The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 20 December 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Beat on the street: Christmas plans

Arnold P. Falconi

Dance instructor and a Christian

I haven’t gone back to celebrate Christmas with my family in The Philippines for three years. I’m really excited about Christmas this year because I am going back for two-and-a-half months. I’m going to buy a present to surprise my little daughter. Before I go back I will be dancing in a show at Traders Hotel.

Mg Yan Paing Soe

Staff member at a petrol station and a Buddhist

Since I’m a Buddhist, I might go to a pagoda, which is what I always do when I have a day off. I’ll be working everyday except for Tuesday December 25. This year, I have a plan to give a Christmas present to someone special. I haven’t decided yet what to give – maybe a cat or a soft toy.

U Win Myint

Businessperson and a Buddhist

I take my family out to dinner every Christmas. My two daughters always want to go to a concert on Christmas Eve, but I never allow them because the concerts are overcrowded and I don’t want my girls to get in trouble. As a parent I worry about them. Instead of a concert, we go to the shopping mall and I buy them presents. We do this every year.

Daw Mar Lar Myint

Government officer and a Christian

My family will go to church in the morning and afterwards we’ll go shopping and relax at Kandawgyi Lake. Dinner will be just at home… but I have planned surprises for my son and husband.

Ma Yu Yu Wah

Student and a Buddhist

I never celebrate Christmas. Like every year, I will just stay at home and do nothing in particular.

U Myo Than Nyunt

Retired engineer and a Buddhist

I will take my grandchildren to Saint Mary’s Church, which is something we do every year. They enjoy playing in the peaceful church grounds – it’s a very pleasant place to visit. They will play all day - we’ll go home when they start feeling tired!

Christophe Buzare

French cuisine chef at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel and a Christian

While most other people are on holiday from work and possibly also going back to their hometown to celebrate Christmas with their family, I will be very busy here at the restaurant. On Christmas Eve I will go to church in the morning and will have a small celebration with some friends here. I will be busy preparing meals on December 25 and 26. Whether in France or Myanmar, I don’t usually party at Christmas time. In France it’s a family day - people often go to church, have a dinner and exchange gifts.

Cartoon Kaung Kin

An artist and a Buddhist

If there is a charity concert being held, I will take my family – if not, we will go on a trip to either Kyaing Tong or Tarchileik in Shan state.