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2 December

Laos celebrates their National Day to commemorate the establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975. Celebrations include parades and dancing at That Luang temple.

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30 November

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.

Myanmar had a holiday for Tazaungdaing Festival

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

Philippines celebrated Bonifacio Day which commemorates the birth of national hero Andrés Bonifacio on November 30, 1863. Bonifacio is remembered on his birthday, rather than the date of his death (May 10, 1897), which is marred by the fact he was executed by the Filipino revolutionary government and not, as in the case of other heroes, by colonial powers. The Aguinaldo government executed Bonifacio, whom it labelled an enemy of the state after the events at the Tejeros Convention.

29 November

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.

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

28 November

Myanmar had another holiday for Tazaungdaing Festival (also known as the Festival of Lights).

Timor Leste celebrated Proclamation of Independence Day, commemorating independence from the Republic of Portugal in 1975.

27 November

Myanmar had a holiday for Tazaungdaing Festival (also known as the Festival of Lights).

26 November

Mongolia celebrated National Freedom and Independence Day.

24 November

India (state of Chandigarh) observed the Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji.  A number of Sikh holidays are Gurpurbs, anniversaries of a guru's birth or death; marked by the holding of a festival.

23 November

Japan celebrated Labour Thanksgiving Day.  This national holiday was established in 1948 as an occasion for praising labour, celebrating production and giving one another thanks.  Prior to the establishment of this holiday, November 23 was celebrated as an imperial harvest festival called Niiname-sai.

21 November

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

20 November

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

Nepal celebrated International Children's Day.

Thailand had a second special public holiday.  It was another day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

19 November

Thailand had a special public holiday.  It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

17 November

Maldives observed The Day the Maldives Embraced Islam. The day is meant to be a day of religious unity. Activities are arranged by the Ministry of Home Affairs which include lectures, speeches and religious ceremonies. Villages also have their own celebrations that include lectures about the history of the Islamic conversion in the Maldives as well as to promote religious unity throughout the country.

16 November

India (states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka) observed Balipadyami Diwali/Govarahan Pooja/Vikram Samvat.  The states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh observed Bhai Duj/Chitragupth Jayanti/Bhau Beej/Dawat Puja, whilst women employees only in Himachal Pradesh celebrated Bhai Day, which is part of Diwali celebrations.

Nepal celebrated Tihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Gobarhan Pooja).

Mongolia celebrated Chinggis Khaan’s Birthday (National Pride Day).  Established in 2012, this day expresses a symbolic birthday of Genghis Khan as his exact date of birth is not found.

North Korea celebrated Mother’s Day.

15 November

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

Malaysia (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) had a holiday for Deepavali.

Nepal celebrated the Tihar Festival (Gai Tihar / Laxmi Pooja).

14 November

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
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka

India (states of Orissa, Karnataka and West Bengal) celebrated Naraka Chaturdashi.

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

13 November

Myanmar had a holiday for Deepavali.

12 November

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

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

Maldives had a public sector holiday to celebrate Republic Day.

11 November

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

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

Maldives celebrated Republic Day.

10 November

Nepal observed Phalgunanda Jayanti (Kiranti employees only).

9 November

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

7 November

Bhutan celebrated Lhabab Duchen (Descending Day of Lord Bhudda), a public holiday (generally falling in November).  Lhabab Duchen marks Gautama Buddha's return to earth after attaining Nirvana. In the eastern regions of Bhutan, the holiday is a popular occasion for performing Lhasoel, which are religious offerings in the form of ara (traditional wine), blessings, and supplications.

6 November

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

4 November

India (state of Himachel Pradesh) observed Karva Chauth (for female employees only).

3 November

Australia (state of Victoria) had a holiday for The Melbourne Cup.  The Melbourne Cup is '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.

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 theanniversary 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

Cambodia had another holiday for Bonn Om Touk.

Laos had a Bank Holiday.

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

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.

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

1 November

Bhutan had a public holiday for the Druk Gyalpo Coronation Anniversary.

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Om Touk.

India - Kannada Rajyothsava holiday in Karnataka, Haryana Day was observed in Haryana and Puducherry Liberation Day was observed in Puducherry.

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

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.

31 October

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Om Touk.

The Prophet’s Birthday was celebrated in:

  • India (Milad-un-Nabi in the state of Goa)

Also in India, the Birthday of Maharishi Valmiki Ji was celebrated in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand and the state of Gujarat has a holiday to observe Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti.

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.

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

30 October

The Prophet’s Birthday was celebrated in:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi)
  • India (most states)
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka (Milad-Un-Nabi)

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.

India (states of Orissa and West Bengal) observed Lakshmi Puja/Kunar Purnima and the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh observed the Friday following Eid-i-Milad-ul-Nabi (Prophet’s Birthday).

Myanmar had a holiday for 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)].

29 October

The Prophet’s Birthday was celebrated in:

  • Brunei (Maulidur Rasul)
  • India (Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Kerala)
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia (Johor, Kedah, Terengganu, Kelanten)
  • Maldives
  • Pakistan

Cambodia celebrated King Norodom Sihamony’s Coronation Day.

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

28 October

Indonesia had a public holiday.

27 October

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

26 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.

Hong Kong celebrated the Day Following Chung Yeung Festival Nepal continues to celebrate the Dashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami).

India (states of Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Terengganu and West Bengal) celebrated Durga Puja/Dussehra/ Dasehra (Vijaya Dashami),

Macau had a Bank Holiday and observes the First Working Day after Chong Yeung Festival.

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

25 October

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 Durga Puja/Dussehra/ Dasehra (Vijaya Dashami), whilst other states (Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Pondicherry, Terengganu and West Bengal) celebrated Dussehra (Maha Navami)/Ayudha Puja/Saraswathi Puja.

Macau celebrated Chong Yeung (Ancestors Day).

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

24 October

Australia (Brisbane) 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 in Melbourne, Australia to determine the Australian Football League (AFL) premiership champions for that year. With COVID-19, the competition was severely disrupted and the grand final delayed with most games being played in Queensland along with some in Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia. The teams playing are Richmond and Geelong. 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.

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, JH, Orissa, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Terengganu and West Bengal) celebrated Dussehra (Maha Ashtami)/Durga Ashtami.  The states of Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh celebrated Dussehra (Maha Navami)/Ayudha Puja/Saraswathi Puja.

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

23 October

Australia (state of Victoria) had a one off Thank You Day public holiday for COVID-19.

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

Nepal celebrated the Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati).

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.

17 October

India, states of Haryana and Punjab, celebrated Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti which celebrated the birthday of legendary Hindu King Agrasen Jayanti.  The state of Rajasthan celebrated Navratra Stapana and the state of Telangana  celebrated the First Day of Saddula Bathukamma.

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.