The 74th Anniversary of Kachin State Day was celebrated yesterday morning in front of the Kachin State Government Office. The ceremony was attended by State Administration Council Members Jeng Phang Naw Taung, U Moung Har, U Sai Lone Hsai, U Shwe Kyein, Union Minister Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung, Union Minister U Khin Yi, Union Minister U Saw Tun Aung Myint, Kachin State Chief Minister U Khet Htein Nan and cabinet members, Commander of Northern Command Brig-Gen Myat Thet Oo, departmental officials and local ethnic nationalities.
The ceremony began with a salute to the State Flag, and SAC Member Jeng Phang Naw Taung read out the message sent from Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on the occasion of the 74th Kachin State Day.
The ceremony was successfully held after the chief minister had addressed the ceremony and the group photos had been taken.
Afterwards, the Kachin traditional Manaw festival continued at the same venue, and the SAC members, Union ministers, Kachin State chief minister and cabinet members, the Commander of the Northern Command and officials and local people happily participated in the festival.
SAC members and party also supported the exhibitions and sales booths opened by respective departments to commemorate Kachin State Day. During the visit to Kachin State Sports and Physical Education Department, the SAC members and Union ministers attended the graduation ceremony of the Myanmar Traditional Martial Arts Basic Training conducted by the department and the State Myanmar Traditional Martial Arts Sub-Committee and awarded certificates of honour and graduating certificates to the trainees.
In the afternoon, the SAC members and party attended the Honorary Certificate/Award-Giving Ceremony of Commemorating the 74th Anniversary of Kachin State Day held at the City Hall in Myitkyina. The ceremony presented first awards for Excellence in Management to eight, second awards to 16, third awards to 22; second awards for Excellence in Business to five, third award to one; first awards for Excellence in Social Activities to six, second awards to 11 and third awards to nine.
Afterwards, the SAC members and party paid homage to the Shwemoetaung Sutaungpyae Pagoda, Lawka Mann Aung Sutaungpyae Pagoda and Aungtawmu Thatkya Marazein Tooth Relic Pagoda in Waingmaw Township. — MNA