Tug-of-war for early rain

Aung Thu Nyein
Myanmar Eleven May 22, 2015 1:00 am #block_media{ position:relative; display:block; clear:both; } #tab_photo,#tab_video{ display:inline-block; width:60px; height:auto; padding:3px; position:absolute; top:-25px; left:500px; text-align:center; background-color:#ccc; color:#000; cursor:pointer; z-index:0; } @-moz-document url-prefix() { #tab_photo,#tab_video{ top:-26px; } } #tab_video{ left:564px; } #block_media .tab_media_active{ background-color:#0c3e6f; color:#fff; } #slides_box,.box-vdo-top{ z-index:600; } A  tug-of-war match near Mingalar Market, Magway Region. /EMG

A tug-of-war match near Mingalar Market, Magway Region. /EMG

Arrow Prev Arrow Next Magway - In response to rising temperature and aridity in Magway Region, local people here organised a series of tug-of-war games, which is a traditional supplication for rain. From May 16-18, the locals also held ceremonies and prayed to sprits and deities for early rains.

At Thingar Township, men and women of various ages participated.

Khin Win, a 60-year-old woman, said: "I've participated in tugs-of-war since I was young, and I am still doing it. I wish for all citizens in the country to get timely rains."

"Five years ago, we held this festival and it rained on the third day. We need rain to grow crops," said Aung Kyaw Oo, one of the organisers in the township.

Magway, Yenangyaung and Chauk Townships have had no rain yet, but some areas in the region have had some rain. Many farmers in Magway Region had their crops ruined by drought last year.

Monks in Magway have also begun reciting sermons in the hope of spurring rainfall.

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