Category: Culture & Custom

Culture and custom of Myanmar people

Chin traditional Bamboo dance

This is Chin Bamboo dance.The dancers dance among the bamboo poles which are constantly hitting each other. This dance is very difficult, requiring a very coordinated timing between the dancers and the bamboo holders. One wrong move and your ankle…

Ancient Chin Traditional Ceremony

The above is the video I took during my visit to Hakha in 2007 February. This is one of the ancient Chin traditional ceremony. The ceremonary is to honour the lady who was selected by the local prince as a…

Make Yadayar to promote your luck

Yadayar is a custom of Burmese people, done to promote one’s luck. Originally a belief of Indian Hindi Brahmans , it has established itself as a Burmese custom, even incorporated into Buddhist belief of Myanmar people (although it is a…

Planetary Posts in Myanmar Pagodas

Ever wonder what these people on Shwedagon Pagoda are doing pouring water on Buddha’s statue? This custom is not only seen on Shwedagon but also on many other pagodas in Myanmar. You might think this is a simple offering of…

Thingyan Sar

What is Thingyan Sar? Probably you might never heard of this term before. It might be a strange term and concept for outsiders, even for our South East asian neighbours from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Actually, thingyan sar is an…

Khaung – Chin Traditional Beer

“Khaung” is a kind of alcoholic beverage made locally in some parts of Myanmar, mostly among ethnic people. There are various kinds of “khaung” produced locally but most widely known are Kachin and Chin khaungs. I don’t know about Kachin…

Yay-Khin-Taw – Myanmar Royal Tune

The above video is from Youtube of a Burmese (Myanmar) traditional orchestra play ing Yay-Khin-Taw tune. Yay Khin is a special tune, usually reserved for the royal ceremonies. Traditionally, it is a tune used in the Royal court of Burma…

Yaw Buddhish Religious Custom

I was visiting a small remote town (actually a large village) in Yaw region. It was Laung-shae, a very ancient town in Myanmar, and situated in Saw township. I saw these local people on a religious procession on a Buddhist…