Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan)

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U.S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan)

March 29, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon alerts U.S. citizens that the Water Festival in Burma, also known as Thingyan, will take place the week of April 9, 2017.  In the past, festive gatherings during Thingyan have led to increased incidents of drunk driving, occasional criminal behavior, and unexpected violence.  While the Embassy will be closed for Thingyan from April 12-18,  2017 emergency consular services will continue to be available by calling +95 (0)95124330, or +95 1 500 547.

While there are no known specific threats against U.S. citizens, the Embassy advises U.S. citizens to be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  If you see something suspicious, report it to the authorities, if possible, and leave the area immediately.

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