List of Holidays & Holiday Planner – 2016

January (Total 13 Holidays)


1

FRI

New Year's
Day

New Year is observed on 1st January, the first day of the year in the English calendar, which is also called Gregorian calendar. In India, there are different New Years in different regions at different times of the year. In states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar, Holi is celebrated as New Year’s Day. And states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka celebrate Ugadi and Gudi Padwa as New Year’s Day.

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14

THU

Bhogi

Bhogi is the first day of Pongal festival, which usually falls on January 13 every year, but sometimes it is celebrated on January 14. The festival is revered in states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. On this day, people discard things that are no longer useful and focus on the new ones. This represents transformation and purification of soul.

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15

FRI

Makar
Sakranti

Makar Sakranti marks the end of winter, and is celebrated mainly in the northern and western regions of the country. It is a harvest festival which coincides with many other festivals in India. It also has an astrological significance, as the sun moves into the northern hemisphere and marks the arrival of spring.

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24

SUN

Sir Chhotu
Ram Jayanti

Sir Chottu Ram was a renowned pre-partition politician in Punjab. His birth anniversary, 24 January, is celebrated as Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti. A public holiday is observed in Punjab, Haryana and other states where he served. He was also a leader of the Punjab Unionist Party and a co-founder of National Unionist Party.

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31

SUN

Me-dam-me-phi

The people of Assam celebrate Me-dam-me-phi every year on 31st January in the memory of departed souls. It is quite similar to ancestor worship, which Ahom people (people of Assam) share with Tai people. It is a way of paying respect to ancestors who made sacrifices and contributed to the betterment of the society.

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2

SAT

Mannam
Jayanthi

Mannan Jayanthi marks the occasion of the birth of Mannathu Padmanabhan, who was a freedom revolutionary and a social reformer from the state of Kerala. He was also the founding father of Nair Service Society (NSS), which aims to uplift the Nair community.

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14

THU

Pongal

Pongal is one of the biggest and important festivals in India. It’s a Tamil Harvest Festival that lasts for four days, and it is celebrated to show appreciation to the Sun God for providing enough light/energy for agriculture. People celebrate the festival by going out for shopping and exchanging gifts. There are lots of other traditional activities to enjoy on Pongal.

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16

SAT

Guru Gobind
Singh Jayanti

Guru Gobind Singh was the tenth guru of Sikh community, and his birthday is celebrated with great fervor and grandeur by Sikh community across the world. He protected helpless people both as a saint and a soldier, when Mughals brought atrocities upon them. People celebrate the occasion by offering prayers in Gurudwaras and relishing kada prasad and Langar, which lasts for 24 hours.

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25

MON

Statehood
Day

The princely states of Himachal Pradesh remained detached during the Indian freedom movement. However, in 1947, these states united and came under the Indian Union as Himachal Pradesh. The states remained a Union Territory until the conferment of statehood on 25th January 1971.

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12

TUE

Swami
Vivekananda
JAYANTI

Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk and a visionary, who introduced Vedanta and Yoga to the western world. He played a pivotal role in the revival of Hinduism in India. Swami Vivekananda has been bestowed upon the title of “patriotic saint” in India, and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.

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14

THU

Lohri

Lohri has a lot of significance for farming community in northern India, as it marks the end of the harvest. The festival is also characterised by the worship of fire, which represent energy and spiritual strength. Various grains including peanuts, popcorns, and puffed rice are fed to the fire as a religious ritual.

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23

SAT

Netaji Subhas
Chandra Bose
Jayanti

The birth anniversary of a great freedom fighter, Subhas Chandra Bose, is celebrated as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti. Netaji was born on 23rd January 1879, and played a pivotal role in the Indian freedom movement. He was a learned man and had a patriotic streak since childhood.

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26

TUE

Republic
Day

January 26 is celebrated as Republic Day in India. It is one of the important days in Indian history, as the Constitution of India came into force on this day, replacing Government of India Act. Republic Day celebrations are held in the national capital, New Delhi, and ceremonious parades take place near Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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February (Total 4 Holidays)


8

MON

Losar

Losar, meaning New Year, is a festival celebrated in Tibet, and it is one of the biggest festivals of that region. People rejoice the festival by indulging in age-old ceremonies that commemorate the struggle between evil and good. The monasteries are embellished beautifully, and people come out on streets to sing, dance and pass fire torches.

