By Min Min Zaw, Mi Mi Phyo (Myanmar News Agency)
We interviewed people from civil society on how they spent their 3-day holiday.
U Soe Naing (General Manager of National Landmarks Garden)
A lot of ethnic people come and visit the place. There are around 900-1,000 visitors and there are so many things to see here. On public holidays like these, we cut the ticket price in half for visitors and they can see the entire nation’s wonders in one place.
U Shedi (Vice Chairman of Lahu Traditional Literature and Culture Association)
My team and I are here to perform at the National Ceasefire Agreement signing event. While we’re here we decided to visit the National Landmark Garden. It’s a delightful place and I want the people back in my hometown to come visit too.
Ma Zin Maing Aung (From Myitkyina, Kachin State)
I’m here to attend the Union Day event and I decided to come with my team to the National Landmark Garden to meet with all the ethnic groups here. We discovered a lot of things about other ethnicities and we had frank discussions with most of them. Most people don’t venture out from their region or state so they don’t know much about other ethnic people’s way of life. I think it would be a good idea for all of them to come to this park in Nay Pyi Taw.
Daw Aye Aye Cho (Department of Agricultural Research)
I’m a Day care centre teacher from the Department of Agricultural Research. I came to the National Landmarks Garden with my students to show them how different ethnicities live. The kids are refreshed after having a day off like this. I want to advise other Day care centre schools to bring their students out to places like these on public holidays.
Daw Le Le Mon (Civil Servant of Department of Agricultural Research)
I’m a civil servant from Department of Agricultural Research. As we’ve got the three-day holidays, our family can smell the flowers. I’m so pleased to have such a time in my life. As my husband and my daughter also had their holidays, we can spend our vacations together, so do my friends’ families.
Mg Thuta Kyaw (Student of Day care centre of Department of Agricultural Research)
I came from my school, Day care centre of Department of Agricultural Research. I am very happy to come here with my dad and mom and teachers. My friends also came along with me.
I have already visited many interested places in the village. In the future, I will also come here whenever I have these kinds of holidays.
Ma Thin Yu Lwin (Lwin convenience shop)
As usual, our shop sells to some extent. But for now we can sell a lot as a lot of people came here. We want to request more of these events.