The Catholic Kachin Youth Yangon (CKYY) choir and singing group came to the residence of Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing yesterday evening to sing Christmas carols and pray for peace.
After the choir sang Christmas carols, CKYY choir leader Daw Samlut Sakhon delivered a prayer of peace.
The choir then gave Christmas presents to the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief and his wife, who in return presented the group with musical instruments, cash donations and food. Afterwards, the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief gave a speech of greeting to the CKYY group.
The Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief and his family then treated the CKYY group with food and took commemorative photos.
Earlier in the day, the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief attended a ceremony held by former cadets of the Defence Service Academy (DSA) intake 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, paying homage to former military and civilian teachers who taught them military and academic subjects. The ceremony was held in Tatmadaw Dhammayone, near the southern stairway of the Shwedagon Pagoda.
A total of 90 former military and civilian teachers attended the ceremony, who were paid homage by Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, former cadets who are still in service and retired military.
Brig-Gen (Retired) Tin Oo explained the purpose and history of the ceremony, then Col. Shu Maung and Col. Aye Thaw read the letters of homage sent by Vice President U Myint Swe and Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Former cadets of DSA intake 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 then paid homage to the teachers according to tradition and Colonel (retired) Thein Myint delivered a speech on behalf of the teachers.
Afterwards, former cadets presented gifts to the teachers. The Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief then greeted the teachers and took commemorative photos.