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26 September

Bhutan (Thimphu region) celebrates Thimphu Tshechu.

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25 September

Australia (ACT) had a holiday for Family and Community Day and the state of Western Australia has a holiday for the Queen’s Birthday.

Cambodia had a holiday for Constitution Day.

24 September

Cambodia celebrated Constitution Day.  This national holiday was established to celebrate the signing of the Cambodian constitution by King Sihanouk.

23 September

Bhutan celebrated Blessed Rainy Day (Thrue Bab).  The traditional holiday has not always been a public holiday, but was rather recently reinstated to official status. The event is marked by feasting, drinking alcohol, playing traditional sports, and purification through washing. In some parts of Pemagatshel, the traditional celebrations are more intense than those of even Losar.

Brunei had a holiday for Islamic New Year.

Japan celebrated Autumn Equinox.  This national holiday was established in 1948 as a day on which to honor one's ancestors and remember the dead. Prior to 1948, the autumnal equinox was an imperial ancestor worship festival called Shūki kōrei-sai (秋季皇霊祭?).

22 September

Islamic New Year was observed in:

  • Brunei
  • Malaysia

21 September

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Phchum Ben.

India, states of Haryana and Punjab, celebrated Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti whilst the state of Rajasthan celebrated Navratra Stapana.

India (state of Kerala) celebrated Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi Day which marks the death ceremony of the Sree Narayana Guru, saint, prophet and social reformer from Kerala. The great Guru attained Samadhi on September 20, 1928. Thus the ceremony is organized to remind world that spiritually he lives forever in the minds of millions of his followers across the globe, though physically Guru disappeared.

In Islamic New Year was observed in:

  • Indonesia
  • Maldives
  • Philippines

Nepal celebrated Ghatasthapana which marks the beginning of Dashain.

20 September

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Phchum Ben.

India (state of Telengana) celebrated the first day of Bathukamma.

19 September

Cambodia celebrated Bonn Phchum Ben.  This national holiday was established for Buddhist to pay their respects to deceased relatives by cooking meals for monks and making offerings to the "ghost" of deceased relatives.  It is also known as "Ancestor's Day".

India (states of Karnataka, Orissa and West Bengal) celebrated Mahalaya.

Nepal celebrated Constitution Day.

18 September

Japan celebrated Respect for the Aged Day.  This national holiday was established in 1966 as a day to respect the elderly and celebrate long life. Originally held on September 15, it originated as a renaming of Old Folks' Day.   In 2003, it was changed to the third Monday of September in accordance with the Happy Monday System.

17 September

Malaysia (states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) had a holiday for Malaysia Day.

16 September

Malaysia celebrated Malaysia Day to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia.

9 September

Malaysia celebrated the birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the state of Sarawak had a holiday for the State Governor’s Birthday.

North Korea celebrated National Independence Day, commemorating the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948.

7 September

Nepal celebrated Nijamati Sewa Divas (Civil Servants’ Day).

6 September

India (state of Kerala) observed Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi.

5 September

Nepal celebrated Indra Jatra, celebrated only in Kathmandu to commemorate the founding of Kathmandu.

Sri Lanka celebrated Binara Full Moon Poya Day which commemorates The Buddha's visit to heaven to preach to his mother and celestial multitude.

4 September

The Feast of Sacrifice is an Islamic holiday which celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. It was observed in the following countries:

  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa) – government holiday
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha) - holiday

India (state of Kerala) observed Third Onam.

Vietnam had a holiday for National Day.

3 September

The Feast of Sacrifice is an Islamic holiday which celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. It was observed in the following countries:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Azha) – holiday
  • India [states of Jammu and Kashmir] (Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha) – holiday
  • Malaysia (states of Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu - Day 2 of Hari Raya Qurban)
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa) – government holiday
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha) - holiday

India celebrated First Onam in the states of Kerala and Pondicherry.  Onam is reminiscent of Kerala's agrarian past, as it is considered to be a harvest festival with a Hindu mythological background. Onam Festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the commemoration of Vamana avatara of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of mythical King Mahabali. In Kerala, it is the festival celebrated with most number of cultural elements such as Vallam Kali, Pulikkali, Pookkalam, Onatthappan, Thumbi Thullal, Onavillu, Kazhchakkula, Onapottan, Atthachamayam etc.

2 September

The Feast of Sacrifice is an Islamic holiday which celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. It was observed in the following countries:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Azha)
  • Brunei (Hari Raya Aidil Adha) - holiday
  • India [except states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Punjab, Sikkim] (Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha)
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Qurban) – government holiday
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa)
  • Nepal (Edul Aajaha / Bakar Eed)
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha)

Vietnam celebrates National Day when it declared its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).

1 September

The Feast of Sacrifice is an Islamic holiday which celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. It was observed in the following countries:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Azha) – government holiday
  • Brunei (Hari Raya Aidil Adha)
  • India [states of Kerala and Puducherry] (Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha)
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Qurban)
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa)
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha)
  • Philippines (Eid’l Adha)
  • Singapore (Hari Raya Haji)
  • Sri Lanka (Id-Ul-Alha - Hadji Festival Day)
  • Timor Leste (Idul Adha)

31 August

India (state of Rajasthan) celebrated Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi.

Malaysia celebrated Hari Merdeka (Independence Day and may also be known as Hari Kebangsaan), a national day commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957, celebrated on 31 August each year. This should not be confused with Hari Malaysia (Malaysia Day) when Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963 together by Federation of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore.

Maldives celebrated Hajj Day.

30 August

India (state of Punjab) observed the birthday of Baba Sri Chand Ji.

Timor Leste celebrateds Popular Consultation Day, anniversary of the Popular Consultation in 1999.

