Under the supervision of Bago Region Kayin ethnic affairs minister, a Kayin wrist-tying ceremony was held at Myoma monastery, Ward-2, Minhla Township on 21 August around 9 am.
At the ceremony, Kayin people paid respect to the Kayin national flag and sang Kayin national song. Then, Gyobingauk Town, Chaunggwa village Sayadaw delivered a sermon.
Bago Region Kayin Ethnic Affairs Minister Naw Pwai Say explained about the nine items typically included in the wrist-tying ceremony. The event was held with the aim to reunite Kayin people living away from their families and relatives, and to prevent them from forgetting their cultural traditions.
Region Kayin Literature and Culture Committee deputy chairman Dr. Saw
Kyi Soe, District Kayin Literature and Culture Committee chairman Saw Thaung Gyi and Minhla Township administrator U Khin Maung Zaw explained about Kayin people maintaining their traditional language and culture. Minhla Township representative Naw Su Su Htaw gave a speech of appreciation.
At the Kayin wrist-tying ceremony, the minister and other dignitaries tied white threads around each other’s wrists. About 1,200 Kayin people from the district attended the ceremony. Then, they treated tradition foods and performed traditional dances to the guests.
The Kayin wrist-tying ceremony is held during the month of Wagaung, or August, every year. Wrist- tying is meant to protect children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren from harm and evil spirits.