Happy Karen New Year 2572

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

Today, I had the privilege of transporting 46 Karen individuals from Allentown to the Mid-Atlantic Karen New Year Celebration in Lancaster, PA. Yar Kaw, Eh Htoo, Kuh Dah and families were among the group that crowded into the Bus – our largest group from Allentown in the last 3 years.

The year 2013 translates into 2752 years since the Karen people settled in the land now know as Burma, in 739BC. Therefore, this is year 2752 on the Karen Calendar. I’m estimating 225 people were gathered at this celebration, traveling from CT, MD, NJ, NY, and PA.

Other than Bus driver, my roles in this celebration included helping with a few technical items and leading the Star Spangled Banner during the opening ceremony (yep, that last one was sprung on me at the last minute).

These New Year Celebrations help to communicate and preserve the Karen culture, and to enjoy fellowship with families from other areas. Most of those in this group came from Mae La or Tham Hin refugee camps, so the friendships run deep.

It was a joy to make a few new acquaintances and renew some connections from past years. I praise the Lord for giving safety on a snowy day and for another opportunity to invest in our local Karen community.


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