The Lisu traditional Khawshi
New Year festival and the 60th
anniversary of the Lisu literature
and culture committee will be
celebrated in Putao Town, Kachin
State, for three days from January
16 to 18.
“The Lisu literature and culture committee was established in Waingmaw in 1953-1954 but was formed in Putao only in 1957. As it was legally formed in the country 60 years ago, we are holding this celebration to praise God. Union and state-level guests, as well as foreign guests, are expected to attend the festival,” said U Arr T Yaw Han, Lisu ethnic affairs minister. “This traditional dance represents the whole Putao region.
There are some 40 members per dance troupe. A total of eight or nine dance troupes will entertain and compete in the festival,” said Ko Yaw Shu, leader of a traditional dance troupe. “I have never competed before. I am very happy as I am competing on behalf of the Lisu ethnic people in Putao.
I am excited and nervous. We are rehearsing now to compete in the festival,” said Ma Ngwar Sardu, a member of a traditional dance troupe. Sports activities such as volleyball, Sepak Takraw, shot put, golf, traditional crossbow matches and horse riding will be included, besides traditional cultural performances and modern music entertainment. Some 180 beauty queens from across the country will participate in the beauty contest.
Traditional culture booths and other booths will be displayed at the festival and a lucky draw programme will also be organised.