Seventh-day memorials honour Win Tin

A seventh-day memorial was held in Rangoon and several other towns in Burma in memory of NLD co-founder Win Tin, who died one week ago on 21 April.

In Burmese Buddhist tradition, seven days after a person dies a memorial is held to honour the deceased.

In Rangoon, NLD leaders and members of Win Tin’s family gathered at his house to commemorate him by offering alms to monks and donating money to charity.

“We offered a meal of Mohinga to ten monks in the early morning at the house where Win Tin lived,” said Khin Swe Swe Tun, one of Win Tin’s relatives.

“The family also donated robes and alms to the monks and listened to the Dharma Talk in remembrance of “Uncle”.

Other well-known faces from the political and literary world, including Aung San Suu Kyi, attended the memorial.

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All donations received will go to the Win Tin Foundation, which provides support for former and current political prisoners, writers and journalists.

Win Tin was honoured in several towns throughout Burma including Mandalay, Magwe, Pyinmana, Prome and Hlegu.

“The commemoration is held with the money chipped in by NLD members in the town. We offered Mohinga to seven monks and to those who attended the event,” said an NLD member from Hlegu.

Win Tin was a political prisoner for 19 years and passed away on the 21 April, six years after he was released at the age of 85.

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