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71st Anniversary of Karen Martyr’s Day

August 14, 2021 - August 15, 2021

This year, Minnesota’s Karen community is planning to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of Karen Martyr’s Day on Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th, 2021.

The event will be held outdoors at Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet School.


Event Schedule

The main ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 14th from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.

For the remainder of the event, attendees can visit KCM (Karen Community of Minnesota) food vendors, participate in games, visit the resource fair, and observe sport tournaments. Tournaments include men’s soccer, men and women’s volleyball, and men’s cane ball.



Karen Martyr’s Day is officially on August 12 and commemorates the anniversary of the death of Saw Ba U Gyi (the first president of the Karen National Union) in 1950. Others who have fought for the Karen are also honored in remembrance of the Karen resistance. For more background information, visit KCM’s Facebook event page.



For general information, please contact:

Thara Nay Htoo 651-529-5066 | sawnay@gmail.com
Thara Taw Klu Moo 651-202-1613
Thara Eh Tah Ku: 651-460-0668 | ekhu@mnkaren.org

For sports, contact:

Thara Million: 651-442-3351
Thara Poe Thay Doh: 651-210-4571
Thara Kelmo: 651-528-1019
Thara Kaw Lah Hay: 651-274-5064

The deadline for sports registration is Saturday, August 7th, 2021.



If you or your business are interested in being an official sponsor of the Karen Martyr’s Day event, we have four sponsorship packages available with benefits:
❖ Bronze: $150 –a table reserved for your business at the resource fair on Saturday, August 14th. (number of tables limited to space available)
❖ Silver: $300 – Bronze benefits plus business name on ceremony program schedule, and KOM website/social media platforms.
❖ Gold: $600 – Silver benefits plus recognition at the opening and closing ceremony
❖ Platinum: $1,000 –Gold benefits, plus business name and logo printed on the official invitation and welcome to display business banner and speak on the stage.

For more information and to register as a sponsor, please read and complete this 2021 Karen Martyrs’ Day sponsorship letter and form.


COVID-19 Guidelines

1. Wear your mask properly, even if vaccinated
2. Please do your best to remain 6 feet away from others teams.
3. Please bring hand sanitizer
4. Do not share food. Pick up after yourself.


August 14, 2021
August 15, 2021


Mississippi Creative Arts School
1575 L'Orient St
St. Paul, MN 55117 United States
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