State govt to hold Chin National Day in Mindat
11 February 2014: The government of Chin State says that it will organize a large-scale event to celebrate the 2014 Chin National Day in Mindat town, Mindat Township.
It has announced that an array of exhibitions will be prepared by various government departments as part of the programme, according to a government source in Hakha.
A staff member from the Department of Culture said in the Hakha Post that they were busy preparing for the event and that Chief Minister Hung Ngai would arrange transport for them to travel to Mindat.
It is claimed that the expenses for the upcoming celebration will be shared by the government and local communities although this cannot be confirmed.
Mindat, a District and Township town in the southern part of Chin State, hosted the first Chin National Day celebration held on 20 February 1951 in which U Nu, the then Prime Minister of the Union of Burma, and other ethnic ministers attended.
It was on 9 October 1950 that the Chin Affairs Council agreed to observe the Chin National Day on 20 February each year.
Burma’s successive military authorities had banned celebration of the Chin National Day for decades until 2012 and instead, forced the Chin to hold the ‘Chin State Day’ inside the country.#