Today is ...

27 September

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

Past Days...

26 September

Australia (the state of Western Australia) had a holiday for the King’s Birthday.

Cambodia had another holiday for Bonn Phchum Ben.

India (states of Haryana and Punjab) celebrated Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti for the birthday of legendary Hindu King Agrasen Jayanti. The state of Rajasthan celebrated Navratra Stapana. The state of Manipur celebrated Mera Chaoren Houba of Laining thou Sanamahi.

Nepal celebrated Ghatasthapana.

25 September

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Phchum Ben.

India (states of Karnataka, Orissa, Tripura and West Bengal) celebrated Mahalaya/Mahalaya Amavasye

India (state of Telangana) celebrated First day of Bathukamma.

24 September

Australia (Melbourne) hosted the Australian Football League (AFL – Aussie Rules) Grand Final which is a significant sporting and cultural event in many parts of Australia.  The AFL Grand Final is an annual Australian Rules football match, traditionally held on the final Saturday in September at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne, Australia to determine the Australian Football League (AFL) premiership champions for that year. The teams playing are Geelong and the Sydney.  The game has become significant to Australian culture, spawning a number of traditions and surrounding activities which have grown in popularity since the interstate expansion of the VFL in the 1980s and the subsequent creation of the national AFL competition in the 1990s. The 2006 Sweeney Sports Report concluded that the AFL Grand Final has become Australia's most important sporting event, with the largest attendance, metropolitan television audience and overall interest of any annual Australian sporting event.  The winning team of the Grand Final receives the AFL Premiership Cup and the Premiership Flag, and all players in the team receive a gold Premiership Medallion.

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

Cambodia celebrated Bonn Phchum Ben. Also known as 'Ancestors' Day', 'Festival of the Dead' or 'Hungry Ghosts Festival', it is a 15-day Cambodian religious festival, which culminates in celebrations on the 15th day of the tenth month in the Khmer calendar, marking the end of the Buddhist lent.

Bonn Phchum Ben starts on the first day of the waning moon in the month of Putrobut until the 15th day before the new moon. Each of the first fourteen days of the festival is called a day of Kan Ban. The 15th and last day is called 'Bonn Phchum um Ben' and is the start of a two-day public holiday.

23 September

Australia (state of Victoria) had a holiday to celebrate the AFL Grand Final.

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.

India (state of Haryana) celebrated Haryana Veer and Shahidi Divas.

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

Australia had a National Day of Mourning, to observe the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

21 September

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.

19 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.

Nepal celebrated Constitution Day.

18 September

Malaysia (states of Kedah and Johor) had another holiday for Malaysia Day.

Nepal had a public holiday for Jitiya Pawa.

17 September

India (states of Jharkhand and Uttarakhand) celebrated Vishwakarma Puja.

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.

14 September

India (state of Assam) celebrated Tithi of Sri Sri Madhabdeva.

12 September

China celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival.

Hong Kong had The Second Day following Mid-Autumn festival.

Macau had a Bank Holiday and Compensatory rest day for the Day following Chong Chao.

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

11 September

China had a holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival.

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.

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

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

10 September

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.

India (state of Kerala) observed Fourth Onam and Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi.  The state of Sikkim celebrated Pang Lhabsol.

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).

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

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

9 September

India (state of Kerala) celebrated Third Onam and the state of Sikkim celebrated Indrajatra.

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

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

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.

Taiwan had a holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival.

8 September

India (states of Kerala, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry) celebrated Onam/Thiruonam.

7 September

India celebrated First Onam in the states of Kerala and Puducherry.  Onam is reminiscent of Kerala's agrarian past, as it is considered to be a harvest festival with a Hindu mythological background, commemorating King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.   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.

6 September

India (state of Jharkhand) observed Karma Puja and the state of Assam observed Karam Puja.

5 September

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

4 September

Vietnam had another holiday for National Day.

3 September

Malaysia (state of Johor) celebrated State Public Holiday (Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar).

Nepal celebrated Gaura Parba which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.  Gaura Parva is celebrated in far western Nepal. 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.

Vietnam had another holiday for National Day.

2 September

Vietnam celebrated National Day when it declared its independence in 1945, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).

1 September

India (state of Goa) celebrated day two of Ganesh Chaturthi.

India (state of Odisha) celebrated Nuakhai.

Vietnam had a holiday for National Day.

31 August

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

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.

30 August

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

India (state of Sikkim) observed Haritalika Teej which signifies the day Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife.  The state of Chandigarh observed Hariyali Teej.

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

29 August

India (state of Assam) observed Tithi of Shrimanta Shankar Deva.

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.

28 August

India (state of Kerala) celebrated Ayyankali Jayanti.

26 August

Sri Lanka had a Public Sector Holiday.

25 August

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

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

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.

20 August

India (state of Telangana) celebrated Janmashtami/Sri Krishna Jayanti/Sri Krishna Astami.  The state of Sikkim celebrates Bhasa Diwas.

Timor Leste observed the anniversary of the FALINTIL.

19 August

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

India (most states) celebrated Janmashtami/Sri Krishna Jayanti/Sri Krishna Astami.

India (state of Tripura) celebrated Birthday of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur Deb Burman

Nepal celebrated Shree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Gaura Parva is celebrated in far western Nepal. 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.

Sri Lanka had a Public Sector Holiday.

18 August

India (states of Haryana, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Orissa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh) celebrated Janmashtami/Sri Krishna Jayanti/Sri Krishna Astami.

17 August

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.