RE: Why did Burma change its name to Myanmar?
Why did Burma change its name to Myanmar?
What was the main reason?
Burma achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 4 January 1948, as the “Union of Burma.” It became the “Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma” on 4 January 1974, before reverting to the “Union of Burma” on 23 September 1988. On 18 June 1989, the State Law and Order Restoration Council adopted the name “Union of Myanmar.” This was recognised by the United Nations, but not by the US or UK Governments.
The name “Myanmar” is derived from the local short-form name Myanma Naingngandaw. Its etymology remains unclear.
In 1989, the military junta officially changed the English version of the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar – Burmese opposition groups continue to use the name “Burma,” since they do not recognise the legitimacy of the ruling military government nor its authority to rename the country.