Today is ...

29 February

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

Past Days...

26 February

Timor-Leste had a public sector holiday for Ash Wednesday.

Mongolia had a holiday for Lunar New Year.

25 February

Bhutan had a holiday for Losar.

Mongolia had a holiday for Lunar New Year.

The Philippines celebrated the Anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, a popular campaign of sustained resistance that led to the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship and the restoration of democracy in the country.

24 February

Bhutan celebrated Lunar New Year (Dangpa Losar) – Year of the Male Iron Mouse.

Brunei had another holiday for National Day.

Japan had another holiday for The Emperor’s Birthday.

Mongolia celebrated Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) – Year of the Male Iron Mouse.

Nepal observed Gyalpyo/Gyallo Loshar.

23 February

Bhutan had a holiday for the Anniversary of His Majesty the King.

Brunei had a National Day to commemorate the day in 1984 when it gained independence from the United Kingdom.

Japan celebrated The Emperor’s Birthday.  The birthday of the reigning emperor has been a national holiday since 1868. Originally known as Tenchō-setsu (天長節), it was renamed Tennō tanjōbi (天皇誕生日) in 1948. It is currently celebrated on February 23; Emperor Naruhito was born on this day in 1960. (Prior to the abdication of Emperor Akihito in 2019, this holiday was celebrated on December 23.)

Mongolia observed Bituun (Lunar New Year’s Eve).

22 February

Bhutan had a holiday for the Anniversary of His Majesty the King.

21 February

Bangladesh observed Shahid Dibosh otherwise known as International Mother Language Day.

Bhutan celebrated the Anniversary of His Majesty the King.

Maha Shivaratri was celebrated in:

  • India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar,  Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajastan, Telangana)
  • Nepal (Maaha Shivaratri)
  • Sri Lanka (Mahasivarathri Day)

It is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva.

19 February

India (state of Maharashtra) celebrated Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti.

16 February

North Korea had a holiday for Kim Jong-il’s birthday, also known as Day of the Shining Star, commemorating the anniversary of the birth of the country's second leader.

12 February

Myanmar celebrated Union Day.  It marks the date in 1947 when the Panglong Agreement was signed and passed and Burma became a unified country.

11 February

Japan celebrated Foundation Day.  This national holiday was established in 1966 (and first held in 1967) as a day to reflect on the establishment of the nation and to nurture a love for the country. From 1872 to 1948, February 11 was known as Kigen-setsu (紀元節?), a holiday commemorating the day on which—according to the Nihon Shoki—Emperor Jimmu is said to have acceded the throne in 660 BCE.

10 February

Thailand had a holiday for Makha Bucha Day.

9 February

India (states of Haryana, Himachel Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab) celebrated Guru Ravidas Jayanti.

8 February

India (Delhi) had a public holiday for Legislative Elections.

The states of Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Penang, Perak and Selangor in Malaysia celebrated Thaipusam.  Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai.

North Korea celebrated Cheongwoldaeboreum (Korean Folk Festival).

Sri Lanka celebrated Navam Full Moon Poya Day - the Buddha proclaims for the first time a code of fundamental ethical precepts for the monks.

Thailand observed Makha Bucha Day.

7 February

Macau had another public sector holiday for non-essential services.

6 February

Macau had another public sector holiday for non-essential services.

5 February

Macau had another public sector holiday for non-essential services.

Pakistan observed Kashmir Solidarity Day.

4 February

Sri Lanka celebrated National Day (Independence Day).

3 February

Macau had a public sector holiday for non-essential services.

The Maldives had a public holiday to commemorate the first sitting of the People’s Majlis.

2 February

Chinese New Year continued to be celebrated in China (coronavirus extension).

1 February

Bangladesh (Dhaka) has a public holiday for regional city corporation elections.

Chinese New Year continues to be celebrated in China (Coronavirus extension).

Malaysia (Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) celebrate Federal Territories Day.  The date marks the anniversary of formation of the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory in 1974, ceded by the state of Selangor to the federal government of Malaysia.

