India & USA: Days Off in 2014

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Do you work between the US and India? Would you like to keep track of the holidays between these two countries? Of course Indian holidays vary widely from region to region and state to state, unlike in the US where they are more or less standardized from sea to shining sea. That being said, the below calendar highlights some of the major holidays that happen throughout India with a focus on South Indian holidays of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. 

This list will be updated as we near to 2014, as many Indian holidays are determined by the sun or moon movements, it's easier to calculate the exact Western date as we near to that holy-day. 


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January 2014
1 - New Year’s Day

5 - Guru Gobindsingh's Birthday (Sikh)
14 - Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
14 - Sabarimala Makaravilakku (Kerala)

14 - Nabhidinam 
16 - Tu B'Shvat, The New Year for Trees
17 – Thaipusam
20 - Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
26 - Republic Day

February 2014
2 - Groundhog’s Day

4 - Vasant Panchami
7 - Guru Ravidas’s Birthday (Sikh)
14 – Valentine’s Day

16 – Attukal Pongala (Kerala)
19 - Shivaji Jayanti (Maharasthra)
19 - Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
28 – Mahashivarathri


March 2014

9 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
17 – St. Patrick’s Day
17 – Holi
 
April 2014
1 - April Fool’s Day

8  – Ramanavami
13  – Palm Sunday
14 – Baishakhi
14 – Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti
14 – Tamil New Year
14 – Vishu (Kerala)

15, 16 – Purim
18 – Good Friday
20 – Easter
22 – Earth Day

27-28 - Yom HaShoah
April End - School Ends India 


May 2014
1 - May Day

2 - Akshaya Tritiya
5 - Cinco De Mayo
11 – Mother’s Day
?? – Buddha Purnima
26 – Memorial Day

26 - Laylat al-Miraj
May mid to June end- school ends USA



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June 2014
Throughout June - Graduation Season USA
June beginning - School Starts India 
15 – Father’s Day
24 - Laylat al-Baraat

July 2014
4 - Independence Day (USA)
10 - Ramadan Starts
28 - Eid al-Fitr

August 2014
3 - Laylat al-Qadr
10 - Rakhi
17 – Krishna Jayanthi
15 – Independence Day (India)
29 - Ganesh Chathurthi
August mid- September - "Back to 
School Season" School starts USA

September 2014
1 - Labor Day (USA)
6 – Onam
11 – Patriot Day (USA)
24-26 Rosh Hashanah
Sept 25 - Oct 4 – Navarathri

October 2014
2 - Gandhi Jayanthi
4-5 – Eid al-Adha
3 - 4 - Yom Kippur
4 – Vijaya DashamiVidhyarmbam (end of Navarathri)
13 – Columbus Day
23 - 27 – Diwali / Deepawali
24 - Islamic New Year
31 – Halloween

November 2014
1 – Kerala and Tamil Nadu Day
2 - Daylight Savings Time Ends
3 – Ashura
11 – Veteran’s Day
14 – Children’s Day
17 – Kathigai Deepam
17 – Guru Nanak’s Birthday
27 – Thanksgiving (USA)
28 - Black Friday

December 2014
24 – Christmas Eve
25 – Christmas Day
26 – Jan 1 – Kwanzaa
29 – New Year’s Eve

*Take note, not all holidays listed are days off. Not all Indian holidays are observed in every office, even within the same state or region. Check with the local Human Resources office for detailed the holiday schedule for the particular office you are working with.

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