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28 July

Nepal celebrates Naag Panchami/Janaipurnima/Rakshya Bandhan.

Thailand celebrates the Birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

Past Days...

27 July

Bhutan celebrated the First Sermon of Lord Buddha.

Maldives (government only) had a holiday for Independence Day.

North Korea celebrated Victory Day, the end of the Korean War in 1953. Known as the Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War.

26 July

The Indian state of Haryana celebrated Haryali Teej, a famous festival especially in the Gujjar, Ahir and Jat communities, and is celebrated as an official holiday. Many functions are organised by the Haryana government to celebrate this festival. This festival is celebrated to welcome the rainy season. It falls on the third day of 'Shrwana' month. Boys fly kites from morning to evening. This tradition is losing its charm in big cities due to high rise buildings and lack of terrace space.Swings are set up in the open courtyards and Teej gets the first swing of the season. Girls apply henna to their hands and feet and are excused from household chores on this day. On Teej, it is a must for the girls to receive new clothes from their parents. The system of giving new clothes on all occasions to a daughter (and her children) was in lieu of her right to the family property and money, which was earlier denied to her by law. On Teej, just as on Karva Chauth, the mother sends a baya or gift. The pooja is performed in the morning. The baya, which consists of a variety of foodstuffs, is placed on a thaali at the place of worship where a chowk (square) has been decorated, an idol or a picture of Parvati is installed. The evenings are set aside for singing and dancing, including the women's prayers for their husbands' longevity and their families.

Maldives celebrated Independence Day.  On 26 July 1965, Maldives gained independence under an agreement signed with the United Kingdom. The British government retained the use of the Gan and Hitaddu facilities. In a national referendum in March 1968, Maldivians abolished the sultanate and established a republic.

22 July

Malaysia (state of Sarawak) had a State Public Holiday.

19 July

Myanmar celebrated Martyrs’ Day which commemorates the assassination of Aung San and several other cabinet members in 1947. Martyrs' Day is a Burmese national holiday observed on 19 July to commemorate General Aung San and seven other leaders of the pre-independence interim government—Thakin Mya, Ba Cho, Abdul Razak, Ba Win, Mahn Ba Khaing, Sao San Tun and Ohn Maung—all of whom were assassinated on that day in 1947. It is customary for high-ranking government officials to visit the Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon in the morning of that day to pay respects.  Myoma U Than Kywe led the ceremony of the First Burmese Martyrs' Day on July 20, 1947 in Rangoon.

17 July

Japan celebrated Marine Day.  This national holiday was established in 1995 (and first held in 1996) as a day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans and for hoping for the prosperity of the maritime nation that is Japan. Originally held on July 20, in 2003 it was changed to the third Monday of July in accordance with the Happy Monday System.

15 July

Brunei celebrated the H.M.the Sultan’s Birthday.  Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah GCB GCMG (full name: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien; born 15 July 1946) is the 29th and current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei. He is also the first and incumbent Prime Minister of Brunei. The eldest son of Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Rani Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit, he succeeded to the throne as the Sultan of Brunei, following the abdication of his father on 4 October 1967.

Mongolia had a holiday for Naadam Festival.

14 July

Mongolia had a holiday for Naadam Festival.

13 July

India (state of Jammu and Kashmir) celebrated Martyr’s Day.

Mongolia had a holiday for Naadam Festival.

12 July

Mongolia had a holiday for Naadam Festival.

11 July

Mongolia celebrated Naadam (National Day). Naadam is a traditional festival in Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed "eriin gurvan naadam" ("the three games of men"). The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during midsummer.  Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling.

10 July

India (state of Telangana) celebrated Bonalu. Bonalu is a Hindu festival of the Goddess of power, Mahakali.  It is celebrated in the month of Ashada masam, in July/August.  Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows. Bonam means Bojanaalu or a meal in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess. Women bring cooked rice with milk, sugar sometimes onions in a brass or earthen pot, adorned with small neem branches and turmeric, vermilion (kunkum) or Kadi (white chalk) and a lamp on the top. Women place the pots on their heads and take it to Goddess temple, led by drummers and dancing men.

Thailand had a holiday for Asarcha Bucha and Khao Phansa.

9 July

Thailand (except banks) celebrated Khao Phansa, the Buddhist observance marking the beginning of Vassa, also known as Buddhist Lent.

8 July

Laos celebrated Boun Khao Phansa.  At local temples, worshippers in brightly coloured silks greet the dawn on Buddhist Lent by offering gifts to the monks and pouring water into the ground as a gesture of offering to their ancestors. Lent begins in July and lasts 3 months. Monks are required to stay within their wat during this time, to meditate and focus on dharma studies. Lao men are traditionally ordained as monks during this time.

