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February 21, 2018

71st AnniversaryUnion Day celebrated in Panglong

Shan state ministers and peope participate in the 71th Anniversary Union Day celebration in Panglong.  Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Shan state ministers and peope participate in the 71th Anniversary Union Day celebration in Panglong.  Photo: Myanmar News Agency

The 2018 71st Anniversary Union Day ceremony was held yesterday morning at Panglong monument, Panglong, Loilem Township, Loilem District, in southern Shan State.
The ceremony began with state ministers, departmental personnel, NGO members, as well as ethnic national literature and culture groups taking their respective positions, followed by saluting the state flag and recognizing the country’s fallen national martyrs, after which the national anthem was sung. The ceremony was then opened with ethnic national students from Panglong University, Technology University singing the song “Basis of unity – Panglong Conference”, as students performed dances.
Also, the 71st Anniversary Union Day message sent by the President was read by Shan State Minister for Planning and Economy U Soe Nyunt Lwin. Additionally, prizes were distributed to winners of university level essay and poem competitions, basic education high school and middle school level essay competitions held in commemoration of 2018 71st Anniversary Union Day, as well as outstanding sports personnel and figures in literature. The prizes were handed out by state ministers and officials.
Participants then witnessed performances by ethnic national literature and cultural groups and the universities’ ethnic national dance troupes. The 2018 71st Anniversary Union Day ceremony was concluded with ethnic nationals of the union dancing to the song “Htawara Myanmar” (eternal Myanmar).
Shan State Minister for Planning and Economy U Soe Nyunt Lwin and Shan State Minister for Finance U Sai Shal Talon then signed the visitors’ book and took commemorative group photos with ethnic national dance troupes.
Afterwards, state ministers and departmental heads visited display booths sponsored by the Computer University and Technology University, health care clinic, Information and Public Relations Department, Loilem District office’s photo booth and wall posters booth. The 71st Anniversary Union Day pamphlets, produced by the Information and Public Relations Department Head Office, were also distributed. The 71st Anniversary Union Day ceremony was attended by Shan State ministers, the Loilem cantonment commander, Shan State Hluttaw representatives, ethnic national literature and culture groups, political parties, students from universities, prize winners and local residents. — Moe Lwin Oo (Loilem)

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