13 Apr '11, 11am

Myanmar raises security at New Year's festivities: YANGON - MYANMAR has kicked off its traditional New Year's c...

Myanmar raises security at New Year's festivities: YANGON - MYANMAR has kicked off its traditional New Year's c...

Myanmar's Rakhine ethnic dance troupe perform revelers with their traditional ethnic dance in the first day Thingyan New Year water festival, in Yangon, Myanmar. The four-day festival begins April 13. -- PHOTO: AP YANGON - MYANMAR has kicked off its traditional New Year's celebrations with water fights, live music and tighter security after deadly bombings marred last year's festival. The four-day festival that started on Wednesday marks the traditional New Year on the lunisolar calendar also used in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. In Myanmar last year, three bombs ripped through a celebration in the largest city Yangon, killing 10 people and injuring 170 others. Media reported that police, firefighters and Red Cross workers will be deployed around Yangon and at large stages that are erected for dancing and water fighting. -- AP

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