Burma, earlier known as Myanmar is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh.
Naypyidawa is the capital city of Burma while Yangon is the largest city. Some of the other major cities in Myanmar include – Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Mawlamyaing, Bago, Pathein, etc.
Burmese is the official language of the nation while other Recognised regional languages include – Jingpho, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan.
Buddhism is practiced by about 89% of population of Myanmar and hence Diwali is celebrated here as a National Holiday.
Diwali Celebrations in Myanmar (Burma) :
People of Burma celebrate the five day festival of Diwali with great enthusiasm. In Burmese they call the festival as “Deiwali nei”
For people of Burma, Diwali, the Festival of Lights, symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. They celebrate the festival by worshiping God.
Sharing the eastern boarder of India, Myanmar has a good number of Hindu populations and hence Diwali celebrations here are similar to that taking place in India.
People of Burma decorate their homes with lights and diyas. They also wear new clothes, eat lots of sweets and delicious food, burst firecrackers, spent time with friends and family members, etc.
Traditional dancing and music follows to mark the occasion.
Many people of perform puja of goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras Day and then perform Lakshmi Ganesh Puja on Diwali Day.