Join Karen New Year cel­e­bra­tions

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera Karen com­mu­ni­ties have joined forces to present an in­au­gu­ral Hor­sham Karen New Year cel­e­bra­tion at the week­end.

Event spokesman Htoo Kaw Jah said Happy Karen New Year 2758 at Hor­sham Town Hall on Saturday would fea­ture a morn­ing of colour, food and cel­e­bra­tion.

“We’ve pre­vi­ously only had a cel­e­bra­tion in Nhill in the re­gion but we also have 120 Karen peo­ple in Hor­sham and La­harum. A lot of peo­ple have been ask­ing to have one in Hor­sham, so we are,” he said.

“Not many peo­ple re­alise we have a large Karen com­mu­nity in Hor­sham as well as Nhill.”

Mr Jah said the plan was to al­ter­nate Karen New Year cel­e­bra­tions be­tween Hor­sham and Nhill.

He en­cour­aged Wim­mera peo­ple to get in­volved and bring their friends and fam­ily to the cel­e­bra­tion, which starts at 10.30am and will run un­til 12.30pm.

The cel­e­bra­tion pro­gram will in­clude cul­tural per­for­mances such as a Doe Dance and Bam­boo Dance and a tra­di­tional meal pre­pared by the Karen com­mu­nity.

Or­gan­is­ers have asked at­ten­dees for a gold coin do­na­tion.

Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the Karen New Year event in Hor­sham can call Htoo Kaw on 0425 000 817 or Kaw Doh on 0431 311 343.

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