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November 13, 2016

When is... in 2018? - Corporate and Social Holidays 2018

India & US Holiday Calendar 2018  

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... in 2018? - Corporate and Social Holidays 2018
When is .....  January 2018?
1 - New Year’s Day
Not celebrated - Guru Gobindsingh's Birthday (Sikh) (351th birthday)
14 - Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
?? - Sabarimala Makaravilakku (Kerala)
15 Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday 
22 Vasant Panchami 
26 Republic Day 
31– Thaipusam / Guru Ravidas’s Birthday (Sikh
31 Tu B'Shvat, The New Year for Trees Festival (Jewish Arbor Day) 

When is .....  February 2018?
Groundhog’s Day
4 - First Sunday- Superbowl (American Football Championship)
10 - Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
14 – Valentine’s Day / Mahashivarathri
19 Shivaji Jayanti (Maharasthra) (Same day every year) 
19 - President's Day (Third Monday) / Mid-winter break

When is ..... March 2018
All Month - March Madness
2 – Attukal Pongala (Kerala) / Holi 
11 - Start of Daylight Saving Time  (Second Sunday of March) 
17 – St. Patrick’s Day Observation
25  – Palm Sunday 
26  – Ramanavami 
28 – Purim
30 - Good Friday
30 (to April 7) - Passover

When is .....  April 2018
1 - April Fool’s Day / Easter
11- Yom HaShoah 
14 – Baishakhi 
14 – Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti 
14 – Tamil New Year
14 – Vishu (Kerala)

15 – Tax Day USA 
18 - Akshaya Tritiya 
22 – Earth Day 
30 - Buddha Purnima 
April End - School Ends India 

When is .....  May 2018
1 - May Day
5 - Cinco De Mayo
13 – Mother’s Day (second Monday) 
16 - Ramadan Starts (Eid al-Adha) 
28 – Memorial Day  (last Monday in May)
May mid to June end- school ends USA

When is .....  June 2018?
Throughout June - Graduation Season USA - Dads & Grads
June beginning – School Starts India 
10 - Laylat al-Baraat/Laylat al-Qadr
14 - Flag Day
14 - Ramadan Ends (Eid al-Fitr) 
17 – Father’s Day (3rd Sunday) (What is dads and grads season?)
19 - Juneteenth 

When is ..... July 2018
4 - Independence Day (USA):  How to Celebrate 
July mid- September - "Back to School Season" School starts USA  
July 21-22 - Tisha B'Av

When is .....  August 2018
15 – Independence Day (India)
24 – Onam
26 - Rakhi  

When is .....  September 2018?
3 - Krishna Jayanthi / Krishna Janamasthami / Gokulashtami (all the same name for Lord Krishna's birthday) 
Labor Day (USA) (First Monday) 
9-11 - Rosh Hashanah 
10 - Muhharam (Islamic new year) starts (Islamic New Year)
11 – Patriot Day (USA
13 Ganesh Chathurthi
20 - Ashura 
23-30 - Yom Kippur 

When is .....  October 2018
2 - Gandhi Jayanthi 
10 - Muhharam (Islamic new year) ends
4-11 - Sukkot 
– Columbus Day (2nd Monday) 
9-19 – Navarathri  
19 – Vijaya DashamiVidhyarmbam (end of Navarathri)
19  – Diwali / Deepawali  (See this site for Diwali dates until 2040)  
31 – Halloween    Small Talk Tips

When is .....  November 2018?
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) 
8 – Veterans Day
20 – Children’s Day
22 – Thanksgiving (USA)  (4th Thursday) 
23 - Black Friday (Always the day after Thanksgiving, or the 4th Friday) 
23 – Kathigai Deepam

When is .....  December 2018?
Dec 12-20 - Chanukah/Hanukkah  
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.

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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.