20170428 193923 low resNight markets originated in Asian cultures, and they’re quickly spreading to cultures far and wide. A night market takes place just after dusk and can go into the wee hours of the morning. Tent vendors, food vendors and musicians gather to block a street and create a unique atmosphere with all the smells, sounds and activities of a normal marketplace.

In Hpa-An, the capital of Kayin State, Myanmar, the night market starts up as the heat of the day begins to dissipate into a welcoming warm evening.

Families gather for their evening meal on the east bank of the Thanlwin (Salween) River, amidst a range of vendors cooking small pancakes, patties, dumplings and other "fast" foods.

At right, a woman enjoys mohinga, Myanmar's traditional dish of fish noodle soup.

Now, MEDA is bringing the world to your doorstep with world night markets. Lancaster, PA, just celebrated its first MEDA World Night Market on May 19.

Souderton, PA, will hold its second night market on Saturday, June 3, 8pm-midnight, Souderton Shopping Center, 781 Route 113, Souderton. Admission is free! New for 2017: Shuttle parking from Calvary Church, food trucks, mini escape rooms, fan cam, coffee house, midnight prayer and floating lanterns, and more shopping at Ten Thousand Villages, Care & Share Shoppes, Bi Tavi Boutique and street vendors – link to website - http://www.meda.org/wnm-souderton/wnm-souderton 

If you’d like to help organize a MEDA World Night Market in your area, please get in touch! Email ceby-good@meda.org or call 1-800-665-7026.

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