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8 May

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

Past Days...

7 May

Bangladesh celebrated Jumatul Bidah.

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

5 May

China had another holiday for Labour Day.

Japan celebrated Children’s Day. This national holiday was established in 1948, as a day on which to esteem the personalities of children and plan for their happiness. It is on this day that the Japanese equivalent of the Dragon Boat Festival is held. On this day, and for some time before it, families who have a boy in their home may fly koinobori and decorate their homes with armor or samurai dolls. Children's Day marks the end of Golden Week.

South Korea also celebrated Orininal - Children’s Day, the day on which to esteem the personalities of children and plan for their happiness. In Korea, Children's Day started on May 1, 1922, when 8 persons including Bang Jeong-Hwan declared the Day and held an anniversary. In 1946, the Day changed to May 5, and became a public holiday in 1975.

4 May

China had another holiday for Labour Day.

Japan celebrated Greenery Day. This national holiday is celebrated as a day to commune with nature and be grateful for its blessings. Originally established in 1989 and held annually on April 29 (the late Shōwa Emperor's birthday), in 2007 Greenery Day was moved to May 4, and April 29 was renamed "Shōwa Day". Greenery Day falls during Golden Week.

Thailand celebrated the Anniversary of the Coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

3 May

Australia (Northern Territory and Queensland) had a public holiday for Labour Day.

China had another holiday for Labour Day.

Japan celebrated Constitution Memorial Day. This national holiday was established in 1948, to commemorate the day on which Japan's post-war constitution took effect. Constitution Memorial Day falls during Golden Week.

Laos had a holiday for Labour Day.

Macau observed the First Working Day after Labour Day.

Thailand had a holiday for Labour Day.

Vietnam had another holiday for Labour Day.

2 May

Bhutan celebrated the birth anniversary of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck the 3rd Druk Gyalpo, who began Bhutan's first steps toward modernization (b. 1928, Thruepang Palace, Trongsa).

China had a holiday for Labour Day.

Malaysia had a holiday for Labour Day.

Vietnam had a holiday for Liberation Day/Reunification Day/ Labour Day.

1 May

May Day/International Labour Day/Labour Day was celebrated in:

  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India (states of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal)
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Vietnam

Maharashtra Din Day was celebrated in the state of Maharashtra in India.

30 April

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.

Myanmar had a holiday for Labour Day.

Sri Lanka had a special Bank Holiday for May Day.

Vietnam observed Gày Thống Nhất (Reunification/Liberation Day).  It is a public holiday to mark when the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon (now Ho Chi Min City) in 1975, signalling the end of the Vietnam War and the start of the transition period towards reunification (2 July 1976) when the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam and North Vietnam merged to form the modern-day Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  This day may also be called: Black April, Liberation Day, Victory Day, National Day of Shame, National Day of Resentment, Fall of Saigon.

29 April

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

Japan celebrated Shōwa Day to honour the birthday of the Shōwa Emperor (Hirohito), the reigning emperor from 1926 to 1989.  The purpose of the holiday is to encourage public reflection on the turbulent 63 years of Hirohito’s reign and think about the country’s future.

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

26 April

Australia (the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory and the states of Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia) had a holiday for ANZAC Day.

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

  • Cambodia (Visakh Bochea Day)
  • Laos (Visakhabousa Day)

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

Malaysia’s state of Terengganu had a state public holiday for the Terengganu State Ruler's Birthday.

25 April

Australia (and New Zealand) observed ANZAC Day.  ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served."  Observed on 25 April each year, ANZAC Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

India (states of: Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal) celebrated Mahavir Jayanti/Janma Kalyanak.

North Korea celebrated Korean People’s Army Foundation Day.  Kim Il-Sung moved date from 8 February to the date of establishment of his guerrilla army in 1932.

23 April

India (state of Manipur) observed Khongjam Day.

22 April

Bhutan observed Zhabdrung Kuchoe, to mark the passing of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1651 at Punakha Dzong.  He was the first person to unify the warring valley kingdoms under a single rule. In Bhutan, Zhabdrung is revered as the third most important personality behind Guru Rimpoche and the Sakyamuni Buddha. During this national holiday, Bhutanese visit temples/monasteries where prayers ceremonies are held.  The holiday is a national day of mourning.

India (state of Tripura) had another holiday for Garia Puja.

21 April

India (most states) celebrated Ram Navami (Vaishnava).  Rama Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of the god Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya.  Rama Navami is one of the most important Hindu festivals.  He is particularly important to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism, as the seventh avatar of Vishnu. The day is marked by Rama Katha recitals, or reading of Rama stories. Charitable events and community meals are also organized. The festival is an occasion for moral reflection for many Hindus.  The state of Tripura celebrated Garia Puja and the state of Assam celebrated Sati Sadhani Divas.

