Independence Day: January 4th

January 4th is a national holiday observed annually in Myanmar to celebrate Myanmar's Declaration of Independence from British rule in 1948.


Watch and listen to the video of Independence Day celebrations on January 4th 1948 in Yangon.

Fill the gaps in the transcript using NO MORE than TWO WORDS from the video.


This is movie tone. Lionel Gamlin reporting.


It was at an early hour, _________ chosen by Burmese astrologers, that Rangoon marked Burma's full assumption of independence. In place of the Union Jack, the Burmese ________ was hoisted with all-due ceremony.


The President Sao Shwe Thaik , wearing a silver embroidered white ___________ inspected the guard of honor and a few hours later the last governor of Burma, Sir Hubert Rance went down to the docks with his wife to start his __________ home. At the quayside, farewells were said before they left _________ the cruiser 'Birmingham', on route for Colombo.


Rangoon's celebration lasted for __________. Aboard the ceremonial barge with dancing girls in attendance, the President was ____________ the lakes while hundreds of Burmese crowded the banks.


In the town, the holiday continued quite sedately, ___________ with the new government's official directive and at the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the people ___________ for the independence of their country.


When you are ready, enter your answers in the sheet below:


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