January 4, 2016

2016 - Leave, PTO, Days Off, Holidays, Vacations

India & US Holiday Calendar 2016  (2017 calendar here)

Need for this Calendar
This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working on distributed, global teams with multiple offices in India or in the US.

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 .....  January 2016?
1 - New Year’s Day
5 - Guru Gobindsingh's Birthday (Sikh)
15Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
15 - Sabarimala Makaravilakku (Kerala)
18 - Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday 
25 - Tu B'Shvat, The New Year for Trees Festival
26 - Republic Day

When is .....  February 2016?
First Sunday- Superbowl (American Football Championship)
2 - Groundhog’s Day
3 – Thaipusam
12 - Vasant Panchami
14 Valentine’s Day
15 - Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
15 - President's Day
19 - Shivaji Jayanti (Maharasthra
19 – Attukal Pongala (Kerala)
25 - Guru Ravidas’s Birthday (Sikh
26 Mahashivarathri

When is ..... March 2016
All Month - March Madness
8 Daylight Savings Time Begins
17 St. Patrick’s Day Observation
20  – Palm Sunday
23 – Purim
23 – Holi
25 – Good Friday
27 – Easter

When is .....  April 2016?
1 - April Fool’s Day
13 – Baishakhi
14 – Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti
14 – Tamil New Year
14 – Vishu (Kerala)
15  – Ramanavami
15 – Tax Day USA
22 – Earth Day
April End - School Ends India 

When is .....  May 2016?1 - May Day
1 May Day
1 Labor Day (India) 
4-5 - Yom HaShoah
5 - Cinco De Mayo
8 – Mother’s Day 
9 Akshaya Tritiya 21 – Buddha Purnima
30 – Memorial Day
May mid to June end- school ends USA

When is .....  June 2016?
Throughout June - Graduation Season USA
June beginning – School Starts India 
6 - Ramadan Starts
14 - Flag Day
19 – Father’s Day  (What is dads and grads season?)

When is ..... July 2016?
2 - Laylat al-Baraat/Laylat al-Qadr
4 - Independence Day (USA)
5 - Eid al-Fitr
July mid- September - "Back to School Season" School starts USA 

When is .....  August 2016
13-14 - Tisha B'Av
15 – Independence Day (India)
18- Rakhi
25 – Krishna Jayanthi

When is .....  September 2016?
5 Ganesh Chathurthi
5 - Labor Day (USA)
11 – Patriot Day (USA)
11 Eid al-Adha
13 – Onam

When is .....  October 2016?
1-9 – Navarathri
2 - Islamic New Year / Muharram
2 - Gandhi Jayanthi
2-4 - Rosh Hashanah
8 or 9 – Vijaya DashamiVidhyarmbam (end of Navarathri)
10 – Columbus Day
11-12 - Yom Kippur
12 – Ashura
16-23 - Sukkot
31 – Halloween

When is .....  November 2016?
1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday, US Election Day
1 Kerala and Tamil Nadu Day
6 Daylight Savings Time Ends
11 – Veterans Day
14 - Guru Nanak’s Birthday
20 – Children’s Day
24 – Thanksgiving (USA)
25 - Black Friday

When is .....  December 2016?
12 – Kathigai Deepam
24 – Christmas Eve
? Nabhidinam 
24-Jan 1 - Chanukah/Hanukkah
25 – Christmas Day
26 – Jan 1 – Kwanzaa
29 – New Year’s Eve
Note: Double check with your onsite or offshore colleagues as to which holidays are actual days off of work. Not all holidays have days off. 

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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 through innovative training and consulting solutions helping you improve relationships with American clients, colleagues and stakeholders. Contact her for your business consulting needs by clicking here.

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