Kayin New Year Festival celebrated in Yangon’s National Races Village

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The celebration of Kayin New Year is in progress in Yangon yesterday.

The Kayin New Year Festival was held at the National Races Village in Thakayta Township of Yangon Region yesterday.
First, the flag hoisting ceremony was held and the attendees gave a salute to the flag.
Next, SAC members Jeng Phang Naw Taung and U Saw Daniel and wife, Union Minister U Saw Tun Aung Myint, the region chief minister and the commander of Yangon Command launched the ceremony by giving nine beats on the Kayin traditional frog drum.
In his greeting speech, SAC member U Saw Daniel said 22 December 2022, 1st Waxing of Pyatho 1384 ME, 2762 Kayin Era is New Year’s Day for Kayin ethnic people. Although the ethnic people residing in Myanmar have different cultures, traditions and customs, they all are national brethren.
As per the long existence of the Kayin people, they possess customs, culture and historic heritages. The traditional festivals of the Kayin people are the new year festival, house-warming festival, new harvest feast and soul-inviting festival and their traditional Don dance is very active and also famous. Now the festival reached its 85th anniversary for the efforts of Kayin ancestors since 1937.
He then highlighted the activities of SAC implementing the “ To respect and promote the customs and traditions of all National peoples and preserve and safeguard their cultural heritage and national characteristics” mentioned in the nine objectives of SAC and the need to conserve the literature, language and culture.
After the Kayin traditional dance performance, the Minister for Ethnic Affairs gave presents to the guests.
Then, the officials provided cash contributions to Kayin New Year Festival Organizing Committee. — MNA/KTZH

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