Shan Christians in Chiangmai to celebrate Christmas
A late Christmas party is to be given by the Shan Christian community in Chiangmai on Saturday, 29 December, according to the organizers.
“It’ll be the first ever Shan Christmas celebrations held in Chiangmai,”
declared James, a native of Namkham, where a large number of Shan communities
were converted to Christianity in the late 19th century.
The party at Lanna International Church will start at 18:30 and expected to break up at 21:00, according to the invitation received by S.H.A.N. The card includes a rough map of the location. (Attachment)
According to http://shan-missions.com, the first Shan church was set up by Rev Dr Moses Homan Bixby (1827-1901) in 1862 in Toungoo among Shan refugees. Other missionaries well known among Shans were Dr Josiah Nelson Cushing (1840-1905), who compiled the first Shan-English dictionary, Dr Gordon Seagrave and William Marcus Young.
In Shan State today, according to a 2003 report, there are 17 Shan churches in the north, 3 in the south and 72 in the east. All of them are Baptist.