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22 September

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

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21 September

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.

20 September

Nepal celebrated Constitution Day.

16 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.

Macau observed the First Working Day after the Chong Chao (Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday).

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

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

Taiwan had another holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival.

14 September

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

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).

Taiwan had a holiday for Mid-Autumn Festival.

13 September

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.

India (state of Kerala) observed Fourth Onam and Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi.

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.

12 September

India (state of Kerala) observed Third Onam.

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

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.

11 September

India (state of Kerala) observed Second Onam.

10 September

Bangladesh observed Ashura (Muharram) - government.

India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand,  Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) observed Muharram/Ashoora.

India celebrated First Onam in the state of Kerala.  Onam is reminiscent of Kerala's agrarian past, as it is considered to be a harvest festival with a Hindu mythological background.  Onam Festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the commemoration of Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of mythical King Mahabali. In Kerala, it is the festival celebrated with most number of cultural elements such as Vallam Kali, Pulikkali, Pookkalam, Onatthappan, Thumbi Thullal, Onavillu, Kazhchakkula, Onapottan, Atthachamayam etc.

Pakistan had another holiday for Ashura.

9 September

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

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.

Pakistan had a holiday for Ashura.

8 September

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

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

3 September

India (state of Orissa) observed Nuakhi and the state of Goa celebrates Day 2 of Ganesh Chaturthi.

2 September

Brunei had a holiday for Islamic New Year.

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.

Malaysia had a holiday for Awal Muharran (Islamic New Year), but not the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu.

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

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

1 September

Islamic New Year was observed in:

  • Brunei
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia

India (state of Chandigarh) observed Haritalika Teej.

Malaysia (states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu) had a holiday for National Day.

Vietnam had a holiday for National Day.

31 August

India (state of Punjab) celebrated Parkash Utsav Sr Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

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.

Islamic New Year was observed in:

  • Maldives
  • Philippines

Vietnam had a holiday for National Day.

30 August

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

28 August

India (state of Kerala) celebrated Ayyankali Jayanti.

26 August

Philippines celebrated National Heroes’ Day, which commemorates all the nation's heroes throughout history. It is a regular holiday marking the 1896 Cry of Pugad Lawin by the Katipunan (led by its Supremo Andrés Bonifacio), which began the Philippine Revolution. This holiday occurs on the last Monday in August.

25 August

North Korea celebrated Day of Songun, a new holiday established in 2013 commemorating Kim Jong-il's inspection visit to the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Armoured Division of the Korean People's Army on August 25, 1960, which is always regarded as the "start of the Songun revolutionary leadership" by the North Korean government.

24 August

India (states of Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Punjab, Rajasthan and Telangana ) celebrated Janmashtami/Sri Krishna Jayanti/Sri Krishna Astami.

23 August

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 Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, 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.

21 August

Philippines celebrated Ninoy Aquino Day which commemorates the unsolved assassination of former Senator and prominent oppositionist Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. in 1983, which was a catalyst for the People Power Revolution in 1986.

17 August

India (states of Maharashtra and Gujarat) celebrated Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi).

Indonesia celebrated Independence Day.  The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence (Indonesian: Proklamasi Kemerdekaan Indonesia, or simply Proklamasi) was read at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 1945. The declaration marked the start of the diplomatic and armed-resistance of the Indonesian National Revolution, fighting against the forces of the Netherlands and pro-Dutch civilians, until the latter officially acknowledged Indonesia's independence in 1949. In 2005, the Netherlands declared that they had decided to accept de facto 17 August 1945 as Indonesia's independence date.  In a 2013 interview the Indonesian historian Sukotjo, amongst others, asked the Dutch government to formally acknowledge the date of independence as August 17, 1945. The United Nations, who mediated in the conflict, formally acknowledge the date of independence as 27 December 1949.  The document was signed by Sukarno (who signed his named "Soekarno" using the older Dutch orthography) and Mohammad Hatta, who were appointed President and Vice-president respectively the following day.

16 August

India (state of Puducherry) - the Puducherry government observed August 16 as Dejure Transfer Day. It was on that day in 1962 that France ceded to India full sovereignty over the territory of [Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam] through the exchange of Instruments of Ratification between then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and French Ambassador to India Jean Paul Garnier.

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

15 August

Bangladesh celebrated National Mourning Day.  On this day Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his entire family members were assassinated by a group of junior Bangladesh Army officers.

India celebrated Independence Day marking Indian independence from British Empire in 1947.

The states of Gujarat, Chandigarh, Manipur, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, in India 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

North Korea celebrated Liberation Day (1945).

South Korea celebrated Gwangbokjeol (Independence Day).  The day celebrates the national liberation from Imperial Japan in 1945. On the same day in 1948, the government of the Republic of Korea was established. The word "Gwangbok" means "restoration of light".

Timor Leste celebrated Assumption Day.

14 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:

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

Pakistan celebrated Independence Day marking Pakistani independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.

Sri Lanka celebrated Nikini Full Moon Poya Day.

13 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 Jammu and Kashmir] (Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha) – holiday
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa) – government holiday
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha) - holiday

12 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)
  • India [most states] (Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha)
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia (states of Kedah, Perlis - Day 2 of Hari Raya Qurban)
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa) - government
  • Nepal (Edul Aajaha / Bakar Eed)
  • Pakistan (Eidul Azha)
  • Singapore (Hari Raya Haji)
  • Sri Lanka (Id-Ul-Alha - Hadji Festival Day)

Japan had a holiday for Mountain Day.

Thailand celebrated HM the Queen’s Birthday to commemorate the birth day of Queen Sirikit in 1932.

11 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) – government holiday
  • India (Bakri Id / Id-ul-Zuha)  [Goa and Kerala]
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia (Hari Raya Qurban)
  • Maldives (Eid ul-Ad'haa)
  • Philippines (Eid’l Adha)
  • Singapore (Hari Raya Haji)
  • Timor Leste (Idul Adha)

Japan celebrated Mountain Day.

10 August

Maldives celebrated Hajj Day.

9 August

India (state of Chandigarh) observed World Tribal Day.

Singapore celebrated their National Day in commemoration of the Singapore's independence from Malaysia in the year 1965. This holiday features a National Day Parade, an address by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and fireworks celebrations.

5 August

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

3 August

India (state of Chandigarh) observed Hariyali Teej.