The Karen community of Minnesota will celebrate the New Year 2750 with a public event on Saturday, January 8, 2011, from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Washington Technology Magnet Middle School, 1495 Rice Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55117. The Karen New Year is celebrated around the world with traditional Karen dancing and music, sport tournaments, and traditional Karen food. It is also a chance for us to share our culture with our new neighbors and friends.
Karen New Year Day is a celebration of the more than 5.000 Karen and other refugees from Burma in Minnesota and the diversity of cultures and experiences they bring to our Minnesotan community. Throughout the family friendly afternoon there will be children’s activities, live cultural entertainment, a free buffet of Karen food and guest vendors with goods from around the world. The event will also double as a Karen community resource fair with interactive educational displays from the newly formed nonprofit Karen Organization of Minnesota and World Relief Minnesota.
Karen Celebration Days Committee is hosting the event and invites the public to celebrate with the refugee community that would like to thank Minnesotans for its work helping new arrivals be able to call Minnesota their home.
According to Nay Htoo, Chairman of the Karen Celebration Day Committee, thre were approximately 1,300 Karen and non-Karen people alike tht gathered to celebrate the Karen New Year in 2010. This year, he said KCDC expects to surpass 2,000 participants in this largest annual community event of the Karen community.
For more information visit www.mnkaren.org. Also contact Eh Taw Dwe at 651-399-3143 or email [email protected]