Water festival to cancel in Kachin State

Seng Htoi Zin / March 10, 2020

The government of Kachin State has decided last week that it will scrap to hold the annual Thingyan water festival for this year, due to the global outbreak of Coronavirus.

The State government cancelled this public event because the Kachin State is bordered with China and the government is concerned about the public health reasons, the Lisu Ethnic Affairs Minister RT Yawhan told The Kachin Post. The government officials also voted not to build the Thingyan pavilions for the water festival, which is annually held in middle of April.

Thingyan or water festival is the one of the biggest public event in the Burma. It allows people to celebrate the Burmese New Year and the government also made a week-long public holiday.

The Kachin State government provided the health education to the general public about coronavirus since last month, and the Country’s Ministry of Health also announced that citizens should shun from public events.

I think it’s a good plan to cancel the event, said a Myitkyina resident Zeyar Lin. When the whole world is suffering form the coronavirus which caused COVID-19 disease, it’s not good to hold public event which involve many people, he added.

Every year, the Kachin State government organizes to hold the water festival with Main Thingyan pavilion and Ethnic Thingyan pavilion for the public celebration in downtown Myitkyina.