Dear Families, Friends and Fans! How are you all? I know it’s been a long while that I did not show up. No new photos, no new blog posts, no updates, huh?
HAPPY, PEACEFUL, PROSPEROUS & AUSPICIOUS THA-DIN-GYUT to you all !!! Along with this heartiest festive wish, may I convey my sincere apology to all of you for my absentees on my blog during the past months.
I love Tha-Din-Gyut. I do am! That is the reason, I have a chronological assortments of Tha-Din-Gyut photos here on my blog.
– 2009 Thadingyut pictures have given me a big mark indeed. The pictures of various religious activities and happenings on Shwedagon Pagoda have cured the homesickness of Burmese people who are oversea and given them a very chance to pay homage to Shwedagon Pagoda on the auspicious full-moon day.
– 2011 Thadingyut pictures said to be one of my favorite documentaries series too. The photos were captured on the same Shwedagon Pagoda yet 2011 pictures unveils a huge difference in terms of angle, subjects, tone, and the overall mood (composition). Featuring the amazing event of 9,000 Candle Light Offering, I am thankful all of you for leaving hundreds of supportive comments under the photos.
*** Historical background of Thadingyut Lighting Festival, can be found ::: HERE :::
Thadingyut is the descent time of Lord Buddha from heaven after he preached the Abidhama (the most difficult of Buddhist teaching) to his mother reborn in heaven. We, Burmese people, celebrate the festival throughout the county during the Burmese Lunar month of Thadingyut which normally falls in the 3rd or the last week of October…
People celebrate Thadingyut in different forms. Paying homage to Lord Buddha, taking sabbath and doing good deeds, offering alms to the monks, paying homages to the parents, teachers and the elders, and the likes.
Apart from these religious activities, there is another big Thadingyut celebration, “YAE KYAW THADINGYUT NIGHT BAZAAR”. Yae Kyaw (pronounce as Yay Kyaw) is located in Pazundaung Township of Yangon. Every year during Thadingyut holidays, people celebrate a five-day YE KYAW NIGHT BAZAAR. Sharing lots of similarities and merits of Tazaungdaing Night Bazaar, Yae Kyaw Night Bazaar, in fact, occupies larger areas and greater numbers of shops. Throughout bazaar days, famous Bogyoke Aung Sann Road being transformed into open-air shopping arcade, with hundreds of thousands of daily visitors. Every year, people from different regions and provinces come to bazaar to open stalls and sell their local products to the visitors. From tribal food and medicines to clothes and electronics, from tattoo artists and magic shows to ferriswheel and ice-cream stalls, everything is available at one place!!!
With my sturdy aim to offer you different chapter of Thadingyut episode, I have selected “Yae Kyaw Night Bazaar” for this 2012 Thadingyut.
This year, Thadingyut Fullmoon Day falls on 30th October 2012. In chorus, 30th October is also the “Auspicious Birthday” of my beloved girlfriend. For those who have been asking me about my soul-mate, name’s May Thi Hnin. Many prefer calling her nickname, Lilly.
So this Thadingyut post is my dedicated “Birthday Present for Lilly” !!! Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many returns of the day , Chit Lay …
Arrived there 8:00PM sharp, the Bazaar was unbelievably crowded. Stalls allotting and event management is helplessly poor. Can you imagine the burning temperature of Yangon and the heat emitted by the crowd? With unbeatable gut to capture photos, I didn’t give up. “Multitasking” was truly challenging too i.e. hunting through the viewfinder, taking care of my girlfriend and being cautious about my Wide Angle lens (it is truly troublesome to squeeze into such big crowd with that Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 ED Nano).
And this is the very first time I allowed my girlfriend to join me doing Street Photography. We had a solid agreement that she will never ever disturb / discourage me from doing my photography works. But I purposely took her to Yae Kyaw Night Bazaar as she had never been there in her life. She was shocked seeing the crowd, holding my hand firm and moving in the crowd. My camera was in right-hand and I was holding my girlfriend with my left-hand. I need to adapt into this “Multitasking” shooting style as I “always forget about everything” whenever I hold my camera. J/K. She actually ended up helping me; borrowing plastic chairs from street vendors, holding it firmly for my favorite high angles shots. My special thanks to her!
HAPPY THADINGYUT TO YOU ALL …
YE LWIN OO (MPS)
30.Oct.2012 @ 6:45AM
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Giant crowd greeting you at entrance – Yae Kyaw Thadingyut Night Bazaar 2012
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A big stall selling Pathein Halawa (Halva Dessert) from Irrawaddy Delta Region …
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Called “Kauk Hnyin Kyee Tauk” in Myanmar, is one of the most important signature food sold at Yae Kyaw Night Bazaar. These are the sticky rice fillet bamboo sticks baked in traditional recipe!
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Myanmar traditional toys made with color papers, bamboo and cotton ropes … I just hope my kids will be able to try these in their days …
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The ferriswheel generated by humans power … Yes, they still are in use here …
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Somewhere in the middle of the bazaar … It was way too pack that once you go along with the crowd, don’t ever think of turning back … You will find it impossible …
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Angrybird becomes an iconic fashion style for 2012 … The vendor selling masks for the kids !!!
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Toys & accessories … Time to color the Kids’ Thadingyut holidays season …
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There also is a “Cartoon Arts Exhibition” organized by Federation of Myanmar Professional Cartoonists … The whole 49th Street is decorated of these cartoon arts …
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This is yet another symbolic food sold in all Night Bazaars throughout Myanmar … A stall selling various kinds of crispy fries … Oh, there are hundreds of such shops along the bazaar !!!
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I wrapped myself up by 9:15 PM. I couldn’t go back home straight like I always do. I need to ask my Boss what would she like to eat, and this is the answer !!! Her favorite Mohingha by Daw Cho !!!
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