Guru Nanak/Kartick Purnima/Parswanath's Rathojatra/II Poya -
Saturday November 4, 2017
Sikhism : Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539)
Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus. Sikhs believe that all subsequent Gurus possessed Guru Nanak’s divinity and religious authority Wikipedia
Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday December 1, 2017
Muslim, Sufi : Birthday of the Prophet, Mohammed. For nine days there are Parties with fairs, feasting, and parades. Stories are told about how the mountains danced when Mohammed was born, and sang, There is no god but Allah. The trees answered, And Mohammed is his Prophet.
Parliament recess (end) -
Friday December 15, 2017
Special Events :
National Consumers Day -
Sunday December 24, 2017
Culture : The significance of December 24th is that on this day in the year 1986 the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 received assent of the President of India. The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 is considered to a historic milestone in the Consumer movement in the country. Therefore, the Government of India has decided to observe December 24 as National Consumer Day and, this is to observe every year on 24th December in addition to World Consumer Rights Day on March 15. The observance of these days provides an opportunity for highlighting the importance of the consumer movement and the need to make the consumer more aware of their rights and responsibilities.
Christmas Day -
Monday December 25, 2017
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.