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November 13, 2017 – 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.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has won a landslide victory in Myanmar after general elections on November 8, 2015. It was the country’s first national vote since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule.

Myanmar National day is marked by sports activities, parades and fairs in most Burmese cities.

Today Myanmar is plagued with the Rohingya crisis and the international community is calling for Myanmar to reign in its military and stop the persecution against the Rohingya community immediately.

The date of the public holiday is determined by the Burmese Lunar Calendar. In 2017, Myanmar National Day observed on November 13th.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. As we celebrate Canada 150 this year, it is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.

 

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