Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway, December 24, 20…

Karen new year celebrated in Thailand - Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway, December 24, 2003
Exiled Karen nationals in Bangkok gathered at a University on 21 December to celebrate the Karen New Year which falls on 23 December...
Some Thailand-born Karen went to the celebration but the majority of the celebrants were exiled Burmese Karen. The celebration is a way of retaining Karen traditions and the celebrants took part in traditional skills, dancing and sport competitions.
At the same time, many exiled Karen were unable to join the celebration for fear of arrests by the Thai authority. ‘If we were allowed to celebrate the New Year freely in our homeland, we would be feeling happier,’ said Mahn Myo Myint, an organiser with a sigh.

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