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16 June

Sri Lanka celebrates Poson Full Moon Poya Day which commemorate the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.

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15 June

India (state of Odisha [Orissa]) celebrated Raja Sankranti (part of the Raja Parba four-day-long festival).

14 June

India (state of Odisha [Orissa]) celebrated Pahaliraja.  Raja Parba or Mithuna Sankranti is a four-day-long festival and the second day signifies beginning of the solar month of Mithuna from, which the season of rains starts. It inaugurates and welcomes the agricultural year all over Odisha, which marks, through biological symbolism, the moistening of the sun dried soil with the first showers of the monsoon in mid-June thus making it ready for productivity.

12 June

The Philippines celebrated Independence Day.  Celebrates the Philippine Declaration of Independence and the establishment of the First Philippine Republic by Emilio Aguinaldo on 12 June 1898. From 1947 to 1964 Independence Day was celebrated on July 4, the day in 1946 that the United States had granted independence, intentionally coinciding with the American Independence Day. On 12 May 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Presidential Proclamation No. 28, which declared Tuesday, 12 June a special public holiday throughout the Philippines, "... in commemoration of our people's declaration of their inherent and inalienable right to freedom and independence." On 4 August 1964, Republic Act No. 4166 renamed the 4 July holiday as "Philippine Republic Day", proclaimed 12 June as "Philippine Independence Day", and enjoined all citizens of the Philippines to observe the latter with befitting rites.

10 June

Australia celebrated the Queens’ Birthday in Australia (all states except Western Australia – see 1 June).  The Queen's Official Birthday (King's Official Birthday in the reign of a male monarch) is the selected day on which the birthday of the monarch of the Commonwealth realms (currently Queen Elizabeth II) is officially celebrated in those countries. The date varies as adopted by each Commonwealth country, but is generally around the end of May to the start of June, to coincide with a high probability of fine weather in the Northern Hemisphere for outdoor ceremonies.  The sovereign's birthday was first officially marked in the United Kingdom in 1748. Since then, the date of the king or queen's birthday has been determined throughout the British Empire and later the Commonwealth according to either different royal proclamations issued by the sovereign or governor or by statute laws passed by the local parliament. The exact date of the celebration today varies from country to country and, except by coincidence, does not fall on the day of the monarch's actual birthday, that of the present monarch being 21 April. In some cases, it is an official public holiday, sometimes coinciding with the celebration of other events. Most Commonwealth realms release a Birthday Honours List at this time.  Australia, except for the state of Western Australia, observes the Queen's Birthday on the second Monday in June.  The day has been celebrated since 1788, when Governor Arthur Phillip declared a holiday to mark the birthday of the King of Great Britain. Until 1936 it was held on the actual birthday of the Monarch, but after the death of George V it was decided to keep the date on the second Monday in June.  The only civic occasion of note associated with the day is the release of the "Queen's Birthday honours list", in which new members of the Order of Australia and other Australian honours are named.

9 June

China had another holiday for Dragon Boat Festival.

Taiwan had another holiday for Dragon Boat Festival.

The Dragon Boat or Duanwu Festival is a traditional and statutory holiday originating in China. The festival now occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar, the source of its alternate name, the Double Fifth Festival. The Chinese calendar is lunisolar, so the date varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. In 2012, it fell on June 23; in 2013, on June 12; and in 2014, it occurs on June 2. The focus of most celebrations involves eating zongzi (sticky rice dumplings), drinking realgar wine (雄黃酒, xiónghuángjiǔ), and racing dragon boats.

The sun is considered to be at its strongest around the time of summer solstice, as the daylight in the northern hemisphere is the longest. The sun, like the Chinese dragon, traditionally represents masculine energy, whereas the moon, like the phoenix, traditionally represents feminine energy. The summer solstice is considered the annual peak of male energy while the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, represents the annual peak of feminine energy. The masculine image of the dragon was thus naturally associated with Tuen Ng.

The usual English name for the holiday, "Dragon Boat Festival", directly translates two alternate Chinese names for the holiday, Lóngchuánjié and Lóngzhōujié.

Other common activities include hanging up icons of Zhong Kui (a mythic guardian figure), hanging mugwort and calamus, taking long walks, and wearing perfumed medicine bags. Other traditional activities include a game of making an egg stand at noon (this "game" is one that if you make the egg stand at exactly 12.00 noon you will have luck for the next year), and writing spells. All of these activities, together with the drinking of realgar wine, were regarded by the ancients as effective in preventing disease or evil and promoting health and well-being.

