Updated on May 2, 2019

We were aware of special days such as

  • New Year Eve and New Year
  • Independence Day
  • Union Day
  • Resistance Day
  • Martyrs’ Day
  • May Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Thingyan
  • Diwali
  • Id
  • Labor Day
  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving.

For a long time, we were not aware that some of them are celebrated on different days (depending on the country and religious order).

For example, the Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas and Easter according to the old calendars (e.g. Julian).

The Mahayana celebrate the events (Birth, Enlightenment, Maha Parinibbana) on dates different from those of Theravada Buddhists (who celebrate the Full Moon Day of Kason as the “Thrice Blessed Day”).

We later learn about

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Kabyar (Poem) Nay
  • Myat Saya (Teacher) Nay
  • Secretary Day
  • Friend Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Earth Day
  • PI Day

Some wonder why there is no Grandfather’s Day, Grandmother’s Day or Grandparent’s Day.

Not all events are holidays.

Even among holidays, there are Public Holidays, State Holidays, and Bank Holidays.

There may be good reasons (social, commercial) for having the designated days.

For us, every day is Thanksgiving (time to repay to our parents and mentors for their unbounded love and care).

Adeline Hpyu Hpyu Aung wrote :

Yes Saya. We should be thanking God, Parents and teachers everyday, without them we will not be who we are.

Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ) wrote :

My left brain at times is over-analyzed many of these days. Many of these holidays are the work of “Holiday Industrial Complex”.

As Ma Adelyne Hpyu Hpyu Aung posted, some of these days like Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day should be 365 days a year, not necessarily just the designated day a year.

Believe it nor not there also is a ‘National Splurge Day’ which is June 18th. US Congress eventually passed a law to stop creating those days.

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