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24 April

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

Past Days...

20 April

Bhutan had a public holiday for National Council Elections.

Sri Lanka had a special bank holiday for Sinhalese and Tamil New Year.

18 April

India (states of Gujarat, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh) celebrated Maharshi Parasuram Jayanti.  The state of Karnataka celebrated Basava Jayanti.

Laos had another holiday for Laotian New Year.

17 April

Cambodia had another holiday for Cambodian New Year.

Laos had another holiday for Laotian New Year.

Myanmar celebrated Myanmar New Year.

16 April

Cambodia had another holiday for Cambodian New Year.

Laos had another holiday for Laotian New Year.

Myanmar continued to celebrate Thingyan (Water Festival).

Thailand had another holiday for Songkran.

15 April

Cambodia had a holiday for Cambodian New Year.

India (state of West Bengal) celebrated Bengali New Year, the state of Himachel Pradesh celebrated Himachel Day and the state of Kerala celebrated Vishu.

Laos had a holiday for Laotian New Year.

Malaysia (state of Malacca) had a state public holiday for the declaration of Malacca City as Historical City.

Myanmar continued to celebrate Thingyan (Water Festival).

North Korea had a holiday for Kim Il Sung’s birthday, also known as Day of the Sun.

Thailand continued to celebrate Songkran.

14 April

Ascension of the Prophet Isra Mi’raj Nabi Muhammad is observed in Brunei, Malaysia (states of Kedah, Negeri Sembilan and Perlis), Philippines and Indonesia.  Isra and Mi'raj, also known as Al Isra' wal Miraj, is observed on the 27th day of the month of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic calendar. This event marks the night that Allah (God) took Mohammad (also known as Mohamed or Muhammed) on a journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven.  In Christianity the Ascension of Jesus is the Christian teaching found in the New Testament that Jesus was taken up to Heaven in his resurrected body, in the presence of eleven of his apostles, occurring 40 days after the resurrection. In the biblical narrative, an angel tells the watching disciples that Jesus' second coming will take place in the same manner as his ascension.

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.

Laos celebrated Laotian New Year.

Myanmar celebrated Thingyan (Water Festival).

Nepal celebrated Nepali New Year.

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 a holiday for 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. The 14th is also observed as Family Day.

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. 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.

State of Tamil Nadu celebrated Tamil New Year.

State of Orissa observed Maha Visubha Sankranti.

States of Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab celebrated Vaisakhi/Baisakhi.

13 April

India (state of Jammu and Kashmir) observed Mairaj-ul-Alam / Shab-i-Meiraj.

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.

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.

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

Philippines observed the Ascension of the Prophet Isra Mi’raj Nabi Muhammad.

12 April

Thailand had a holiday for Songkran.

9 April

Philippines celebrated Day of Valor 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.

7 April

China had another holiday for Tomb Sweeping Day.

6 April

China had a holiday for Tomb Sweeping Day.

Taiwan had a public holiday for Tomb Sweeping Day.

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

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.

North Korea celebrated Chungmyung Day.

India (states of AP and TS) observed Babu Jagjivan Ram Jayanthi.

4 April

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

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

2 April

Easter Monday was observed in:

  • Australia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau

India had a bank holiday for Annual Accounts Closing.

1 April

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

India (state of Orissa) celebrated Orissa Day.

31 March

Holy Saturday was observed in:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Philippines

Sri Lanka observed Bak Full Moon Poya Day.

30 March

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.

29 March

India (states of Bihar, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, JH,  Karnataka,  Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh) celebrated Mahavir Jayanti/Janma Kalyanak. The state of KL observed Maundy 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.

Timor Leste had a public holiday for Holy Thursday.

27 March

Myanmar celebrated Armed Forces Day.  Formerly it was considered Resistance Day (against the Japanese occupation in 1945).

26 March

Bangladesh celebrated Independence Day (National Day). This day marks the official declaration of the Independence of Bangladesh, and the start of the Bangladesh Liberation War.

India (state of TS) 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.

25 March

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.

Nepal celebrated Ram Nawami.

