THE 69th Mon National Day will be celebrated on a grand scale on 24 February evening at People’s Square and People’s Park in Yangon, according to the Mon National Day Executive Committee.
“The ceremony aims to show unity and solidarity among Mon people,” said Naing Soe Kyi, secretary of the committee.
The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the establishment of the
first Mon kingdom, the Hanthawaddy Kingdom, by the two princes—Samala and Vimala—on the 1st Waning of
Tabodwe in the year 1116 of the Religious Era, according to Mon tradition.
Since 1947, Mon National Day has been held on that day.
This year’s event will include entertainment by a popular Mon drama troupe, with people of all ethnic nationalities invited to come and enjoy the free show.
As in previous years, the ceremony will include traditional songs and dances and other cultural performances.
The annual event
formally takes place in Mon State, Yangon Region and other countries where Mon people reside.
Besides Mon State, significant Mon populations are found in northern Taninthayi Region, Yangon Region, Bago Region and Ayeyawady Region, as well as along the southern border between Thailand and Myanmar.
There are five million Mon people across myanmar.
According to the Mon population survey taken in 2014, Yangon is home to more than 40,000 Mon nationals.