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18 October

India (state of Assam) celebrates Kati Bihu.

Maldives celebrate the Prophet’s Birthday.

Past Days...

17 October

India (state of Sikkim) celebrated Durga Puja/Dasain.

16 October

India (state of Telangana) had Following day of Vijaya Dasami. The state of Sikkim celebrates Durga Puja/Dasain.

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

15 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.

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.

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

India (many states) celebrated Durga Puja/Dussehra/ Dasehra (Vijaya Dashami). The State of Assam celebrated Janmotsav of Srimanta Shankardeva. The state of Puducherry celebrated St. Theresa Festival.

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

14 October

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

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Orissa, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh) celebrated Dussehra (Maha Navami)/Ayudha Puja/Saraswathi Puja.

India (state of Sikkim) celebrated Durga Puja/Dasain.

Macau celebrated Chong Yeung (Ancestors Day).

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

13 October

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tripura, West Bengal) celebrated Dussehra/Durga Ashtami (Maha Ashtami)

India (state of Sikkim) celebrated Durga Puja/Dasain.

Nepal celebrated the Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati).

Thailand observed The Great Memorial Day which marks the anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

12 October

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

Nepal celebrated the Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati).

11 October

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.

Taiwan had another holiday for National Day.

10 October

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

Taiwan had another holiday for National Day.

9 October

Malaysia (state of Sarawak) had a State Public Holiday.

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.

Taiwan had a holiday for National Day.

7 October

Cambodia had another holiday for Bonn Phchum Ben.

China had another holiday for National Day.

India (states of Haryana and Punjab) celebrated Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti for the birthday of legendary Hindu King Agrasen Jayanti. The state of Rajasthan celebrateds Navratra Stapana. The state of Manipur celebrated Mera Chaoren Houba of Laining thou Sanamahi.

Laos had a holiday for BOL Foundation Day.

Maldives celebrated National Day.

Nepal celebrated Ghatasthapana.

6 October

Cambodia had a holiday for Bonn Phchum Ben.

China had another holiday for National Day.

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

India (state of Telangana) celebrated First day of Bathukamma.

5 October

Cambodia celebrated Bonn Phchum 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 Phchum 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 first fourteen days of the festival is called a day of Kan Ban. The 15th and last day is called 'Bonn Phchum um Ben' and is the start of a two-day public holiday.

China had another holiday for National Day.

India (state of Sikkim) celebrated the Birthday of Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari.

4 October

Australia (states of ACT, NSW, SA) celebrated Labour Day and Queen’s Birthday (state of QLD).

China had another holiday for National Day.

India (union territory of Jammu and Kashmir) celebrated Urs Shah-I-Hamdam Sahib.

Macau had the second working day  after the Day Following PRC National Day.

South Korea had a holiday for Kae Chun Jul/Gaecheonjeol (Foundation Day).

3 October

China had another holiday for National Day.

South Korea celebrated Kae Chun Jul/Gaecheonjeol (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. "Gaecheonjeol" means "Heaven-opened Day".

2 October

China and Macau had a holiday for National Day.

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

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

1 October

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.

30 September

India (state of Manipur) celebrated Jananeta Irawat Birth Day. Jananeta Irawat Birth Day is to commemorate the birth anniversary of Jana Neta Hijam Irawat, who was born on September 30, 1896. He was a revolutionary social activist and the founder of the Communist Part of India (CPI). He was elected to the Manipur State Assembly in 1948.

29 September

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

27 September

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

25 September

Australia (Perth) 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 (MCG) in Melbourne, Australia to determine the Australian Football League (AFL) premiership champions for that year. With COVID-19, the competition was again disrupted in 2021, however the competition was able to adapt to the changing circumstances throughout the season.  Victoria once again experienced lockdowns which meant the grand final could not be played at the MCG, so Perth was selected as the host for this year. The teams playing are Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.  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.

24 September

Australia (state of Victoria) had a holiday to celebrate the AFL Grand Final.

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

Thailand observed Prince Mahidol Day in commemoration of his contributions to the development of medical education in Thailand and his selfless devotion to the well-being of Thai people.

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.

India (state of Haryana) celebrated Haryana Veer and Shahidi Divas.

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).

22 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).

21 September

China celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival.

India (state of Kerala) celebrated Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi Day which marks the death ceremony of the Sree Narayana Guru, saint, prophet and social reformer from Kerala. The great Guru attained Samadhi on September 20, 1928. Thus the ceremony is organized to remind world that spiritually he lives forever in the minds of millions of his followers across the globe, though physically Guru disappeared.

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).

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

20 September

China had a holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival.

India (state of Sikkim) celebrated Indrajatra.

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.

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.

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 had a holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival.

19 September

China celebrates 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.

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

Nepal celebrates Constitution Day.

Taiwan has another holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival.

18 September

Taiwan had a holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival.

17 September

Bhutan’s Thimphu region celebrated the third day of Thimphu Tshechu festival.

India (state of Jharkhand) observed Karma Puja.

16 September

Bhutan’s Thimphu region celebrated the second day of Thimphu Tshechu festival.

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

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.