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How did Myanmar’s military junta mark the five-day Thingyan water festival -- traditionally "one of the country’s most joyful and auspicious holidays"? "By brutally killing at least another 26 citizens, sending the death toll since the Feb 1 coup to 738."

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Even the Myanmar junta's killing of 82 people in one town on one day doesn't stop the pro-democracy protesters, who called for "defiance" over the five-day traditional new year, known as Thingyan, which begins on Tuesday.

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Myanmar's junta announced it pardoned and released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the traditional Thingyan New Year holiday

VIDEO: Hundreds marched Wednesday to protest against the military coup near Myanmar's city of Dawei, holding flowers to celebrate the new year festival of Thingyan

The 5-day New Year holiday, Thingyan, began on Tuesday but pro-democracy activists halt the usual festivities to focus on their opposition to the generals.

VIDEO: Hundreds march to protest against the military coup near Myanmar's city of Dawei, holding flowers to celebrate the new year festival of Thingyan

Activists urge people this year to stage symbolic protests from the start of the five-day New Year holidays, known as Thingyan.

Instead of the usual water pistols, splashing and jubilant crowds during Myanmar’s New Year festival of Thingyan, this year’s holiday will see real guns, blood on the streets and grief over a democracy robbed.

Anti-coup protesters have turned Myanmar's New Year festival of Thingyan into a rallying point with the country in chaos since since the military coup on 1 February

Whether you celebrate Songkran, Thingyan, Choul Chnam Thmey, or another holiday, CAPE wishes you and your loved ones good health and safety this New Year!

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Myanmar’s New Year festival of Thingyan is the country’s biggest public holiday - but this year, in an echo of cancelled Easter celebrations elsewhere in the world, the country’s commercial hub Yangon is locked down

Children play during the water festival in Yangon, #Myanmar , April 13, 2019. Myanmar's traditional Thingyan#WaterFestival  kicked off across the country Saturday morning. (Xinhua/U Aung)

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Girl's Day's Sojin and Shin Ah Young enjoy Myanmar's Thingyan festival on 'Battle Trip'

Myanmar punks celebrate the Thingyan water festival, which marks the traditional new year. See more:

It's so COOL! Come and enjoy traditional Thingyan#WaterFestival  in Myanmar!

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Water-throwing activities launched as Myanmar celebrates traditional Thingyan#WaterFestival 

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