Holidays and Events

Some holidays

  • have fixed date
  • have relative dates
  • are designated as Public holidays
  • are religious

January

  • Jan 1 : New Year’s Day
  • Jan 4 : Independence Day in Myanmar
  • Martin Luther King’s Day in US
    Third Monday of January
  • Occasionally : Lunar New Year

February

  • Feb 12 : Union Day
  • Feb 13 : Children’s Day (Bogyoke Aung San’s birthday)
  • Feb 14 : Valentine’s Day
  • US Presidents’ Day
    Third Monday in February
  • Occasionally : Lunar New Year
  • Occasionally : Full Moon Day of Tabodwe — Htamane Pwe & [Buddha’s] Exhortation Day

March

  • Mar 2 : Peasant’s Day was moved from Jan 1 in order to celebrate the Coup D’eat
  • Mar 13 : Phone Maw Day
  • Mar 13 : Burma’s Human Rights Day (celebrated by Berkeley)
  • First Day of Spring : Persian New Year
    On or around Mar 21
  • Mar 27 : Resistance Day was renamed as Armed Forces Day

April

  • Thingyan : Three or four days of Water Festival
    Starts on or around April 13
  • Myanmar New Year
    Around April 16

May

  • May 1 : May Day in some countries
  • May 5 : Cinco de Mayo
  • Mother’s Day in the US
    Second Sunday in May

June

  • Jun 6 : D Day
  • Jun 6 : Ah Loke Thamar Ah Yay Ah Khinn
  • Father’s Day in the US
    Third Sunday in June
  • Two Anniversaries and a birthday in our family

July

  • Jul 4 : Independence Day in the US
  • Jul 7 : Students’ protest that was brutally crushed (in 1962)
  • Jul 8 : Demolition of the Rangoon University Student’s Union (in 1962)
  • Jul 19 : Arzani Nay
  • Apollo 11 landed in Tranquility Bay on the Moon on July 20, 1969
  • My poem “Men on the Moon” was sent to NASA via USIS.
    A copy was published in the Guardian.

August

  • 8-8-88 : start of a long struggle to restore Democracy in Myanmar
  • Several birthdays and sad days in my extended family

September

  • The hopes of Multi-party Democracy in September 1988.
  • Occasionally : End of Burmese Buddhist Lent (Thadinkyut)

October

  • Occasionally : End of Burmese Buddhist Lent (Thadinkyut)
  • “Deepavali” or “Diwali” celebrations are also celebrated around October. It is known as the “Festival of Lights”.
  • “Halloween” occurs every year on October 31 with “Trick or Treat” by the children and [optional] “Halloween Costume Party” by young and old adults.

November

  • Elections in the US (Local races & Resolutions every year, House of Representatives every two years, One third of Senators every two years, President every four years)
  • Nov 22 : JFK assassinated (Conspiracy Theory survives)
  • Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US

December

  • U Thant Ah Yay Ah Khinn : dark day in the history of Burma
  • Apollo 8 orbited the Moon in December 1968
  • Dec 25 : Christmas
  • Dec 31 : New Year’s Eve

Grapevine says that some holy days are preceded by some “fun events”.

  • Halloween (October 31) precedes “All Saints Day” (November 1).
  • Similarly, “Mardi Gras” (“Fat Tuesday”) falls on the day before “Ash Wednesday” signifying the start of the Lent.

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