The non-Kachin guest-visitors will participate in the two-day Kachin Manau dance festival with Kachins, to start on February 4 in 'Sinpraw Majoi' Manau Park in Laiza headquarters, KIO officials in Laiza said.
Among the guest-visitors who have arrived in Laiza, are mainly Red Shans in Mohnyin district between Myitkyina-Mandalay railway, Burman and Shan monks, Nagas from Sagaing Division. Gorkhas (Nepalis) have been specially invited by the KIO, officials said.
KIO has also invited leaders of the Burmese ruling junta and its allies the ethnic ceasefire groups including the United Wa State Army (UWSA), the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) and the New Mon State Party (NMSP), according to KIO officers in Laiza.
Residents of Laiza told KNG today, the KIO is warmly welcoming guests by lighting fireworks and bursting crackers whenever large numbers of guests arrive in Laiza.
KIO is providing all guest-visitors with free food and accommodation, added KIO officials. The KIO is also reimbursing transportation cost for some of the guest-visitors.
On February 5, on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of Kachin Revolution Day, over 1,300 Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldiers will undertake the anniversary parade before the current KIO chairman and President Salang Kaba Lanyaw Zaw Hra, who will read out the anniversary speech, KIO sources said.
Kachin university students formed the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and fought the Burmese ruling junta with arms with the majority support of the people in Kachin state and northeast Shan state from February 5, 1961. The day was dubbed 'Kachin Revolution Day'.