Burundi #360c (1971)

Burundi #360c (1971)

The Republic of Burundi (République du Burundi in French, or Republika y’Uburundi in Kirundi) is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. It had been part of the colony of Ruanda-Urundi, two African kingdoms which had been ruled by German East Africa until it … Continue reading Burundi #360c (1971)

Burma #1 (1937)

Burma #1 (1937)

Burma was a part of India from 1826 until it became a self-governing unit of the British Commonwealth, complete with a constitution, on April 1, 1937. It achieved full independence as the Union of Burma on January 4, 1948, and in 1989 officially changed its name to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Pyidaunzu Thanmăda Myăma Nainngandaw — ပြည်ထောင်စုသမ္မတ မြန်မာနိုင်ငံတော်). Many political and ethnic opposition groups and … Continue reading Burma #1 (1937)

Thailand #495 (1967)

Thai National Flag / ธงชาติไทย

Thailand doesn’t have a formal Flag Day holiday but if it did, the date would be celebrated on September 28. That is the date in 1917 that the current flag — popularly called Thong Trairong (ธงไตรรงค์), or “tri-color flag” — was adopted by a royal decree issued by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and enacted into law by the Flag Act of B.E. 2460 (1917). The story goes that during the … Continue reading Thai National Flag / ธงชาติไทย

Bulgaria #209 (1928)

Bulgaria #209 (1928)

The Republic of Bulgaria (Republika Bǎlgariya or Република България), is a country in southeastern Europe occupying a portion of the eastern Balkan peninsula bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. With a territory of 42,855 square miles (110,994 square kilometers), Bulgaria is Europe’s 16th-largest country. The capital and largest … Continue reading Bulgaria #209 (1928)

British Solomon Islands #68 (1939)

British Solomon Islands #68 (1939)

The Solomon Islands archipelago is a collection of Melanesian Islands in the western South Pacific Ocean, located northeast of Australia. They are in the Melanesia subregion and bioregion of Oceania. The islands have been inhabited for at least 30,000 years and were first visited by Europeans in 1568 by the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña who named them the Islas Salomón. Germany proclaimed the more northernly … Continue reading British Solomon Islands #68 (1939)

Thailand #1499 (1992)

Mahidol Day / วันมหิดล

I’m a day late for this one; there are so many holidays and other observances here in Thailand that it can often be difficult to keep them all straight! In fact, I just learned that next Saturday is a religious holiday as my students needed to cancel in order to attend ceremonies at the local wat. The 24th of September each year is observed as … Continue reading Mahidol Day / วันมหิดล

British Honduras #116 (1938)

British Honduras #116 (1938)

British Honduras was the name of a territory on the east coast of Central America, south of Mexico, after it became a British crown colony in 1862. The capital was established at what became Belize City. In 1964, British Honduras became a self-governing colony. The colony was renamed Belize in June 1973 and gained full independence in September 1981. For the pre-colonial and post-colonial history … Continue reading British Honduras #116 (1938)