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November 13, 2016

Holidays and Time Off for 2021

India & US Holiday Calendar 2021  


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 2021?
1 - New Year’s Day
Not celebrated - Guru Gobindsingh's Birthday (Sikh) (351th birthday)
14 - Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
?? - Sabarimala Makaravilakku (Kerala)
18 Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday 
26 Republic Day 
28– Thaipusam 
27-28 Tu B'Shvat, The New Year for Trees Festival (Jewish Arbor Day) 

When is .....  February 2021?
Groundhog’s Day
7 - First Sunday- Superbowl (American Football Championship)
14 – Valentine’s Day 

15 - President's Day (Third Monday) / Mid-winter break
16 Vasant Panchami 
19 Shivaji Jayanti (Maharasthra) (Same day every year) 
27 - Guru Ravidas’s Birthday (Sikh
27 – Attukal Pongala (Kerala)

When is ..... March 2021
All Month - March Madness
8- Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
11- Mahashivarathri
14 - Start of Daylight Saving Time  (Second Sunday of March) 
17 – St. Patrick’s Day Observation
25  – Palm Sunday 
26  – Ramanavami 
25-26 – Purim. 
28 - Holi
27 (to April 4) - Passover

When is ..... April 2021?
1 - April Fool’s Day
2 - Good Friday
4 - Easter
8- Buddha Purnima
12 - (May 11) Ramadan
14 - Baishakhi 
14 – Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti 
14 – Tamil New Year
14 – Vishu (Kerala)
15 – Tax Day USA 
18 - Akshaya Tritiya 
22 – Earth Day 
April End- School Ends in India 

When is .....  May 2021
1 - May Day
5 - Cinco De Mayo
9 – Mother’s Day (second Monday) / Laylat al-Baraat/Laylat al-Qadr
14 - 
Akshaya Tritiya
31 - Memorial Day  (last Monday in May)
May mid to June end- school ends USA 

When is .....  June 2021?
Throughout June - Graduation Season USA - Dads & Grads
June beginning – School Starts India 
14 - Flag Day
19 - Juneteenth 
20 – Father’s Day (3rd Sunday) (What is dads and grads season?)


When is ..... July 2021
4 - Independence Day (USA):  How to Celebrate 
July mid- September - "Back to School Season" School starts USA  
July 17-18 - Tisha B'Av

When is .....  August 2021
9 - Muhharam (Islamic new year) starts (Islamic New Year)
18 - 19 - Ashura
24 – Onam
26 - Rakhi  
29 - Krishna Jayanthi / Krishna Janamasthami / Gokulashtami (all the same name for Lord Krishna's birthday) 

When is .....  September 2021?
Labor Day (USA) (First Monday) 
6-8 - Rosh Hashanah 
10 - Ganesh Chathurthi 
11 – Patriot Day (USA
15 - 16 - Yom Kippur 
20-27 - Sukkot


When is .....  October 2021
2 - Gandhi Jayanthi 
11 – Columbus Day / Indigenous People's Day (2nd Monday) 
6-16 – Navarathri  
15 – Vijaya DashamiVidhyarmbam (end of Navarathri)
31 – Halloween    Small Talk Tips

When is .....  November 2021?
1st Sunday 2am, End of Daylight Saving Time 
1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday, US Election Day
– Kerala Day (Kerala Piravi) 
4  – Diwali / Deepawali  (See this site for Diwali dates until 2040)  
11 – Veterans Day
19 - Guru Nanak’s Birthday / Karthigai Deepak
20 – Children’s Day
25 – Thanksgiving (USA)  (4th Thursday) 
23 - Black Friday (Always the day after Thanksgiving, or the 4th Friday) 
28 - Dec 6 - Chanukah/Hanukkah  

When is .....  December 2021?
24 – Christmas Eve
– Nabhidinam 
25 – Christmas Day
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.

**Note: this post was originally for 2018 holidays. It's been adapted for 2021.

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We help build effective, culturally competent global teams with focus on the cultures of the USA and India. Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, an American citizen, has almost 10 years experience living, studying and working (owning a business) in India. Authentic Journeys Consultancy is registered as a Private Limited in India (Kerala) and an LLC in the USA (Salt Lake City, Utah). We provide onsite and live-online instructor-led courses, facilitation and corporate coaching.