Every January 4, Myanmar celebrates its Independence Day commemorating the end of British colonial rule. Since the capital was moved to Nyay Pyi Taw in 2005, all government-organized activities have been held there. More interesting are the celebrations held in the residential quarters. That means games and races, particularly for children, on streets and alleyways. In Yangon, one need to just walk along the road to witness the these. If you hear someone on a mic talking loudly, chances are there’s some sort of a game going on.
In this game, young boys race to get the potatoes on the ground.
Children balance empty water bottles on their palms as they walk to the finish line.
Just outside my guesthouse in Lanmadaw street is a game of football which is quite popular in Myanmar.
At Kawyangi Park, aside from couples canoodling behind the bushes, large groups gathered for some games.
Walking back to my guesthouse, a large crowd had gathered around some tables where women were giving out free noodle soup.
I was in Mandalay at last year’s Independence Day and I was just at the mall.