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Name Date Kind
Banks Inventory DayThursday September 30, 2021Banks only 
Mahatma Gandhi Birth Anniversary*Saturday October 2, 2021Secular holiday 
Mahalaya Amavasya*Wednesday October 6, 2021Hinduism 
Durga Puja (Saptami)*Tuesday October 12, 2021Hinduism 
Durga Puja Ashtami (Nabami)Wednesday October 13, 2021Hinduism 
Mahanavami/Ayudha Puja*Thursday October 14, 2021Hinduism 
Vijaya Dashami (Dasera)*Friday October 15, 2021Hinduism 
summer holiday (end)Monday October 18, 2021School holidays 
Lakhshmi Puja*Wednesday October 20, 2021Hinduism 
Deepavali/Dipabali*Thursday November 4, 2021Hinduism 
Bhatridwitiya*Saturday November 6, 2021Culture 
Guru Nanak/Kartick Purnima/Parswanath's Rathojatra/II Poya*Friday November 19, 2021Sikhism 
winter holiday (beginning)Wednesday December 22, 2021School holidays 
Christmas Day*Saturday December 25, 2021Catholic or protestant 

Banks Inventory Day -
Thursday September 30, 2021

Banks only :


Mahatma Gandhi Birth Anniversary -
Saturday October 2, 2021

Secular holiday : He is the man who played a significant role in achiveing independence for India from the British Empire with his simplicity and strong will power. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as 'Bapu' or 'Father of the nation', was born on the 2nd of October in 1869, in Porbunder, Gujarat. He studied law in U.K and practiced law in South Africa. But he left his profession and returned to India to join the Indian freedom struggle. Gandhiji was a preacher of truth and 'Ahimsa'(non-violence). He started the 'Satyagraha' movement for the Indian freedom struggle. He believed in living a simple life and in 'Swadeshi'. He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of non-violence. Gandhiji is a symbol of peace and truth. www.indiaa2z.com


Mahalaya Amavasya -
Wednesday October 6, 2021

Hinduism : His day of Pitr Paksha or Mahalaya Amavasya has great significance and importance for all Hindus in all parts of the world. It is the annual festival for worshipping and propitiating the spirits of our ancestors, with devout prayers for peace and spiritual tranquility.


Durga Puja (Saptami) -
Tuesday October 12, 2021

Hinduism : Seventh day of the Dashain festival. Fulpati, which means sacred flowers and leaves , is collected for three days from the jungle. The jamara (a six inch tall yellow grass) and kalash (holy vessel) to be used by the Royal Family are brought from the ancestral palace (the original royal palace used during Prithivi Narayan Shah's reign) in Gurkha in a three-day parade complete with military regiment and priests.


Durga Puja Ashtami (Nabami) -
Wednesday October 13, 2021

Hinduism :


Mahanavami/Ayudha Puja -
Thursday October 14, 2021

Hinduism : An integral part of the Dasara festival (festival of triumph), a Hindu festival. It is also called Astra Puja . In simple terms, it means “Worship of Implements.


Vijaya Dashami (Dasera) -
Friday October 15, 2021

Hinduism : The victory of Durga on evil forces, the destruction of Vasanas (subjectivity, selfishness, desires...) and the achievement of the deepest Self. Dominance of Saraswati (pure science) over Lakshmi (applied science)


Summer holiday (end) -
Monday October 18, 2021

School holidays :


Lakhshmi Puja -
Wednesday October 20, 2021

Hinduism : The third day of the Tihar Festival of Lights is called Laxmi puja . This is the day when Nepalis worship the goddess of wealth. On this day, early in the morning the cow is worshipped. Tika is put on her head and a garland around her neck, and then she feasts with delicious food. A cow also symbolises wealth and she is the most holy animal for Hindus.


Deepavali/Dipabali -
Thursday November 4, 2021

Hinduism : Light festival starts with festivities. The week celebrates 1.Dhanteras, 2.Kali Chaudas, 3.Deepavali, 4.Navu-Varsha (new year), 5.Bhai-beej. The Vai cast is mainly concerned. May last several days.


Bhatridwitiya -
Saturday November 6, 2021

Culture : Also called Bhai phonta :an event especially among Bengalis when the sister prays for her brother's safety, success and well being.This event is ceremoniously performed by the loving sister who religiously fasts the entire morning until she applies a 'phonta' of sandal wood paste on her


Guru Nanak/Kartick Purnima/Parswanath's Rathojatra/II Poya -
Friday November 19, 2021

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


Winter holiday (beginning) -
Wednesday December 22, 2021

School holidays :


Christmas Day -
Saturday December 25, 2021

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.