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
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 2022?
1 – New Year’s Day (Learn how to wish Happy New Year in 40 languages!)
Not celebrated – Guru Gobindsingh’s Birthday (Sikh) (351th birthday)
14 – Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
?? – Sabarimala Makaravilakku (Kerala)
26 – Republic Day
16-17 – Tu B’Shvat, The New Year for Trees Festival (Jewish Arbor Day)
17 – Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
When is ….. March 2022?
All Month – March Madness
8- Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
13 – Start of Daylight Saving Time (Second Sunday of March)
17 – St. Patrick’s Day Observation
When is ….. June 2022?
Throughout June – Graduation Season USA – Dads & Grads
June beginning – School Starts India
14 – Flag Day
19 – Juneteenth
19 – Father’s Day (3rd Sunday) (What is dads and grads season?)
When is ….. July 2022?
4 – Independence Day (USA): How to Celebrate
July mid- September – “Back to School Season” School starts USA
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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