Myanmar people who had celebrated their hearts out at Thingyan traditional New Year festival turned to meritorious deeds on the very first day of the New Year 1375 Myanmar Era on 17 April.
Many people thronged pagodas, monasteries and other religious edifices to take sabbath and do such meritorious deeds as releasing fingerlings and paying respects to elder persons.
Catudisa, a free food offered to the people from all directions, are also offered on 1st Hnit Hsan which means the first day of the New Year.
Myanmar people have a notion that the things did on 1st Hnit Hsan repeat the year round so that they tend to do the good deeds on the day. Some even distance themselves from spending money on this auspicious day, afraid of a costly year.
In the evening, many Buddhists gather together at corners of the road and on a spacious ground of the ward to hear Parrittas from members of Sangha to scare away any dangers from their community.
Anyone would find it difficult to find shops and markets being kept open on this significant day of the year as it is the virtual holiday for the entire nation.