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Although court culture has been extinguished, popular street-level culture is vibrant and thriving. Drama is the mainstay of this culture, and just about any celebration is a good excuse for a pwe (show). Performances may recount Buddhist legends, or be more light-hearted entertainments involving slapstick comedy, dance, ensemble singing or giant puppets. Myanmar music is an integral part of a pwe; it originates from Thai and emphasises rhythm and melody. Instruments are predominantly percussive and include drums, boat-shaped harps, gongs and bamboo flutes. Over 85% of the Myanmar population is Theravada Buddhist. In the Rakhine region, towards Bangladesh, there are many Muslims. Christian missionaries have had some success among hill tribes but many remain staunch animists.The toys of Myanmar are not only for the children but also famous in the world, known as the Marionettes (or) Puppets of Myanmar. Its a combination of Myanmar Art and Culture, together to show the inner expressions of the Myanmar people. Myanmar also have festivals all around the year, at least one in each month of the year. The most famous festival of Myanmar is the Thingyan Water Festival, which is held from 13 April to 16 April every year.

Religion & Beliefs

Buddhism, Pagoda, History of Buddhism, Shin Pyu, Phone Gyi Pyan, Meditation, Benevolent Prince, Man Lion, Worshipping of Nats, Superstition, Mythical Creatures, 28 Buddhas, Buddha Mudras 

Myanmar Food

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Myanma Mohinga, Shwedaung Noodle, Coconut Noodle, Butter Rice, Coconut Rice, Steamed Prawn Curry, Roasted Rice Powder with Fish, Banana Pudding, Moun Bine Daunt, Mont Kalar Mei, Bamboo-tube Sticky Rice, Shan Khaw Poat, Mann Mayway, Pathein Halawah, Mango Jam, Toddy Cake, Pineapple Salad, Cucumber Salad, Squid Salad, Rice Balls. 

Festivals

Kachin Manaw Festival, Htamane (Sticky Rice) Festival,Shwedagon Pagoda Festival, Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda Festival, Kason Watering Festival, Thadingyut Lighting Festival, Matho Thingan (Yellow Robe) Weaving Festival, Ananda Pagoda Festival, Maha Myat Muni Pagoda Festival, Salone Festival, Kakku Pagoda Festival, Shwe UMin Pagoda Festival, Thingyan Water Festival, Thanakha Grinding Festival, Taungpyone Nat (Pwe) Festival, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Elephant Dance Festival, Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Naga New Year Festival, Shwesayan Pagoda Festival.

Museums

National Museum, Bagan Museum, Mrauk U Museum,

Cultural Events

The Equestrian Festival, The Traditional Regatta Festival, Cultural Spree, Rakhine Buddhist Festival, The Elegant Lotus Robe

Myanmar Wedding

Myanmar Calendar

Myanmar Astrology, Horoscope for everyone

Made in Myanmar

Myanmar Toys, Myanmar Fan, Myanmar Shampoo, Myanmar Chess, Myanmar Candy, Myanmar Umbrella, Myanma Thanakha, Myanma Latphet, Myanma Green Tea, Myanma Betel, Myanmar Wine

Traditional Practices

Loke Arr Pay, Dos and Donts

Ancient Trails

The Oldest Modern Rail Bridge, The Findings of the Bagan Palace, Superlatives of Myanmar, The Firsts in Myanmar

Myanmar Sports

Myanma Chinlon, Myanmar Kickboxing

Myanmar Games
Naming System

Myanmar Family

Myanmar Duties

Flora & Fauna

 

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Myanmar has a moderate climate and is also rich in different species of flowers.
 
Flora
As in the rest of tropical Asia, most indigenous vegetation in Myanmar is associated with two basic types of tropical forest: monsoon forest (with a distinctive dry season of three months or more) and rainforest (where rain falls more than nine months per year).
 
The first Ambassador known in Myanmar history was Shin Ditha Par Mauk, a Buddhist monk, going to the Kublai Khan's palace during the reign of Tarouk Pyay Min (Narasihapatai), Bagan. There still is an inscription stating to that effect.
 
Family

Much has been said about the institution of family in Myanmar, that it is essentially a relationship based on specific duties and responsibilities on the part of husband, wife, parents and offspring.
 
U Pane Bridge is said to be the oldest wooden bridge in Myanmar. It also is a tourist interest site and it's nice to be there when you get to Mandalay.
 
A Myanmar has no family name. A woman has her own name and retains it even after marriage. A child is normally named according to the day of the week he(or she) was born, whereby each day of the week is denoted by certain letters of the Myanmar alphabet. For example, Monday is denoted by the names Kyaw, Khin, Kyin, etc; Tuesday by San, Su, Nyi, etc, Another way to name a child is based on his (or her) date of birth.
 
