68th Anniversary Mon National Day celebration to come in February

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The 68th Anniversary of Mon National Day will be celebrated on a grand scale at the People’s Square and People’s Park here on 3 and 4 February, according to the Mon National Day Executive Committee.
“The celebration aims to show unity and solidarity among Mon people,” said Nai Soe Kyi, secretary of the organizing committee.
The special day for the Mon people is marked on the date of the establishment of Hanthawady, the first Mon dynasty, by two Mon princes Samala and Vimala on 1st Waning Day of Tabodwe, 1116 of the Sasana Era, according to the Mon history. Since 1947, Mon National Day has been observed on that day.
The committee has invited all ethnic nationalities to enjoy a popular Mon drama troupe, which will entertain visitors with traditional songs, dances and cultural shows.
To mark the day, sports competitions have now been held in the town of Ye in Mon State for a week, with committee’s secretary saying that they include bullock-cart race, boat race, football, and track and field events.
Nai Maung Toe, chairman of the committee, said, “They have received messages of felicitations from Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.”
The annual event formally sweeps Mon State, Yangon Region and some foreign countries, with the committee saying that nearly K40 million will be spent on this ceremony.
Mon nationalities are commonly spread all over such regions as Taninthayi, Yangon, Bago and Ayeyawady as well as along the southern border of Thailand and Myanmar.
According to a survey in 2014, Myanmar has a population of five million Mon nationalities, with over 40,000 in Yangon.

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