Entrance to Laiza

New Mandala readers who have been following my current series of posts about the recent Myitkyina Manau Festival will want to check out today’s report from the Kachin News Group:

Brig-Gen San Tun, the Burmese junta’s vice commander in Kachin State attended today’s inauguration of KIO/A’s 47th anniversary of Revolution Day which falls on February 5. It is being held in Laiza controlled area, KIO/A sources said.

According to today’s ceremonial programme, Maj-Gen Ohn Myint, Commander of Kachin State was invited to give a short speech but he could not attend.

Before this morning’s special Revolution Day programme the cultural Manau dance performance titled “Sinpraw Majoi Hkridip Naugup Manau” was held. The ceremony was opened by local Church leaders in keeping with Christian traditions at 7 a.m. local time, local participants told KNG.

The Kachin New Group’s full report on the Manau at Laiza is available here.