September 6, 2014

2015: Holidays & Vacations

India & US Holiday Calendar 2015 

(See 2016 calendar. See 2017 calendar


Need for this Calendar
This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working between the two countries and cultures.

As India is a diverse country which celebrates different holidays in different parts of the country, this calendar mainly focuses on:
  • India-wide Government Holidays
  • Kerala Holidays
  • Select South Indian (Tamil, Andhra, Karnataka) Holidays
  • Always ask your India-based team which holidays they support. Holidays are not standard across the board. Some may be floating holidays. Your company’s HR would be the best resource for this.
When you click on the holidays which are linked, you will learn more about that holiday or learn about some small talk topics related to that holiday.

When is ..... in 2015?

What holidays happen in January 2015?
1 - New Year’s Day
3Nabhidinam 
5 - Guru Gobindsingh's Birthday (Sikh)
14 - Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
14 - Sabarimala Makaravilakku (Kerala)
19 - Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
24 or 25 - Vasant Panchami
26 - Republic Day

What vacation days are in February 2015?
2 - Groundhog’s Day
3 - Guru Ravidas’s Birthday (Sikh)
3 – Thaipusam
4 - Tu B'Shvat, The New Year for Trees
14 Valentine’s Day
17 Mahashivarathri 
19 - Shivaji Jayanti (Maharasthra
19 - Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti 

Which Indian festivals happen in March 2015
All Month - March Madness 
5 – Purim
6 – Holi
8 Daylight Savings Time Begins
15 – Attukal Pongala (Kerala)
16 – President’s Day (School holiday)
17 St. Patrick’s Day
27  – Ramanavami
29  – Palm Sunday

What celebrations occur in April 2015?
1 - April Fool’s Day
3 – Good Friday
5 – Easter
14 – Baishakhi
14 – Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti
14 – Tamil New Year
14 – Vishu (Kerala)
15 – Tax Day USA
15-16 - Yom HaShoah
20 or 21 - Akshaya Tritiya
22 – Earth Day
April End - School Ends India 

Are there any American holidays in May 2015?
1 - May Day
3 – Buddha Purnima
5 - Cinco De Mayo
10 – Mother’s Day 
15 or 16 - Laylat al-Miraj
25 – Memorial Day
May mid to June end- school ends USA

What special occasions happen in June 2015?
Throughout June - Graduation Season USA
June beginning – School Starts India 
18 - Ramadan Starts
21 – Father’s Day

What small talk topics can I talk about for holidays in July 2015?
13 or 14- Laylat al-Baraat
17 - Eid al-Fitr
26 - Tisha B'Av

Are there any days off in August 2015?
13 - Laylat al-Qadr
15 – Independence Day (India)
August mid- September - "Back to School Season" School starts USA
28 – Onam
29 - Rakhi
Which days can we take leave in September 2015?
5 – Krishna Jayanthi
7 - Labor Day (USA)
11 – Patriot Day (USA)
14 - Rosh Hashanah
17 Ganesh Chathurthi
23 - Yom Kippur
24Eid al-Adha
28 – Oct 4 - Sukkot
What holidays happen in October 2015?
2 - Gandhi Jayanthi
12 – Columbus Day
15 - Islamic New Year / Muharram
13 – 21 – Navarathri
21 or 22 – Vijaya DashamiVidhyarmbam (end of Navarathri)
23 or 24 – Ashura
31 – Halloween

Do any Indian festivals happen in November 2015?
1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday, US Election Day
1 Kerala and Tamil Nadu Day
1 Daylight Savings Time Ends
11 – Diwali / Deepawali
11 – Veterans Day
20 – Children’s Day
25 - Guru Nanak’s Birthday
25 – Kathigai Deepam
26 – Thanksgiving (USA)
27 - Black Friday

Are there any vacation days in American offices December 2015?
6 - Chanukah/Hanukkah
24 – Christmas Eve
24 Nabhidinam 
25 – Christmas Day
26 – Jan 1 – Kwanzaa
29 – New Year’s Eve

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Jennifer Kumar is the Managing Director of Authentic Journeys, a consultancy helping Indian businesses bridge the cultural gap with their American counterparts. Contact her for your business consulting needs by clicking here.

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