Peasants' Day

National and public holidays in Myanmar National Holiday in Myanmar

Myanmar Peasants' Day is a public holiday on 12 February

When is Peasants' Day?

Dates of Peasants' Day Holiday
Year Day Date
2019 Saturday March 2nd
2018 Friday March 2nd
2017 Thursday March 2nd
2016 Wednesday March 2nd
2015 Monday March 2nd

Also known as Farmers' Day, Peasants' Day is an annual public holiday in Myanmar on 2 March.

The holiday is a day to mark and honour the contribution of agriculture and farming to Myanmar.

History of Peasants' Day

In Myanmar, around 70% of the country's population are involved in farming and agriculture. The prosperity and success of the nation depends on the contribution of those working on the land, with over 60% of Myanmar's Gross Domestic Product being generated from agriculture.

Myanmar's main agricultural product is rice and it is one of the biggest exporters of rice in Asia. In recent years, the crops and products grown in Myanmar have been diversified to ensure that the country is not too dependent on one particular crop.

Peasants' Day also marks the military coup of 1962, when General Ne Win came to power. The military-led government instigated a series of socialist reforms and remained in power until 2011.

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