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10th Annual Myanmar Film Festival of Los Angeles: September 16 & 17, 2017!

The Network of Myanmar American Association, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Myanmar Film Festivals in the United States, invites you to the 10th Annual Myanmar (Burmese) Film Festival of Los Angeles. The festival will be held at Downtown Independent Theater...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Salone: Sea Gypsies of Myanmar

There are many theories as to their origin. One source says they are of Austronesian ethnic group. Another says they migrated from southern China some 4,000 years ago It was speculated that in the late 17th century, while moving through what now is Malaysia, this group split off from others and made the sea...

Burmese Folk Music Is Fading Out

Listeners turn to foreign genres, rejecting folk songs often associated with the military regime. A school, though, is scrambling to save what’s left of a rich tradition. Reporting from Yangon, Myanmar — U Tin cut his teeth as a musician playing Burmese folk songs for silent movies, which in...

DANCING ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP

by: Harry Hpone Thant   Since the emergence of civilizations the Earth has been the provider of both food and shelter for the humans. In return festivals are celebrated annually to thank and return the favors of Mother Earth for the bountiful harvests. These festivals and celebrations are held in many...

THE COLORFUL DRESSES OF THE PALAUNG MAIDENS

by: Harry Hpone Thant There are more than 130 different ethnic groups making Myanmar their home. And each and every group has its distinctive traditional dresses. The dresses also reflect their beliefs in their origin, which they lovingly tell and re-tell at every occasion. Palaungs are scattered all over...