69th Chin National Day celebrated in Yangon

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Chin ethnic dancers perform traditional dance at a ceremony to mark the 69th Chin National Day in Yangon. Photo: Zaw Gyi (Panita)

Chin ethnic people in Yangon celebrated 69th National Chin Day with great joy in Farim Hall in Ahlone Township, Yangon yesterday afternoon.
The celebration was divided into two parts with Yangon Festival Committee Chairman Salai Htun Hlaing delivering the opening speech and Committee General Secretary Mai Sui Hlei Zing reading the reports and expressing gratitude. Next the annual homage paying ceremony to Chin National Leaders was carried out and testimonials to Chin National day were read.
In the second part of the programme Chin ethnic brethren performed traditional dances, showcased their traditional clothing, and celebrated with modern dances and songs sung by Chin ethnic artists.
“Today Chin nationals, young and old, were able to reunite and our traditional attire and culture was available for all to see. By showcasing out culture we received recognition among each other and managed to unite all Chin nationals of different ethnics,” said Vice-Chairman (1) U Pachhunga of the 69th Chin National Day Festival Committee.
On display at the festival were exhibitions on typical lifestyles of the Chin people, as well as stalls selling traditional Chin clothing, traditional cuisine and souvenirs, to which citizens actively flocked and supported.
“I was able to represent my ethnicity in the welcoming address and take pride in being able to display our culture and dress in our traditional attire. I also gained a lot of knowledge on the various different Chin ethnic groups,” said Beauty Lalzahawmi, a festival participant.
The 1st Chin National Day was celebrated on February 20 1951 in Mindat. From that day forth Chin National Day has been celebrated annually by all Chin brethren, both at home and abroad.—Zaw Gyi (Panita)

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