Myanmar will hold its first ever Ethnics Culture Festival in Yangon from Friday, January 25, to Wednesday, January 30. According to the authorities, this cultural event will feature the unity of ethnic nationals. The opening ceremony will be held at 08:00 (local time) on January 25 at Kyaikkasan Ground. This initiative intending to show cultural tradition and livelihood of ethnic nationals will feature an ethnic night market. Heightened security measures and crowded conditions are anticipated around the event.
Myanmar has experienced ongoing rebellions and violent internal conflict, often due to ethnic tensions, involving numerous non-state armed groups. There is ongoing conflict in the north of Shan state, Kachin State, and Karen/Kayin state, as well as in the sensitive Rakhine state.
Individuals in Yangon are advised to anticipate crowded conditions and disruptions to daily life, including transportation, accommodation, and business disruptions.
As a reminder for foreign citizens heading to Myanmar, authorities advise against all but essential travel to: - Rakhine State, except the southern townships of Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including the tourist resort of Ngapali) and Gwa; - to southern Chin State, due to active armed conflict; - to Shan State (North), except Kyaukme town, Hsipaw town; - and to Kachin State (except the towns of Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao).