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1 February

Malaysia (Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) celebrate Federal Territories Day.  The date marks the anniversary of formation of the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory in 1974, ceded by the state of Selangor to the federal government of Malaysia.

Past Days...

31 January

India (state of Assam) celebrated Me-Dam-Me-Phi.

29 January

Taiwan had another holiday for Chinese New Year.

28 January

Taiwan had another holiday for Chinese New Year.

27 January

Lunar New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Taiwan (Chinese New Year holiday)

26 January

Australia celebrated Australia Day.  Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named "Anniversary Day", "Foundation Day", and "ANA Day". 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland). Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818. On New Year's Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term "Australia Day" to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by controversy.  There are presentations of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday becomes a public holiday instead. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia.

Some Indigenous Australian events are now included. However, since at least 1938 Australia Day has also been marked by many Indigenous Australians protesting what they see as the invasion of their land by Europeans, and its celebration as a national holiday. They prefer to call it "Invasion Day" or "Survival Day" and advocate that, alternatively, the date should be changed, a view that is being increasingly discussed and considered in the public domain.

India celebrated Republic Day.  Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.  The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition towards becoming an independent republic. 26 January was chosen as the Republic day because it was on this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

India (states of Orissa, Haryana, Tripura and West Bengal) celebrated Vasant Panchami/Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti/Saraswati Puja, Shree Panchami, or the Basant Festival of Kites it is a Sikh and Hindu festival held on the fifth day of Magha marking the start of spring and the Holi season. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture.  For Sikhs, in the Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, on the day of Vasant Panchmi, musicians start the music by singing Basant Raga. This practice continues up until the first day of Vaisakh when Basant Rag is no longer used.  A fair normally held at the famous Sikh shrine of Guru-ka-Lahore in Bilaspur district to mark the occasion of the marriage of Guru Gobind Singh Ji on Vasant Panchami.

Lunar New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Taiwan (Chinese New Year holiday)

Vietnam had another holiday for Tết.

25 January

India (state of Himachal Pradesh) observed Statehood Day.

Lunar New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Hong Kong (Fourth Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Macau (Fourth Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Taiwan (Chinese New Year holiday)

Vietnam had another holiday for Tết.

24 January

India (state of Assam) observed Gwther Bathou San.

Lunar New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Hong Kong (Third Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Macau (Third Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea (Seol-nal holiday)
  • Taiwan (Chinese New Year holiday)

Vietnam had another holiday for Tết.

23 January

India (states of Assam, Orissa, Tripura and West Bengal) had a holiday for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Jayanti.

Lunar New Year continued to be celebrated in many countries:

  • Brunei
  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Hong Kong (Second Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Indonesia
  • Macau (Second Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Malaysia (Second Day of the Lunar New Year)
  • Singapore (Chinese New Year holiday)
  • South Korea (Seol-nal holiday)
  • Taiwan (Chinese New Year holiday)

Vietnam had another holiday for Tết.

22 January

Bhutan celebrated The Traditional Day of Offering.  The main purpose behind this holiday is to give thanks to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan. It also focuses on charity, particularly feeding others, and recreation. The day is celebrated with feasting and traditional sports, including archery, digor, and khuru (darts). This holiday may have originally begun as a Bhutanese new year celebration.

India (state of Sikkim) and Nepal (Tamang community) celebrated Sonam Lhochhar / Lhosar with a festival.  Sonam Lhosar is said to have a history dating back to thousands of years and works in close accordance to the rules of the Tibetan lunar calendar. The first day of new moon in the month of Magh (when Lord Buddha is believed to have born) counts as the greatest day of significance for Tamangs and that is the reason, this day marks the beginning of the Sonam Lhosar festival. Besides North East India, the festival is also celebrated at a grand level in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet where the people from Tamang community reside in great numbers.

Lunar New Year was celebrated in many countries:

  • Brunei
  • China (Spring Festival)
  • Hong Kong (Lunar New Year)
  • Indonesia
  • Macau (Lunar New Year)
  • Malaysia
  • North Korea (Seollal)
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea (Seol-nal)
  • Taiwan

Lunar New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in modern China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Lunar New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2022, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday,1 February, initiating the Year of the Tiger.

