-President U Thein Sein-
The Kayin New Year was celebrated in Hpa-An, Kayin State, yesterday, with President U Thein Sein in attendance. He said celebrating a new year means marking the transition from the old year to the new one, that all the evil deeds committed during the past year are abandoned and that the new year is welcomed with a commitment to draw lessons from past experiences, as well as to perform good deeds in the year to come.
“It is a noble tradition of Kayin indigenous people to pay due respect to elderly people and those who are worthy of respect, to wish well upon everybody, regardless of race and religion, and to preserve and protect Kayin language and culture,” said President U Thein Sein.
“Our brethren the Kayins have had to endure a tough road for a very long time because of the disunity among our brethren, and this has led to Kayin State lagging behind in development. But today, the rays of peace have already dawned, so it is incumbent upon us all to preserve and protect the fruitful results of peace. It is, therefore, time now to ensure better education, good health and socio-economic development,” continued the president.
The president also said the Kayin indigenous people are honest, truthful, loyal, obliging and noble minded, that they are trusted in joining hands with other national races in the effort to build a new, modern, developed nation. He said it is of the utmost importance for all national brethren to bring to the fore Myanmar’s three main causes – non-disintegration of the union, non-disintegration of national solidarity and the perpetuation of sovereignty.