Dec 5, 2010

How's that, Ko Ko

Photo Credit : Zinyaw
I hope you all will know Songkran of Thailand. It is a kind of water festival that people splash water each another believing that water can clean bad faiths of the last year. Its concept was originated in Buddhism and it normally fall on New Year of Buddhist calendar. It falls under somewhere in April of Georgian calendar. As of it’s originated in Buddhism, no wonder it also involved in Arakan which is one of the prominent land of Buddhism. Rather than India, which is first origin of Buddhism, Arakan is a land of the earliest land spread Buddhism and able to sustain until today. Arakanese also felt proud of it.

OK. Let’s talk about water festival. There are a lot of water festivals all over the world. The main theme of the festival is still same, but the method of playing water is slightly different in Arakan.

The youngsters from all over the townships organize and build the venue called Man Dats, come with stage for performance. Usually there is long traditional boat to use as water tank. There are ladies standing as a row inside the Man Dat, and then there are elder woman who is managing to allow the ladies and the visitors to Man Dat to be able to play water peacefully.

If you were a guy who wants to play water with a certain lady inside Man Dat, you have to make a request to the elder woman inside Man Dat. She will help you to check whether the lady you request is available or not. If the lady is available, you are allowed to play water with that lady. In the playing time, you can have a chit chat with her, asking her name, asking where she stay, and so on. Most of the dates in Arakan starts from this event.

In some cases, if the girl you want to play water with is your girlfriend, you can ask her to wait until you come to Man Dat.

The song that I am going to share with you is about a girl who feels angry for late coming boyfriend who asks her to wait until he arrived for water playing.

Download here!
Here is MTV of same song,

Have fun to listen to Arakanese song.



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