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Authorities Refuse to Grant Permission for Mon Commemorations in Rangoon.

By Yen Snaing
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The trustees the Shwedagon Pagodas in Rangoon, the former capital of Burma, have refused to grant permission to the ethnic Mon to commemorate on the site of pagodas for the 255th anniversary of the Fall of the last Mon Kingdom, Hongsawatoi on May 13, even though there has been limited political reform and a movement toward democracy within the country.

The youth from Mon State commemorate their fallen day of Mon kingdom, Hongsarwatoi. Photo:Mol Chan (Aye Aye Aung)

Talagoon Thu Ke Tha, a Mon Buddhist monk in Rangoon, who was to lead the commemoration ceremony, told Kaowao that there was a plan to hold a commemoration on the site of the famous pagodas under candle light with about 100 people in attendance. However his plan had to be cancelled after the trustees refused to give permission.

“Only 20 people went secretly to the site of the pagoda of the Mon queen , Mi Jaobu, as we were worried that plain clothes agents from the military intelligence would come and question us if we were there without permission,” said the monk.

The youth from Mon State commemorate their fallen day of Mon kingdom, Hongsarwatoi. Photo:Mol Chan (Aye Aye Aung)

Rangoon is the former capital of Burma, and has a Mon population of about 50,000 people. The Mon in Rangoon were allowed to celebrate Mon National Day, for the first time in over 15 years in 2012 after the Burmese president began implementing political reforms.

The people in Mon State commemorate the fallen kingdom day at different places throughout the state. The people wear black shirts, which show photos of the destroyed the kingdom.

Mon people around the world also commemorate the 255th anniversary of the Fallen Day of the last Mon Kingdom, Hongsawatoi on May 13.

Mon people hold commemorating ceremonies every year, which the intention of remembering their kingdom and reminding the people to show appreciation of Mon history and to stay united.

The youth from Mon State commemorate their fallen day of Mon kingdom, Hongsarwatoi. Photo:Mol Chan (Aye Aye Aung)

Two hundred and fifty five years ago today (8th  waning day of the second Mon Lunar Month), Burman leader U Aung  Zeya invaded Hongsawatoi by killing  thousands of innocent Mon civilians including  women, children, and Buddhist monks.


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