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Jacinta Allan joins Bendigo's Karen Community's New Year Celebration

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Jacinta Allan joined Bendigo's Karen Community to celebrate the Karen New Year on the 12th January 2013 at St Andrew's Uniting Church Hall.

The Karen New Year is celebrated on the first day of the month of Pyathoe in the Karen calendar, which is either in December or January in the Western calendar.

The Karen people were mostly farmers and so their calendar is based around the seasons and the farming cycle. The New Year marks the end of the rice harvest when people would get together to share the abundance of the harvest.

Though the Karen Community of Bendigo are a long way from their traditional homeland the celebration was important in keeping alive their traditions.

Jacinta was very pleased to be invited to attend the celebration and enjoy the colour and movement of the traditonal singing and dancing.

Jacinta Allan speaking at the Karen New Year Celebration 2013

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