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6 August

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

Past Days...

4 August

The Kathmandu Valley in Nepal celebrated Gai Jatra.  This festival worships cows and is also a day when commemoration of the dead takes place.

3 August

Australia (state of New South Wales) had a Bank Holiday and the Northern Territory celebrates Picnic Day.

India (the states of Chandigarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh (women employees only) Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh) celebrated Raksha Bandhan.  Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters; the festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister like loving protective relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated. It is called Rakhi Purnima, or simply Rakhi, in many parts of India.  The festival is observed by Hindus, Jains, and many Sikhs and Muslims. Raksha Bandhan is primarily observed in India, Mauritius and parts of Nepal. It is also celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs in parts of Pakistan, and by some people of Indian origin around the world.

India (state of Orissa) celebrated Jhulana Purnina, one of the most important festivals for the followers of Lord Krishna celebrated in the monsoon month of Shravan. After Holi and Janmashthami, it is the biggest and most popular religious occasion of the Vaishnavas. Known for its spectacular display of decorated swings, song and dance, Jhulan is a joyful festival celebrating the Radha-Krishna amour coupled with the romantic fervor of the rainy season in India. It is celebrated in the month of Shraavana.

The Feast of Sacrifice is an Islamic holiday which celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. It was observed in the following countries:

  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa) – government holiday

Myanmar observed Waso Full Moon (Buddhist Lent Begins).

Sri Lanka celebrated Nikini Full Moon Poya Day.

2 August

The Feast of Sacrifice is an Islamic holiday which celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. It was observed in the following countries:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Azha) – holiday
  • India [state of Goa] (Bakri Id / Id-ul-Zuha) – holiday
  • Malaysia (states of Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) - holiday
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa) – government holiday
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha) - holiday

1 August

The Feast of Sacrifice is an Islamic holiday which celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. It was observed in the following countries on this day:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Azha)
  • Brunei (Hari Raya Aidil Adha) - holiday
  • India [most states] (Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha)
  • India [states of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh] (Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha) – holiday
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia (states of Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu - Day 2 of Hari Raya Qurban)
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa)
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha) - holiday
  • Sri Lanka (Id-Ul-Alha - Hadji Festival Day)

31 July

The Feast of Sacrifice is an Islamic holiday which celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to Allah. It was observed in the following countries on this day:

  • Bangladesh (Eid-ul-Azha) – government holiday
  • Brunei (Hari Raya / Aidil Adha )
  • India (Bakri Id / Id-ul-Zuha)  [Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and Ladakh]
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Qurban)
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa)
  • Myanmar (Eid day)
  • Nepal (Edul Aajaha / Bakar Eed)
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha)
  • Philippines (Eid’l Adha)
  • Singapore (Hari Raya Haji)
  • Timor Leste (Idul Adha)

India (state of Haryana) observed the Martyrdom Day of Shahid Udham Singh (26 December 1899 – 31 July 1940). Udham Singh was an Indian revolutionary best known for assassinating Sir Michael O'Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in British India, on 13 March 1940. The assassination has been described as an avenging of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919. Singh is a prominent figure of the Indian independence struggle. He is sometimes referred to as Shaheed-i-Azam Sardar Udham Singh (the expression "Shaheed-i-Azam," Urdu: شهید اعظم‎, means "the great martyr"). A district (Udham Singh Nagar) of Uttarakhand was named after him in October 1995 by Mayawati government.

30 July

Malaysia (state of Pahang) had a public holiday to celebrate the Birthday of the Sultan of Pahang.

Malaysia (state of Terengganu) celebrated Hari Arafah (Arafat Day).

Maldives celebrated Hajj Day.

29 July

Maldives had another public sector holiday for Independence Day.

28 July

Maldives had a public sector holiday for Independence Day.

Thailand celebrated the Birthday of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua.

27 July

Maldives (government only) had a holiday for Independence Day.

North Korea celebrated Victory Day, the end of the Korean War in 1953. Known as the Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War.

26 July

Maldives celebrated Independence Day.  On 26 July 1965, Maldives gained independence under an agreement signed with the United Kingdom. The British government retained the use of the Gan and Hitaddu facilities. In a national referendum in March 1968, Maldivians abolished the sultanate and established a republic.

24 July

Bhutan celebrated the First Sermon of Lord Buddha.

Japan had Sports Day. This national holiday was established in 1966 as a day on which to enjoy sports and cultivate a healthy mind and body.

23 July

Japan celebrated Marine Day.  This national holiday was established in 1995 (and first held in 1996) as a day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans and for hoping for the prosperity of the maritime nation that is Japan.

