Karen new Year in Mae La Oon Camp
Yaung Nii Oo school dance group
Shorthly before Christmas, Karen new year festival took place. As we mentioned
in a previous post, there are many new years, as many as there are ethnic peoples.
The dates vary and they are usually based on the lunar calendar. Here in Thailand
were 3 weeks away from Songkran, the theravada boudhist new year, celebrated
in Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. But i'm getting carried away...!
To celebrate Karen New year, dance groups rehearse and perform the
Dawn Dance. The "Dawn Dance" (nothing to do with dawn, it means New Year)
are performed by boys and grils, men and women. Actually the dancers sing and
dance at the same time, while drummers play. One must be pretty fit to finish a
complete song because the dances are fairly energetic. The songs are happy and
very catching, the dancers dress up in traditional clothing, proud to continue their