A bit of education, and Myanmar’s National Day

Myanmar’s National Day falls on November 21, and this year will be its 99th anniversary. It is also a significant day for Myanmar students as, historically, the advent of a National Day is closely tied to the national curriculum. 

The origins of Myanmar’s National Day goes back to the independence struggle against the British in colonial times, with reformers keen to see a National Day that would mark the peoples’ own self-interests – rather than those of a foreign power.

An organisation called the General Council of the Burmese Association (GCBA) took it upon themselves to create such a day and, in the early 1920s at a conference in Mandalay, gathered to discuss the details.