22 July

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

20 July

India (state of Telangana) celebrated Bonalu.  Bonalu is a Hindu festival of the Goddess of power, Mahakali.  It is celebrated in the month of Ashada masam, in July/August.  Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows.  Bonam means Bojanaalu or a meal in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess. Women bring cooked rice with milk, sugar sometimes onions in a brass or earthen pot, adorned with small neem branches and turmeric, vermilion (kunkum) or Kadi (white chalk) and a lamp on the top. Women place the pots on their heads and take it to Goddess temple, led by drummers and dancing men.

India (state of Chandigarh) observed Hariyali Amavasya.

Laos observed Lao Women Unions Day.

Myanmar had another holiday for Martyr’s Day.

19 July

Myanmar celebrated Martyrs’ Day which commemorates the assassination of Aung San and several other cabinet members in 1947.  Martyrs' Day is a Burmese national holiday observed on 19 July to commemorate General Aung San and seven other leaders of the pre-independence interim government—Thakin Mya, Ba Cho, Abdul Razak, Ba Win, Mahn Ba Khaing, Sao San Tun and Ohn Maung—all of whom were assassinated on that day in 1947. It is customary for high-ranking government officials to visit the Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon in the morning of that day to pay respects.  Myoma U Than Kywe led the ceremony of the First Burmese Martyrs' Day on July 20, 1947 in Rangoon.

17 July

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

16 July

India (state of Uttarakhand) celebrated the festival of Harela.  Harela is a Hindu festival celebrated basically in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state of India and some regions of Himachal Pradesh. It is also symbol for the onset of rainy season (Monsoon) as Harela literally means "Day of Green". Agriculture-based communities in the region consider it highly auspicious, as it marks the beginning on the sowing cycle in their fields. They pray for a good harvest and prosperity.

15 July

Brunei celebrated the H.M.the Sultan’s Birthday.  Sultan Hassanal BolkiahGCB GCMG (full name: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien; born 15 July 1946) is the 29th and current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei. He is also the first and incumbent Prime Minister of Brunei. The eldest son of Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Rani Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit, he succeeded to the throne as the Sultan of Brunei, following the abdication of his father on 4 October 1967.

Mongolia had another holiday for Naadam Festival.

14 July

Mongolia had another holiday for Naadam Festival.

13 July

India (state of Jammu and Kashmir) celebrated Martyr’s Day.

Mongolia had another holiday for Naadam Festival.

12 July

Mongolia had a holiday for Naadam Festival.

11 July

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

Mongolia celebrated Naadam (National Day).  Naadam is a traditional festival in Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed "eriin gurvan naadam" ("the three games of men"). The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during midsummer.  Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling.

10 July

Singapore had a public holiday for General Elections.

7 July

Malaysia (state of Penang) celebrated George Town UNESCO World Heritage Day.  George Town is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia.  Named after Britain's King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island.  The inner city has a population of 720,202 and the metropolitan area known as George Town Conurbation which consists of Penang Island, Seberang Prai, Sungai Petani and Kulim has a combined population of 2,251,042, making it the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia.  Formerly a municipality and then a city in its own right, since 1976 George Town has been part of the Municipality of Penang Island, though the area formerly governed by the City Council of George Town is still commonly referred to as a city. The inner city of George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thailand (except banks) celebrated Khao Phansa, the Buddhist observance marking the beginning of Vassa, also known as Buddhist Lent.

6 July

Thailand had a holiday for Asarnha Bucha.

5 July

Laos celebrated Boun Khao Phansa.  At local temples, worshippers in brightly coloured silks greet the dawn on Buddhist Lent by offering gifts to the monks and pouring water into the ground as a gesture of offering to their ancestors. Lent begins in July and lasts 3 months. Monks are required to stay within their wat during this time, to meditate and focus on dharma studies. Lao men are traditionally ordained as monks during this time.

Thailand celebrated Asarnha Bucha Day, a Buddhist observance commemorating the Buddha's first discourse, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.

4 July

Sri Lanka celebrated Esala Full Moon Poya Day which commemorates the deliverance of the first sermon to the five ascetics and set in motion the Wheel of the Dhamma by Buddha.

1 July

Bangladesh had a bank holiday.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Establishment Day was celebrated on 1 July, in Hong Kong since 1997. The holiday commemorates the transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.  The day is customarily marked by an officially organised extravagant fireworks display in the evening, and is also the platform for political rallies demanding universal suffrage.

Macau had a bank holiday.

Pakistan had a bank holiday.