Holiday Calendar for India
India is a land of unity in diversity. Indian Culture and traditions are something which has now become renowned all across the world is full of several unique customs and traditions, which outsiders might find really intriguing. India sees a large number of festivals, mainly because of the prevalence of diverse religions and groups. Indian traditions, notable events, festivals, special days and national holidays in India
National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2019-2020 year
Thursday 15 August
- Independence Day (celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947)
Sunday 15 September
- Engineer's Day (India. The Engineering Community across India is celebrating Engineers Day on 15 September every year as a remarkable tribute to the greatest Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (popularly known as Sir MV). He is held in high regard as a pre-eminent engineer of India. "Role of Engineers in a developing India" is the theme of Engineers Day 2017)
Friday 1 November
- Chavang Kut (Mizo people of Northeast India, Bangladesh, Burma); Haryana Foundation Day (Haryana, India); Karnataka Rajyotsava (Karnataka, India); Kerala Foundation Day (Kerala, India)
Sunday 24 November
- Lachit Divas in Assam, India; Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur in India
Wednesday 15 January
- Army Day in India; Makar Sankranti in India; Thai Pongal, Tamil harvest festival in India
Thursday 23 January
- Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Jayanti (Orissa, Tripura, and West Bengal, India)
Monday 9 March
- Phaghwa (or Holi Phagwa is considered as the famous Hindu spring festival and has got many names as per the region and the community like its knwon as Phaghwa in Bhojpuri and in west Bengal, it is known as Dolyatra)
Tuesday 14 April
- Ambedkar Jayanti in India; Mahl New Year, or Alathu Aharudhuvas (Maldives and India's Lakshadweep and Kerala state)
Friday 1 May
- Gujarat Day in India (commemoration of the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat following the foundation of Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti)
Sunday 10 May
- Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Thursday 21 May
- Day of struggle against terrorism in India (commemorated on the anniversary of the death of the seventh Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as a result of the terrorist act)
Sunday 21 June
- Father's Day (Ñelebrated on the third Sunday of June øò Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)
Wednesday 1 July
- Doctors' Day in India; The first day of Van Mahotsav in India (celebrated until July 7. Van Mahotsav is an annual tree-planting movement in India, which began in 1950. The name Van Mahotsava means FESTIVAL OF FORESTS)
Saturday 4 July
- The first evening of Dree Festival (Apatani people, Arunachal Pradesh, India; celebrated until July 7)
Also about some indian traditions
We all refer to India and its culture as something very diverse and unique. The namaste is one of the most popular Indian customs is one of the five forms of traditional greetings one another with it is a way of saying "May our minds meet". Indian food and cuisine not only form an integral part of Indian culture but are also one of the key factors of India’s popularity worldwide. Wazwan is less a cuisine and more a tradition among Kashmiris. It is art served on a traem (platter) that involves a 36-course meal.
Chhau Dance: another important tradition from India that made it to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010 is the classical Chhau dance, from Odisha. In 2013, Sankirtana dance was inscribed in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A Pung Cholom dance, which is part of the Sankirtana tradition.
The Festival Nag Panchami usually falls during the months of July and August. In Hindu culture, serpent blessings are sought to bring peace and welfare to the family.
Cow, in the Indian culture, is considered to be a Holy animal. Killing the cow or consuming cow meet is considered to be a sin.
In India, there exists the concept of a joint family, wherein the entire family (parents, wife, children and in some cases relatives) all live together. Faith, family and castes shape just about every aspect of Indian culture - from birth to death - and all the trials and parties in between.