So Monday marked the start of Thingyan - the Burmese New Year Festival, which this year runs from 13 to 16 April.
Related to Songkran, the New Year Festival in Thailand, Thingyan is a wonderful festival where young and old alike give alms to monks, pay respects to elders, hold great feasts, take part in dances, go to open-air shows, and most notably lob gallons of water at each other! Thankfully April is the hottest time of the year in Burma and so likelihood of hypothermia is fairly low.
However, actual Thingyan celebrations can be hard to come by in the UK. Therefore, my family and I decided on the next best option and went to the Songkran festival last Sunday at the Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon. The grounds are beautiful, the Wat (Thai temple) itself is spectacular, and we had a great time.
Here's a picspam to show you how fab it was:
Gilding the Buddha
Khao Kriab Paak Maw stall
Chicken scratchings (these were really delicious)
Snake Beans for sale
Fishcakes aka Tod Man
Som Tam master at work
For a proper review, visit http://eatthatyellowsnow.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/songkran-buddhapadipa-thai-temple-wimbledon/ - I'm even in one of his pictures ...