Message of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, on the occasion of the Kayin National New Year Day, 29 December

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1.     I pray to God for all of you living nationwide and worldwide to be blessed with goodness and virtues on this auspicious day of Kayin New Year which falls on today — 2756 Thalay Htaing Khone Pho 1st Waxing of Pyatho.
2.    The most valued tradition of the Union, which consists of many ethnic peoples, is their respective cultures of lovable variety. Observance and remembrance of these nice cultures and traditions will uplift our Union’s Spirit and make our strength greater.
3.    Since time immemorial, families have been celebrating the occasion of eating their first crop of the harvest. The Kayin New Year Festival can be said to have descended from this tradition. Thus, the time of transition into a new year is the one for enjoying the possession of fruits brought about by the efforts in the previous year. That is, it is the festival that makes the hope of getting benefits through our strenuous efforts and enthusiasm one day, survive.
4.    Not only for our hope of extinguishing the flames of our 60-year-long civil war after gaining Independence in the near future in order to survive, but also for our expectations to come into existence. Let us cultivate the practice of mutual respect and understanding among our brethren nationals. We hope the   saplings of peace planted this year will bring forth “Peace across the Nation” as the first crop harvest Festival next year.  This is the special Kayin National New Year Day Message I send to you today.—(Unofficial translation by GNLM)

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