GALLERY: Bendigo's Karen community celebrates traditional Yargu Festival
Bendigo's Karen community recently celebrated the traditional Yargu Festival. An annual event observed in the 11th month of the Burmese calendar, the Hta Ma Ne feast aims to help people overcome misfortune or illness.
Yargu food is specially prepared by seven people using seven ingredients: rice, coconut, sesame seeds, peanuts, ginger and cooking oil. It is believed that, before eating, touching a small portion of food to the head will bring good fortune and luck.