Crowds flock to 2nd day of Children’s Literature Festival in Pathein

Kyaukse elephant dance attracts the people.  Photo: Nay Lin
Kyaukse elephant dance attracts the people.  Photo: Nay Lin

Students, teachers and the general public visited Pathein University in Pathein, Ayeyawady Region, as the second day of the Children’s Literature Festival, Literature Exhibition and Book Sales commenced its second day.
The university was full of students from Ayeyawady Region partaking in entertainment programmes and young children participating in storytelling, paper-folding (origami), colouring, and art competitions.
U Thein Tun, a judge at the art competition, said a lot of the children at the festival showed interest in art. Over 200 children participated in the competition on the first day and there were not enough spaces for them to sit down, he remarked. He said children who show an interest in arts develop calm personalities and become disciplined.

Youths choosing books at the book-stall. Photo: Nay Lin
Youths choosing books at the book-stall. Photo: Nay Lin

Children, students and adults of all ages also had fun assembling toys and puzzles and entering a maze.
Ma Khin Myo Thant travelled from Pathein Tsp with her children to the festival. She said the festival is also fun for adults and purchased books for her children to read.
People were rushing to the exhibition from various universities in the Ayeyawady Region and the “Unique Ayeyawady People” was particularly jam-packed.
Maung Hein Aung Aung from BEHS 1 Pathein said the aforementioned exhibition was very informative and offered him a chance to learn about extraordinary people never heard of before. “It fills me with pride to know these great people are from our Ayeyawady Region,” he said.
The books sales area was also filled with people buying textbooks, teaching aids, literature, fiction, autobiographies and storybooks, all sold at reasonable prices.
U A Tee from Nagar Pyan Sarpay said he had not expected to sell so many books. “We came here to put books into the hands of children so that they become obedient and cultured,” he said. —Thi Thi Min, Min Thit (MNA)/(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

The festival hall packed with people.  Photo: Nay Lin
The festival hall packed with people.  Photo: Nay Lin
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