Lunar New Year is one of the world's most prominent and celebrated festivals, and is the cause of the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has strongly influenced the lunar new year celebrations of China's neighbouring cultures, including the Korean New Year (seol), the Tết of Vietnam, and the Losar of Tibet. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant Overseas Chinese populations, these including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines and Mauritius, as well as many countries in North America and Europe.

Lunar New Year is associated with several myths and customs. The festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely, and the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. For the northern regions of China, dumplings are featured prominently in meals celebrating the festival.

Vietnam celebrated Tết Nguyen Dan.

Tết, Vietnamese New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year or Tet Holiday, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán (節元旦), which is Sino-Vietnamese for "Feast of the First Morning of the First Day". Tết celebrates the arrival of spring based on the Vietnamese calendar, which usually has the date falling in January or February in the Gregorian calendar.

Vietnamese people celebrate the Lunar New Year annually, which is based on a lunisolar calendar (calculating both the motions of Earth around the Sun and of the Moon around Earth). Tết is generally celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year, except when the one-hour time difference between Vietnam and China results in new moon occurring on different days. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Vietnamese calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday food and cleaning the house. These foods include bánh chưng, bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup (canh măng), giò, and sticky rice. Many customs are practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestor worship, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.

Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. They start forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hope for a better upcoming year. They consider Tết to be the first day of spring, and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).

21 January

China has a holiday for Spring Festival/Chinese New Year’s Eve

South Korea has a holiday for Seol-nal.

Taiwan has a holiday for Chinese New Year’s Eve.

Vietnam has a holiday for Tết Eve.

20 January

Taiwan had a holiday for Chinese New Year.

Vietnam had a holiday for Tết.

17 January

India (state of Tamil Nadu) celebrated Uzhavar Thirunal.

16 January

India, (states of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu) celebrated Thiruvalluvar Day / Mattu Pongal. The states of Andhra Pradesh and Assam celebrated Kanuma Panduga/Tusu Puja.

Sri Lanka had another holiday to celebrate Tamil Thai Pongal.

15 January

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu) observed Sankranti / Pongal.  The states of Assam, Karnataka and Telengana observed Makara Samkranti/Magh Bihu and the state of Tripura observed Pous Parban.

Nepal celebrated Maghi Parba/Maghe Sankranti.

Sri Lanka celebrated Tamil Thai Pongal Day.  Thai Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamil people at the end of the harvest season.  It is a four-day festival which runs from last day of the month Maargazhi to the third day of the month Thai on the Tamil calendar, and generally from January 13 to January 16 on the Gregorian calendar. The second of the four days, the first day of Thai, is the main day of the festival and called Pongal.  Thai Pongal is primarily celebrated to convey appreciation and thankfulness to the Sun as the primary energy source of agriculture and good harvests.  It is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry,and Sri Lanka.  In Tamil, the word pongal means "overflowing" and signifies abundance and prosperity. On the day of Pongal, there is a symbolic ritual of boiling fresh milk in a new clay pot at sunrise. When the milk boils over and bubbles out of the vessel, people shout "Pongalo Pongal!" They also recite "Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum" ("the commencement of Thai paves the way for new opportunities"). This is repeated frequently during the Pongal festival. The Pongal is then served to everyone in the house along with savories and sweets such as vadai, murukku, paayasam.

Tamilians decorate their homes with banana and mango leaves and embellish the floor with decorative patterns drawn using rice flour.  Kolams/rangolis are drawn on doorsteps. Family elders present gifts to the young.

14 January

India (states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) observed Bhogi / Bogi Pandigai.  In the states/territories of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Orissa and Sikkim they celebrated Makara Samkranti / Magh Bihu.

Malaysia (state of Negeri Sembilan) had a holiday for their State Ruler’s Birthday.

13 January

India, state of Jammu and Kashmir observed Lohri / Sohrai.

12 January

India (state of West Bengal) celebrated Swami Vivekanand Jayanti.

11 January

India (state of Kerala) observed Missionary Day.

9 January

India (state of Manipur) observed the Death Anniversary of L Maharaja Gambhir Singh.

Japan celebrated Coming of Age Day.  This national holiday was established in 1948 as a day to congratulate and encourage people who have reached the age of maturity (20) during the year. Cities and towns throughout the nation hold ceremonies for these people. Originally held on January 15, in 2000 it was changed to the second Monday of January in accordance with the Happy Monday System.

