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Myanmar (Burma) Local Customs: 148 reviews and 218 photos

For Burmese it is important to know on which day you were born. Not your birthday as we celebrate it in the west (quite a few Burmese don't even know exactly how old they are) but on which day of the week you were born. Every day of the week has its specific animal. And even though Wednesday is divided in 2 days (morning & afternoon) they share the same animal.

If you go around visiting the temples you'll see 8 days (8 Buddha's) and the appropriate animal for that day of the week (wednesday being represented twice as morning and evening). The people use small cups of water to wash the Buddha that is placed at their day (some do it 9 times, some as many times as they are old) and if they've brought offerings, they'll place it in front of that particular Buddha.

Monday - Tiger
Tuesday - Lion
Wednesday - Elephant (for both morning and evening)
Thursday - Rat
Friday - Guinea pig
Saturday - Dragon
Sunday - Garuda (mythical animal)

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  • Updated Dec 25, 2007
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