Myanmar Armed Forces Day

National and public holidays in Myanmar Public Holiday in Myanmar

This holiday marks the rebellion against Japanese occupation during World War II

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Marks the rebellion against Japanese occupation during World War II

Armed Forces Day is observed as a public holiday in Myanmar on 27 March.

Known in Myanmar as 'Tatmadaw Nay', it commemorates the rebellion against Japanese occupation during World War II.

History of Myanmar Armed Forces Day

In 1886, Myanmar (then called Burma) came under British control. From the earliest days of colonisation, there was a strong feeling of resentment against the rule of the British.

During World War II, Some Burmese saw the rise of Japan as an opportunity to gain independence from Britain. Aung San, was a prominent figure in the independence movement, but he been exiled to China. While in exile, he agreed to collaborate with Japan, having been convinced they would make Burma an independent nation if they helped drive out the British.

With Burmese nationalist support, Japan took control of Burma in 1942. However Aung San came to realise that the Japanese had no intention of giving independence to Burma and on 23 March 1945, he led the Burmese army in a a rebellion against the Japanese that helped the Allied forces remove the Japanese from the region.

Not surprisingly, the key event on this day is a large parade by the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar.

Originally this holiday was called Resistance Day, but it was renamed to Armed Forces Day by the Tatmadaw.

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