Burma ( Myanmar ) Culture
Burma ( or Myanmar ) lies on the cross-road of two of the world’s great civilization China and India, but its culture is neither that of India nor China exclusively, but a blend of both interspersed with Burma native traits and characteristics.The people have preserved the traditions of close family ties, respect for the elders, and reverence for Buddhism.
Burma ( Myanmar ) are contented and cheerful even in the face of adversities and known for their simple hospitality and friendliness.
- Traditional music, Burma
- Burmese Dance, Burma
Burma ( Myanmar ) Festivals
- Independence Day January 4
- Union Day February 12
- Farmer’s Day March 2
- Armed Forces Day March 27
- New Year Holidays April 12-21
- Labor Day May 1
- Full moon of Kason April 27
- Full moon of 1st Waso June 26
- Full moon of 2nd Waso July 26
- Martyr’s Day July 19
- Full moon of Thidyingyut October 23
- Full moon of Tazaungmone November 21
- National Day November December 1
- Karen New Year December 16
- Christmas Day December 25
Climate of Burma ( Myanmar )
The climate of Myanmar is a tropical climate with three seasons. The rainy season during the south-west monsoon from mid-May to mid-October, the cool season (Winter) from mid-October to mid-February and the hot season (Summer) from mid-February to mid-May.
The best time to visit Myanmar is from October to April.
Burma Religion & People
There is 55 million of population in Myanmar and over 80% of them are Theravada Buddhists. The rests are Christians, Muslims, Hindus and some animists.
- Muslims, Myanmar
- Christian, Myanmar
- Theravada Buddhism, Myanmar
- Ethnic Bamar, Myanmar
- Ethnic Shan, Myanmar
- Ethnic Kayin, Myanmar
- Ethnic Rakhine, Myanmar
The national language of Myanmar is Burmese, of which there are over 80 different dialects spoken. The written language uses an amazing looking script based on ancient Indian characters. In the cities many of the older generation still speak very good English and it is also becoming popular again with the younger generation.
Myanmar traditional cuisine is curry and serves together with rice. So the soup, curry, salad, raw and cooked vegetables are eat together with rice at once.
Myanmar cuisines are not much spicy but a bit oily. Myanmar Traditional restaurants prepare the dishes to suite with tourists and there are many of Chinese food, Thai Food and European food restaurants in major cities.
GMT + 6 1/2 hours
Myanmar has 220-240 volts A.C. It is advisable to have torchlight in the hand baggage as power cuts frequently occur throughout the country.