The 104th birth anniversary of Bogyoke Aung San, the architect of Myanmar’s independence, was celebrated in Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory yesterday.
Union Minister for Information, Dr. Pe Myint, and Union Minister for Education, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, attended the event, which was held at the Mingalar Kandaw Hall in Pyinmana. The Union Ministers first watched students performing on stage, toured the photo exhibition commemorating the Bogyoke’s birthday, book displays, and then observed people participating in competitions organized by the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation.
The Union Ministers then observed cartoons exhibition commemorating Bogyoke Aung San at Kandaw Mingalar Park and took a documentary photo with the cartoonists and students in attendance.
The Union Ministers also visited B.E.H.S. 7 and observed a seminar, wall posters and photo exhibition, booths, and student entertainment performances honoring the Bogyoke’s birthday.
The Union Ministers then attended a recital ceremony and art exhibition held to commemorate the park with Bogyoke Aung San’s statue in Pobbathiri Tsp, which was opened to the public on 12 February (Union Day). They took a commemorative photo with officials present.
Lastly, the Union Ministers visited B.E.H.S. 13, where they observed a seminar and competitions on poem recitals, storytelling and coloring held to commemorate the Bogyoke’s birthday, and then took a documentary photo with the students.
Bogyoke Aung San’s birth anniversary is also celebrated as the Children’s Day in Myanmar and is commemorated with seminars, coloring, art, poem recitals, storytelling and puzzle competitions in the Union territory.
The Information and Public Relations Department also displayed books on Bogyoke Aung San, his college life, political campaigns, participation in the Tatmadaw, and photos depicting his journeys to Britain and Japan at the various celebrations.
Attendees were gifted with Aung San’s diaries, commemorative birthday posters and pamphlets. Local elders and civil society organizations also prepared free meals of naan and boiled peas (Bogyoke’s favorite food), tea, water and other food items.
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)