All-Round Youth Development Festival draws crowds at Mandalay University

A book shop at the festival is crowded with students. Photo: MNA
A book shop at the festival is crowded with students. Photo: MNA

Parents, teachers and students crowded the Mandalay University to enjoy the final day the All-Round Youth Development Festival yesterday.
Book stalls outside the university’s convocation hall greeted the festival goers while Myanmar extempore talk and poem recitation were held at the four-storey building of the university.
Literary talks on youth policy, Myanmar and the role of youth, and the youth and art attracted most visitors.
Sport activities, a part of the festival, in the parade ground of the university brought the youths to learn physical exercises and to enjoy pleasure in traditional sport activities.
An artificial of traditional throne in the convocation hall and the banner “We Love Mandalay” depicted with flowers have attracted visitors.
Meanwhile, the festival goers grasped the photo opportunities in royal dresses in Pyu era, Bagan era, Innwa era and Konbaung era.
Besides, the visitors also took photos together with ethnic people in their traditional dresses, statues and bullock carts at the festival.
Other crowded place is the area where artists were creating portraits, caricatures and postcards.
There are 280 exhibit booths and stalls set up for the festival that will showcase various items from government departments, associations, regional universities and colleges, and books from Yangon and from within Mandalay.
The All-Round Youth Development Festival will include sporting activities such as volleyball, tug-of-war, htote-see-htoe (a Myanmar game combining elements of hopscotch and tag), pillow fights, endurance tests, gunny sack race, three-legged race, basketball and demonstrations of wushu, gymnastics, karate, taekwondo, and chinlone (cane ball).
There will also be booths for science exhibits and job opportunities.
During the festival, Science Fair booths will be staged at the ground floor, with programs showcasing.
IT-related items, IT Quiz, Cyber Security Awareness, IT Power Test, IT consultants, Project Show, IT Book Show and Minecraft Game.
Besides, local and foreign companies have offered job opportunities to youths outside the building. Similarly, universities and basic education schools also set up booths displaying education affairs and health awareness, drug awareness and eradication of child abandonment.
The three-day kicked off on Saturday with opening address by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.—Aung Min Han

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