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August 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

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Tied together by culture


MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Alice Khin, left, an elder for the ceremony, performs the Karen traditional cultural wrist tying Saturday at the Jefferson Community Center in Seattle. This Karen cultural ceremony is observed every year to observe ethnic and cultural traditions, respect and forgive each other, and most important, celebrate community spirit and unity.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Ethnic Karen youth help carry out the plates containing the ingredients needed for the community's cultural wrist-tying ceremony on Saturday at the Jefferson Community Center in Seattle.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From left, Pre Htoo, Say Ku, Hsar Kaw, Eh Per Pser, get dressed in their traditional colors called longyi, a sheet of cloth widely worn in Burma, for the traditional Karen cultural wrist tying ceremony.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Than Zaw Oo, right, helps the elders put on plastic gloves before the start of the ceremony.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Before the wrist tying begins, candles are lit for the ceremony.

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