YANGON’S MON community celebrated the 69th Mon National Day at People’s Square and People’s Park on 24 February with a wide range of entertainment programmes.
“The ceremony aims to show unity and solidarity among Mon people,” said Nai Soe Kyi, secretary of the Mon National Day Executive Committee.
Mon National Day celebrates the founding of the longest-ruling Mon kingdom, the Hanthawaddy Kingdom, by the two princes—Samala and Vimala—on the 1st Waning of Tabodwe, in the year 1116 of the Buddhist Era, according to Mon tradition. Since 1947, Mon National Day has been marked on that day.
As in previous years, the ceremony includes traditional songs and dances performed by a popular Mon drama troupes and other culture shows. Traditional Mon musical instruments, food and handicrafts were sold at the festival.
Mon National Day is celebrated annually across Mon State and Yangon Region and in Mon communities abroad.
Significant Mon communities are found in Taninthayi, Yangon, Bago and Ayeyawady regions, as well as along the southern border between Thailand and Myanmar.
According to Myanmar’s 2014 population survey, the country is home to 5 million Mon people, 40,000 of whom live in Yangon.
Thi Thi Min