Akha New Year Festival

The Akha Ethnic New Year Festival celebrated the arrival of the Year of Sheep on the Akha astrological calendar.

Date : In December*. The date is fixed according to the Akha calendar.
Venue : Kyaing Tong Township, Eastern Shan State
Details : Akha ethnic New Year festival

The Akha originated from Yunnan Province in China, but significant numbers migrated to Myanmar, Laos and Thailand in the early 20th century. They live in villages in the mountains of eastern Myanmar and speak Akha, a language in the Lolish branch of the Tibeto-Burman family. They are the second-biggest ethnic group in the Kengtong area.

The Akha Ethnic New Year Festival celebrated the arrival of the Year of Sheep on the Akha astrological calendar. During the festival days, different Akha tribes wear unique traditional costumes from the region.

Traditional dance competitions which take place from 7 am till midnight give a chance for each dancing group to show off their skills.

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