Indian Holidays 2013
There are a lot of Indian holidays in 2013. It is the same as it is in the United States when it comes to this. Meaning there are a lot of holidays, but not all of them are as important as others. The unique thing about India is that they have a very mixed culture. What exactly does this mean as far as celebrating holidays goes? Well lets look at the United States for example. There are lots of cultures who all have a unique set of beliefs and values. Even though some of them celebrate American holidays, not all of them are celebrated depending what group they belong to.
India is the same way. There are a lot of different people in the country and a lot of them have very different ways of living. A lot of people in India do not follow the same religion, even though from the outside looking in it might appear this way. One thing is certain though, they all share a very common Indian nature. This means they all will pay respect to the major Indian holidays for 2013.
The Indian holidays are many. In fact, there is such a wide variety of Indian holidays that they are just called Festivals and celebrations. Every year there are about 43 festivals that are celebrated through India. This is especially true in places like Mumbai. Some of these celebrations are for the birthdays of well respected Indians that have passed away such as Mahatama Ghandi. The most popular and some of the most well known festivals in India would be Diwali, Holi and Durga Purja.
Here is the complete list of Indian holidays for 2013:
|1-Jan||Tuesday||New Year’s Day|
|18-Jan||Friday||Guru Govind Singh Jayanti|
|23-Feb||Saturday||Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti|
|25-Mar||Monday||Guru Ravidas Jayanti|
|8-May||Wednesday||Birthday of Ravindranath|
|24-May||Friday||Hazarat Ali’s Birthday|
|18-Aug||Sunday||Parsi New Year|
|2-Oct||Wednesday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti|
|16-Oct||Wednesday||Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha|
|18-Oct||Friday||Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti|
|8-Nov||Friday||Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)v Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)|
|17-Nov||Sunday||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
|24-Nov||Sunday||Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day|
There are some Indian holidays that are similar to American ones such as Christmas and New Years Eve. Make no mistake about it though, the bulk of holidays celebrated in India are unique to the country. The meanings of all of these holidays would be very tough to explain in such a short period of time, but what you can do is take the time to learn about some of the more important ones. Pongal for instance would be a good one. Rath Yatra would also be a good one.
Exercise patience if you decide to learn about the Indian holidays. A lot of them are going to include names of people you may have never heard of or just names that will be next to impossible to pronounce. But as you learn more about the Indian Holidays you will come to appreciate them and maybe even decide to visit the country in the future so you can be a part of some of the more popular ones.