Published on : Saturday, January 4, 2014
Myanmar celebrated its Independence Day, which commemorates the country’s freedom in 1948. The celebration includes a 7-day fair at Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon. Myanmar military guard of honor attends the ceremony to mark the 66th Independence Day in Nay Pyi Taw. A national flag-raising ceremony was also held.
The Southeast Asian country of Burma, renamed Myanmar in 1989 by its military government, was under the control of the British for more than a century. More than 2000 prisoners were released with 1800 from Insein Prison in Yangon and another 230 from Mandalay prison to mark its Independence Day as the activists reported.
Every year on January 4th, the President and the Vice-President of Burma address the nation. It is a public holiday in the country. Schools, colleges, offices, and markets remain closed. The government institutions, schools, colleges hoist the national flag to mark the occasion. The Independence Day ceremony at People’s Park in Yangonis organized by the national government and begins at 04.20 am. Parades are held in the capital city, Naypyidaw. Across the nation people dress in traditional outfits and hold cultural programs. Children and adults alike sing patriotic songs this day.