In the early years of the Republic of China, Duanwu was celebrated as "Poets' Day" due to Qu Yuan's status as China's first known poet. The Taiwanese also sometimes conflate the spring practice of egg balancing with Duanwu.

8 June

Brunei had another holiday for Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

China had a holiday for Dragon Boat Festival.

Taiwan had a holiday for Dragon Boat Festival.

7 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)

Dragon Boat Festival was celebrated in:

  • China
  • Hong Kong (Tuen Ng)
  • Macau (Tung Ng)
  • Taiwan

India (state of Punjab) had a public holiday titled the Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji, the first Sikkh martyr killed when he refused to convert to Islam in 1606 and described as a watershed event in the history of Sikkhism.

Indonesia had another public holiday for Cuti Bersama.

6 June

India (states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan) had a public holiday to commemorate Maharana Pratap Jayanti, an eminent ruler in the region in the 16th century.

India (state of Telangana) observed the second day of Ramazan.

North Korea celebrated Children’s Day.

South Korea celebrated Hyun Choong II (Memorial Day). The day commemorates the men and women who died while in military service or in the independence movement. On this day, a national commemoration ceremony is held in Seoul National Cemetery.

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
  • Brunei (Hari Raya Aidil Fitri) - holiday
  • India (state of TS)
  • Indonesia (Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1435 Hijriyah) - holiday
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Puasa) - holiday
  • Maldives (Eid-ul-Fitr) - holiday
  • Pakistan (Eidul Fitr) – holiday
  • Timor Leste (Idulfitri)

5 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)
  • India (Id-ul-Fitr)
  • Indonesia (Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1435 Hijriyah)
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Puasa)
  • Maldives (Eid-ul-Fitr)
  • Nepal (Ramjan Edul Fikra)
  • Pakistan (Eidul Fitr)
  • Philippines (Eid’l Fitr)
  • Singapore (Hari Raya Puasa)
  • Sri Lanka (Id-ul-Fitr)

4 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)
  • Indonesia (Cuti Bersama 2019)
  • Maldives (Eid-ul-Fitr)
  • Thailand (in the regional areas of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun)

3 June

Australia (State of Western Australia) celebrated Western Australian Day (formerly known as Foundation Day), a public holiday in Western Australia, celebrated on the first Monday in June to commemorate the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829. Because of the celebration of Western Australia Day, WA does not celebrate the Queen's Birthday Holiday in June, as most states do; it is held in September or October instead.

Indonesia had a public holiday for Cuti Bersama.

Malaysia (State of Sarawak) had another holiday to celebrate Gawai Dayak.

Thailand had a holiday to celebrate HM the Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana’s Birthday.

2 June

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

India (state of Jammu and Kashmir) observed Shab-i-Qadar.

Malaysia (State of Sarawak) had another holiday to celebrate Gawai Dayak.

1 June

Brunei had a holiday for Royal Armed Forces Day.

Cambodia celebrated International Children's Day. This national holiday was established to celebrate the memorial and try to keep the children safe.

Indonesia celebrated Pancasila Day.

Malaysia (State of Sarawak) celebrated Gawai Dayak a festival celebrated by Dayaks in Sarawak on 1 June every year. It is both a religious and social occasion.  The idea for Gawai Dayak started back in 1957 in a radio forum held by Tan Kingsley and Owen Liang, a radio programme organiser. This generated a lot of interest among the Dayak community. Up until 1962, the British colonial government refused to recognize the Dayak Day but instead called it the Sarawak Day which was meant to be celebrated by all Sarawakians as a national day. The first Gawai was hosted by Datuk Michael Buma, a Betong native, at his house at Siol Kandis, Kuching on June 1, 1963, before it was officially gazetted on 25 September 1964 as a public holiday in place of Sarawak Day after the formation of the Federation of Malaysia.  It was first celebrated on 1 June 1965 and became a symbol of unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayak community. Today, it is an integral part of the Dayak social life. It is a thanksgiving day marking a bountiful harvest and a time to plan for the new farming season or other endeavors ahead.

Mongolia celebrated Mothers and Children's Day.

31 May

Bangladesh celebrated Jumatul Bidah.

