Monday september 25, 2023
Secular holiday : A harvest festival celebrated by many groups of people in Jharkhand and areas, and it is dedicated to the worship of the god of power, youth and youthfulness.
Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)
Thursday september 28, 2023
Muslim, Sufi :
Banks Inventory Day
Saturday september 30, 2023
Banks only :
Saturday october 28, 2023
Hinduism : The third day of the Tihar Festival of Lights is called Laxmi puja . This is the day when Nepalis worship the goddess of wealth. On this day, early in the morning the cow is worshipped. Tika is put on her head and a garland around her neck, and then she feasts with delicious food. A cow also symbolises wealth and she is the most holy animal for Hindus.
Mid-term holiday (end)
Monday october 30, 2023
School holidays :
Guru Nanak/Kartick Purnima/Parswanath's Rathojatra/II Poya
Monday november 27, 2023
Sikhism : Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539)
Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus. Sikhs believe that all subsequent Gurus possessed Guru Nanaks divinity and religious authority Wikipedia
Monday december 25, 2023
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Years Day on Christmas Day.
Winter holiday (end)
Friday january 5, 2024
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Vivekanada 's birthday
Friday january 12, 2024
Hinduism : Vivekananda, Swami (1863-1902) the patriot-saint of modern India. The spiritual transformation of Narendranath at the hands of Sri Ramakrishna began in 1882 and was completed with his realisation of the oneness of all existence in 1886.
Netaji's Birthday - Subash Chandra Bose Jayanti - Veer Surendra Sai Jayanti
Tuesday january 23, 2024
Secular holiday : Subhas Chandra Bose (23 January 1897 18 August 1945) was an Indian nationalist whose defiant patriotism made him a hero in India, but whose attempt during World War II to rid India of British rule with the help of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan left a troubled legacy. The honorific Netaji (Hindustani: Respected Leader ), first applied in early 1942 to Bose in Germany by the Indian soldiers of the Indische Legion and by the German and Indian officials in the Special Bureau for India in Berlin, was later used throughout India. [Wikipedia]
Friday january 26, 2024
Secular holiday : It was the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of December 31, 1929 - January 1, 1930, that the Tri-Colour Flag was unfurled by the nationalists and a pledge taken that every year on January 26, the Independence Day would be celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the establishment of a Sovereign Democratic Republic of India. The professed pledge was successfully redeemed on January 26, 1950, when the Constitution of India framed by the Constituent Assembly of India came into force, although the Independence from the British rule was achieved on August 15, 1947. It is because of this that August 15 is celebrated as Independence Day, while January 26 as Republic Day.
Vasant Panchami - Basanta Panchami
Wednesday february 14, 2024
Buddhism (Mahayana) : Vasant means, the spring season . This is the great spring festival, falling on the fifth day of the month of Magh, the first day of spring.
On this day everyone wears a yellow cloth. It represents the ripening of the spring crops. Even the food is coloured yellow by using saffron. Spiritually, the yellow colour is a sign of prosperity; it is the colour of love.
On this day we offer special worship to the sun god, to Mother Ganga (the deity of the sacred river Ganges), and Mother Earth. They provide us the means of acquiring food and all that we need to keep alive. We express our gratitude to them by worshipping them. Hindus are ever mindful of the debt they owe to all nature. Worship of nature is extremely important to them.
Birthday of Thakur Panchanan Barm
Wednesday february 14, 2024
Secular holiday : Also known as Thakur Panchanan and Roy Saheb, was a Rajbanshi leader and reformer from Cooch Behar. He established a Kshatriya Sabhā to instill Brahminical values and practices in people of his own caste. [Wikipedia]
Saturday february 24, 2024
Muslim, Sufi : Shab-e-Barat Muslim community only
Saturday march 9, 2024
Hinduism : A Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva and his marriage to Goddess Parvati. Ceremonies involving prayers and hymns take place mostly at night.
End of school year
Saturday march 16, 2024
School holidays :
Monday march 25, 2024
Hinduism : The religious meaning of this celebration is the burning of any perversion. It marks the victory of good over evil.
Friday march 29, 2024
Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.
Saturday march 30, 2024
Catholic : Easter Saturday Christian community only