National Day in Myanmar in 2020

National Day in Myanmar in 2020

  Dates of National Day in Myanmar
2022 Myanmar Fri, Nov 18 National Holiday
2021 Myanmar Sun, Nov 21 National Holiday
2020 Myanmar Wed, Dec 9 National Holiday
2019 Myanmar Thu, Nov 21 National Holiday
2018 Myanmar Mon, Dec 3 National Holiday
Beginning of the Student led protests against British Rule in 1920

When is Myanmar National Day?

National Day is an annual public holiday in Myanmar. It is celebrated on the tenth day following the full moon of the month of Tazaungmone.

The holidays marks the beginning of student-led protests against the British in 1920. It is Myanmar's National Day and should not be confused with Myanmar's Independence Day, which takes places on 4 January.

History of Myanmar National Day

In 1886, Myanmar (then called Burma) came under British control, with Rangoon (the capital. now called Yangon) being an important port situated between India and Singapore.

From the earliest days of colonisation, there was a strong feeling of resentment against the rule of the British, with the student protests of 1920 seen as the start of the resistance movement that ultimately led to independence from Britain in 1948.

In 1920, on the tenth day following the full-moon day of Tazaungmone on the Burmese lunar calendar, students from the Rangoon and Judson Colleges began protests against the British administration’s Rangoon University Act of 1920.

The Act raised the status of Rangoon College to that of a university, but the changes in the administration and curriculum were seen to exclude the local Burmese population.

The protests ignited a call for nationalism in the students, the basis of which formed the key elements of the movement for independence.

The national holiday is a day to remember not just the 1920 protests, but also the key role played by students in the creation of modern day Myanmar.

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