Leave, PTO, Days Off, Holidays, Vacations in 2021

India & US Vacations in 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: […]

Republic Day – A Patriotic, National Holiday in India

Republic Day, which falls on January 26th every year, is the first holiday in the Western Calendar that is celebrated all over India and is an official day off.    What is Republic Day in India?  Repulic Day in India celebrates the day that India’s constitution was officially put into place on January 26, 1950. India became […]

What is Kerala Piravi – Kerala Day

What is Kerala Piravi – Kerala Day?  Kerala Piravi (Kerala Day) is the birthday of the state of Kerala is Southwestern India. See the map to the right. The red highlighted section is Kerala State.   When was the birthdate of Kerala?  November 1, 1956. As of 2022, Kerala turns 66! (Note: India’s Independence Day/Date […]

Basic Facts About Independence Day in India

Introduction to Basic Facts about Independence Day in India When is India’s Independence Day? August 15. When did India gain Independence from the British?  In 1947. What day or days are given off for this holiday?  If it falls on a working day, only that particular working day is given off. It is true that […]

NRI Pongal Celebrations in the USA and Beyond

What is Pongal? Pongal a four day South Indian Thanksgiving celebrated in mid January on the first day of Tamil calendar month Thai. Rituals and observances of this holiday, in a typical Tamil village include: “spring cleaning” and ridding of all old items through a bonfire, purchase of new items for household use, harvesting of […]

What is Diwali? Stories, Legends, Celebrations in Different Parts of India

What is Diwali? Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated on a nation-wide scale sometime between mid September and mid November, based on the Hindu calendar. In 2019, Diwali falls on November 14. “Diwali” is the easy-to-pronounce form of Deepavali. In Sanskrit “Deepawali” is the marriage of two Sanskrit words- Deepa meaning light […]

What is Navarathri and How is it Celebrated in Different Parts of India?

What is Navarathri? Navarathri is a festival 9 day festival celebrated by Hindus worldwide that is dedicated to worshiping the nine forms of the goddess (Devi).   What does Navarathri mean in English? Navarathri means nine nights in English. To break the word down, nav means nine while rathri means night.   When is Navarathri? […]

What is the Story of Onam (Onakatha)?

Onam is the most widely-celebrated holiday in all of Kerala, India. Have you ever heard about the story of Onam – Onakatha? Every year to celebrate Onam, the people of Kerala make pookkalams. “Poo” means flower and “kalam” means design.  These flower designs or flower carpets can be comprised of pretty and colorful designs, while […]

Onam Office Celebrations at GeoInfopark, Kochi, India

The beautiful designs shown in this post created for Onam office celebrations at GeoInfopark may look like something out of a kaleidoscope, but actually, they are flower designs called pookkalam. More than flowers, these designs require an immense amount of patience to create. The green and dark purple colors are the hardest to come by. […]

How Do Indians Celebrate Diwali in the USA?

If you have colleagues from India in your office in the US, you may wonder, “How do Indians celebrate Diwali in the USA?”   While Indians living outside India say there is nothing like celebrating Diwali in India, Indians worldwide celebrate Diwali with fanfare regardless of where in the world they live!   Indians living […]

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