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23 October

Cambodia has a holiday for Paris Peace Agreement Day which commemorates the Treaty of Paris on October 23, 1991.

Myanmar has a public holiday for the Buddhist Lent.

Thailand has 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.

Past Days...

22 October

Malaysia (state of Kedah) had a public holiday for the Installation of the 29th Sultan of Kedah.

20 October

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

19 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. Dassain has been a public holiday India (many states) celebrate Durga Puja and the state of Kerala observes Muharram (Islamic New Year).

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

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

18 October

Bhutan had a holiday for the National Assembly Elections.

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

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

17 October

India (many states) celebrated Dussehra (Maha Ashtami)/Durga Ashtami.

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

Macau celebrated Chong Yeung (Ancestors Day).

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

16 October

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

Nepal celebrated Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati).

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.

The Malaysian state of Johor observed The Sultan of Johor Holiday which marks the death of a state sultan.

Thailand had an anniversary holiday for the King’s death.

13 October

The Malaysian state of Sarawak had a public holiday.

Thailand observed the Anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

12 October

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

10 October

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Pchum Ben.

India, states of Haryana and Punjab, celebrated Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti whichcelebrates the birthday of legendary Hindu King Agrasen Jayanti.  The state of Rajasthan celebrates Navratra Stapana.

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

Taiwan had a holiday for National Day.

9 October

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Pchum Ben.

India (state of Telengana) celebrated the first day of Bathukamma.

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

Cambodia celebrated Bonn Pchum Ben. Also known as 'Ancestors' Day', 'Festival of the Dead' or 'Hungry Ghosts Festival', it is a 15-day Cambodian religious festival, which culminates in celebrations on the 15th day of the tenth month in the Khmer calendar, marking the end of the Buddhist lent.

Bonn Pchum Ben starts on the first day of the waning moon in the month of Putrobut until the 15th day before the new moon. Each of the the first fourteen days of the festival is called a day of Kan Ban. The 15th and last day is called 'Bonn Pchum Ben' and is the start of a two day public holiday.

India (states of Karnataka, Orissa and West Bengal) celebrated Mahalaya/Mahalaya Amavasye.

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 had a bank holiday for BOL Foundation Day.

7 October

China had another National Day holiday.

6 October

China had another National Day holiday.

Malaysia (State of Sabah) had a public holiday for the State Governor’s Birthday.

5 October

China had another National Day holiday.

4 October

China had another National Day holiday.

3 October

China had another National Day holiday.

South Korea celebrated Kae Chun Jul (Foundation Day).  The day celebrates the foundation of Gojoseon, the first state of the Korean nation. According to the Samguk Yusa, Dangun founded Gojoseon on the 3rd day of 10th lunar month, 2333 BCE. Today, South Koreans celebrate their national foundation on October 3 according to the solar calendar, for convenience sake. "Gaecheonjeol" means "Heaven-opened Day".

2 October

China, Hong Kong and Macau had a National Day holiday.

India had a public holiday for Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday.

In Nepal, there was a public holiday for female employees following Jitiya Pawa.

1 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 celebrated the Queen’s Birthday.

China, Hong Kong and Macau celebrated National Day (Guoqing Jie) which commemorates the Founding of People’s Republic of China (PRC) on October 1, 1949.

29 September

Australia (Melbourne) hosts 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. The teams playing are Collingwood and West Coast. 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.

28 September

Australia (state of Victoria) has a public holiday for the AFL Grand Final Parade.

26 September

South Korea had another holiday to celebrate Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).

25 September

Hong Kong had The Day following Mid-Autumn festival.  This day is an important autumn celebration of harvest and togetherness, with the lighting of lanterns, eating of mooncakes and observation of the moon.

Macau celebrated Chong Chao (Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday).

South Korea continued to celebrate Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).

24 September

Australia (the state of Western Australia) had a holiday for the Queen’s Birthday.

Cambodia celebrated Constitution Day.  This national holiday was established to celebrate the signing of the Cambodian constitution by King Sihanouk.

China celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie).  Mid-Autumn Festival is an official harvest festival celebrated by Chinese.  The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar during a full moon, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, within 15 days to the autumnal equinox.  The Government of the People's Republic of China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008.

Japan had a holiday for the Autumn Equinox.

Nepal celebrated Indra Jatra, celebrated only in Kathmandu to commemorate the founding of Kathmandu.

North Korea celebrated Han’gawi Holiday or Chuseok, a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Like many other harvest festivals, it is held around the Autumn Equinox. As a celebration of the good harvest, Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food such as songpyeon and rice wines such as sindoju and dongdongju.

South Korea continued to celebrate Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).

