Indian Culture

Dates of Significance

General Dates of Significance

  • Pongal Festival (Varies each year, generally in mid-January)
  • Republic Day (26th of January)
  • Guru Ravidas’ Birthday (Varies each year, usually late January to early February)
  • Dr B.R. Ambedkar's Birthday (14th of April)
  • Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday (9th of May)
  • Independence Day (15th of August)
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (2nd of October)
  • Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday (October)
  • Diwali (October or November)

Religious Dates of Significance

Most religious festivals and dates of significance are based on the lunar, solar or lunisolar calendar. The following provides the approximate month the event occurs.


  • Makar Sankranti (January)
  • Vasant Panchami (January or February)
  • Saraswati’s Birthday (February)
  • Shiva’s Birthday (February)
  • Holi (March)
  • Maha Shivaratri (February or March)
  • Rama Navami (March or April)
  • Chariot Festival (July)
  • Guru Purnima (July or August)
  • Raksha Bandhan (August)
  • Thiru Onam Day (August or September)
  • Krishna Janmashtami (August or September)
  • Ganesh Chaturthi (August or September)
  • Dussehra (September or October)
  • Karaka Chaturthi (October or November)
  • Govardhan Puja (October or November)
  • Bhai Dooj (October or November)
  • Chhath Puja (October or November)


  • Hazarat Ali’s Birthday (March or April)
  • Ramazan (Ramadan) (May or June)
  • Jamat-ul-Vida (May or June)
  • Idu’l Fitr (May or June)
  • Id-ul-Zuha (August)
  • Muharram (September)
  • Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (November)

Other Religions

  • Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday [Sikh] (January)
  • Mahavir’s Birthday [Jain] (March or April)
  • Good Friday [Christian] (March or April)
  • Easter [Christian] (March or April)
  • Vaisakhi [Sikh] (April)
  • Buddha’s Birthday [Buddhist] (April or May)
  • Paryushana [Jain] (August or September)
  • Guru Nanak’s Birthday [Sikh] (November)
  • Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day (24th of November)
  • Christmas [Christian] (25th of December)

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