Malaysia (state of Penang) had a state public holidayfor the State Governor’s Birthday.

Myanmar observed Waso Full Moon (Buddhist Lent Begins).

Sri Lanka celebrated Esala Full Moon Poya Day which commemorates the deliverance of the first sermon to the five ascetics and set in motion the Wheel of the Dhamma by Buddha.

Thailand celebrated Asarnha Bucha Day, a Buddhist observance commemorating the Buddha's first discourse, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.

7 July

Malaysia (state of Penang) celebrated George Town UNESCO World Heritage Day. George Town is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia.  Named after Britain's King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island.  The inner city has a population of 720,202 and the metropolitan area known as George Town Conurbation which consists of Penang Island, Seberang Prai, Sungai Petani and Kulim has a combined population of 2,251,042, making it the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia.  Formerly a municipality and then a city in its own right, since 1976 George Town has been part of the Municipality of Penang Island, though the area formerly governed by the City Council of George Town is still commonly referred to as a city. The inner city of George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5 July

India (state of Jammu and Kashmir) celebrated Guru Hargobind Ji’s Jayanti.

3 July

Bhutan celebrated the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Bhutan.

Pakistan had a bank holiday.

1 July

Bangladesh had a bank holiday.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day was celebrated on 1 July, in Hong Kong since 1997. The holiday commemorates the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  The day is customarily marked by an officially organised extravagant fireworks display in the evening, and is also the platform for political rallies demanding universal suffrage.

Maldives (government) had a holiday for Eid ul-Fitr.

30 June

Brunei had a Mid-Year Bank Holiday.

Indonesia had another public holiday for Cuti Bersama.

29 June

Indonesia had another public holiday for Cuti Bersama.

28 June

End of Ramadan – a Muslim festival that marks the end of fasting was celebrated in many countries in Asia including:

  • Brunei (Hari Raya Aidil Fitri) - holiday
  • Pakistan (Eidul Fitr)

Indonesia had another public holiday for Cuti Bersama.

27 June

End of Ramadan – a Muslim festival that marks the end of fasting was celebrated in many countries in Asia including:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Fiter) – holiday (government)
  • Brunei (Hari Raya Aidil Fitri) - holiday
  • India (state of TS)
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Puasa) - holiday
  • Maldives (Eid-ul-Fitr) - government holiday
  • Pakistan (Eidul Fitr)

Indonesia had a public holiday for Cuti Bersama.

26 June

End of Ramadan – a Muslim festival that marks the end of fasting was celebrated in many countries in Asia:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Fiter)
  • Brunei (Hari Raya Aidil Fitri) – holiday
  • India (Id-ul-Fitr)
  • Indonesia (Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1435 Hijriyah) - holiday
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Puasa) - holiday
  • Maldives (Eid-ul-Fitr) - government
  • Nepal (Ramjan Edul Fikra)
  • Philippines (Eid'l Fitr)
  • Singapore - holiday
  • Sri Lanka (Id-ul-Fitr)
  • Timor Leste (Idulfitri)

25 June

End of Ramadan – a Muslim festival that marks the end of fasting was celebrated in many countries in Asia:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Fiter) – holiday (government)
  • Brunei (Hari Raya Aidil Fitri)
  • India (Id-ul-Fitr)
  • Indonesia (Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1435 Hijriyah)
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Puasa)
  • Maldives (Eid-ul-Fitr)
  • Singapore (Hari Raya Puasa)
  • Thailand (in the regional areas of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun)

India (state of Odisha) celebrated Ratha Yathra.  A Ratha-Yatra or Roth Jatra or Chariot Festival is a Hindu festival that involves transporting deities on a chariot (called a ratha or roth). The festival originated in Puri in the State of Odisha. The rath (chariot) is carrying Lord Jaggannath and due to its massive size and weight and sometimes seemingly unstoppable nature, has led to the English word juggernaut to refer to an unstoppable force. Accidents involving people being crushed under the wheels of the chariot have also occurred a few times.

"Ratha" in Oriya means chariot and "yatra" means journey. The festival thus refers to the annual journey of the divinity in the form of idols to their aunt's house. "Aunt" here refers to the feminine creative aspect of divinity.

24 June

Philippines celebrated Manila Day (Araw ng Maynila).  This special non-working holiday applies to the city of Manila only.  It honours the 1571 founding by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.

23 June

Bangladesh (government) celebrated Shab-e-Qadar (Night of Destiny).

Bangladesh celebrated Jumatul Bidah and India (state of Jammu and Kashmir) celebrates Jumat-ul-Wida.

22 June

India (state of JK) observed Shab-i-Qadar.

19 June

Cambodia had a holiday for the Ex-Queen Norodom Monineath’s Birthday.

North Korea celebrated Kim Jong Il’s entry to the KWP.