Some activities that AKO Queensland organise are as follow:
- KAREN NEW YEAR: The Karen National New Year celebrations are held during the pleasant month of Pyathoe (on the Roman calendar ? Dec/Jan). People mark the occasion by sounding the Karen horn and drum, to maintain the tradition of the Karen New Year, until the end of time. Officially, the Karen New Year began in 1938. Celebrations were first held in 1939. It was on the first of January 1938, (which that year corresponded with the first of Pyathoe), that Karen national leaders demands to the British administration for the Karen New Year were finally recognized, and declared an official holiday. That date was also formally acknowledged as being the year 2677 on the Karen calendar.
- KAREN SIGNIFICANT DAYS. We also celebrate Karen Significant Days such as KNU Day, Kawthoolei Day, Karen Martyrs’ Day, and Karen Revolution’s Day. The Karen, pronounced Kah- Ren (emphasis on the second syllable), are indigenous to the Thailand-Burma border region in Southeast Asia and are one of the many ethnic groups in Burma. There are Karen people throughout the country presently known as Burma or Myanmar. The Karen people live in the hilly eastern border region of Myanmar, primarily in Karen State, in Kayah State (Karenni State), southern Shan State (MoBye Region), Ayeyarwady Division (Irrawaddy Division), Southern Kawthoolei (Tenasserim Coastal Region) and in western Thailand. Karen State, Kaw Thoo Lei, is a heavily forested, mountainous strip of land that forms a divider between Thai and Burmese people, as well as between the people and the Irrawaddy delta within Burma/Myanmar.
- KAREN WRIST TYING DAY. People who attend the wrist tying ceremony must wear full traditional costume. The ceremony could only be sponsored by an elderly couple who had lived together as husband and wife for their entire married life. This senior couple called upon the spirits of the children to come back from the place of darkness and to stay with parents, grandparents and relatives. The senior couple then prayed that the young children would behave themselves well, and act with good discipline and preserve our culture. There are seven materials are used for wrist tying ceremony: 1. A glass of cold water 2. Three white threads 3. Seven rice balls 4. Seven triangular-shaped lumps of sticky rice in the packages 5. Seven boiled bananas 6. Seven (Paw Woung) branches of flowers 7. Seven pieces of sugarcane.