Burma (Myanmar)

Lance Basilio

Burma Climate

Myanmar's tropical monsoon climate has three seasons: cool (mid-October to mid-February), hot (mid-February to May), and wet (mid-May to mid-October).

Agricultural Products

  • Burma was once Asia's largest exporter of rice.
  • Other main crops include pulses, beans, sesame, groundnuts, sugarcane, and lumber
  • They also export fish

Eating at Burma

Breakfast is served around 7 a.m. In countryside breakfast consist of boiled vegetables with left over rice from last night dinner. Noodles are popular for breakfast in urban areas. They eat lunch between 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. And dinner around 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. generally their meal is consist of rice, a curry dish, and vegetable soup.

Burmese cuisine is characterized by extensive use of fish products like fish sauce and ngapi.

A traditional Burmese meal is eaten on a round table that is fairly low to the ground. Burmese people sit on the floor or on bamboo mats and eat together as a family. All the food is placed at the center of the table and each individual has their own bowl of rice.

Most people eat using the right hand, although utensils are more common in urban area. Elders, guests, and men are encouraged to eat first.

Holiday at Burma

Martyrs' Day reverences the day in 1947 that the Myanmar national leader and his colleagues were assassinated while striving for independence from British colonial rule.

Htamane, which is served during the rice harvest festival February, is made of glutinous rice mixed with sesame seeds, peanuts, shredded ginger, and coconut.