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22

MON

Guru Ravidas
Jayanti

The birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas, a mystic poet-saint of the bhakti movement, is celebrated as Guru Ravidas Jayanti. It is observed on Magh Purnima, the full moon day in the month of Magh. In Northern India, one can see Nagar Kirtan processions and decked up Gurudwaras on this day.

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14

SUN

Maharshi
Dayanand
Saraswati Jayanti

The birth anniversary of the founder of Arya Samaj, Dayanand Saraswati, is celebrated as Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti every year on February 12. Arya Samaj is an Indian religious reform movement of the Vedic tradition.

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19

FRI

Chhatrapati
Shivaji
Maharaj Jayanti

The birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti. He was a great Maratha ruler and is well-known for the creation of Maratha Empire. Shivaji was greatly influenced by Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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March (Total 6 Holidays)


7

MON

Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri, which means “the great night of Shiva”, is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated in India. It is the big day when lord Shiva married goddess Parvati, marking the union of Shiva and Shakti. The festival is celebrated all over India on the new moon day in the month of Maagha.

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24

THU

HOLI

Holi is one of the biggest and most cheerful festivals in India. People light the holy bonfire a night before celebrating the victory of good over evil. On this auspicious day, people also pray to god for good harvest. People all over India celebrate the festival by smearing each other in different colours.

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23

WED

Dolyatra

Dolyatra is one of the major festivals of West Bengal and Odisha. It is dedicated to lord Krishna, and on this day, an idol of Krishna embellished in flowers, coloured clothes, papers and ornaments, in a swinging palanquin is taken out for procession. The birth anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a great Vaishnava saint, also falls on the same day, making it all the more significant for Bengalis.

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24

THU

Maundy
Thursday

Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is a Christian holy Day that falls on the day before Easter. Maundy, meaning Washing of the Feet, is a religious rite observed by Christians. So, the Holy Thursday commemorates Maundy and the last supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

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23

WED

Shaheedi Diwas

The death anniversary of freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev is declared as Martys’ Day by the government of India. These martyrs played a pivotal role in the Indian freedom movement, and on 23 March 1931, they were sentenced to death by hanging.

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25

FRI

Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday and it is one of the important days for Christians, as it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Also, known as Holy Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday, a holiday is observed in many countries on this day, including most western countries.

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April (Total 13 Holidays)


1

FRI

Odisha Day

Also known as Utkala Dibasa, Odisha Day is celebrated on April 1 every year by Odiya-speaking community in India. The event commemorates the sacrifices made by people for the formation of Odisha province in the year 1936. People in the state celebrate the festival by organizing seminars, competitions and cultural programs.

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8

FRI

Cheti Chand

Cheti Chand is an important Sindhi festival celebrated by the Sindhi communities of India and Pakistan. It falls on the day when new moon appears after no moon day. It usually comes one day after Ugadi or Gudi Padwa. The festival is significant as it commemorates the birth anniversary of the patron saint of Sindhis, Jhulelal.

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14

THU

Dr. Ambedkar
Jayanti

The birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar is celebrated as Ambedkar Jayanti and many state governments have announced a public holiday on this day. He was a jurist, anthropologist, historian, politician, philosopher and economist. He played a significant role in the formation of Indian Constitution.

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15

FRI

Ram Navami

Regarded as one of the biggest Hindu festivals in India, Ram Navami is the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu and was born to the king Dashratha and queen Kaushalya of Ayodhya. It’s a big day for Lord Rama’s worshippers, who start their celebrations by offering morning prayers to the Sun followed by special prayers performed in temples in the afternoon.

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21

THU

Hazrat Alis
Birthday

April 21 is the birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali, who was also popularly known as Hazrat Ali and Ali lbn Abi Talib. He was the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, and a great man in the history of mankind, particularly in the history of Islam.

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5

TUE

Babu Jagjivan
Ram Birthday

Babu Jagjivan Ram was an independent activist, politician, freedom fighter and a leader of Dalit community from Bihar. He played a pivotal role in the foundation of All-India Depressed Classes League, which aims to attain equality for untouchables. Due to his contributions to the Indian Development, his birthday is annually observed in India.

