National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

Why Burmese sell grasshoppers that are stored in bags, hung over the apartment window, and what the dangers of travel to Burma in April.

They sent letters to the string

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

Civilization with patriarchy in Myanmar go hand in hand. From almost every window of apartment buildings in Yangon posted rope or with a pin (for money, letters and newspapers), or a small basket / cloth bag for products. Alternative mailboxes. And it developed in the areas of the colonial buildings in the center and in the four-six-story buildings.

They sell jewelry on the streets

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

Myanmar is rich in precious and semiprecious stones, and get out of here is simply impossible without a souvenir. Stones can be purchased directly on the streets, on the collapse of the huge (and then insert the desired frame in a neighboring jewelry shop), or on a specialized market, where there are no less than 1,000 points of sale and you can find stones for every taste and budget. Here mined rubies, sapphires, Fluor, amethyst, apatite, topaz, alexandrite, lapis lazuli, moonstone, and others. Especially a lot of jade products here. From these stones do and souvenirs: all kinds of figurines, chess, bowls, cups and so on.

They all chew betel

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

One of the favorite activities of the Burmese - chewing betel. Buy this nut wrapped with tobacco leaf in the oiled and chalk solution, it is possible for a penny on every corner. Moreover, the corners themselves often completely spat red saliva, which is abundantly produced during consumption of this product. Often, you can even come across taxi drivers who carry with them in the car plastic bottle, where they spit the red saliva - not the most pleasant sight.

They watered the New Year

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

New Year in Myanmar is celebrated in mid-April. Celebrate rapidly. All closed for three days (but all) offices, shopping centers and so on. N. On the streets of every 200 m exhibited station where bring barrels of water. They fed hoses. People rent on all three days of the trucks with open body. For what? In order to water the water on each other. Fairly podnabrat (in Myanmar, drink, and drink a lot - vodka, whiskey, beer) in the morning, one ride around the city by car, while others poured their buckets and hoses. No mercy to anyone.

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

It is called all Thingyan water festival, which falls on the culmination of the New Year. Traditions….

They sell grasshoppers at the meat department

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

Insects here quite often can be found on street stalls with food. As a rule, it is grasshoppers or locusts, neatly packaged in jars. In contrast, the same in Thailand, it is not just a tourist attraction (in Bangkok, for example, local as something not very eager to buy insects), even the grasshoppers are sold in large supermarkets close to the meat department.

They wear masks made of tree bark

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

The first thing that catches the eyes of tourists - a strange paste, applied to the face most of the population (usually women, but also men with a mask across quite often). This paste is made from the bark of a tree Tanaka: last pound on simple flat stones with water and then applied a thin layer on the face, while moisturizing and protecting it from the sun. You can buy ready-made and cream, and a tree (it is sold in the form of small Polenz).

Their monks collect alms in the morning

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

Nearly all Burmese - devout Buddhists. Therefore, every morning, in the streets and markets of the city you can see the slender and not very ranks of young monks with special "buckets" for alms. This can be a figure (usually, this is it), and money.

They freshen the air flowers

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

In Myanmar, meet in-car hard artificial flavor. Instead, they prefer to use natural Burmese. Namely - the flowers. As a rule, these flavors are strung on a thin string of strong-smelling fresh flowers are a variety of fragrant plants. They are very inexpensive, which makes it quite often to change them.

They play volleyball feet

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

"Chinlon" in Burmese means "round basket" - the so-called and the ball is made of rattan, and the game in this same ball.

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

Chinlon - Burmese traditional game played by all, without exception, from the kids on the streets to the monks in the monasteries. The bottom line is that as much as possible to keep the ball in the air, a group of people more.

National traditions and peculiarities of the Burmese mentality

A more advanced and apparently more gamblers play it over the net - for about volleyball rules.