December 8, 2015 – Myanmar National Day
I wish to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Myanmar community on the occasion of Myanmar National Day.
Myanmar was conquered by the British in 1824. Growing anti-British sentiment caused increasing friction for British colonial rulers. In 1919, Buddhist monks at Eindawya Pagoda in Mandalay tried to physically evict Europeans who refused to respect the local custom and remove their shoes before entering the Pagoda. The British responded by sentencing the leader of the monks to life in prison for attempted murder.
On December 5, 1920, tempers flared when students at Rangoon University protested new government regulations. News of the protests spread and other schools decided to hold their own protests. This is considered National Day.
According to the Burmese Lunar Calendar, Myanmar National Day is observed on December 8, 2015.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in Myanmar’s general elections on November 8, 2015. It was the country’s first national vote since a civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule.
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