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13

WED

Vaisakhi

Vaisakhi is a New Year’s Day in Punjab and it is one of the most important days for farmers, as it marks the time for the harvest of rabi crops. The festival is celebrated with utmost fervours and zeal in the state, and farmers offer their prayer to the god for good harvest.

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14

THU

Vishu

Vishu marks the beginning of Malyali New Year, and it is one of the most important festivals in Kerala and Tulu-speaking regions. Observed on the second week of April, the celebrations of Vishu begin with ritual Vishukkani, which means first thing seen after waking up in the morning. Various prayers and ceremonies are performed for the rest of the day.

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15

FRI

Himachal Day

The state of Himachal celebrates April 15 as Himachal Day every year. The day is celebrated with much fervour in different parts of state. Students and ministers take part in parades and the event’s ceremonies respectively. The main celebrations are held on the Ridge ground, which is situated in the capital of the state Shimla.

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8

FRI

Ugadi

Ugadi marks the beginning of a New Year in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The festival is locally known as Kannada Panchang in Karnataka and Telugu Panchang in Andhra Pradesh. In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as Gudi Padwa. It is believed that on this day, Brahma created the universe.

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14

THU

Tamil New Year

Popularly known as Varusha pirappu, Tamil New Year is observed on the first day of Tamil month Chithirai. In Tamil Nadu, New Year begins the day Sankranthi takes places after sunrise and before sunset. It is believed that it is an auspicious time for Danpunya activities.

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14

THU

Bohag Bihu

Also known as Rongali Bihu, Bohag Bihu is one of the most important festivals in Assam. Celebrated in the middle of April, the festival marks the beginning of Assamese New Year and coming of spring. Bohag Bihu is celebrated for the whole month with much fervour and zeal, and it represents the happiness of the society.

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19

TUE

Mahavir Jayanti

The birth anniversary of Vardhaman Mahavir, the founder of Jainism, is celebrated as Mahavir Jayanthi. The day is celebrated with much enthusiasm, especially in Jain temples all across India. Regarded as the 24th tirthankar (religious guru) of Jainism, Mahavir’s idol is given a ritual bath, adorned, ensconced in a cradle and is then taken out in a grand procession.

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MaY (Total 6 Holidays)


1

SUN

Maharashtra Day

On May 1, 1960, Maharashtra attained statehood and ever since then the day is celebrated as Maharashtra Day. The ceremony is performed in the capital city Mumbai. The state government organizes a big function in Shivaji Park, Central Mumbai. The state governor, members of the state police force, home guard, civil defence and city police also take part in the ceremony.

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8

SUN

Parashurama
Jayanti

The birth anniversary of Lord Parashurama, sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is celebrated as Parashurama Jayanti. It is believed that the birth purpose of Lord Parashurama was to eliminate the sinful, destructive and irreligious monarchs from earth. There are quite a few temples of lord Parashurama in the west coast of India.

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1

SUN

May Day

May Day is observed on May 1 and many countries declare national holiday on this day. In many cultures, May Day marks the beginning and celebration of spring. It is also regarded as a day of political protests, a saint’s feast day and day of organized labour.

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9

MON

Basava
Jayanthi

Basava Jayanthi marks the birth anniversary of Basavanna, a 12th-century poet-philosopher and the founder of Lingayat religion. It is celebrated with much fervour in all across South India, mainly Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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8

SUN

Rabindranath
Tagore Jayanti

The birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore, the great scholar and novelist, is celebrated as Rabindranath Jayanti. It is one of the most important days for people in West Bengal, as cultural shows and poetry recitations are organized all across the state. Also, cultural festivals are held in various institutions.

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21

SAT

Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima marks the birth anniversary of Siddhartha Gautama or Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. This is the most important Buddhist festival and considered the most auspicious day of the year. The major places that are well-known for Buddha Purnima celebrations are Sarthnath (U.P) and Bodhgaya (Bihar). Bodhgaya is a place where Buddha got enlightenment.

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JUNE (Total 3 Holidays)


7

TUE

Maharana Pratap
Jayanti

Maharana Pratap Jayanti commemorates the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap, who was a Hindu Rajput king of Mewar in Rajasthan. Many royal families in Rajasthan worship him for his bravery and courage. Battle of Haldighati is one of the most famous battles that Maharana Pratap fought against the Mughal emperor Akbar.

