Culture

Culture

The uniqueness of Myanmar located between two vast countries such as China and India has been influencing the development of Myanmar for many years. However it must not be forgotten the Myanmar has also developed its own exclusive tradition and culture without any influence of others. Since the declaration of independence after the war during 1962-1988, Myanmar had closed the country from the rest of world to protect the country by inhibiting outside influences. Evidently, this policy of seclusion had impacted country’s economy and development in the worst ways for many years; however, this policy had given an opportunity for the county of Myanmar to develop becoming exclusive country with many treasured traits and culture without influence of other countries in the expense of nations’ many years of hardship.

Myanmar has widely known as the country of Buddhism and its culture has strongly influenced by it. However it has said that the religion called “Nat” has existed even earlier than Buddhism. There are other religions such as Christian, Muslims and Hindus peacefully co-existed in Myanmar with approximately 135 different tribes. This is believed to be one of the reasons for the country’s continued diversity with exclusive traits and spiritual culture.

There are many festivals all year around. During April 13-16 every year, the most famous festival called “Thingyan Water Festibal” is held and enjoyed by many local people and tourists.

The entertainment such as “Pwe” (show and performance) including popular street- level culture, slapstick comedy, dance, ensemble singing or giant puppets are greatly enjoyed and treasured by many. Especially “Marionettes” (Puppets of Myanmar) is world famous implying the inner expressions of people of Myanmar.

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