered to execute the two heroes and since then they became Nats (Spirits), and the King deified them as the guardian spirits of the area. They are the most popular among the 37 Nats deified by the people.

This festival in their honour is attended by tens of thousands of mediums and worshippers like traditional festival. Series of 37 Nat statues on the stands are offered food and “Zun Pann”, white beautiful flowers, but not pork products, cash and alcohol. The mediums entertain the crowds with Nat dance with the traditional Nat music and performance during night and day. The whole area is occupied with circus and cultural dances, music and magic shows, fortune tellers and tattoo shops. Thousands of people are visiting the Nats Pavilions to consult a medium for their future prospects and fortunes. Orchestras come to play for the mediums who dance to make the spirits ‘joyful’. Some pilgrims come to the festival for worship and traditional festival but others come for fun. Some wait the whole year to take part to this special event because their wishes came true and fulfilled after they worshiped the two brothers. They believe that the two brothers have power to grant wealth to their followers.

Bathing day is the most popular time of the festival, drawing large crowds. Festival-goers wash the images of the Taungbyone brothers in the nearby river before they are placed in a shrine where pilgrims can make offerings. People who visit the festival every year have their own beliefs, optimistically hoping that their business, social life, health and everything else will prosper when they touch the palanquin carrying the images.

During the festival you can find many shops selling traditional crafts – handmade necklaces, bracelets, different children’s toys, snacks and local products.

Even if you are not actually a Nat believer, you will be amazed with circus, cultural dances and magic shows as an unforgettable day.

Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival

Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival

Full Moon of Pyatho to 15th Waning of Pyatho

There are two pagodas which enshrine footprints of the Buddha. The site is on the bank of Mann Creek where bamboo cabins are erected every year for local travellers to enjoy cool swims during the heat of summer.

Ananda Pagoda Festival

Ananda Pagoda Festival

Full Moon of Pyatho to 15th Waning of Pyatho

This is one of the most famous pagoda festivals in Bagan; one of the Asia’s most amazing and richest archaeological sites. The Great Ananda Pagoda Festival is said to have been going on continuously since the Bagan period. Long ago, people from many villages around Bagan came to the festival in bullock-carts and made camps for the whole duration of the festival. Even now some villagers still come to the festival in the traditional way. Visitors can definitely enjoy the traditional lifestyle of the locals of Bagan during this festival.

shwedagon

Tazaungmon Full Moon Festival

Full Moon of Tazaungmone

During Tazaungdaing Festival, the Shwedagon is the scence of an event of national interest, the Mathothingan weaving contest. From evening till before midnight, girl weavers feverishly vie with each other to be the first to complete weaving a yellow robe. The robes, four in number,are offered to the four images on the Pagoda representing the Four Buddhas: Kakkasanda, Konagamana, Kassapa and Gotama.

Naga New Year Festival

Naga New Year Festival

Usually January 14 to 16

Naga New Year Festival is one of the rarest ceremonies in Myanmar. There are more than 49 different clans with their own distinctive dresses and dialects. They usually gather annually to celebrate the New Year which falls on January 15.Package tours are available to visit the Naga New Year Festival of Myanmar.

KoGyiKyaw Spirit Festival

KoGyiKyaw Spirit Festival

3rd Waxing to 10th Waxing of Tabaung

It is enjoyable to see the singing and dancing of the worshippers to KoGyiKyaw; a happy spirit who loves to drink and gamble. This annual festival in his honor is celebrated in his home town; Yayzagyo, Mandalay region.

Pyin oo lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin Flower Festival

December

In Pyin Oo Lwin, an expanded flower festival is annually held at the National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden from 1st December for about two weeks. Pyin Oo Lwin is a scenic hill station and it is located in Shan highland at an altitude of 1070m. More than 130,000 foreign flower species and local flower species are displayed in the festival. It is situated about 67 km from Mandalay and be accessed by car from all parts of the country.

Kachin Manaw Festival

Kachin Manaw Festival (Kachin New Year Festival)

First Week of January

The Kachins ; one of the major races of Myanmar, take great part in this festival and many Kachins from abroad come back to meet and dance at this special event. The Manaw dance is performed at Manaw Festival which originated as part of the Nat or spirit worship of the past.

AlaungdawKathapa Pagoda Festival

Alaungdaw Khathapa Pagoda Festival

Full moon Day of Tabaung (March)

The Alaungdaw Khathapa Shrine is located in a National Park, one of the renowned ecotourism sites, of Yinmarbin Township, Sagaing Region. It is crowded with the local people from surrounding area and far distances. The festival is held by lighting to the Pagoda in Full moon Day of Tabaung (March). People go there not only for just pilgrimage but also for observing the National Park.

elephant's dance

The Festival of Elephant's dance

One day before and Full moon day of Thadingyut (October)

Elephant dance competition is celebrated at the Light Festival on full moon day of Thadingyut period which falls

mostly in October. It is held in Kyaukse, situated on the Yangon – Mandalay Highway Road near Mandalay. On the first day, two men took place inside the colorfully decorated elephant figure, made of clothe and bamboo and paper decorated with tapestry and participate in dance competitions. The elephant with the best dance performance and behaviour wins the gold. Food and flowers are offered to the Shwethalyaung pagoda on the second day.