Shwe yin aye — literally, something that cools and refreshes — is probably just as effective on a Yangon street as it was on a blacktop schoolyard.
Sticky rice, gels of coconut and assorted colorful agars, and scissor-snipped white bread were drenched in several ladles of coconut milk and tapioca (or perhaps sago) pearls; durian optional.
In recent years this annual festival has migrated from the Lower East Side to a slightly more shaded schoolyard on the Upper West, while maintaining a varied menu that always offers something new. For more photos from multiple festivals, see the slideshow.
Rakhaing Thingyan Burmese New Year Water Festival
P.S. 9 playground, 100 West 84th St. (Columbus-Amsterdam Aves.), Manhattan
July (the 17th annual festival was held July 17, 2011)