Mogok had an opening ceremony to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the town’s establishment on the morning of March 29 with festivities and traditional dances of national races.
The Mogok festival took place over three days and the whole Myanmar Year of 1379 is marked as the 800th anniversary of establishing the town well-known as Ruby Land. The festivities and events also included music shows, sport competitions, religious and traditional occasions and regional development activities.
“The whole Myanmar year is marked as the 800th anniversary of the establishment of Mogok. We have been doing preparations since the beginning of this year.
Now, all people in different religions are taking part in the festival. That is the main point to be highlighted,” said Daw Khin Ohn Myint, secretary of the organizing committee for the festival.
One of the objectives to hold the festival is to develop Mogok as a travel destination. The Ruby Land’s economy relies on gem and gem-related businesses. Presently, as the extension of gem mine operating permits is temporarily suspended until enactment of a new gems law, gems businesses and markets in Mogok are not as busy as before.
Therefore, headed by Sayadaw U Thu Mingala, the festival is being held to seek tourism opportunities for ensuring economic and social development of the local people.
The festival has received hundreds of local visitors and some permitted foreign travellers as well.