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A Buddhist marriage ceremony I stumbled into in Yangon.

Buddhist monks gathered at the home of Chit San Oo and Makhin San Yee to give the newlywed couple a wedding blessing.

Buddhist monks gathered at the home of Chit San Oo and Makhin San Yee to give the newlywed couple a wedding blessing.

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In December of 2012, I spent Shan New Years on the Burma/Thai border, talking to Shan refugees in a camp there.

A large Buddha sits at the top a hill in Piang Luang township. Shan New Year's is celebrated on the hillside below it, and the Thailand-Myanmar border is a few hundred yards beyond it.

A large Buddha sits at the top of a hill in Piang Luang township. Shan New Year is celebrated on the hillside below it, and the Thailand-Myanmar border is a few hundred yards beyond it. Koung Jor is on the next hill over.

A trishaw driver association parading down Pansodan Street in Yangon, on their way to deliver offerings to a Buddhist monastery.

A trishaw driver association parading down Pansodan Street in Yangon, on their way to deliver offerings to a Buddhist monastery.

U Pyinya Zawta, a Burmese Buddhist monk I know here in Brooklyn, told me that tazaungdaing was happening the day I arrived in Myanmar. I was all “tazaungwhat?” and he explained that it was a big deal–the end of a month of offerings people make to monasteries. Kind of like a Burmese Buddhist Christmas, he said, only giving stuff instead of getting stuff.

So when I got to Yangon on November 28, I fought off the jet lag and went out to see what I could see. Here’s an audio slideshow I produced for The World.

A series of five audio slideshows I produced about the discoveries that lead students at Drew University to their academic focus (Click on “Self-discovery” in top nav).

Steeple at Drew University. Photo by Bill Cardoni.

Clock tower at Drew University. Photo by Bill Cardoni.