28th KYO Day Celebration (Queensland)

Australian Karen Organisation

The 28th KYO day was celebrated successfully in Queensland on 20th of May 2017. The event was organized by AKO youth in Queensland and supported by AKO Queensland branch. Each and every year the ceremony is held at a different location as. The 28th KYO day ceremony took place at the Stafford Community Center. There were approximately 100 people attended the ceremony including elderly people although this event aimed to celebrate the establishment of the Karen youth organization. The KYO (Karen Youth Organization) was formed on 23rd of May 1989 to respond to the needs of the Karen young people. The establishment of the KYO (Karen youth organization) was to empower and equip youth through democratic leadership and socioeconomic development to be able to contribute towards fighting for the Karen people.

The event was also joined by several leaders from the Australian Karen Organization, Queensland branch. The 28th KYO day facilitation letter was received from the headquarter and read by a beautiful Karen girl named Nan Agrol Htoo. The ceremony then followed by a number of great presenters and performances brought to us by the Karen community in Queensland. The ceremony successfully concluded with a delicious refreshment which was prepared by AKO youth in Queensland.

Australian Karen Organisation

On the 5h of April 2017 the Australian Karen Women group held the Karen Women's Day in Victoria. As we have witness that women from all over Victoria came together to put on a wonderful celebration. We had so many people coming together to celebrate Woman's Day and making the event enjoyable. Woman's Day isn't like any other celebration, it's bringing all Karen Women, young and old together and empowering them with encouragement and showing the younger generation of leadership. On this special day we had performances by our Karen women and lots of food made with love by the Karen Women Organisation.

Australian Karen Organisation

On the 8th of April 2017, the Australian Karen Organisation of Victoria was invited to perform a cultural dance at Multicultural Race Day in Wyndham at the Werribee Racecourse. Every year the Wyndham city council invites our AKO in Victoria to perform a dance to represent our culture to all the different cultures in Victoria. Our Karen community were able to witness the diversity culture in Melbourne and also show the different cultures the Karen dance. We were able to see the amazement in the audience faces during the Karen performance. The Australian Karen Organisation in Victoria would proudly perform the Karen Dance at any event to show Melbourne the beauty of the Karen tradition.

Australian Karen Organisation

On the 29th March our AKO Australia Karen Organisation in Victoria members were invited to participate in an event called Global Pathway at Trinity College. We were able to show primary school children our traditional performances, instruments and our way of living in our Karen State. There were over 248 teachers and students that can to our station showing interest in our culture. As we engaged with the students and teachers, we realised many of them were surprised.

We were able to get to teachers and students to participate in dancing and playing the drums. In the end the organiser of the workshop came and reported back to us on how the majority of students was mesmerised by our culture display and performances.

Australian Karen Organisation

Among many of the Karen's ceremonial events the Karen New Year Eve is considered to be a very significant social and traditional event, widely commemorated around the world by the Karen people. Historically, the Karen New Year Eve is relative recent and it was first officially celebrated in the year of 1938. The occasion is held on the first of the month of Therlay (January) in accordance with the Karen calendar year.

For the Karen community living in Queensland, united under the leadership of the Australian Karen Organisation (AKO), the event is held every year in a most fashionable way. As the number of our Karen community members grow in size every year the event has become a very vibrant and elaborate ceremonial event which attract many other community members to join us in the celebration. Each year the celebration is held at a different location since the Karen community in Brisbane is geographically expanded between North and South, therefore the event is routinely held between the Northern and Southern suburb of Brisbane yearly.

This year, 2017 the event was held at North side of Brisbane and there were over 600 attendees including guests from other community members and community organisations, such as MDA, QPAST. This year it had been a successful year for our Karen community living in Brisbane and we took pride in making this event ever grow bigger and stronger. This year celebration agenda includes several activates, such as Karen traditional dance called Doe Dace organised by South siders and the children Doe Dace initiated by the North siders. Doe Dace is a form of performance which has widely known as traditional and symbolic for the unity of the Karen people across the globe. In the ceremony there were several guest speakers from other community leaders and community organisation representatives, songs performance presented by youth department, women department and other talented individual youngsters from the community. There were also award presentation, mainly sport activities that usually happened one to two weeks prior to the actual celebration date. In the sport competition there were many groups and various sport activities, such as man and women soccer groups, cane ball and men and women volleyball teams. As always, refreshment and food prepared by community members and served by youth followed after the celebration.

Australian Karen Organisation

The Karen Community in Perth celebrated the Karen New Year on the 29th December 2016, the 1st Thalay 2756 in Karen. They estimated that one-thousand people attended the event. The people who attended were mostly Karen people from Western Australia (WA). Also, there were many Karen people from the eastern side of WA that attended the Karen New Year. The Minister of Parliament (MP) of WA were invited as a guest speaker on the day.


The event ran from 10am to 2pm. During the celebration, the MP gave a brief speech as well as Karen New Committee, followed by few group songs from the churches. Four groups of Karen traditional Don Dance performance was well organised by the Australia Karen Organisation (AKO) WA which went as planned. They presented gifts to people who were over the age of 70 years during the event. During the Don Dance, they served lunch to everyone. The meals that was served were Karen and Burmese curry. Everyone was pleased with the celebration of Karen New Year. The amount of people that came to celebrate the Karen New Year in 2756 was fantastic. The event was organised by social groups, religious groups and political groups of WA.