Vietnam observed Giỗ Tổ Hùng Vương, a Vietnamese festival held annually from the 8th to the 11th day of the third lunar month in honour of the Hùng Vương or Hùng Kings. The main festival day, which is a public holiday in Vietnam since 2007, is on the 10th day.  Although the official name means the Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings, the festival does not mark any specific date of death for any Hung King.

19 April

Myanmar continued to celebrate Thingyan (Water Festival).

18 April

Myanmar continued to celebrate Thingyan (Water Festival).

17 April

Myanmar continued to celebrate Thingyan (Water Festival).

16 April

Cambodia had another holiday for Cambodian New Year.

India (state of Assam) had another holiday for Bohag Bihu.

Laos had another holiday for Laotian New Year.

Myanmar continued to celebrate Thingyan (Water Festival).

15 April

Cambodia had a holiday for Cambodian New Year.

India, the state of Jharkhand celebrated Sarhul, the states of West Bengal and Tripura celebrated Bengali New Year/Nababarsha/Masadi, the state of Puducherry celebrated the second day of Vishu, the state of Himachal Pradesh celebrated Himachal Day and the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh celebrated Bohag Bihu.

Laos had a holiday for Laotian New Year.

Malaysia (state of Melaka) had a public holiday for Melaka UNESCO Heritage Day.

Myanmar continued to celebrate Thingyan (Water Festival).

North Korea had a holiday for Kim Il Sung’s birthday.

Thailand had another holiday for Songkran.

14 April

Bangladesh celebrated Pahela Baishakh (Bengali New Year).

Cambodia celebrated Cambodian New Year.  This national holiday was established to celebrate the New Year in Cambodia. The holiday lasts for three days and is considered to be the most important festival on the calendar.

India (most states) celebrated Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti.  Bhim Jayanti is a festival observed on 14 April every year to commemorate the memory of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar who was born on this day in 1891 and was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was independent India's first law and justice minister, the architect of the Constitution of India, and a founding father of the Republic of India.

It is a public holiday in many of the Indian states.  It is a customary to pay homage to Babasaheb’s statue at the Parliament, New Delhi by the President, Prime Minister, and Leaders of prominent parties on this day. It is celebrated throughout the world especially by formerly oppressed communities who embraced Buddhism under his guidance.  In India, a large number of people visit Babasaheb's statue at the prominent place of their village/city in procession with lot of fanfare of dhol, tasha, dance throughout the day and into the night.

The states of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry celebrated Tamil New Year, the states of Kerala and Puducherry celebrated Vishu, the state of Madhya Pradesh celebrated Vaisakhi/Baisakhi, the state of Tripura celebrated Biju Festival, the state of Orissa observed Maha Visubha Sankranti, the state of Manipur celebrated Cheiraoba and the state of Assam celebrated Bohag Bihu.

Laos celebrated Laotian New Year.

Myanmar marked the beginning of Thingyan (Water Festival).

Nepal celebrated Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra).

Pakistan had a bank holiday for the Start of Ramadan.

Sri Lanka celebrated Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Sinhalese and Tamil New Year is the new year of the Sinhalese and Tamil people in Sri Lanka. It is a major anniversary celebrated by most Sri Lankans. It is a public holiday in Sri Lanka.  According to Sinhalese astrology, New Year begins when the sun moves from Meena Rashiya (the house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (the house of Aries). It also marks the end of the harvest and spring.

Thailand had another holiday for Songkran.

13 April

The month of Ramadan began in:

  • Brunei
  • Malaysia (states of Johor, Kedah and Malacca)
  • Maldives

India (in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Telangana and Maharashtra) celebrated Gudi Padva / Ugadi / Chetti Chand/1st Navatra – New Year for Hindus.

India, the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab celebrated Vaisakhi/Baisakhi and the state of Manipur celebrates Sajibu Nongmapanba.

Myanmar celebrated Thingyan Eve.  Thingyan is the Burmese New Year Water Festival and usually falls around mid-April. It is a Buddhist festival celebrated over a period of four to five days culminating in the new year. The dates of the festival are observed as the most important public holiday throughout Myanmar and are part of the summer holidays at the end of the school year. Water-throwing or dousing one another from any shape or form of vessel or device that delivers water is the distinguishing feature of this festival and may be done on the first four days of the festival. However, in most parts of the country, it does not begin in earnest until the second day.

