Christmas Festival and Ceremony for Expression of Gratitude was held at the house of U Henry Van Thio, Vice-President at 6 pm on December 23.
At the ceremony, Dr J Ral Bual, the reverend priest made expression of virtues of the God and gave prayers of wish. Then, President U Htin Kyaw gave Christmas Greetings, followed by hymns of Jesse Van Bawl and Jennifer Par.
Afterwards, Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe read out the Christmas Greeting Massage sent by the State Counsellor, with U Henry Van Thio gaving X-mas greetings.
Sai Kyaw Tint, the reverend priest gave a short sermon about Christmas and Dr Aung Man sent out good wishes to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and its people. Then the President and those present were entertained to a Friendship Dinner hosted in honor of the Birthday of Jesus Christ.
Present at the ceremony were President U Htin Kyaw and wife Daw Su Su Lwin, Vice-President U Myint Swe and wife Daw Khin Thet Htay, Vice-President U Henry Van Thio and wife Dr Shwe Hlwan, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Win Myint and wife Daw Cho Cho, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than and wife Daw Nant Kyin Kyi, Chairman of State Constitution Tribunal of the Union U Myo Nyunt and wife Daw Htay Yi, Chairman of Union Election Commission U Hla Thein, Deputy Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U T Khun Myat and wife, Deputy Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw U Aye Tha Aung and wife, Union Ministers, and Deputy Ministers and invited guests.