ARTS AND CULTURE

FREE Myanmar (Burmese) Cultural Dance Class in Los Angeles Area – 2017

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Arts and Culture, Arts Articles | 0 comments

FREE Myanmar (Burmese) Cultural Dance Class in Los Angeles Area – 2017

Learn to Dance! Everyone is welcomed specially those young friends age 6 and up, young adults, and all adults who wish to learn the Myanmar (Burmese) culture dances.     July and August (Saturday and/or Sunday) Time:  2:30 pm to 5:30 pm Location: Langley Community Center 400 W Emerson Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754   Ages: 6 yrs & up Dance Instructor: Ma Thandar @ (626) 400 -0920 Office: Contact: (626) 537-9990 Email:...

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ASEAN Fest 2016: Celebration of Southeast Asian Nations Arts & Culture (SAT, June 4 – 2016)

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Arts and Culture, Arts Articles, News Article | 0 comments

ASEAN Fest 2016: Celebration of Southeast Asian Nations Arts & Culture (SAT, June 4 – 2016)

The diversity of arts, culture and fashion among Association of South East Asia (ASEAN) countries are very unique, attractive and marketable. The similarity and existence of the historical background of ASEAN people have developed the likeness in custom and local traditions. In Fashion, every country have designed their own clothing, accessories and merchandise which relate to their cultural ethnic perception. And yet, there is always a connection between each country which have emerged the growth of ASEAN fashion style. On the other hand, the...

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FREE Myanmar (Burmese) Cultural Dance Class in Los Angeles Area

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Arts and Culture, Arts Articles | 0 comments

FREE Myanmar (Burmese) Cultural Dance Class in Los Angeles Area

Learn to Dance! Everyone is welcomed specially those young friends age 6 and up, young adults, and all adults who wish to learn the Myanmar (Burmese) culture dances. The purpose of the class is to revitalize aspects of Myanmar culture that can be performed and presented to the public through the various cultural events such as the Southeast Asia Culture Day (Aquarium of the Pacific), Asia Family Day (Asia Pacific Museum), Asia and Pacific Island American Heritage Month Celebration (City of Los Angeles), Asia Cultural Festivals (San Diego),...

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Myanmar-Lethwei-Boxing: Asia’s ‘new’ martial arts sensation

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Arts and Culture, News Article | Comments Off on Myanmar-Lethwei-Boxing: Asia’s ‘new’ martial arts sensation

Myanmar-Lethwei-Boxing: Asia’s ‘new’ martial arts sensation

Punches, headbutts, knockouts: Asia’s ‘new’ martial arts sensation By Justin Calderon, for CNN It’s been more than 20 years since he fought in a sandpit, but Lone Chaw still recalls the dusty village lots of his youth, unmarked except for footprints stained by sweat and blood. Stamping about in a ritual known as “lat kha maung,” he slaps his open palms against his elbows, imitating the wings of a fighting cock, as if attempting to summon its spirit. Lat Kha Maung is performed before the matches as a kind of...

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When Padauk Blossoms Bloom

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

When Padauk Blossoms Bloom

The Padauk Blossoms at Thingyan By: Harry Hpone Thant Soon it will be Thingyan again. Most people know Thingyan as water festival time, the weather is unbearably very hot and dusty and everybody who ventures out onto the road is greeted with a bucket of water over his head or ambushed by jets of water from children lucking by. Actually, Thingyan is the Myanmar New Year and celebrated all over the country. It is also the time for April showers to make the Padauk blossoms bloom and perfume the air with their delicate scent. The Padauk flower...

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Htamane Pwe(Sticky Rice Preparation Competitions)

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Arts and Culture | Comments Off on Htamane Pwe(Sticky Rice Preparation Competitions)

Htamane Pwe(Sticky Rice Preparation Competitions)

By: Harry Hpone Thant Tabodwe (January-February) is a cool month in Myanmar. A Myanmar saying goes “so cold as to freeze the tips of the buffalo’s horns”, that is how cold it gets in the central parts of the country in Pyatho(January) and Tabodwe(February). But it is also the time when the first harvest is gathered. The paddy crop had ripened but it is the paddy species known as “kuak nyin” or the glutinous/sticky rice that are first harvested. In Myanmar this first harvest is offered to the pagodas and monks...

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Full Moon Day of Thadingyut – Festival of Lights

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Arts and Culture | Comments Off on Full Moon Day of Thadingyut – Festival of Lights

Thadingyut is a seven-month of Burmese calendar and the end of lent. Three days of lights festival, namely the day before full moon, the full moon day and the days after. Illuminations are there to celebrate the anniversary of Buddha’s return from the celestial abode where He had spent the lent teaching the celestials about His Law. Among the gods was the one who was the mother of Buddha, reborn there. It was on the full moon day of Thadingyut month that Buddha descended to the abode of humans. He and His disciples were attended by a...

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TAUNGBYONE NAT FESTIVAL: A CURIOUS HOLDOVER OF ANCIENT BELIEVES

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

TAUNGBYONE NAT FESTIVAL: A CURIOUS HOLDOVER OF ANCIENT BELIEVES

By: Harry Hpone Thant Wagaung corresponds to the Christian month of August. It is the period when the monsoon rains reach Upper Myanmar and Ayeyarwady Rivers is full, stretching from one bank to the invisible bank on the other side. It is also the time when the waters of the Ayeyarwady River reach the small village of Taungbyone in Madaya Township, Mandalay Division. Also this is the time of one of the most famous Nat (Spirit) Festival in the country, the one that dates back to the Bagan Dynasty, nearly 2 centuries ago. Once upon a time...

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The Fragrance of Thanaka

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

The Fragrance of Thanaka

By: Harry Hpone Thant  A girl’s face with a yellowish paste on her cheeks will always provoke a question from a foreigner: What is that they put on their faces? That is Thanaka paste, the most environmentally friendly and widely used skin lotion in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). No chemicals, no preservatives, the lotion that helps our skin retains its youthfulness. In a modern world of fashion where various makeup brands and anti-aging lotions are the essential weapons against the signs of advancing years, thanaka still stands...

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KACHIN MANAW FESTIVAL

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Arts and Culture | 0 comments

KACHIN MANAW FESTIVAL

By: Harry Hpone Thant Kyezu Kabar Sai Yaw (Thanks Be To You) Since the dawn of time people had thanked Mother Earth for providing them with food and shelter. Communities hold ceremonies to mark and thank Mother Earth for the bountiful harvest she had provided for the previous year and to pray for the same in the years to come. December brings in the icy winds across the high summits and by January winter is already in the northern regions of Myanmar. But by that time the harvest has been gathered and new fields must be readied for the next...

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