THE Kayin community, one of Myanmar’s major ethnic groups, began celebrating its traditional New Year within the compound of Arlein Ngasint Pagoda in Insein Township, Yangon Region, on 9 January.
During the three-day festival, members of the Kayin community wear traditional woven tunics over longyis as they perform traditional dances, including the Kayin Done Dance or the Kayin Bamboo Dance.
The Kayin national flag was hoisted at dawn – around 6am – on the opening day of the event, and the ceremony was followed by several entertainment programmes, including dancing competitions, which are held every year. The Kayin New Year Festival has been held in this form since 1938 with the aim of showcasing the lives and culture of Kayin people and creating links among them. Organised by Yangon Region Kayin New Year Festival Central Committee, the three-day event comes will end on 11 January.