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14

TUE

Raja Sankranti

Raja Sankranti marks the beginning of monsoon, and it is celebrated with much fervour in all across Orissa. Since it is an important day for the agrarian community, people from villages celebrate the festival for three days. The major spots to visit on this auspicious day are Cuttack, Puri, and Balasore.

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16

THU

Guru Arjan Dev
Martyrdom day

The death anniversary of the fifth guru of the Sikh community, Guru Arjan, is celebrated as Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom day. It is celebrated on 16th June every year and the day commemorates the atrocities that were brought upon Guru Arajan Dev by Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

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JULY (Total 2 Holidays)


1

FRI

Jumat­ul­Wida

The last Friday of Ramadan is Jumat-ul-Wida, and it is believed to be the day of acceptance of prays. The Holy Prophet said that the one who worship Allah on Friday will get protection from Allah for the entire week. He also said that people who read their Friday namaz regularly, Allah forgives their sins.

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6

WED

Eid ul Fitr

One of the biggest and most important festivals of Islam, Eid ul Fitr is a festival of love, peace and brotherhood. Eid ul Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. On this auspicious day, Muslims from all across the world offer their prayers to Allah and thank him for his blessings.

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AUGUST (Total 5 Holidays)


2

TUE

Karkkadaka Vavu

Also known as Bali, Karikadaka holds religious significance for Hindus. A sacrificial ritual is performed on this day as a gesture of gratitude to the souls of the departed ancestors. Hindus celebrate this festival by gathering on the riverbanks and beaches to offer Bali, the special prayers.

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18

THU

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important Hindu festivals, and its significance is that it strengthens the bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, sisters tie a thread on their brother’s wrist and pray for their healthy and long life.

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15

MON

Independence Day

August 15, 1947 is one of the most important days in the Indian history, as India attained its Independence from British rule. The Independence Day commemorates India’s free statehood and the celebrations are grand. The day is also devoted to the martyrs and freedom revolutionaries, who laid down their life for a free India. A national holiday is observed in India on this historical day.

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24

WED

Janmashtami

Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country. It is believed that on this day Lord Vishnu reincarnated in the form of Lord Krishna, making it one of the biggest Hindu festivals in India.

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17

WED

Parsi New Year

Also known as Navroz, Parsi New Year is observed on the first day of the first month of the Shehenshai calendar. The festival began in the reign of Jamshed, the Persian ruler. The festival is a symbol of rebirth and rejuvenation. People began the celebrations by cleaning and decorating their homes.

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SEPTEMBER (Total 5 Holidays)


4

SUN

Teej

Teej celebrates the advent of monsoon in the colourful state of Rajasthan. It is a festival that is mainly cherished by woman, who dress in green and play on swings that are decorated with flowers. The festival also commemorates the reunion of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. Women fast on this auspicious day and they break the fast after seeing the rising moon.

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13

TUE

Onam

Onam is the day when the whole Kerala is enthused in celebrations. The state celebrates the festival with much fervour and people indulge in lots of activities including songs, folk dances, and boat races. People celebrate the festival as a gesture of paying gratitude to god for all that nature and land he provided to people.

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5

MON

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most significant Hindu festivals in India. It is mainly celebrated in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. People bring Lord Ganesha’s idol to their homes for 10 days and immerse it in the water on the 11th day. The whole ceremony is performed with utmost fervour, and devotees pray to the Lord to come back again the next year while immersing the idol in the water.

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30

FRI

Mahalaya

Durga Puja is a big festival in West Bengal and Mahalaya marks the beginning or arrival of Durga festivities. The festival is mainly celebrated in Karnataka, Tripura, Odisha and West Bengal. Observed seven days before Durga Puja, Mahalaya is the invitation or invocation to the goddess of supreme power to descend on earth.

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12

MON

Idul Juha

Eid al-Adha, also known as the Sacrifice Feast or Bakr Eid, is two of the main religious festivals of Muslims. The day commemorates the Abraham, who is honored for his willingness to sacrifice his son on the command of God, who intervenes through his angel Gabriel to inform that his sacrifice has already been accepted.

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OCTOBER (Total 10 Holidays)


2

SUN

Gandhi Jayanti

The birth anniversary of the father of nation, Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi, is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti in India. It falls on October 2 every year and a national holiday is observed in the country on this day. Mahatma Gandhi was a learned man and he played a pivotal role in the freedom movement of India.

