Holidays and Events *

Some holidays

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


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


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


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


  • Thingyan : Three or four days of Water Fesival
  • Myanmar New Year


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


  • Jun 6 : D Day
  • Jun 6 : Ah Loke Thamar Ah Yay Ah Khinn
  • Father’s Day in the US


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


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


  • Crushing the hopes of Multi-party Democracy
  • Occasionally : End of Burmese Buddhist Lent


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.
Thingyan Su Paung Ya Han Khan

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