Sri Lanka celebrated Sinhala and Tamil New Year’s Eve.

Thailand celebrated Songkran (Thai New Year).  Songkran Festival is the major holiday of the year for Thailand.  Many people return home for family reunions during this period. The first day is known as Wan Maha Songkran, the second as Wan Nao, and the third as Wan Thaloeng Sok.

12 April

Thailand had a holiday for Songkran (Thai New Year).

11 April

Nepal celebrated Ghodejatra, observed primarily in Kathmandu valley with horse parades in Tundikhel.  The festival marks the death of a mythological demon named Tundi.  Legend has it that the demon who lived on a meadow, used to instigate terror amongst Kathmandu’s citizenry. After his death people rejoiced by riding horses over his body. There is a belief that the parade of horses at Tundikhel keeps the demon’s spirit away. The faster the horses run, the better Tundi’s spirit is dispelled.

9 April

Philippines observed Day of Valor (Araw Ng Kagitingan/Bataan Day) which commemorates the Fall of Bataan during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, and by extension, the courage of Filipino and American soldiers at the Fall of Corregidor, the Bataan Death March and throughout the Second World War.

6 April

Australia (state of Tasmania) had a holiday for Easter Tuesday.

Hong Kong had a holiday for the Day Following Easter Monday.

India (states of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu) had a holiday for Lok Sabha Elections.  The state of Assam had another holiday for Assembly Elections.

Macau observed the First Working Day after Cheng Ming.

Thailand celebrated King Rama I Memorial and Chakri Day.  This day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke in 1782. Officially known as King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great Day and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day.

5 April

Easter Monday was observed in:

  • Australia
  • Macau (bank holiday – the First Working Day after Easter)

China and Hong Kong had a public holiday for the Qingming Festival.

India (states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) observed Babu Jagjivan Ram Jayanthi.

Taiwan had another holiday for Children’s Day.

4 April

Australia (states of ACT, NSW, QLD and VIC) observed Easter Sunday.

India (state of Kerala) observed Easter Sunday.

Qingming Festival/Tomb Sweeping Day or Ching Ming was observed in

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Taiwan

The Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day or Ching Ming, is a traditional Chinese festival on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. This makes it the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, either 4 or 5 April in a given year. Other common translations include Chinese Memorial Day and Ancestors' Day.

The festival is called Qīngmíng Jié, literally "Pure Brightness Festival" or "Clear and Bright Festival".The name suggests a time for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime, but it is mostly noted for its connection with Chinese ancestral veneration and the tending of family graves. Qingming has been regularly observed as a statutory public holiday in China.  In Taiwan, the public holiday is now always observed on 5 April to honor the death of Chiang Kai-shek on that day in 1975. It became a public holiday in mainland China since 2008.

On the mainland, the holiday is associated with the consumption of qingtuan, green dumplings made of glutinous rice and barley grass. In Taiwan, a similar confection is known as caozaiguo or shuchuguo.

The holiday is often marked by people paying respects to those who died in events considered sensitive. The April Fifth Movement and the Tiananmen Incident were major events in Chinese history which occurred on Qingming. When Premier Zhou Enlai died in 1976, thousands visited him during the festival to pay their respects. Many also pay respects to victims of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and Zhao Ziyang.

Taiwan had a holiday for Children’s Day, to make known the rights of children and to stop the abuse and killing of children.

3 April

Holy Saturday / Black Saturday was observed in:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong (the Day After Good Friday)
  • Macau
  • Philippines

Taiwan had another public holiday for the Qingming Festival.

2 April

Good Friday was observed in:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • India (all states and territories except Chhattisgarh)
  • Indonesia
  • Macau
  • Malaysia (states of Sabah and Sarawak)
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Timor-Leste

Good Friday is the most important and solemn day of Holy Week, as it commemorates the suffering, crucifixion and death of Christ. Processions, Passion plays, the recitation of the Pasyon, and various religious services are among the customs practiced on this day.

Taiwan had a public holiday for the Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day).

1 April

Timor-Leste had a public holiday for Holy Thursday.

Philippines celebrated Maundy Thursday as part of the Easter celebrations.  Maundy Thursday is part of Holy Week. This holy day commemorates the Last Supper of Christ with His Twelve Apostles.

India had a bank holiday for Annual Accounts Closing.  The state of Kerala celebrates Maundy Thursday.  The state of Orissa celebrates Utkal Dibas / Odisha Day.  The state of Assam has a holiday for Assembly Elections.

30 March

India (state of Bihar) celebrated Holi/Dhuleti.