The Shan-ni (Red Shan) ethnic minority held a New Year’s festival for the first time in Tamu Township in Sagaing region on November 18.
Tamu was chosen for the festival because many nationals are living in Kabaw region, said Nan Hmway Hmway Khin, Sagaing Region Minister for Shan Ethnic Affairs. “We held it at the request of Shan-ni ethnics. The essence is to again unite Shan-ni nationals and have friendly relations.”
The festival was attended by ethnic minorities from Khamti, Homalin, Shan State and India, said the minister.
“The government needs to provide assistance for the conservation of traditions and customs. The governmental department is working to open literature courses in schools and language-speaking courses in the summer.”
A participant spoke approvingly of the festival. said: “I came here to participate in the festival as Tamu has Shan-ni ethnic people,” said Nan Naung Cho from Naungpo Aung village in Homalin Township. “I am very happy to see our ethnics.”