Kayin New Year set to kick off on 11 Jan

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File photo shows the Kayin New Year Festival held in Union National Race Village in Yangon in 2022.

The Kayin New Year Festival is set to kick off on 11 January at the Union National Race Village in Thakayta Township, Yangon. Mahn Than Win, Chairman of the Kayin Literature and Culture Association (Yangon Region) and a member of the festival organizing committee, provided details about the event.
The 2024 Kayin New Year Festival in Yangon Region will take place at the Arleinngasint Pagoda in Insein Township and the National Race Village in Thakayta Township. The day will commence with the traditional Kayin national flag-hoisting ceremony at the Arleinngasint Pagoda in the morning, which will be attended by committee members. In the ethnic village, the regional-level ceremony promises to be grand, with fans expected to attend. The festivities will include a flag-hoisting ceremony, a lecture, and cultural performances featuring local folk songs and dances, including Kayin traditional dances such as the Don dance, Bamboo dance, and Taungyar farming dance. Notably, this year will introduce a unique traditional sport— a beekeeping competition.
The festival will showcase traditional Kayin ethnic dance performances and host stalls selling ethnic accessories, clothing, and food. Additionally, traditional sports competitions are scheduled to take place, adding to the diverse array of activities for attendees to enjoy. — ASH/TKO

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