December 14, 2017

Rakhine’s ‘Kyin’ wrestling competitions attract hundreds

Rakhine Traditional wrestling matches, Kyin competitions, in progress in National Races Village on 13 December. Photo: Zaw Moore
Rakhine Traditional wrestling matches, Kyin competitions, in progress in National Races Village on 13 December. Photo: Zaw Moore

FOLLOWING the traditional ‘Kyin’ wrestling competitions at the National Races’ Village on Saturday and Sunday, Rakhine people in Yangon celebrated the 41st Anniversary of Rakhine State Day.
U Zaw Aye  Maung, minister for Rakhine national people’s affairs in Yangon attended the event, delivering the opening speech of the celebrations.
The traditional sports game attracted more than 5,000 spectators, mostly Rakhine ethnic people.
“It’s strange for us to see fighting between a Bamar national and a professional Rakhine Kyin wrestler,” said Aung San Linn, a migrant worker from Rakhine State. There are more than 300,000 Rakhine people in Yangon.
Rakhine State Day falls on 15 December. Marking the Rakhine State Day was granted in line with the State Constitution of 1974.
Rakhine State Day has previously been celebrated in Yangon in 1975, 1976 and 1980.
The celebration resumed after 2010.—GNLM

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