Thandwe District Association of Yangon holds annual gathering

Thandwe District Association of Yangon holds  its annual gathering in  U Ottama Park in Bahan Township, Yangon yesterday.  Photo: MNA
Thandwe District Association of Yangon holds its annual gathering in
U Ottama Park in Bahan Township, Yangon yesterday.  Photo: MNA

The Thandwe District Association of Yangon held their annual gathering in U Ottama Park in Bahan Township, Yangon yesterday. Visitors were treated to traditional Rakhine food, while local residents sold homegrown fruits and vegetables at the gathering.
“This gathering intends to bring together those Rakhine natives living in the city,” said U Mya Maung, Chairman of the association. “We’ve been holding these annual gathering for many years now. Our friends and families gather here during this time of the year and help one another. It’s our little tradition.” U Htin Kyaw Lin, the vice-chairman, said both Thandwe-born people living in the city and families visiting from Thandwe District come together to organize charity meals.
Ma Khin Myo Myint, from Pantaw in Thandwe District, came to sell regional foods. “Rakhine who are far from home miss their traditional food, so my stock is selling well,” she said.
Ko Htet Nay Lin, a native of Thandwe District living in Yangon, noted, “I feel like I’m back in my hometown when I see my friends and acquaintances here. I’m happy to be reunited with them. Ngapali Beach is in Thandwe District. It’s beautiful, and I want to invite people to come visit.” The Thandwe District Association of Yangon is made up of people from Thandwe, Taungup and Gwa townships, all within Thandwe District. The association was formed in 1945 to serve as a meeting point for the Rakhine people far from their hometown. The association regularly holds their annual gathering on the last Sunday of December. —Nandar Mii Phyo (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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