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21 November

There are no public holidays or days of significance in Asia on this day.

Past Days...

19 November

Maldives celebrated National Day.

Mongolia celebrated Chinggis Khaan’s Birthday (National Pride Day).  Established in 2012, this day expresses a symbolic birthday of Genghis Khan as his exact date of birth is not found.

16 November

India (state of Punjab) observed Shahid Divas S. Kartar Singh Srabha Ji.

North Korea celebrated Mother’s Day.

15 November

Philippines (regional) had another public holiday for the 31st ASEAN Summit.

14 November

Philippines (regional) had another public holiday for the 31st ASEAN Summit.

13 November

Myanmar celebrated their National Day.

Philippines (regional) had a public holiday for the 31st ASEAN Summit.

12 November

Malaysia (State of Kelantan) had a state public holiday for the State Ruler’s Birthday.

Timor Leste had National Youth Day which commemorates the anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre in 1991.

Maldives had a holiday for Republic Day.

11 November

Bhutan observed the Anniversary of the 4th Druk Gyalpo/Constitution Day/GNH Day.

Malaysia (State of Kelantan) had a holiday for the State Ruler’s Birthday.

Maldives celebrated Republic Day.

Nepal observed Phalgunanda Jayanti (Kiranti employees only).

10 November

Bhutan celebrated Lhabab Duchen (Descending Day of Lord Bhudda), a public holidaygenerally falling in November.  Lhabab Duchen marks Gautama Buddha's return to earth after attaining Nirvana. In the eastern regions of Bhutan, the holiday is a popular occasion for performing Lhasoel, which are religious offerings in the form of ara (traditional wine), blessings, and supplications.

9 November

Cambodia celebrated National Independence Day. This national holiday was established to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France in 1953.

7 November

Australia (state of Victoria) had a holiday for The Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup is Australia's major thoroughbred horse race. Marketed as "the race that stops a nation", it is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over. It is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. Conducted annually by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, the event starts at 3pm (daylight saving time) on the first Tuesday in November.

The first race was held in 1861  over two miles (about 3,218 metres), but was shortened to 3,200 metres (2.0 mi) in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system. This reduced the distance by 18.688 metres (61.31 ft), and Rain Lover's 1968 race record of 3min.19.1sec was accordingly adjusted to 3min.17.9sec. The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3min 16.3sec.

6 November

India (state of KA) observed Kanakdasa Jayanti.

4 November

Cambodia continued to celebrate Bon Om Touk with a holiday.

India (many states – CG, CH, DL, GJ, HP, JH, JK, MH, PB, RJ, TS, UK, UP, WB) celebrated Guru Nanak Jayanti, where Sikhs celebrate the birth of the first Sikh. The states of OR and TS continued to celebrate Karthika Purnima.

Nepal celebrated Guru Nanak Jayanti, where Sikhs celebrate the birth of the first Sikh.

3 November

Cambodia continued to celebrate Bon Om Touk with a holiday.

India (states of OR and TS) celebrated Karthika Purnima.

Japan celebrated Culture Day.  This national holiday was established in 1948. It commemorates the November 3, 1946 announcement of the Constitution. It is recognized as a day to celebrate peace and freedom and promote culture.   It is interesting to note that prior to the establishment of this holiday in 1948, November 3 was also a national holiday called Meiji-setsu (明治節) commemorating the birthday of Emperor Meiji, the two holidays are ostensibly unrelated.

Laos celebrated That Luang Festival, a pilgrimage to That Luang Stupa in Vientiane. Before dawn, thousands join in a ceremonial offering and group prayer, followed by a procession. For days afterward, a combined trade fair and carnival offers handicrafts, flowers, games, concerts, and dance shows.

Malaysia (state of Perak) had a public holiday for the Sultan’s anniversary.

Maldives celebrated Victory Day.

Myanmar celebrated Tazaungdaing Festival (also known as the Festival of Lights), a national holiday to mark the end of the rainy season. It also marks the end of the Kathina season, during which monks are offered new robes and alms.

Sri Lanka had Ill Full Moon Poya Day, celebrating the obtaining of Vivarana (the assurance of becoming a Buddha).

