November 29, 2015

U.S.A. Vacation Planner 2017

India & US Holiday Calendar 2017  (Looking for 2016? Click 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 celebrate. 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. 

Take note that those holidays highlighted in BOLD are estimated dates as these holidays are calculated more accurately as we near the astrological time period of those auspicious dates. 

Follow holidays with links to learn more about that holiday. Many will outline what the holiday is, why and how it is celebrated and small talk topics in relation to the holidays. For Indian holidays, the post would detail how it is celebrated in general, and in some cases, how it is celebrated by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) or Indian expats abroad (onsite in the US). 

When is .....  January 2017?
1 - New Year’s Day
5 - Guru Gobindsingh's Birthday (Sikh) (350th birthday)
14 - Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
?? - Sabarimala Makaravilakku (Kerala)
15 Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday 
20 - Inauguration Day - 45th President (Only 4 states have a holiday - DC, LA, MD, VA)
26 Republic Day

When is .....  February 2017?
Vasant Panchami 
Groundhog’s Day 
5 - First Sunday- Superbowl (American Football Championship)
10 – Thaipusam / Guru Ravidas’s Birthday (Sikh
11 Tu B'Shvat, The New Year for Trees Festival (Jewish Arbor Day) 
14 – Valentine’s Day 
19 Shivaji Jayanti (Maharasthra) (Same day every year) 
20 - President's Day (Third Monday) / Mid-winter break
21 - Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
26 – Mahashivarathri

When is ..... March 2017
All Month - March Madness
12 - Start of Daylight Saving Time  (Second Sunday of March) 
12 – Attukal Pongala (Kerala) 
13 – Holi 
17 – St. Patrick’s Day Observation
11 – Purim

When is .....  April 2017
1 - April Fool’s Day 
5  – Ramanavami 
9  – Palm Sunday 
10 - Passover
14 – Baishakhi 
14 – Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti 
14 - Good Friday
14 – Tamil New Year
14 – Vishu (Kerala)

15 – Tax Day USA 
16 - Easter 
22 – Earth Day 
23-24 - Yom HaShoah 
28 - Akshaya Tritiya 
30 - Buddha Purnima 
April End - School Ends India 

When is .....  May 2017
1 - May Day
5 - Cinco De Mayo
14 – Mother’s Day (second Monday) 
27 - Ramadan Starts (Eid al-Adha) 
28 – Memorial Day  (last Monday in May)
May mid to June end- school ends USA

When is .....  June 2017?
Throughout June - Graduation Season USA  (Dads & Grads)
June beginning – School Starts India 
14 - Flag Day
18 – Father’s Day (3rd Sunday) (What is dads and grads season?)
21 - Laylat al-Baraat/Laylat al-Qadr
24 - Ramadan Ends (Eid al-Fitr)  

When is ..... July 2017
July mid- September - "Back to School Season" School starts USA  
July 31 - August 1 - Tisha B'Av

When is .....  August 2017
– Onam
7 - Rakhi  
14 - Krishna Jayanthi / Krishna Janamasthami / Gokulashtami (all the same name for Lord Krishna's birthday) 
15 – Independence Day (India)
25 Ganesh Chathurthi

When is .....  September 2017?
Labor Day (USA) (First Monday) 
11 – Patriot Day (USA
20 - Muhharam (Islamic new year) starts 
20-22 - Rosh Hashanah 
28 or 29 – Vijaya DashamiVidhyarmbam (end of Navarathri)
21-29 – Navarathri  
29-30 - Yom Kippur

When is .....  October 2017
1- Ashura 
2 - Islamic New Year / Muharram
2 - Gandhi Jayanthi 
4-11 - Sukkot 
– Columbus Day (2nd Monday) 
19  – Diwali / Deepawali  (See this site for Diwali dates until 2040)  
31 – Halloween

When is .....  November 2017?
1st Sunday 2am, End of Daylight Saving Time 
1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday, US Election Day
– Kerala Day (Kerala Piravi) 
4 - Guru Nanak’s Birthday 
Daylight Savings Time Ends (First Sunday of November) 
11 – Veterans Day
20 – Children’s Day
23 – Thanksgiving (USA)  (4th Thursday) 
24 Black Friday (Always the day after Thanksgiving, or the 4th Friday) 

When is .....  December 2017?
– Kathigai Deepam
Dec 12-20 - Chanukah/Hanukkah  
24 – Christmas Eve
– Nabhidinam 
25 – Christmas Day/Guru Gobindsingh's Birthday (Sikh)
26 – Jan 1 – Kwanzaa
29 – New Year’s Eve
NOTE: Not all holidays listed above are days off in India or the US. Check with your onsite or offshore colleagues to confirm which are days off of work. 

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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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