Sri Lanka celebrated Binara Full Moon Poya Day which commemorates The Buddha's visit to heaven to preach to his mother and celestial multitude.

Taiwan celebrated Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival) - a day for family reunion.

23 September

Bhutan celebrated Blessed Rainy Day (Thrue Bab).  The traditional holiday has not always been a public holiday, but was rather recently reinstated to official status.  The event is marked by feasting, drinking alcohol, playing traditional sports, and purification through washing. In some parts of Pemagatshel, the traditional celebrations are more intense than those of even Losar.

China had another holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie).

Japan celebrated Autumn Equinox.  This national holiday was established in 1948 as a day on which to honor one's ancestors and remember the dead. Prior to 1948, the autumnal equinox was an imperial ancestor worship festival called Shūki kōrei-sai (秋季皇霊祭?).

Maldives had a public holiday for Presidential Elections.

South Korea celebrated Chusok (Harvest Moon Festival).  Also called Han-gawi.  Korean traditional Harvest Festival. With Seollal, it is one of the most important Korean traditional holidays. As a celebration of the good harvest, Koreans visit their ancestral hometowns and share a feast of Korean traditional food.  South Korea also celebrates Kae Chun Jul (Foundation Day).  The day celebrates the foundation of Gojoseon, the first state of the Korean nation. According to the Samguk Yusa, Dangun founded Gojoseon on the 3rd day of 10th lunar month, 2333 BCE. Today, South Koreans celebrate their national foundation on October 3 according to the solar calendar, for convenience sake. "Gaecheonjeol" means "Heaven-opened Day".

22 September

China had a holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie).

Pakistan had a holiday for Ashura.

21 September

Bangladesh observed Ashura (Muharram) - government.

Bhutan (Thimphu region) continued to celebrate Thimphu Tshechu.

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand,  Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradeshand West Bengal) observed Muharram/Ashoora.  The state of Kerala observed Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi.

Pakistan had a holiday for Ashura.

20 September

Bhutan (Thimphu region) continued to celebrate Thimphu Tshechu.

India (states of Kerala and Maharashtra) observed Muharram/Ashoora.  The state of Jharkhand observes Karma Puja.

19 September

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

India (state of Rajasthan) celebrated Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi.

Nepal celebrated Constitution Day.

17 September

Japan celebrated Respect for the Aged Day.  This national holiday was established in 1966 as a day to respect the elderly and celebrate long life. Originally held on September 15, it originated as a renaming of Old Folks' Day.   In 2003, it was changed to the third Monday of September in accordance with the Happy Monday System.

Malaysia had a holiday for Malaysia Day (including the state of Johor which has a state bank holiday).

16 September

Malaysia celebrated Malaysia Day to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963. It marked the joining together of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia.

15 September

Bhutan celebrated Thimphu Drubchoe.

14 September

India (state of Orissa) observed Nuakhai and the state of Goa celebrated a second day of Ganesh Chaturthi.

13 September

India (in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Orissa, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana) celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka Chaturthi, a Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of the lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.

12 September

Nepal (females only) celebrated Hari Taika (Teej) for the wellness of their husbands.

11 September

Islamic New Year was observed in:

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Philippines

10 September

Malaysia had a holiday for the birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

9 September

Malaysia had a national holiday to celebrate the Malaysian King’s Birthday.  The full title in Malay is Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, translated into English as "His Majesty The Supreme Lord (of the Federation)".

North Korea celebrated National Independence Day, commemorating the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948.

7 September

Nepal celebrated Nijamati Sewa Divas (Civil Servants’ Day).

3 September

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh) celebrated Janmashtami/Sri Krishna Jayanti/Sri Krishna Astami.

Nepal celebrated Shree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.  Gaura Parva is celebrated in far western Nepal. The Deuda dance is a major part of the festivities in which participants hold hands and form a circle as they step to traditional music.

Vietnam had another holiday for National Day.

2 September

Bangladesh celebrated Sri Krishna Jana Mashtami.  This day marks the birth date of Baghaban Shree Krishna in Hindu religion all over Bangladesh.

India (states of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Tamil Nadu) celebrated Janmashtami/Sri Krishna Jayanti/Sri Krishna Astami.

Vietnam celebrated National Day when it declared its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).

1 September

Vietnam had a holiday for National Day.

31 August

Malaysia celebrated Hari Merdeka (Independence Day and may also be known as Hari Kebangsaan), a national day commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957, celebrated on 31 August each year. This should not be confused with Hari Malaysia (Malaysia Day) when Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963 together by Federation of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore.

30 August

Timor Leste celebrated Popular Consultation Day, anniversary of the Popular Consultation in 1999.