2 November

Cambodia celebrated Bonn Om Touk, the Cambodian Water Festival, is a Cambodian festival celebrated in November and marks a reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. Every town and province joins in with the festival but the biggest celebrations take place in Phnom Penh with boat racing along the Sisowath Quay.  For three days, workers from every province join with the city's residents to celebrate by night and day. The festival lasts for three days, and commemorates the end of the country's rainy season, as well as the reversal of flow of the Tonle Sap River. It includes boat races and concerts, and attracts several million people each year.

Timor Leste and Macau celebrated All Soul’s Day, the actual memorial of the dead mandated by the Catholic Church. Visiting of graves continues from the previous day.

Myanmar had a public holiday.

1 November

Bhutan celebrated Druk Gyalpo Coronation Anniversary.

Timor Leste and the Philippines celebrated All Saints’ Day.  Filipinos observe this day by visiting graves, repairing and clean their tombs and offering prayers, flowers, food and candles to the dead. Many visit their ancestors in their native provinces, thus making it an occasion for reunions with extended family.

India observed Kannada Rajyothsava in Kerala, Haryana Day in Haryana and Puducherry Liberation Day in Puducherry.

31 October

India (state of Gujarat) had a holiday to observe Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti.

Philippines had an additional public holiday.

30 October

Cambodia had a holiday for King Norodom Sihamony’s Coronation Day.

Macau celebrated The Day following Chung Yeung Festival.

29 October

Cambodia celebrated King Norodom Sihamony’s Coronation Day.

28 October

Hong Kong celebrated Chung Yeung Festival, a day for honouring the elderly and the deceased, and for mountain climbing.

Macau celebrated Chong Yeung (Ancestors Day).

27 October

India (state of Bihar) had a holiday for Chhath Puja Parva.

26 October

India (states of Bihar and Jharkhand) celebrated Chhath Puja Parva.

Malaysia (state of Johor) had a public holiday for Hari Hol Sultan Johor.

Nepal celebrated Chhath Parwa, a festival dedicated to Hindu Sun God.

Thailand had a holiday to commemorate the cremation of KingBhumibol Adulyadej in 2016.

24 October

Malaysia (state of Pahang) celebrated their State Rulers Birthday.

23 October

Cambodia had a holiday for Paris Peace Agreement Day which commemorates the Treaty of Paris on October 23, 1991.

Thailand had a holiday for Chulalongkorn Day, to commemorate the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910.

21 October

India (states of Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh) celebrated Bhai Day, which is part of Diwali celebrations.

Nepal celebrated Tihar Festival (Bhaitika) - sisters worship their brothers. Gifts are exchanged between them.

20 October

Diwali/Deepavali continued to be celebrated in many parts of India.

Nepal celebrated the Tihar Festival (Mha Puja and Govardhan Puja) - people worship themselves, oxen and cow dung.

19 October

Diwali/Deepavali continued to be celebrated in many parts of India.

Orissa state in India celebrated Naraka Chaturdashi.

Nepal celebrated the Tihar Festival (Laxmi Puja) - in the morning cows are worshipped. Later, usually during the evenings, Laxmi, Goddess of wealth is worshipped.

18 October

Diwali also known as Deepavali and the "festival of lights", is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year.  The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.  The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes.  On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja typically to Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After puja (prayers), fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Diwali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.

Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly among Hindus, based on the region of India. In many parts of India,  the festivities start with Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Diwali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife-husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-beej dedicated to sister-brother bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.

On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira, and Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas.

Diwali was an official holiday in:

  • India (states of GA, KL, PY, TN, TS)
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka

Karnataka state in India celebrated Naraka Chaturdashi.

16 October

Cambodia had a day in lieu for the King Father’s Commemoration Day, Day of Homage for the late King Father (Norodom Sihanouk).

15 October

Cambodia had a King Father’s Commemoration Day, Day of Homage for the late King Father (Norodom Sihanouk). This national holiday for Commemoration Day to the Royal Soul of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, Preahmahaviraksat, King-Father of the Cambodian National Independence, Territorial Integrity and Unity.

13 October

Malaysia (the state of Melaka) had a holiday for the State Governor’s Birthday.

Thailand observed the Anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

10 October

North Korea celebrated KWP Foundation Day, founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in 1945.

Taiwan had a holiday for National Day.

9 October

Japan had Fitness / Health and Sports Day. This national holiday was established in 1966 as a day on which to enjoy sports and cultivate a healthy mind and body. Originally held on October 10 to commemorate the anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, in 2000 it was changed to the second Monday of October in accordance with the Happy Monday System.

