Street Games: Yangonites Celebrate The Independence Day Fun-fair

4 January 2018

People around Yangon celebrate the Independence Day by organizing the street games.

The national holiday saw roads blocked off with pop music and live commentary blasting from sound systems in a cross between a street festival and a public sports day.

In Yangon's northern suburb of Insein, onlookers cheered a young boy as he endeavoured to climb up an oiled, suspended banana trunk to reach the flag at the top -- a symbol of the nation's long struggle for independence.

Organiser Ye Yint said "We celebrate every year to remember and honour the people who fought for our independence so long ago."

Aung Thant Kyaw said "Our Independence Day hero Bogyoke Aung San and his comrades fought to give our country independence. So today we play games to celebrate our freedom and to honour him."

The competitions included a cushion fight on a bamboo pole over a muddy pond of water, a race to snatch mouthfuls of suspended biscuits with no hands and a team competition to pass scoops of flour by hand.

Noe Noe said "Since I was a child, I've always liked Independence Day as I win lots of prizes every year. But I haven't got any yet this year."

Myanmar declared independence from British colonial rule on 4 January 1948 after a long fight championed by General Aung San, the father of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.