23 March

India (state of Haryana) observed the Death of Sardar Bhagat Singh.

Malaysia (state of Johor) had a State Public Holiday for the Coronation of Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar.

Pakistan celebrated Pakistan Day which commemorates the Lahore Resolution, which formally demanded an independent Muslim-majority state to be created out of the British Indian Empire; the republic was also declared on this day in 1956.

22 March

The state of Bihar in India celebrated Bihar Day.

21 March

India (state of Uttar Pradesh) celebrated Hazrat Ali’s Birthday, a Muslim celebration to dedicate this person and to remember his memories and good works. Hazrat Ali is the most respected and recognized person in the Muslim culture for his great work, knowledge, generosity, courage, belief and devotion to the Islam faith. His whole life history has had a big influence on Islamic history.

India (state of Jammu and Kashmir) observed Nauroz.

Japan marked the Vernal Equinox with a holiday.  This national holiday (Vernal Equinox Day) was established in 1948 as a day for the admiration of nature and the love of living things. Prior to 1948, the vernal equinox was an imperial ancestor worship festival called Shunki kōrei-sai.

20 March

India (state of JH) observed Sarhul.

19 March

India (in the state of Rajastan) celebrated Gudi Padwa / Ugadi / Puthandu – New Year for Hindus.

18 March

India (in the states of: AP, KA, MP, RJ, JS, GA, GJ, JK, TS and MH) celebrated Gudi Padwa / Ugadi / Puthandu – New Year for Hindus whilst the state of Tamil Nadu celebrated Telugu, New Year.

17 March

Bangladesh celebrated Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Anniversary, father of the nation & liberator of Bangladesh.

Indonesia celebrated the Hindu New Year / Day of Silence.

Nepal celebrated Ghodejatra, observed primarily in Kathmandu valley with horse parades in Tundikhel.

12 March

Different states in Australia had a public holiday:

Australian Capital Territory – Canberra Day.  Canberra Day is a public holiday held annually on the second Monday in March in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to celebrate the official naming of Canberra. Canberra was named at a ceremony on 12 March 1913 by Lady Denman, the wife of the then Governor-General Lord Denman. In 2012 Canberra Day falls on 12 March. In 2013 it falls on 11 March. On 3 March 2007, ACT Minister Andrew Barr introduced a bill to change the day of Canberra Day to the second Monday in March so it falls closer more often to the actual birthday of Canberra. Previously it had been held on the third Monday in March. Annual events associated with Canberra Day include the Canberra Festival, which runs from 11-20 March 2011, the Chief Minister's Canberra Day Awards Ceremony, and the Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular.

South Australia – Adelaide Cup.  The Adelaide Cup is a South Australian Jockey Club Group 2 Thoroughbred horse race handicap race for three year old and older, run over 3,200 metres at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, Australia on the second Monday in March. Total prize money for the race is S400,000.

Tasmania – Eight Hours Day.

Victoria – Labour Day. Labour Day/Eight Hours Day celebrates the Australian labour movement and specifically the achievement of a working day limited to eight hours.  The first march for an eight-hour day by the labour movement occurred in Melbourne on the 21st of April, 1856.  On this day stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne stopped work and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight-hour day. Their direct action protest was a success, and they are noted as being among the first organised workers in the world to achieve an 8-hour day, with no loss of pay.

8 March

International Women’s Day was observed in:

  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • North Korea

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements.  In some regions, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons.

The UN Official theme for 2018 is: #leavenowomanbehind

5 March

Australia (state of Western Australia) had a holiday for Labour Day.  Labour Day celebrates the Australian labour movement and specifically the achievement of a working day limited to eight hours.  The first march for an eight-hour day by the labour movement occurred in Melbourne on the 21st of April, 1856.  On this day stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne stopped work and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight-hour day. Their direct action protest was a success, and they are noted as being among the first organised workers in the world to achieve an 8-hour day, with no loss of pay.

India (state of Orissa) celebrated Panchayati Raj Divas.

4 March

The state of Terengganu in Malaysia had a State Public Holiday for the Anniversary of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu.