New Mandala readers who have been following my recent series of posts on Manau festivals in northern Burma and northeastern India will be keen to see these pictures from Kachin State Special Region – 2, taken in February 2008. These shots are from the Manau festival held to mark the 47th anniversary of the Kachin rebellion against Burmese rule. The town where the festival is held is called Laiza. It is wedged right against the Sino-Burmese frontier and is managed by the Kachin Independence Army/Kachin Independence Organisation under their 1994 ceasefire agreement with the Burmese military.