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YANGON Ryan Miller Jersey , April 13 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's traditional Thingyan Water Festival was kicked off across the country Thursday morning with opening ceremonies held in regions and states.
In Yangon, the ceremony was held at the biggest water throwing pandal of the region erected in front of the City Hall.
Extending Thingyan new year greeting, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein unveiled the region's Water Throwing Pavilion.
He called on locals to celebrate the festival in a more traditional way.
The event was highlighted by performances of Myanmar traditional dance troupes in colorful dress and Thingyan music.
Roads and streets were thronged with people dancing to music and dousing each other with water.
There are altogether 22 large, 10 medium, and 27 small water throwing pandals erected in the commercial city.
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