|President U Thein Sein (C) attends the 67th Kachin State Day and traditional Manaw Festival in Myitkyina, Kachin State on January 10, 2015. Photo: MOI Webportal Myanmar|
President U Thein Sein flew in to Myitkyina on January 10 to attend the 67th Kachin State Day and traditional Manaw Festival, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar, January 11.
|With peace yet to come to Kachin State, many Kachin people feel it is not a time to celebrate. Kachin Independence Army patrol in Laiza, Kachin State on August 3, 2014. Photo: Min Min/Mizzima|
Residents of Kachin State, citing ongoing fighting and lack of peace, have called on their state government to cancel the traditional Manaw dance celebration.