Public Holidays in Myanmar for 2019
There is a total of 30 holidays in Myanmar, and it is now a sovereign state in South Asia. About 4/5th of this country follows Buddhism.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar’s government is the one responsible for announcing the annual list of holiday dates, and non-working public holidays.
The interesting fact about Myanmar is their fascination with the full moon. The majority of Buddhist in the country dedicates five days to celebrate the full moon; Kasong, Tabaung, Waso, Tazaungmone, and Thadingyut.
Myanmar is preserving its list of gazetted holidays for business owners, investors, and visitors to take note. These holidays make Burma a more memorable place to visit, and beneficial to businesses in terms of being able to rest and recharge their mind from their everyday work. They also have monthly festivals in Myanmar.
How are Businesses in Myanmar During Holidays
The working hours must not exceed eight hours a day or 44 hours in a week. For work that needs to be continuously done, it must not be more than 48 hours per week. They are entitled to have a 30-minute break after working for five hours. The combined working hours and interval time must not be more than ten hours per day. Working days must not be only a maximum of six days a week.
If the employee is required to work on a Sunday, it must be substituted by another day. In case of overtime is necessary, it must not be more than 16 hours a week. If it is continuous, the maximum is only 12 hours. The overtime wage is double the basic wage.
Authorization of the Factories and General Labor Law Inspection Department must be gotten by getting the endorsement of an arrangement for steady additional time.
The Leave and Holidays Act (1951) has mandated at least one day off every week with pay, and ten days of paid leave a year. Employees are entitled to six days of paid casual leave every year.
Employee Benefits During Holidays
There is no entitled to unpaid holidays for employees, but employers should provide employees with no paid time off so they can attend funerals if they have exhausted all their paid leaves.
Each employee must be granted the official public holidays according to what the Union Government announced in the local newspaper. Starting in 2019, the government is granting alternative holidays, but there is a provision to provide a different holiday when it coincides with a day off.
Dates of the Myanmar Public Holiday 2019
|January 1||International New Year||Tuesday||Public|
|January 4||Independence Day||Friday||Public|
|January 6||Kayin New Year’s Day||Sunday||Public|
|February 12||Union Day||Tuesday||Public|
|March 2||Peasants’ Day||Saturday||Public|
|March 20||Full Moon Day of Tabang||Wednesday||Public|
|March 27||Armed Forces Day||Wednesday||Public|
|April 13 – 17||Thingyan Festival||Saturday||Public|
|May 1||May Day||Wednesday||Public|
|May 18||Full Moon Day of Kasong||Saturday||Public|
|July 16||Full Moon Day of Waso||Tuesday||Public|
|July 19||Martyr’s Day||Friday||Public|
|September 23||September Equinox||Monday||Season|
|October 12- 14||Full Moon Day of Thadingyut||Saturday||Public|
|November 10 – 12||Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone||Sunday||Public|
|December 22||December Solstice||Sunday||Season|
|December 25||Christmas Day||Wednesday||Public|
|December 26||Kayin New Year’s Day||Thursday||Public|
|December 31||International New Year’s Eve Day||Tuesday||Public|
Doing Business in Myanmar
In 2012, the Myanmar Foreign Investment Law was issued to promote and provide regulations regarding foreign investments. Myanmar announced in 2018 that foreigners could carry out retail and wholesale businesses. They opened a sector that developing economies want to protect. If you want to do business in Myanmar, here are ideas you can consider:
Myanmar has numerous tourist attractions, and this nation is accessible because you can reach it by air and water. You can also obtain a visa to make an overland entry. The government of Myanmar gave permission to make acquiring processes easier. In May 2010, foreign business visitors were no longer required to make arrangements with agencies, and they can apply for a visa when they pass through Yangon or Mandalay International Airports.
You can do this business even if you do not rent a space. You just need to spare a room in your house. If you have more students, install an A/C to make it comfortable for students. You can advertise on the internet and print.
There are many reasons why setting up a business in Myanmar is a wise move, and they were all mentioned here.