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Important days

Important days gives an approximate special dates of festivals and holidays celebrated in Pondicherry and India.

JANUARY

1 : New Year     
14 to 17 : Pongal > Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu - Tamil New Year
26 : Republic Day (Republic was created in 1950)
30 : Thai Poosam, ceremony for Muruga

FEBRUARY

12 : Maha Shivaratri (Night of Shiva) is a Hindu festival
21 : The mother's birthday (Darshan day)
29 : The Supramental Manifestation day (Darshan day)

MARCH

1 : Holi > Holi, also called the Festival of Colors, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India
3 : Milad un Nabi, Shia > Observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad
8 : Women's Day
24 : Ram Navami > Lord Rama's birthday
28 : Mahavir Jayanthi > In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday. It celebrates the birth of Mahavira

APRIL

2 : Good Friday > Good Friday is the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified
24 : The Mother's final arrival in Pondicherry (Darshan day)

AUGUST

11 : Ramadan Begins > Ramadan was the month in which the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
15 : Independence Day, claimed in 1947 and Sri Aurobindo's birthday (Darshan day)
16 : Pondicherry Independence Day (1962)
23 : Onam > Onam is the biggest festival in the South Indian state of Kerala  and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali.

SEPTEMBER

10 : Id-Ul-Fitr, Ramadan Ends     
11 : Ganesh Chaturathi > It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesh.

OCTOBER

2 : Gandhi Jayanti > Gandhi Jayanti is a National Holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi
17 : Dussehra > A 10 day ceremony of fast, rituals, celebrations to honor the mother Goddess and triumph of Lord Rama over Demon Ravana.

NOVEMBER

5 : Diwali > In Hinduism, Diwali marks the return of Lord Raama to his kingdom Ayodhya after defeating Ravana
14 : Children's Day > As a tribute to Nehru (legendary freedom fighter and independent India’s first Prime Minister) and his love for children, Children’s Day is celebrated on his birth date.
17 : The Mother's Mahasamadhi (Darshan day)
24 : Siddhi day (Darshan day)

DECEMBER

5 : Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi (Darshan day)
7 : Al-Hijira, Muharram Begins > Muharram (Arabic) is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Muharram is so called because it was unlawful to fight during this month; the word is derived from the word ‘haram’ meaning forbidden.
25 : Christmas

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