7 January

Cambodia celebrated Victory Day over the Genocidal Regime.  This national holiday was established to commemorate the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.

6 January

India (state of Chandigarh) observed Shakambhari Jayanti / Cher-Chhera Puni.

Sri Lanka celebrated Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day in honour of Lord Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka.

4 January

India (state of Manipur) observed Gaan-Ngai.

Myanmar celebrated Independence Day, marking independence from British Empire in 1948.

3 January

India (state of Manipur) observed Imoinu Iratpa.

New Year’s Day Holiday was observed in:

  • Japan
  • Thailand

2 January

Bhutan celebrates Winter Solstice.

New Year’s Day Holiday was observed in:

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India (state of Mizoram)
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Vietnam

India (state of Kerala) celebrated Mannam Jayanti.

Taiwan had a holiday for Republic Day.

1 January

New Year’s Day was celebrated in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India (states of AR, ML, MN, MZ, NL, Pondicherry, Sikkim, Telangana and Tamil Nadu)
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia (except states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu)
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • North Korea (Solar New Year’s Day)
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Vietnam

New Year's Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar used in the Roman Empire since 45 BC. Romans originally dedicated New Year's Day to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings for whom the first month of the year (January) is named.   In present day, with most countries now using the Gregorian calendar as their de facto calendar, New Year's Day is probably the world's most celebrated public holiday, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone.

31 December

The following countries had a holiday for New Year’s Eve:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh (bank holiday)
  • Brunei
  • India (state of Mizoram)
  • Japan (bank holiday)
  • Thailand

India (state of Nagaland) had another holiday for Christmas.

Taiwan had a holiday for Republic Day.

Timor-Leste had a holiday for National Heroes Day.

30 December

India (state of Meghalaya) observed U Kiang Nangbah Day, state of Nagaland had another holiday for Christmas.  The state of Sikkim observed Tamu Lochar.

Japan had another holiday for New Year.

Nepal, mostly the Gurung Community, celebrated Tamu Lhosar.

The Philippines celebrated Rizal Day, to commemorate the execution of national hero José Rizal by Spanish colonial government on December 30, 1896.

Thailand had a public holiday.

29 December

India (state of Nagaland) had another holiday for Christmas.  The state of Sikkim continued to celebrate Nyempa Guzom.  The states of Chandigargh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan celebrated Guru Govind Singh Jayanti, an anniversary of a guru's birth or death; marked by the holding of a festival.

Japan had a holiday for New Year.

Mongolia celebrated National Independence Day.

28 December

India (state of Nagaland) had another holiday for Christmas. The state of Sikkim continued to celebrate Losoong / Namsoong and celebrated Nyempa Guzom.

27 December

Australia had a holiday for Christmas.

Hong Kong had The Second Workday Following Christmas.

India (states of Meghalaya and Nagaland) continued to celebrate the festival of Christmas.  The state of Sikkim continued to celebrate Losoong / Namsoong.

Macau had a Compensatory Rest Day For Christmas.

North Korea celebrated Constitution Day, the enactment of the Constitution of North Korea in 1998.

26 December

Boxing Day / the Day after Christmas was observed in:

  • Australia (Proclamation Day in South Australia, Boxing Day in all other states and territories)
  • Brunei
  • Hong Kong (The First Workday Following Christmas)
  • India (states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Telangana)
  • Malaysia (except Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu)
  • Macau
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka

India (state of Sikkim) continued to celebrate Losoong / Namsoong.

25 December

Christmas Day was observed/celebrated in:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Hong Kong
  • India (most states)
  • Indonesia
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan (Quaid-e-Azam’s Birthday)
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Timor-Leste

India (state of Sikkim) continued to celebrate Losoong / Namsoong.

24 December

Christmas Eve was celebrated in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • India (states of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland)
  • Macau
  • Malaysia (state of Sabah)

India (state of Ladakh) observed Losar and the state of Sikkim observed Losoong/Namsoong.

23 December

India (state of Nagaland) had a holiday for Christmas.

22 December

India (state of Sikkim) celebrated Kagyed Dance.

Macau celebrated Dongzhi Festival to mark the Winter Solstice.

Myanmar had Kayin New Year which celebrates the New Year of the Karen people.