Myanmar, the ritual of
song nahm phra, i.e.
pouring water on
, is a regular practice performed
by visitors to the Shwedagon
pagoda in Rangoon,
rather than an event reserved only for the
Songkraan water festival, as is more common in
Customarily, devotees in
pour water on the image that
corresponds to their day of birth. Hence, for this most temples will have
eight images set up on one or more altars, most commonly in a circle or an
octagon, often around a
and in combination with
the Burmese system of an animal-per-day (fig.).