2011 - SOUTH ASIAN CALENDAR
Tuesday 8 –
Vasant Panchami: Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning
and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.
Tuesday 15 –
Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad): Shia Muslims
celebrate this 5 days later. Some Muslims do not approve of
celebrating the birthday, and regard doing so as a religious
Sunday 20 –
Milad un Nabi (Shia): Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunni
Muslims celebrate this 5 days earlier. Some Muslims do not approve
of celebrating the birthday, and regard doing so as a religious
Thursday 3 –
Mahashivratri: A Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the
deities of the Hindu Trinity.
Saturday 19 –
Holi: The Hindu spring festival.
Tuesday 12 –
Swaminarayan Jayanti: This day marks the birth of Lord
Swaminarayan for followers of the Swaminarayan tradition.
Tuesday 12 – Rama Navami: Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of
Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana.
April – Hanuman Jayanti: This festival marks the birth of Hanuman,
the Monkey God.
Monday 1 –
Ramadan (start): The Muslim month of fasting.
Saturday 13 –
Raksha Bandhan: The Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and
love; "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.
Monday 22 –
Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti: This festival marks the birth of
Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.
Tuesday 30 –
Eid-Ul-Fitr: The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of
fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of
Thursday 6 –
Dussera: Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.
Wednesday 26 –
Diwali: The festival of lights is the most popular of all the
festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by
Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.
Sunday 6 –
Eid-Ul-Adha: Festival of Sacrifice marking the day after Arafat.
The Day of Arafat is the most important day in the Hajj ritual.
This is a four day holiday.
Saturday 26 –
Al-Hijira: Islamic New Year. Marks the migration of the Prophet
Mohammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina.