February (Supplementary Notes)

Video Broadcast : #229
February 1, 2021


  • February is the second month of the Gregorian Calendar.
  • February is the shortest month.
    It has 28 days in a Common Year and 29 days in a Leap Year.

Dark Moment in 2021

  • Many high ranking Government officials were detained by the military in the wee hours of February 1, 2021

Union Day in Myanmar

  • Pyidaungsu Nay (Union Day) is a public holiday in the Union of Burma.
  • It commemorates the signing of the Pinlong Sar Choke (Panglong Agreement) on February 12, 1947.
  • I wrote a poem “Our Unity” with the pen name Maung Hlaing Phyo for publication in the Forward Magazine.
    I received K15 for the poem.
    The artist received K50 for the background illustration.
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Bogyoke Aung San’s Birthday

  • Bogyoke Aung San was born on February 13, 1915.
  • His zartar name was Htain Lin.
  • His formal name is Aung San, rhymes with Aung Than (his elder brother).
    Arzani U Ba Win is their eldest brother.
  • Centennial celebrations for Bogyoke were held in 2015.

Children’s Day in Myanmar

  • February 13 is also as Khalay Myar Nay (Children’s Day).

Tabodwe Festival

The Full Moon of Tabodwe often falls in February.
Two celebrations are held.

  • Htamane Pwe (Sticky Rice Festival)
  • Ovada Partimauk Day (Exhortation)

Events in USA

February 14

  • Valentine’s Day (Chit Thu Myar Nay) is not a public holiday
  • Many people send greeting cards and presents.

Presidents’ Day

  • In the early days, there were two holidays.
    One to celebrate George Washington‘s birthday.
    Another to celebrate Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday.
  • Later a single holiday in February to honor all US Presidents was proposed.
  • Some states continue to celebrate the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln.

Events in Canada

  • Family Day” (holiday) is observed on the 2nd Monday of February in Ontario.
  • Family Day is observed on the 3rd Monday of February in British Columbia.

Lunar New Year

  • Some countries (including China and Vietnam) observe the Lunar Year.
  • The Lunar Calendar is based on the Chinese Zodiac consisting of Twelve signs staring with the Rat and ending with the Pig.
  • Generally, the Lunar New Year occurs at the end of January or the beginning of February (e.g. in 2021).
    The date is not fixed in the Gregorian Calendar.

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