Indian Culture

Dates of Significance

Primary Author
Chara Scroope,

General Dates of Significance

  • Republic Day – 26th of January
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s Death Anniversary – 30th of January
  • Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar's Birthday (Ambedkar Jayanti) – 14th of April
  • Labour Day – 1st of May
  • Independence Day – 15th of August
  • Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) – 2nd of October


Religious Dates of Significance

Most religious festivals and dates of significance are based on the lunar, solar or lunisolar calendar. Therefore, the dates vary each year according to the Gregorian calendar.



  • Pongal Festival – January
  • Makar Sankranti – January
  • Vasant Panchami – January or February
  • Saraswati’s Birthday – February
  • Shiva’s Birthday – February
  • Holi – March
  • Mahashivaratri – March
  • Ramanavami – 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
  • Navaratri – September or October
  • Dussehra – September or October
  • Karaka Chaturthi – October or November
  • Govardhan Puja – October or November
  • Bhai Dooj – October or November
  • Chhath Puja – October or November
  • Diwali – October or November







  • Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday (Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurpurab)
  • Sikh New Year
  • Charge of the Army Festival (Hola Mohalla)
  • Martyrdom of Guru Arjan
  • Birth of the Khalsa (Vaisakhi)
  • Celebration of Freedom (Bandhi Chhor Diwas)
  • Diwali
  • Guru Nanak’s Birthday (Guru Nanak Gurpurab)
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur



  • Buddha’s Birthday (Buddha Purnima)
  • Dhamma Wheel's Promulgation Day (Dhammachakra Pravartan Diwas)
  • Diwali
  • Tibetan New Year (Losar)



  • Mahavir’s Birthday (Mahavir Janma Kalyanak)
  • Coming Together Festival (Das Lakshana or Paryushana)
  • Diwali

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