Desperate times

Overfishing and fears of pollution cloud the future

A young fisherman collects fish at sea off the coast of Mon State. Fishermen now typically have to travel further out to sea in search of fish, due to overfishing by trawlers. Now, to complicate the matter, the Myanmar government and Toyo Thai company have signed an agreement to build a coal-fired power plant near Yae Township, prompting fears of pollution. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Total devotion

A Hindu celebration at Sulamani Hill temple in Kyuta Lone village in Mudon township, Mon State on April 4, 2015. More than 100,000 people around Myanmar take part in this celebration at various sites. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Handmade Chate Longyi from Amarapura

Care and dedication is needed in the production of the longyi, as seen here at the Shwe Sin Tai Silk House in Amarapura, Mandalay, Myanmar, April 26, 2015. The longyi is a cloth, about two meters long and 80 centimeters wide that is widely worn in Myanmar. Chate is the Myanmar name of the longyi design on the longyi. Myanmar Chate Longyi are handmade and famous for its fine arts and quality. Some fine Chate Longyi sell for K1,000,000 (about 850 euros) to K 1,500,000.

A rite of passage

In every Buddhist man’s life there comes a time to enter the monkhood

Novitation ceremony at an internally displaced peoples’ village in Kyutgyi Township, Bago Region on April 1. Buddhist novitation ceremonies around Myanmar differ, with various forms of transport, from horses to elephants. Photo: Hong Sar 

Making merit

This is said to be the world’s largest reclining Buddha statue, built through donations from Bhadhanta Kesara, a senior Mon monk, and well-wishers, and set in the Win Sein Forest Retreat of Kyauktalone village, Mudon Township in Mon State. The 600-foot-long reclining image is located at the peak of Jina Sukha Aung Chanthar hill, and it is structured with eight stories and 182 chambers decorated with wooden sculptures depicting the former lives of Buddha. Photos by Hong Sar (Ramanya)

The Miss Golden Land Myanmar 2015 beauty pageant, to determine five beauty queens to represent Myanmar in five international contests, will be held in May and June of this year.

The Miss Golden Land Myanmar 2015 beauty pageant, to determine five beauty queens to represent Myanmar in five international contests, will be held in May and June of this year.

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