SAC Member Daw Dwe Bu, Union Minister Jeng Phang Naw Taung attend opening ceremony of gateway, traditional housing, Manaw Compound of Lachid people in Kachin State

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The inauguration ceremony of Manaw Compound organized by Lachid ethnics is in action yesterday in Waingmaw Township.

Lachid Literature and Culture Central Committee organized the opening ceremony of a gateway, traditional housing and Manaw Compound at the Lachid tradition and culture field in Madein Village-tract of Waingmaw Township yesterday.
It was attended by State Administration Council Member Daw Dwe Bu, Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Jeng Phang Naw Taung, Kachin State Chief Minister U Khet Htein Nan and wife Daw Nang Seng, Northern Command Commander Maj-Gen Ko Ko Maung, Kachin State Chief Justice U Tu Ja, military personnel and state ministers. They were welcomed by the chairman and officials of the Lachid Literature and Culture Central Committee and the Lachid people with their traditional songs.
Speaking at the event, Union Minister Jeng Phang Naw Taung said it should conserve the language, literature, cultural heritage, tradition and customs than before for the development, peace and prosperity of the Union and Kachin State.
Then, the State Chief Minister urged the participants to work together with the ethnic people to develop the literature, language, culture, region and Union from the respective sectors.
He then gave K20 million cash assistance while K500,000 by the state chief justice to the chairman of the Lachid Literature and Culture Central Committee.
Then, the SAC member and party cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Manaw compound after the praying of Rev Madane Zone Kyan. They also enjoyed the performance of Lachid youths.
The SAC members and party also took part in the Manaw dance joyfully at the same venue.
The Lachid people celebrate Manaw festivals for years ago as they believe they can promote the health of their families, economy and social affairs. When they receive proper achievements or meet with their ethnic people, especially on significant days, they select a day to celebrate the Manaw dance after their leaders by erecting the Manaw poles in their region or house compound. They conserve such dace as Lachid cultural heritage.
The SAC member and party observed the Manaw compound and displayed photos of Lachid people, traditional materials, living styles, literature, weaving and Lachid leaders. The Manaw festival of the Lachid people will be celebrated starting 2 March and the Manaw dance for the closing ceremony will be on 4 March, according to the central committee. — MNA/KTZH

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