The decorated floats from regions and states used in the Diamond Jubilee Union Day celebration are displayed at Tabaung Ground in front of Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw. Traditional food stalls of ethnic people are sold at designated places. These venues are crowed with visitors. Hence, the interviews with some of visitors were presented as follows:-
Ma Juu Juu
(Magway Region cultural troupe)
I am satisfied with myself and pleased for entertainment at the diamond jubilee celebration to the people. I am so happy for seeing the hustle and bustle of people at the exhibition. I decided to participate in entertainment on the final day. I’d like to urge the people to buy ethnic foods at fair prices.
Ma Aye Aye Thant
I have felt visiting the regions and states. I am happy for viewing ethnic traditional foods in a single place. Traditional dances and entertainment of Kachin State troupe is joyfulness for chance to participate in. I think observation at the exhibition will raise our knowledge. So, all people shouldn’t miss chance to visit there.
Ma Cho Cho Latt
I have heard decorated floated from regions and states will be used in the diamond jubilee Union day ceremony. So, I was thoughtful for showcasing these floats to the people. Now, my dream comes true. I am very pleased for viewing these floats on a grand scale at the exhibition. I am happy for enjoying the traditional dances of ethnic cultural troupes. Observing these decorated floats is my first experience. Ethnic traditional foods are delicious. Moreover, I accumulate the knowledge in observing the landmarks, emblems and traditions aboard the decorated floats.
U Myo Oo
I am pleased for chance to visit the exhibition. I can widen my scope of knowledge through observing the landmarks and emblems of all ethnics. It is my first experience in viewing the landmarks of regions and states. As I can taste the ethnic traditional foods, I have felt arriving at these states. I wish to visit similar exhibition next year.
Ko Kyaw Thu and family
At an age of 40 years, I have never visited this celebration. These decorated floats are very significant. My family is very happy. My children have greater knowledge in the visits. Participation of all ethnics reflects friendly relations and unity among those ethnics. Being genuine works of ethnic traditional foods, I enjoy feeling about these areas. I wish to see friendly relations among ethnics in the future.
Ko Han Lin
(ethnic traditional food seller)
My happiness cannot be measured for the chance to sell Bamar traditional foods at the exhibition. I am happy for tasting delicious foods of other ethnics. The foods are sold at fair prices. I have a chance to freely view the decorated floats. I’d like to urge ethnic brethren to join the exhibition.—Khit Lunge/GNLM/Photos: Ko Ko Htein