Myanmar celebrates Independence Day of Myanmar on January 04, 2017. The day is also known as Independence Day of Burma, as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar sometimes also is referred to as Burma. Myanmar is a state in Southeast Asia, next to Thailand, China, Laos, India, and Bangladesh. Its capital city is Naypyidaw. Independence Day of Myanmar celebrates the date the Declaration of Independence from Britain was signed in 1948. From then on, the country was named Union of Burma. It did not become a member of the Commonwealth, although it was a former British colony.
Independence Day of Myanmar is not the National Day of the country, as this is celebrated on December 6 each year. However, as a public holiday, most businesses and government offices are closed during this day. Celebrations take place all over the country, while the Burmese people visit friends and families, and also reflect on their nation's history and independence. Cities are often decorated in patriotic colors. Celebrating people often wear a collarless shirt and skirt, which is known as the nation dress of Myanmar. Besides a speech of the president, held on that day, there are large parades in the major cities, a lot of ceremonies, flag-raisings, and gatherings to sing patriotic songs or listen to music.