Brunei celebrated Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day.  The formation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces took place on May 31, 1961. Brunei had been a British protectorate since 1888, dependent on the British armed forces for its defense. In 1961, some 60 Brunei recruits began training as part of a transition period toward complete independence for the country, which occurred in 1984. The Royal Brunei Armed Forces maintain close ties with the British military forces, as well as those of Malaysia and Singapore. They also regularly cooperate in exercises with the armed forces of New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. The formation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces is commemorated each year. Around the country, there may be parades and military displays put on by various units of the armed forces. In the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, the occasion is usually commemorated at the Taman Haji Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien in the city center. Events include a military parade and such military demonstrations as parachuting exhibitions or mock battles. In 2007, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces marked the anniversary by giving special presents to those children who were celebrating their first birthday on that day. The children were given special souvenirs of the occasion, and bank accounts were opened in their names.

India (state of Jammu and Kashmir) celebrated Jumat-ul-Wida.

Malaysia (Labuan Territory and State of Sabah) continued to celebrate Harvest Festival (Pesta Menuai).

30 May

Indonesia observed Ascension of the Prophet Isra Mi’raj Nabi Muhammad. Isra and Mi'raj, also known as Al Isra' wal Miraj, is observed on the 27th day of the month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. This event marks the night that Allah (God) took Mohammad (also known as Mohamed or Muhammed) on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.

Malaysia (Labuan Territory and State of Sabah) celebrated Harvest Festival (Pesta Menuai).

27 May

Australia (the Australian Capital Territory) had a holiday for Reconciliation Day.

22 May

Brunei celebrated Nuzul Al-Quaraan (Quran Revelation Day).

Malaysia (states of Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan Territory, Pahang, Putra Jaya, Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Terengganu) celebrated Nuzul Quran (Quran Revelation Day).

Cambodia celebrated Royal Ploughing Ceremony (Pithi Chrat Preah Neanng Korl) which is an ancient royal rite held in Cambodia to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season.  In the ceremony, two sacred oxen are hitched to a wooden plough and they plough a furrow in some ceremonial ground, while rice seed is sown by court Brahmins. After the ploughing, the oxen are offered plates of food, including rice, corn, green beans, sesame, fresh-cut grass, water and rice whisky.  Depending on what the oxen eat, court astrologers and Brahmins make a prediction on whether the coming growing season will be bountiful or not. The ceremony is rooted in Brahman belief, and is held to ensure a good harvest.   In Cambodia the ceremony is typically presided over by the monarch, or an appointee, and has been overseen by both King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen.

20 May

Cambodia observed Day of Remembrance, formerly called the National Day of Hatred, which falls on May 20, is an annual event in Cambodia. It commemorates the Cambodian genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled the country between 1975 and 1979.

Timor-Leste celebrated Independence Restoration Day, the 13th Anniversary of the day that Timor-Leste’s Constitution came into force in 2002 and the country was given its sovereignty.  Portugal and many other countries organized campaigns in order to collect donations, provisions and books. Control of Timor-Leste was slowly taken with the progressive disarming of the militias and the beginning of the reconstruction of houses, schools and other infrastructures. Xanana Gusmão returned to the country, as well as other Timorese who had gone into exile, including many with university education. Elections were held for a Constituent Assembly that became responsible for drafting Timor-Leste’s Constitution.

Laos had a holiday for Visakhabousa Day.

Malaysia had a holiday for Wesak.

Singapore had a holiday for Buddha Day.

Sri Lanka had a special bank holiday for Vesak.

Thailand had a holiday for Visakha Bucha.

19 May

India (state of Himachal Pradesh) had a public holiday for Lok Sabha elections.

'Buddha Day', a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in:

  • Indonesia (Buddha Day)
  • Malaysia (Wesak)
  • Singapore (Vesak Day)

Sri Lanka observed the Day Following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day.

18 May

'Buddha Day', was a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists in:

  • Bangladesh (Buddha Purnima)
  • Cambodia (Visakh Bochea Day)
  • India (Buddha Purnima – in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal)
  • Laos (Visakhabousa Day)
  • Myanmar (Kasone/Kasong Full Moon Day)
  • Nepal (Buddha Jayanti)
  • Sri Lanka (Vesak Full Moon Poya Day)
  • Thailand (Visakha Bucha Day)

It commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.

15 May

Cambodia had another holiday to celebrate both HM King Norodom Sihamoni's Birthday.