Independence Day in the country is a national holiday and commemorates Burma’s Declaration of Independence from the British monarchy on January 4, 1948. In 2013, Burma celebrated the country’s 66th Independence Day amidst much festivity and fun.
On January 4 each year, the President and the Vice-President of Burma address the nation and the day is a public holiday in the country. Schools, offices, and markets are closed. A number of educational institutions, however, hoist the national flag to mark the occasion. The Independence Day ceremony at People's Park in Yangonis organized by the national government and begins at 04.20 am. Parades are held in the capital city, Naypyidaw. Across the nation people dress in traditional outfits and hold cultural programs. Children and adults alike sing patriotic songs this day.