Today is ...

19 March

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

Past Days...

17 March

Bangladesh celebrated the birth of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father and first President of Bangladesh.  He was assassinated in August 1975.

11 March

Australia – many states had a public holiday on this date:

  • Victoria – Labour Day
  • Tasmania – Eight Hour Day
  • Australian Capital Territory – Canberra Day
  • South Australia – Adelaide Cup Day

Labour Day / Eight Hour Day is observed on the second Monday of March every year.  Labour Day has its origins in the eight hour day movement which advocated eight hours for work eight hours for recreation and eight hours for rest.  

Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated in Australia resulting from efforts of the labour union movement to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers and is celebrated on different dates throughout the year in different states.

Canberra Day celebrates the official naming of Canberra. Canberra was named at a ceremony on 12 March 1913 by Lady Denman, the wife of the then Governor-General Lord Denman.

Adelaide Cup Day - The Adelaide Cup is a South Australian Jockey Club Group 2 Thoroughbred horse race handicap race for three-year-old and older, run over 3,200 metres at Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide.  Total prize money for the race is AUD$400,000.

8 March

International Women’s Day was observed in:

  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • North Korea

7 March

Indonesia celebrated the Hindu New Year / Day of Silence.

Nepal celebrated Gyalpo Lhosar.  Ghyalpo Losar, or “Tibetan New Year,” begins near the end of the year on the Tibetan Calendar and continues for some two weeks. But the first three days of this prolonged celebration are most important. The holiday is not only celebrated in Tibet but also among the people in neighbouring Nepal.

5 March

India (state of Orissa) celebrated Panchayati Raj Divas.

4 March

Maha Shivaratri was celebrated in:

  • India (states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar,  Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajastan, Telangana)
  • Nepal (Maaha Shivaratri)
  • Sri Lanka (Mahasivarathri Day)

It is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva.

Malaysia (state Terengganu) had a holiday to celebrate the Anniversary of the Installation of the Sultan of Terengganu.

3 March

Taiwan had a holiday for Peace Memorial Day.

Timor-Leste celebrated Veterans Day, established to honour those who struggled for their country's sovereignty during the Indonesian occupation (1975–1999).

2 March

Myanmar observed Peasant’s Day which marks and honours the contribution of agriculture and farming to the country.

Taiwan had another holiday for Peace Memorial Day.

1 March

South Korea celebrated Sam Ii Jul, or Samil Day, which commemorates the March 1st Movement of resistance against Japan’s occupation of Korea in 1919.

Taiwan had another holiday for Peace Memorial Day.

28 February

Taiwan had a holiday for Peace Memorial Day.

25 February

The Philippines celebrated the Anniversary of the EDSA Revolution, a popular campaign of sustained resistance that led to the downfall of the Marcos dictatorship and the restoration of democracy in the country.

23 February

Bhutan had a holiday for the Anniversary of His Majesty the King.

Brunei had a National Day to commemorate the day in 1984 when it gained independence from the United Kingdom.

22 February

Bhutan had a holiday for the Anniversary of His Majesty the King.

21 February

Bangladesh observed Shahid Dibosh otherwise known as International Mother Language Day.

Bhutan celebrated the Anniversary of His Majesty the King.

19 February

Cambodia celebrated Meaka Bochea Day.  This national holiday was established to commemorate the spontaneous gathering of monks to listen to the Buddha's preaching.

India (states of Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachel Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab) celebrated Guru Ravidas Jayanti.  The state of Maharashtra celebrates Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti.

North Korea celebrated Cheongwoldaeboreum (Korean Folk Festival).

Sri Lanka celebrated Navam Full Moon Poya Day - the Buddha proclaims for the first time a code of fundamental ethical precepts for the monks.

Thailand observed Makha Bucha Day.