Daingnet people celebrate national day

Daingnet people of Rakhine State celebrating their national day commemorative festival with traditional songs, dances and music at Meegyoungswe village in northern Butheedaung Township on 7 January.
Daingnet people of Rakhine State celebrating their national day commemorative festival with traditional songs, dances and music at Meegyoungswe village in northern Butheedaung Township on 7 January.

Daingnet or Tdekkama, one of the native people of the Rakhine State, celebrated their national day yeterday with traditional songs, dances and music at Meegyoungswe village in the north of Buthidaung Township.
The Daingnet people said they hoped national day would help revive their race’s original name “Tdekkama,” develop their language and literature, preserve and propagate their near-extinct culture, costumes and food, as well as establish connections with overseas Daingnet, explained an official, who was part of the national day celebration committee.
Living in areas, including Buthidaung and Maungtaw of Rakhine State, together with other ethnic natives — Mro, Khamee, Thet, Maramagyi — Daingnet are striving to preserve their traditions and culture. This was the seventh national day celebration of the Daingnet people, who held their first national day commemoration at Letpangon village in Minbya Township in 2012. National day celebrations are held at villages where their people live. —Myint Maung/Zeya

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