BENDIGO’s Karen community invites people to its annual wrist-tying festival today.
Visitors to the free festival at St Andrew’s Uniting Church hall in Myers Street will find a colourful spectacle of traditional Karen food, dancing, and singing, culminating in a wrist-tying ceremony at 12.25pm.
The wrist-tying ceremony symbolises the renewal of bonds in families and the community, where white string is tied to the wrist and worn for three days.
Bendigo Karen monk, Venerable Ashin Moonieinda, said that by celebrating this tradition Karen people remembered their culture and beautiful traditions, respected each other and forgave each other for mistakes.
“Everybody makes mistakes in one’s life,” he said.
“Forgiveness is one of the best solutions in life.”
The festival runs from 10am to 12.30pm.