Armed Forces Day

   (march 27)
   A major national holiday, perhaps Burma's most important secular observance, commemorating the uprising of the Burma National Army led by Aung San against the Japanese on March 27, 1945. Originally the anniversary was known as Resistance Day, and the name change to Armed Forces Day has been criticized by some Burmese because the Tatmadaw's history began in December 1941, when the Burma Independence Army was established, rather than March 1945, and because the military regime has changed the holiday's meaning, from a celebration of the popular uprising against fascism in 1945 to one glorifying the Tatmadaw's role in defending national sovereignty. Official celebrations in Rangoon (Yangon) included a parade to Resistance Park and a speech by the chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, Senior General Than Shwe. Neither was accessible to the general public, as had been the case at Resistance Day celebrations in the past.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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