29 August

Nepal celebrated Gaura Parba.  Gaura Parva is celebrated in far western Nepal honoring Lord Krishna’s birthday. The Deuda dance is a major part of the festivities in which participants hold hands and form a circle as they step to traditional music.

28 August

India (state of Kerala) celebrated Ayyankali Jayanti.

Philippines celebrated National Heroes’ Day, which commemorates all the nation's heroes throughout history. It is a regular holiday marking the 1896 Cry of Pugad Lawin by the Katipunan (led by its Supremo Andrés Bonifacio), which began the Philippine Revolution. This holiday occurs on the last Monday in August.

26 August

India (state of Orissa) observed Nuakhai and the state of Goa celebrates a second day of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Nepal (females only) celebrated Rishi Panchami where the women fast to show gratitude to the ancient preachers.

25 August

India (in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana) celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka Chaturthi, a Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of the lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.

North Korea celebrated Day of Songun, a new holiday established in 2013 commemorating Kim Jong-il's inspection visit to the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Armoured Division of the Korean People's Army on August 25, 1960, which is always regarded as the "start of the Songun revolutionary leadership" by the North Korean government.

24 August

Nepal (females only) celebrated Hari Taika (Teej) for the wellness of their husbands.

22 August

India (state of Punjab) celebrated Parkash Utsav Sr Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

21 August

Philippines celebrated Ninoy Aquino Day which commemorates the unsolved assassination of former Senator and prominent oppositionist Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. in 1983, which was a catalyst for the People Power Revolution in 1986.

17 August

India (states of Maharashtra and Gujarat) celebrated Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi).

Indonesia celebrated Independence Day.  The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence (Indonesian: Proklamasi Kemerdekaan Indonesia, or simply Proklamasi) was read at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 1945. The declaration marked the start of the diplomatic and armed-resistance of the Indonesian National Revolution, fighting against the forces of the Netherlands and pro-Dutch civilians, until the latter officially acknowledged Indonesia's independence in 1949. In 2005, the Netherlands declared that they had decided to accept de facto 17 August 1945 as Indonesia's independence date.  In a 2013 interview the Indonesian historian Sukotjo, amongst others, asked the Dutch government to formally acknowledge the date of independence as August 17, 1945. The United Nations, who mediated in the conflict, formally acknowledge the date of independence as 27 December 1949.  The document was signed by Sukarno (who signed his named "Soekarno" using the older Dutch orthography) and Mohammad Hatta, who were appointed President and Vice-president respectively the following day.

16 August

India (state of Puducherry) - the Puducherry government observes August 16 as Dejure Transfer Day. It was on that day in 1962 that France ceded to India full sovereignty over the territory of [Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam] through the exchange of Instruments of Ratification between then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and French Ambassador to India Jean Paul Garnier.

15 August

Bangladesh celebrated National Mourning Day.  On this day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his entire family members were assassinated by a group of junior Bangladesh Army officers.

India celebrated Independence Day marking Indian independence from British Empire in 1947.

India (states of Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachel Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkjand,  Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh celebrated Janmashtami/Sri Krishna Jayanti/Sri Krishna Astami.

North Korea celebrated Liberation Day (1945).

South Korea celebrated Gwangbokjeol (Independence Day).  The day celebrates the national liberation from Imperial Japan in 1945. On the same day in 1948, the government of the Republic of Korea was established. The word "Gwangbok" means "restoration of light".

Timor Leste celebrated Assumption Day.

14 August

Bangladesh celebrated Sri Krishna Jana Mashtami.  This day marks the birth date of Baghaban Shree Krishna in Hindu religion all over Bangladesh.

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Tamil Nadu) celebrated Janmashtami/Sri Krishna Jayanti/Sri Krishna Astami.

Nepal celebrated Shree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.

Thailand had a holiday for HM the Queen’s Birthday.

Pakistan celebrated Independence Day marking Pakistani independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.

12 August

Thailand celebrated HM the Queen’s Birthday to commemorate the birth day of Queen Sirikit in 1932.

11 August

Japan celebrated Mountain Day.

9 August

Singapore celebrated their National Day in commemoration of the Singapore's independence from Malaysia in the year 1965. This holiday features a National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations.

8 August

The Kathmandu Valley in Nepal celebrated Gai Jatra.  This festival worships cows and is also a day when commemoration of the dead takes place.

7 August

Australia (state of New South Wales) had a Bank Holiday and the Northern Territory celebrates Picnic Day.

The states of Gujarat, Chandigarh, Manipur, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, in India celebrated Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters; the festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister like loving protective relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated. It is called Rakhi Purnima, or simply Rakhi, in many parts of India.  The festival is observed by Hindus, Jains, and many Sikhs and Muslims. Raksha Bandhan is primarily observed in India, Mauritius and parts of Nepal. It is also celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs in parts of Pakistan, and by some people of Indian origin around the world.

India (state of Orissa) celebrated Jhulana Purnina, one of the most important festivals for the followers of Lord Krishna celebrated in the monsoon month of Shravan. After Holi and Janmashthami, it is the biggest and most popular religious occasion of the Vaishnavas. Known for its spectacular display of decorated swings, song and dance, Jhulan is a joyful festival celebrating the Radha-Krishna amour coupled with the romantic fervor of the rainy season in India. It is celebrated in the month of Shraavana.

Sri Lanka celebrated Nikini Full Moon Poya Day.

31 July 2017

India (states of Punjab and Haryana) observed Martyrdom Day of Shahid Udham Singh.

29 July

Malaysia had a national holiday to celebrate the Malaysian King’s Birthday.  The full title in Malay is Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, translated into English as "His Majesty The Supreme Lord (of the Federation)".

28 July

Nepal celebrated Naag Panchami/Janaipurnima/Rakshya Bandhan.

Thailand celebrated the Birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

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.