Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Burmese New Year water Festival to be held Friday

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Burmese Organization of Southeast Students will host its first New Year Water Festival at 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Parker Field.

The free event will give students the opportunity to get an experience of what Burmese New Year is like since their New Year was recent.

"I am excited to show our culture here for the first time at SEMO" Phyo Ten, president of BOSS, said.

Students should attend this event to get a different experience from previous events and get a taste of a new culture. There will be traditional foods served from the Burmese culture such as coconut noodle, coconut jelly and sticky rice filled with jaggery.

There will be a dance performance and various games such as water balloon fights, tug of war, dodgeball, volleyball and other traditional games. Students can also bring their own water guns and or any form of water game.

"It's a little bit different than previous events you've seen, a lot have had a lot of performances. It's less of that and more games and students interacting and just having fun. Think a big summer would be a big water fight," Nelson Mwangi, BOSS adviser, said.

Around this time students are stressing over finals and getting prepared, so this may be something new and fun to experience.

"This event can relieve stress; you can refresh your mind before the exams," Ten said.

With BOSS being a new organization, there are only 10 to 15 members and a lot has gone into preparing the New Year Water Festival. BOSS members have been planning since November with the help of sponsors and other resources.

BOSS members hope to continue sharing their culture with Southeast for years to come as their organization grows.