New Year's Day -
Sunday January 1, 2017
Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties.
Chennai Tennis Open -
Monday January 2, 2017
Sports events : Http://www.atptennis.com 2017 edition confirmed
Christmas holiday (end) -
Monday January 2, 2017
School holidays (please double check) : The Velammal International School
http://tvis.in/ confirmed till Dec 2016
Optional holiday -
Friday January 13, 2017
Hinduism : Boghi: The day preceding Makara Sankranti. This is when people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At dawn people light a bonfire with logs of wood, other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful. The disposal of derelict things is where all old habits, the vices, attachment to relations and materials things are sacrificed in the sacrificial fire of the knowledge of Rudra, known as the Rudra Gita Gyan Yagya. It represents realization, transformation and purification of the soul by imbibing and inculcating divine virtues.
Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja - Pongal -
Saturday January 14, 2017
Secular holiday : Celebration of the harvest, which is observed for three days: Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal. A colourful and traditional festival with many a ceremony devoted to various deities and cattle races.
Sunday January 15, 2017
Culture : A celebrated Tamil poet who wrote the Thirukkural, a work on ethics in Tamil literature. (Wikipedia)
Sunday January 15, 2017
Secular holiday : A celebrated Tamil poet who wrote the Thirukkural, a work on ethics in Tamil literature. [Wikipedia]
Uzhavar Thirunal -
Monday January 16, 2017
Hinduism : Also called Thai Pongal (Tamil: தைப்பொங்கல்): a harvest festival celebrated by Tamils Unusually for South Indian Hindu festivals, Thai Pongal is timed by an astronomical event - the winter solstice. Pongal is traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya and marks the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun from its southernmost-limit, a movement traditionally referred to as uttarayana.[Wikipedia]
Mamallapuram Dance Festival -
Saturday January 21, 2017
Culture : Lasts 1 month
http://www.festivalsofindia.in/mamallapuram/ in Mamallapuram 2017 edition confirmed
Republic Day -
Thursday January 26, 2017
Secular holiday : It was the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of December 31, 1929 - January 1, 1930, that the Tri-Colour Flag was unfurled by the nationalists and a pledge taken that every year on January 26, the Independence Day would be celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the establishment of a Sovereign Democratic Republic of India. The professed pledge was successfully redeemed on January 26, 1950, when the Constitution of India framed by the Constituent Assembly of India came into force, although the Independence from the British rule was achieved on August 15, 1947. It is because of this that August 15 is celebrated as Independence Day, while January 26 as Republic Day.
Day of Mourning -
Tuesday December 6, 2016
Secular holiday : As mark of respect to the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Tuesday December 13, 2016
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.
Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 16, 2016
School holidays (please double check) :
Christmas Day -
Sunday December 25, 2016
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.