Bagan, lying on the left bank of the Ayeyarwady River in the dry zone of Central Myanmar, is the most important historical site in Myanmar. It was the capital for two and a half centuries when the Myanmar empire reached the zenith of its power.
 
Myanmar Calendar consists of 12 months.Since Myanmar Calendar is based on the Lunar Calendar, the months of the English Calendar and the Myanmar Calendar will differ in months.
 
Among modern rail bridges of major size that were built in Myanmar in prewar times the Gokkteik Bridge in Northern Shan State is the oldest and largest. Other great bridges for land vehicles especially rail train to cross over, are the Inwa Bridge (or commonly known as the Sagaing Bridge) crossing the Ayeyawaddy River, in Mandalay and Sagaing Divisions, the Sittaung Bridge crossing the Sittaung River in Bago Division and Mon State, the Nga Moyeik Bridge crossing the Nga Moyeik Stream in Yangon Division the Myit Nge Bridge crossing the Myit Nge River in Mandalay Division, and the Kha Baung Bridge crossing the Kha Baung Stream in Mandalay Division. 
 
 
When a boy and a girl come of age and, love one another and will want to marry and live happy ever after, a wedding ceremony will be performed for them where their parents, relatives, honourable guests and friends are invited, so that they will be recognized as a newly married couple. This wedding ceremony we present, celebrated according to Myanmar Traditions and computable to the modern age.
 

Dos And Donts

Typical Character
Friendly, helpful, honest, but proud.
 

Myanmar Sport

Myanmar Kick Boxing (Myanma Lathwae)
A national sport is a sport or game that is considered to be a popularly intrinsic part of the culture or is the most popular sport of a country or nation. A long time ago, Myanmar's national sports included Thaing (the martial arts of Myanmar) and Chinlon (the playing of a rattan ball in group). The characteristics of National Sports share the following rules.
 
Myanmar has a long history dating back several thousand years. The traditions and culture of Myanmar as well as the philosophy of life of it's people, the majority of who are Buddhists, has been shaped profoundly by Buddhism. Hence, Myanmar, regardless of their race or ethnic origin, are peace-loving, friendly, generous and hospitable. They also have an innate sense of duty to family, community and country. 
 
Pineapple Salad is an interesting dish. First, peel pine- apple and cut the upper layer of meat into pieces. Then, slice onion and clean them. Add shrimp paste, dried prawn powder, salt and mix chilli in the bowl. And then mix ingredients thoroughly. Now, you can taste a savoury pine-apple salad.
 

Myanmar Wine

Aythaya vineyard produces red, white and rose wine since 2004. Before that, the project was started by a German entrepreneur Mr. Bert Morshach and a group of European friends. 
The first step in creating this vineyard started during 1998. The first 3,000 vines were imported from Europe and were planted in the capital of the Kayah States, Loikaw.
 

Myanmar Duties

There are duties of
Sons & daughters
Parents
Students
 
Prim city matrons are loud in their grouse and usually their discontent is with the spiraling of prices of meat and fowl. Now, it is also scarcity of coconut hair oil and, as a last straw, the forbidding prices of Thanakha.
Thanakha - botanical term (Limonia Acidissma Linn ) is essential as well as a favorite cosmetic which comes in the form of a yellow paste applied to the face and goes under the name of Thanakha. Hence, this has developed into a topic of lively comment in the Myanmar Media.
 
Myanmar has a tradition of kickboxing that's said to date back to the Bagan era, although the oldest written references are found in chronicles of warfare between Myanmar and Thailand during the 15th and 16th centuries. Myanmar kickboxing (Myanma Let-hwei) is very similar in style to Siamese kickboxing or Muay Thai. 
 
Making of the Pathein Umbrella
The umbrella industry of Pathein, the capital of the Ayeyarwaddy Division of Myanmar's delta region, is well known worldwide. This cottage industry was established in Pathein over a hundred years ago.
The first umbrellas were made of paper, but through experience, the makers became innovative and began to produce umbrellas with canopies of cottons, silk and satin with attractive floral designs.
These newly fashioned umbrellas gained popularity with the ladies and sales expanded to the whole country. The umbrella attracts foreigners to buy as souvenirs or for interior decoration on walls and for use as unique lampshades.
 

Myanma Chinlon

 
The Myanmar term Chinlon refers to games in which a woven rattan ball about 12 cm in diameter is kicked around. It also refers to the ball itself, which resembles the takraw of Thailand and Malaysia. Informally any number of players can form a circle and keep the Chinlon airborne by kicking it soccer-style from player to player; a lack of scoring makes it a favourite pastime with Myanmar of all ages.
 

Myanmar Chess

Chess is one of the games that is well-known and played around the world. And in Myanmar, we have our own significant traditional chess game. Since ancient times, the Myanmar people were very keen and fond of playing traditional chess. In fact, Myanma traditional chess in based on four warfare elements, which were show in old Myanmar military text and scriptures.
 
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