Friday, August 18, 2017

69th Chin National Day celebrations

President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin attended the 69th Chin National Day celebrations in Falam on February 19. In his address, the President remarked about the improvements made in Chin State. He urged all ethnic national races and citizens residing in the state to join together and work for the success and fulfillment of the Union goals.

In her address at the Chin National Day celebrations held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre 2 in Nay Pyi Taw on February 20, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said no laws nor political systems could guarantee the future of the country, but only the Union spirit can. She also thanked Chin nationals for their contribution to the upcoming Panglong Conference.

The 69th Chin National Day celebration was held at Chein Si Hall on 59th Street in Mandalay on February 20 under the leadership of the Chin National Literature and Culture Committee for Mandalay universities.

“This ceremony was held to remember Chin National Day and not to forget Chin literature and culture for all Chin nationals living in Mandalay,” said the general-secretary of the committee.

This is only the third year that Chin National Day was celebrated in Mandalay, he said.

February 20 is designated as Chin National Day to commemorate historical events like the establishment of Chin national education promotion team in Pyin Oo Lwin in 1918, the staging of street protests in Kanpetlet led by U Van Thu Maung and joined by the Chin Hill Unity organisation and by 3000 people in 1940, and also the holding of a public rally attended by about 5000 people, including Chin national leaders, in Falam in 1948.

On October 9, 1950, the Chin Affairs Council decided that February 20 should be observed as the Chin National Day, and the first observance was held in the town of Mindat.

“Some mix up Chin National Day with Chin State Day. These two days differ both in meaning and essence,” said one of the Chin National Day celebration committee members from Mandalay.

Translation by Zaw Nyunt