South Korea celebrated Hanguel Day.  The day commemorates the invention (1443) and the proclamation (1446) of hanguel, the native alphabet of the Korean language. King Sejong the Great, inventor of hanguel, is one of the most honoured rulers in Korean history.

Taiwan had a holiday for National Day.

8 October

China had another National Day / Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

7 October

China had another National Day / Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

India (state of Punjab) celebrated Parkash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji.

Laos celebrated BOL Foundation Day.

Malaysia (State of Sabah) had a public holiday for the State Governor’s Birthday.

6 October

China had a National Day/Mid-Atumn Festival holiday.

Laos, Vientiane, had a Boat Racing Festival.

Myanmar had another public holiday.

South Korea continued to celebrate Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).

5 October

Brunei had a public holiday for the final day of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

China had a holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie).

Hong Kong had The Day following Mid-Autumn festival.  This day is an important autumn celebration of harvest and togetherness, with the lighting of lanterns, eating of mooncakes and observation of the moon.

India (states of Orissa and West Bengal) celebrated Lakshmi Puja.   The Birthday of Maharishi Valmiki Ji is celebrated in the states of Chandigarh, Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana, Himachel Pradesh, Manipur and Punjab.

Laos celebrated Boun Ork Phansa - Buddhist Lent and the rainy season both end in this holiday. Monks are liberated to perform their normal community duties. It is celebrated with boat races and carnivals. In the evening of Van Ork Phansa, a ceremony is held throughout Laos in which people launch small, candlelit banana-leaf (heua fai) floats on the rivers, decorated with offerings of incense and small amounts of money to bring luck and prosperity.

Macau celebrated Chong Chao (Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday).

Myanmar celebrated Thadingyut Full Moon (end of Buddhist Lent).

Nepal celebrated Kojagrat Purnima (final full moon day) after which Dashain officially ends.

South Korea continued to celebrate Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).

Sri Lanka celebrated Vap Full Moon Poya Day. Vap Full Moon Poya Day [King Devanampiyatissa of Sri Lanka sending envoys to King Asoka requesting him to send his daughter Arahat Sanghamitta Theri to Sri Lanka to establish the Bhikkhuni Sasana (Order of Nuns)].

4 October

China celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie). Mid-Autumn Festival is an official harvest festival celebrated by Chinese.  The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar during a full moon, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, within 15 days to the autumnal equinox.  The Government of the People's Republic of China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008.

Myanmar had a public holiday.

North Korea celebrated Han’gawi  Holiday or Chuseok, a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Like many other harvest festivals, it is held around the Autumn Equinox. As a celebration of the good harvest, Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food such as songpyeon and rice wines such as sindoju and dongdongju.

South Korea continued to celebrate Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).

Taiwan celebrated Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival) - a day for family reunion.

3 October

China and Macau had a National Day holiday.

South Korea celebrated Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).  Also called Han-gawi. Korean traditional Harvest Festival. With Seollal, it is one of the most important Korean traditional holidays. As a celebration of the good harvest, Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food. South Korea also celebrates Kae Chun Jul (Foundation Day).  The day celebrates the foundation of Gojoseon, the first state of the Korean nation. According to the Samguk Yusa, Dangun founded Gojoseon on the 3rd day of 10th lunar month, 2333 BCE. Today, South Koreans celebrate their national foundation on October 3 according to the solar calendar, for convenience sake. "Gaecheonjeol" means "Heaven-opened Day".

2 October

Australia (states of ACT, NSW and SA) had a public holiday for Labour Day. Labour Day is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers.  Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. Queensland celebrated the Queen’s Birthday.

Bhutan (Thimphu region) continued to celebrate Thimphu Tshechu.

China, Hong Kong and Macau had a National Day holiday.

India had a public holiday for Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday.

Nepal continued to celebrate Dashain Festival.

South Korea had a holiday for Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).

1 October

China, Hong Kong and Macau celebrated National Day (Guoqing Jie) which commemorates the Founding of PRC on October 1, 1949

Bangladesh observed Ashura (Muharram) - government.

Bhutan (Thimphu region) continued to celebrate Thimphu Tshechu.

India (states of AP, BR, CG, DL, HP, JK, RJ, TN, UP) observed Muharram/Ashoora.

Nepal continued to celebrate Dashain Festival.

Pakistan had another holiday for Ashura.