31 January

Chinese New Year continued to be celebrated in China (Coronavirus extension)

30 January

Chinese New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)

India (states of Bihar, Orissa, Haryana, Jharkhand and West Bengal) celebrated Vasant Panchami.  Sometimes referred to as Saraswati Puja, Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites it is a Sikh and Hindu festival held on the fifth day of Magha marking the start of spring and the Holi season. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture.  For Sikhs, in the Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, on the day of Vasant Panchmi, musicians start the music by singing Basant Raga. This practice continues up until the first day of Vaisakh when Basant Rag is no longer used.  A fair normally held at the famous Sikh shrine of Guru-ka-Lahore in Bilaspur district to mark the occasion of the marriage of Guru Gobind Singh Ji on Vasant Panchami.

29 January

Chinese New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Macau (Fifth Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Taiwan (holiday)

Vietnam had another holiday for Tết.

28 January

Chinese New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Hong Kong (Fourth Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Macau (Fourth Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Taiwan (holiday)

Vietnam had another holiday for Tết.

27 January

Australia had a holiday for Australia Day.

Chinese New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Hong Kong (Third Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Macau (Third Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Mongolia (Lunar New Year holiday)
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea (Seol-nal holiday)
  • Taiwan (holiday)

Vietnam had another holiday for Tết.

26 January

Australia celebrated Australia Day.  Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named "Anniversary Day", "Foundation Day", and "ANA Day". 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Year's Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term "Australia Day" to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday becomes a public holiday instead. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.

Some Indigenous Australian events are now included. However, since at least 1938 Australia Day has also been marked by some Indigenous Australians protesting what they see as the invasion of their land by Europeans, and its celebration as a national holiday. They prefer to call it "Invasion Day" or "Survival Day" and advocate that, alternatively, the date should be changed.

India celebrated Republic Day.  Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.  The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition towards becoming an independent republic. 26 January was chosen as the Republic day because it was on this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

Chinese New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Hong Kong (Second Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Macau (Second Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Malaysia (Second Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • South Korea (Seol-nal holiday)
  • Taiwan (holiday)

Vietnam had another holiday for Tết.

25 January

India (state of Himachal Pradesh) observed Statehood Day.

Chinese New Year was celebrated in many countries:

  • Bhutan (Dangpa Losar – Traditional Day of Offering)
  • Brunei
  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Hong Kong (Lunar New Year)
  • Indonesia
  • Macau (Lunar New Year)
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal (Sonam Lhosar, one out of the four Lhosars celebrated specially by the Tamang community)
  • North Korea (Seollal)
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea (Seol-nal)
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in modern China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday, 5 February, initiating the Year of the Pig.

Lunar New Year is one of the world's most prominent and celebrated festivals, and is the cause of the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has strongly influenced the lunar new year celebrations of China's neighbouring cultures, including the Korean New Year (seol), the Tết of Vietnam, and the Losar of Tibet. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant Overseas Chinese populations, these including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines and Mauritius, as well as many countries in North America and Europe.

Lunar New Year is associated with several myths and customs. The festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely, and the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. For the northern regions of China, dumplings are featured prominently in meals celebrating the festival.

Vietnam celebrated Tết Nguyen Dan.

Tết, Vietnamese New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year or Tet Holiday, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán (節元旦), which is Sino-Vietnamese for "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day". Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese calendar, which usually has the date falling in January or February in the Gregorian calendar.

Vietnamese people celebrate the Lunar New Year annually, which is based on a lunisolar calendar (calculating both the motions of Earth around the Sun and of the Moon around Earth). Tết is generally celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, except when the one-hour time difference between Vietnam and China results in new moon occurring on different days. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday food and cleaning the house. These foods include bánh chưng, bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup (canh măng), giò, and sticky rice. Many customs are practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestor worship, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.

Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. They start forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hope for a better upcoming year. They consider Tết to be the first day of spring, and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).

24 January

China had a holiday for Spring Festival/Chinese New Year’s Eve

Macau had a holiday for Lunar New Year’s Eve

South Korea had a holiday for Seol-nal.

Taiwan had a holiday for Chinese New Year’s Eve.

Vietnam had a holiday for Tết Eve.