THE New Year Festival of
Pa-O ethnic people was held
in the precinct of Shwesayan
Pagoda in Thaton Township
of Mon State on Sunday
The annual festival falls on the 1st Waxing of Nadaw, the ninth month of the traditional Myanmar lunar calendar. Pa-O people yearly celebrate this kind of event for the purpose of promoting its culture, history, literature and preserving its own language. This is the second time the festival has been organised by Pa-O Literature and Cultural Association of Mon State, said its chairman U Khun Shwe Thin.
On that day, Pa-O people made several donations including offering day meal and rice to Buddhist monks from over 100 Pa-O monasteries.
The association presented awards to 70 outstanding students who passed the matriculation examination with distinctions in 2016-2017 academic year.
Pa-O is the seventh largest ethnic nationality in Myanmar. They mostly reside in Kayin, Kayah and Mon stats as well as Sagaing Region.
Currently, the Pa-O New Year Festival Efforts is held only in Thaton Township. Efforts will be made to yearly celebrate the festival in other regions and states next years.