တုိင္းရင္းသားအသံ တရားမွ်တမွဳအတြက္တုိက္ပြဲဝင္အသံမ်ား

မြန္အမ်ဳိးသားေန.အခမ္းအနား (ထုိင္-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္)
Mon National Day kicks off worldwide
Kaowao: February 21, 2008
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Mon National Day Committees in their new homes and host countries are preparing for the big annual Mon National Day celebration and have been working hard to unite their people in an event that will draw in thousands for fun and entertainment.
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In most locations, such as in Malaysia , Thailand and back home in Burma , Mon National Day will be celebrated on Friday, February 22, but in the US , Australia and Canada the grand event will take place on the weekend.According to the Mon Affairs Union (MAU), the Mon community at the Thailand Burma border area is joining the event with the New Mon State Party at Palai Japan village.
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Overseas Mon Coordinating Committee (OMCC) is also drafting a joint statement for the 61st Anniversary of Mon National Day.
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The Thai-Mon community have already hosted the event on February 2nd and 3rd at Ban Rai Thai Mon village near Samutsakhorn fishing community but the event was not attended by migrant workers due to harassment by the Thai local police.
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The Three Pagodas Pass Mon community has to celebrate with low-profile modest festivities this year as a bomb went off to disrupt the event and celebrants are wary of another possible attack this year.
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Mon National Day is largely celebrated back home in Burma in areas dominated by Mon inhabitants in Mon State , Karen State , Rangoon and Pegu.
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The celebration has grown in Mon immigrant communities across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America where Mons live and enjoy some freedom.Mon migrant workers in South Korea celebrated Mon National Day on Februry 7th at a Korean monastery in Seoul . According to Nai Blai organizer of the MND, there are over one hundred Mons working in Korea and almost all of them attended this event.
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The event was organized by Mon singer Gong Chan, Nai Tin Min and Nai Blai.The MND was also celebrated in London , UK on February 16, 2008 with cultural performance and traditional food.
Mon leaders in 1948 implemented the first Mon National Day to bring together people in a meaningful way based on cultural heritage and political aspirations as a people.
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The 1st Mon National Day Ceremony was celebrated at the cinema hall of Wae Dut (Ywa Lut) in Beelu Kyun Island , Mon State . According to the booklet written by Rev. Abbot Palita, 7 leaders who organized the event were Rev. Abbot Kusala, Mon Pho Cho (President of UMA), Nai Pho Aung, Nai Pho Sein, Nai Htaw Aa, Nai Chan Mon (Secretary of UMA) and Nai Pyaing.
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In Canada , jointly hosted by the Mon Canadian Society, Mon Women’s Organization and Mon Buddhist Temple ( Canada ), the Mon National Day in Calgary will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight at Southview Community Association.
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The Mon Canadians will hold this event as a 10th year celebration featuring cultural performance led by Mi Ohnmar and a live music band led by Nai Reh Nai.“We name our band ‘Band Mon Poey’.
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It is a great opportunity for us to welcome Canadians and friends in honouring our heritage. We also want to highlight the same spirit 10 years ago when we started this celebration in Canada “, said an organizer of the MND in Calgary . Eric Snider, a longtime Canadian supporter of Burma recalls the first celebration in Canada, “It was my pleasure to be a part of the first celebration of Mon National Day in the city of Vancouver more than 10 years ago and I am glad to know that you are continuing the fine tradition that I was part of then. Let us live and work for the day when it will be possible for the Mon community to celebrate this day as gladly and openly in the heartland of the Mon people in Burma itself as it is done in more than a dozen countries around the world today.”

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