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    In  Myanmar sense, perhaps from an astrological point of view,  a week comprises eight days as Wednesday is divided into two days- before and after noon - and hence there are altogether eight days in a week. In fact, this belief comes originally from  Hinduism and deeply rooted in Myanmar lives for hundreds of generations. A Myanmar people is tolerant of traditional beliefs, tribal customs, and ancient rites so long as they do not clash with the basic teachings of Buddha.

    These birthdays information is very important for  Myanmar for some issues - say, to name, to choose a spouse or business partner, etc. - have to be decided upon these facts. "Days of the Week/ Directions/ Distinct Features" are designated as the planetary post at the Pagoda and the corners are divided into eight place which represent with the symbols of animals for those who was born that of seven days.

    Days of the Week Animal Symbol Direction Guardian Planet Distinct Features
    Monday Tiger East Moon Strong sensibility Strong jealousy
    Tuesday Lion Southeast Mars Bravery, Courage Arrogance
    Wednesday (before noon) Elephant (with tusks) South Mercury Intelligence Short-tempered
    Wednesday (after noon) Elephant (without tusks) Northwest Rahu Easy-going Close-hearted
    Thursday Mouse West Jupiter Warm-hearted Hypocrisy
    Friday Guinea Pig or Mole North Venus Deep concentration Greediness
    Saturday Serpent or Dragon Southwest Saturn Solemnity Pessimism
    Sunday Garuda bird Northeast Sun Activeness, Greediness
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    The Myanmar calendar subscribes to both the solar and lunar months, thus requiring an intercalary 30-day 13th month every second or third year. Therefore, the full moon days may change from one month to another in the usual calendar. The Myanmar months are
    Myanmar Calendar Gregorian Calendar
    Tagu March / April
    Kason April / May
    Nayon May / June
    Waso June / July
    Wagaung July / August
    Tawthalin August / September
    Thadingyut September / October
    Tazaungmone October / November
    Nadaw November / December
    Pyatho December / January
    Tabodwei January / February
    Tabaung February / March
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    There are numerous festivities in Myanmar throughout the year that are mainly related to religion but some to paying homage to powerful Nats. The table below reveals some of the significant festivals held annually throughout the country. More details........
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    The dates mentioned below refer to 2007 and may vary from year to year as they are based on Myanmar Lunar Calendar.
    Date Name Particulars
    January 4 Independence Day Myanmarhas regained her independence since 1948 after more than a century under British colony. 
    February 12 Union Day

    All leaders of the states were reunited under the guidance of General Aung Sun to sign the Ping Long agreement.

    March 2  Peasants' Day To honor the peasants who are majority of the country  
    Full Moon Day of Tabaung

    According to Myanmar the day is assumed the best time to build a Pagoda. The festival is particularly held in a grand scale at Shwedagon Pagoda.

    March 27 Armed Forces' day On that day in 1945, General Aung San and his comrades decided to fight back the Japanese who were occupied the country at the time.  
    April 13-16 Water Festival

    4-days festival ending 16th April. The water festival is held prior to Myanmar New Year to cleanse away evil deeds of the past year with water. Youths go out for enjoyment while elders take retreat in monasteries and pagoda precincts to perform meritorious deeds.

    April 17 Myanmar New Year Day The very first day of Myanmar Lunar Calendar.
    April 30 Full Moon Day of Kason

    Pouring water onto the sacred Bo Tree commemorates Buddha birthday, day of renunciation, of Enlightenment, and of decease.

    May 1 Workers' Day (May Day) Same as international.
    July 19 Martyrs' Day To commemorate the event of General Aung Sun and other 8 leaders were assassinated by the British.
    July 29 Full Moon Day of Waso (start of Lent period)  Young men and women particularly in countryside pick various kinds of flowers and then offer to Buddha Images. Similar events are seen throughout the country. It also marks the starting of lent period of three months.
    October 26 Full Moon Day of Thidingyut
    (end of Lent period)

    To commemorate the return of Buddha after preaching sermons at celestial realm for three months of the Buddhist Lent. It is welcomed throughout the country with colorful illuminations. It also marks the ending of lent period of three months.

    November 24 Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone

    Having fine weather and clear sky, and having the first crop harvested, Myanmar celebrate the night with various kinds of illuminations.

    December 4 National Day

    It is to commemorate the day in 1920 when students of Yangon College and Judson College boycotted the University Act made by the British colonialists.

    December 25 Christmas Same as international.

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