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15 November

India (state of Karnataka) observes Kanakdasa Jayanti.

India (state of Jharkhand) observes the Friday following Eid-i-Milad-ul-Nabi.

Past Days...

13 November

Cambodia had another holiday for Bonn Om Touk.

12 November

Cambodia had another holiday for Bonn Om Touk.

India (many states – Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal) celebrated Guru Nanak Jayanti, where Sikhs celebrate the birth of the first Sikh.  The state of Orissa celebrated Karthika Purnima.  The state of Jharkhand observes Friday following Edi-i-Milad-ul-Nabi.

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

Myanmar had a holiday for Tazaungdaing Festival

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

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

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

11 November

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

The Prophet’s Birthday was celebrated in:

  • Brunei

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Om Touk.

India (state of Telangana) celebrated Guru Nanak Jayanti and Karthika Purnima.

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 Kelantan) had a holiday for the Sultan’s Birthday.

Maldives celebrated Republic 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.

Nepal observed Phalgunanda Jayanti (Kiranti employees only).

Sri Lanka had a special bank holiday for The Prophet’s Birthday.

10 November

The Prophet’s Birthday was celebrated in:

  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • India (most of the states)
  • Malaysia (Johor, Kedah, Terengganu, Kelanten)
  • Sri Lanka

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.

Myanmar had another holiday for 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.

9 November

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

The Prophet’s Birthday was celebrated in:

  • India (state of Kerala)
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Philippines

Myanmar had a holiday for 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.

5 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.

Thailand had another public holiday for the ASEAN Summit.

4 November

India (state of West Bengal) had a holiday for Chhath Puja Parva/Surya Sasthi.

Japan had a holiday for Culture Day.

Macau had the first working day after All Soul’s Day.

Thailand had a public holiday for the ASEAN Summit.

3 November

India (state of Bihar) had another holiday for Chhath Puja Parva/Surya Sasthi.

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.

Victory Day in the Maldives marked the anniversary of a failed coup d'état by a group of Maldivians led by Abdullah Luthufi and assisted by armed mercenaries of a Tamil secessionist organisation from Sri Lanka to overthrow the government. The coup failed due to the intervention of the Indian Army, whose military operations efforts were code-named Operation Cactus by the Indian Armed Forces. The operation strengthened Indo-Maldivian relations as a result of the successful restoration of the Gayoom government.

2 November

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.

India (states of Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand) celebrated Chhath Puja Parva/Surya Sasthi.

The Philippines had an additional public holiday for All Saints’ Day.

1 November

Bhutan had a public holiday for the 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 - Kannada Rajyothsava holiday was in Karnataka, Haryana Day was observed in Haryana and Puducherry Liberation Day was observed in Puducherry.

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

31 October

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

29 October

Cambodia celebrated King Norodom Sihamony’s Coronation Day.

India (state of Karnataka) observed Balipadyami Diwali/Govarahan Pooja/Vikram Samvat.

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

Maldives celebrated National Day.

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

28 October

India (states of Chandigarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh) observed Balipadyami Diwali/Govarahan Pooja/Vikram Samvat.

Malaysia (most states) had a holiday for Deepavali.

Nepal celebrated the Tihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Govardhan Pooja) - people worship themselves, oxen and cow dung.

Singapore had a holiday for Deepavali.

27 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
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka

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

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.  King Chulalongkorn led several major reforms in Thailand, for example in the areas of Thai educational system, military affairs, State Railway and Slave Liberation Act without bloodshed in Thailand.

22 October

Japan had a public holiday for the Enthronement Ceremony.

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.

Laos celebrated Boun Ok 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.

Myanmar had a holiday for Thadingyut Full Moon (end of Buddhist Lent).

14 October

Japan had Fitness Day / 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.

Laos, Vientiane, had a Boat Racing Festival.

Myanmar had a holiday for Thadingyut Full Moon (end of Buddhist Lent).

Thailand had another holiday for The Great Memorial Day which marks the anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

13 October

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

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

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)].

Taiwan had another holiday for National Day.

Thailand observed The Great Memorial Day which marks the anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

12 October

The Malaysian state of Sarawak had a public holiday for the State Governor’s Birthday.

Myanmar had a holiday for Thadingyut Full Moon (end of Buddhist Lent).

Taiwan had another holiday for National Day.

11 October

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

Myanmar had a holiday for Thadingyut Full Moon (end of Buddhist Lent).

Taiwan had another holiday for National Day.

10 October

Bhutan (Thimphu region) continued to celebrate Thimphu Tshechu.

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

Taiwan observed National Day.

9 October

Bhutan (Thimphu region) continued to celebrate Thimphu Tshechu.

Nepal continued to celebrate the Dashain Festival (Pampakushu Ekadashi).

South Korea celebrated Hangeul Day, a national commemorative day marking the invention (1443) and the proclamation (1446) of Hangul (한글; 조선글), the alphabet of the Korean language, by the 15th-century Korean monarch Sejong the Great, one of the most honoured rulers in Korean history.

8 October

Bangladesh celebrated Durga Puja (Bijoya Dashami).  Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Mahalaya, Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami. Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.

Bhutan celebrated Dassain, the main Nepalese and Hindu festival.  During this holiday, houses are cleaned and replastered, gifts are exchanged, and families gather.

Bhutan’s Thimphu region started a five-day festival, called Thimphu Tshechu.

India (many states) continued to celebrate Durga Puka/Dussehra/ Dasehra (Vijaya Dashami).

Nepal continued to celebrate the Dashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami).

7 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 celebrates the Queen’s Birthday.

China had another National Day holiday.

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

India (many states) continued to celebrate Dussehra (Maha Navami)/Ayudha Puja/Saraswathi Puja.

Laos had a bank holiday for BOL Foundation Day.

Macau celebrated Chong Yeung (Ancestors Day).

Nepal continued to celebrate the Dashain Festival (Maha Nawami).

6 October

China had another National Day holiday.

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Terengganu and West Bengal) celebrated Dussehra (Maha Ashtami)/Durga Ashtami.

Nepal continued to celebrate the Dashain Festival (Maha Astami).

5 October

China had another National Day holiday.

Indian states (Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal) had public holidays for Dussehra (Maha Saptami)/Durga Puja/Durga Saptami.

Malaysia (state of Johor) observed Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and the state of Sabah has a public holiday for the State Governor’s Birthday.

Nepal celebrates the Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati).

4 October

Bhutan celebrated Thimphu Drubchoe.

China had another National Day holiday.