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10

MON

Mahanavami

Mahanavami is the third and the final day of Durga Puja and it begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachar Puja. On this auspicious occasion, Maa Durga is worshipped as Mahisasuramardini, which means the goddess of supreme power killed the buffalo demon Mahishasura on this day.

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12

WED

Muharram

The first month of the Islamic calendar is Muharram, and the first day of this month is observed as Islamic New Year. The month of Muharram holds a great religious significance for Muslims all around the world. It is one of the most sacred months in the Islamic calendar.

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31

MON

Vishavkarma Day

Vishvakarma Day is an important festival which is celebrated mainly after Diwali. It is dedicated to Lord Vishavakarma, who is regarded as the divine engineer and architect of the universe. On this day, people worship Lord Vishvakarma along with tools and instruments that they use in daily for work.

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9

SUN

Saptami of
Durgapuja

Saptami of Durga Puja is one the most important five days of Durga Puja and it is observed on the seventh day of waxing phase of moon, Shukla Paksha, in Aswhina month. The most important rituals performed on this auspicious day are Pran Prathishta, Kolabou and Bodhan.

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11

TUE

Dussehra

The Hindu festival Dussehra marks the day when Lord Rama killed Ravana to rescue Goddess Sita. It is one of the most important and beloved Hindu festivals in India, as the whole country celebrates the occasion with much fervor by lighting candles, diyas and adorning their houses. The major attraction of this day is burning the giant effigies of the ten-headed Ravana as a religious ritual.

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16

SUN

Maharishi Valmiki
Jayanti

Regarded as the first poet of Sanskrit literature, Valmiki was the author of epic Ramayana. His birth anniversary, known as Valmiki Jayanti, is celebrated on Ashwin Purnima, and he is believed to be the contemporary of Lord Rama.

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10

MON

Ayudha Puja

Ayudha Puja, which is mainly celebrated in Karnataka, is worshipping of tools that people use in their daily life to earn their livelihood. People celebrate this occasion by placing their implements or tools on an altar to the divine and perform traditional rituals to thank god for helping them fulfil their duties.

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7

FRI

Durga Puja

Also known as Durgotsava, Durga Puja is one of the most important Hindu festivals when the goddess of supreme power is worshipped. It is a five-day festival, which includes Shahthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Navami and Vijaydashmi. Durga Puja begins the next day of Mahalaya.

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30

SUN

Diwali

Diwali is the most important and beloved Hindu festivals in India. On this auspicious day, the king of Ayodhya, Lord Rama, came back to his kingdom after a 14-year long exile. On that night, people lit up their houses with diyas and earthen lamps as a welcome gesture. People in India celebrate Diwali by adorning their houses with lights and bursting crackers.

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November (Total 4 Holidays)


1

TUE

Bhai Bij

Bhai Bij, also known as Bhaiya Dooj, is a festival that is celebrated 1 day after Diwali. On this day, sisters put a tilak on their brothers’ forehead and pray for their long lives and brothers in return bestow them with gifts.

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14

MON

Gurpurab

Gurpurab is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first guru of Sikhs. Gurpurab, which means the “festivals of the gurus”, holds a lot of religious significance for the Sikh community across India. People celebrate the festival by adorning their homes with lights and candles followed by offering prayers in Gurdwaras.

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TUE

Kannada
Rajyothsava

Kannada Rajyothsava is Karnataka formation day and it is celebrated on November 1 every year. A public holiday is observed in Karnataka on this day. It holds a lot of significance for people in the state, as all the Kannada language-speaking regions were merged on this day to create Karnataka.

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TUE

Haryana Day

On November 1, 1966 Haryana was carved out of the state of Punjab and became an independent state. The state is in full enthusiasm on this day and many fun activities including cycle race and cycle rallies take place.

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dECEMBER (Total 2 Holidays)


12

FRI

ID-E-MILAD

Id-e-Milad, also known as Milad un-Nabi, holds a lot of religious significance for Muslim community. The festival commemorates the birth anniversary of the great Prophet Muhammad. A national holiday is observed in India on this day, and people celebrate the festival by paying honor to Prophet Muhammad.

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25

SUN

Christmas Day

Christmas is a day of cheer and joy and it is celebrated on December 25 by Christian countries and Christian communities all around the world. The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. Christians around the world celebrate Christmas by decorating a Christmas tree in their homes and exchanging gifts with the nearest and dearest.

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