New Year's Day -
Sunday January 1, 2017
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties.
Ananda Pagoda festival in Bagan -
Tuesday January 3, 2017
Culture : Large gathering of Kachin people, ceremonies, dances, brass drums... - http://www.baganmyanmar.com updated Sept. 2013
Independence Day -
Wednesday January 4, 2017
Secular holiday : Celebrates Burma's Declaration of Independence from Britain on January 4, 1948.
Monday January 9, 2017
Secular holiday : To prepare for next day's ceremony.
Kashin Manaw -
Tuesday January 10, 2017
Secular holiday : State of Kachin day, not celebrated every year
Christmas Day -
Sunday December 25, 2016
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.
Kayin New Year's Day -
Thursday December 29, 2016
Secular holiday : Held on the first waxing moon of Pyatho, the Kayin new year is almost a national holiday. Kayin communities throughout Myanrmar celebrate by wearing their traditional dress of woven tunics over red longyis and by hosting folk dancing and singing performances. The largest celebrations are held in the Kayin suburbs of Insein, just north of Rangoon, and in Hpaan, the capital of the Kayin State