Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Unity despite Differences

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Unity despite Differences

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Byline: Gemima Harvey

AT CHRISTMAS time, the strong sense of community binding together the various religious and ethnic groups that make up Coffs Harbour's Myanmarese population is more palpable than ever.

In Coffs Harbour, like in Myanmar (also known as Burma), Christmas is celebrated as a community, no matter if you are Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim, and regardless of whether you are, for example, Burman, Karen, Shan or Kachin.

On Saturday, the Myanmar Community Coffs Harbour had a Christmas party at the Anglican Hall on McLean St, where they shared food and gave gifts to all the children.

"Christmas is about bringing everyone together, no matter where they come from, and strengthening our community spirit," Htun Htun Oo, who was originally from Mandalay, said.

Gawlu Seng Naw, a refugee from the Kachin ethnic group, explained how he would spend Christmas in his village.

"One week before Christmas, people would go house to house, singing and collecting donations that went toward creating a big dinner and party for the whole community. …

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