Arkha ethnic people hold 12th traditional collective swing festival

The 12th Collective Arkha Swing Festival was held at the Ufudae village of Monghsat District in Shan State (East) at 9:30 am on 18 August.
Arkha People Leader U Min Nyo addressed the ceremony and Shan State Chief Minister Dr Kyaw Tun, Triangle Region Command Commander Maj-Gen Myo Min Tun, state cabinet members, the advocate-general of the state, the state government secretary and the director-general of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism opened the ceremony.
Afterwards, officials planted cherry saplings at the Basic Education Post-Primary School of Arr Sao Paw Moe to commemorate the festival and the headmistress received the K1,000,000 grant from the Shan State government, which was presented by Shan State Chief Minister Dr Kyaw Tun.
Then, the second part of the festival was held in the Arkha Ethnic Traditional Hall and State Chief Minister Dr Kyaw Tun gave words of thanks for the invitation to this well-attended ceremony where he could observe the beauty and customs of Arkha traditional costumes. He continued that Shan State is more peaceful than other regions and states because ethnic groups are living with unity and mutual understanding. Shan State government should give priority to regional development, he added.
After that, State Chief Minister Dr Kyaw Tun delivered a donation of K10 million for the Arkha traditional collective swing festival from the Shan State government. The Arkha ethnic people from the festival organization received the donation and presented a courtesy gift to the chief minister.
Then, Triangle Region Command Commander Maj-Gen Myo Min Tun and Director-General U Maung Maung Kyaw of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism presented a donation of K1 million for the festival and delivered speeches. Officials and a village head received donations and returned courtesy gifts to them.
Later, a villager of the Ufudae village explained the facts regarding the village and Arkha People Leader U Min Nyo gave a speech of thanks to him. It is learnt that the participants were presented with commemorative gifts and then ethnic young people entertained them with beautiful dance and music. — Maung Maung Than (Taunggyi)/GNLM

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