ENGL 6750, Summer 2015: Voices: Karen Refugees in Cache Valley, Utah: Karen Culture
The Karen New Year
Many of the refugees talked about celebrating the Karen New Year. This celebration lasts for three days and includes activities such as sports, traditional 'done' [pronounced don] dancing, and singing. Some of the Karen people were afraid at first to raise the flag and celebrate since they were so used to living under oppression.
Naw Pa Saw Paw from Ka Pyaw had this to say about the celebration:"This is the first time we have celebrated the Karen New Year in our village. Before we never had a chance. We are happy and in the future we want our Karen people to have more freedom to celebrate not only our Karen New Year but also to enjoy our traditions.” 
Takraw and Thanaka
Snay Tun talked about a skill-ball called Takraw, which originated in Asia. This is a very popular pastime with him and his friends. He talked about the special moves and rules and then showed us a takraw match on TV.
Aye Win demonstrated the preparation and application of thanaka, an Asian cosmetic product.
More information on takraw and thanaka on the next two pages.
 Karen Done Dance. Youtube. Accessed 26 May 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTZhpr5D7LM
 New Year Celebrations Cheer Karen Villagers Accessed 26 May 2015. http://karennews.org/2014/01/new-year-celebrations-cheer-karen-villagers.html/