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July 1, 2009 > Ra-Khaing Thingyan water festival comes to Newark

Ra-Khaing Thingyan water festival comes to Newark

Submitted By Yasmin Vanya

The San Francisco Bay Area is the home to many Burmese families. In Fremont, Newark and Union City, there are more than 10,000 Burmese residents. Burma is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. One of the ethnic groups is called Ra-khaine from the western province called Ra-Khaine or Arakan State.

On July 5, a Ra-Khaine Traditional Thingyan Festival organized by the International Ra-khaine Community Organization. Thingyan, also known as water festival, celebrates Burmese New Year. Water symbolizes purity, tranquility, coolness and peace. It is also believed to wash away sins and troubles from the past.

Authentic Ra-Khaine and other Burmese food will be for sale. Ra-Khaine vocalists and performing artists will entertain the audience with Ra-Khaine songs and traditional dances.

Participate in the traditional Ra-Khaine style water festival by pouring water on others from a traditional Ra-Khaine boat called "laung hlay." This is done to welcome the New Year as well as to wish others a peaceful and pure life.

Please join us and experience the traditional Ra-Khaine Thingyan (Water Festival) You will not be disappointed.

Ra-Khaing Thingyan Festival
Newark Pavilion
Sunday, July 5
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
6430 Thornton Avenue, Newark
(510) 793-4062
yasnohana@sbcglobal.net

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