St. Paul, Minn. — Karen community leaders invite all to attend the Karen New Year Celebration on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice St., St. Paul, MN 55117. This event is free and open to the public.
Karen New Year is one of the most important holidays in the Karen calendar. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the celebration in St. Paul, joining Karen people around the world in carrying on their cultural traditions. Karen New Year is also a fun opportunity for other St. Paul residents to meet their Karen neighbors and learn more about their culture.
More than 9,000 Karen refugees from Burma live in the St. Paul area. It the largest Karen community in the United States.
Karen New Year will begin with a ceremony featuring cultural performances and keynote addresses from Sen. Foung Hawj and Karen Community of Minnesota Chairperson Nay Htoo. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy a free lunch and competitions throughout the afternoon.
A complete schedule for January 1 includes:
8 a.m. Doors open
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volleyball Tournament
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Main Ceremony
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community Resource Fair
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Free Karen Meal for All Attendees
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Entertainment
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Karen Fashion Competition
There will also be a special New Year’s Eve concert by the Klo and Kweh Music Team, one of the most popular Karen music groups from Burma. The concert will also be held Dec. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Washington Technology Magnet School.
Special thanks to Karen New Year sponsors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Guadalupe Alternative Programs,HealthEast Roselawn Clinic, Kwe Ka Baung Grocery, Lexdan Automotive, Medica, Northeast Youth and Family Services.