Sunday, January 8, 2017

Indian Festivals 2017

Now that it's a new year, it's time to fill in our calendars with important dates and festivals. If you're living abroad and your partner is Indian, it's easy to lose track of when all the holidays are. I hope you'll find this handy guide helpful!

As always, it's best to ask your partner what festivals their family celebrates. This is a general guide that may differ by region, as well as religion.

Indian Festivals 2017

January 14 - Pongal / Lohri
January 26 - Republic Day
February 24 - Maha Shivratri
March 13 - Holi
March 29 - Ugadi
April 14 - Vaisakhi / Tamil New Year
May 10 - Buddha Purnima
June 26 - Ramadan
July 26 - Teej
August 7 - Rakhi
August 14 - Krishna Janmashtami
August 15 - Independence Day
August 25 - Ganesh Chaturthi
September 1 - Eid
September 4 - Onam
September 21 - Navratri
September 28 - Durga Puja
September 30 - Dussehra
October 2 - Gandhi's birthday
October 8 - Karwa Chauth
October 17 - Dhanteras
October 19 - Diwali
November 4 - Guru Nanak birthday

See how we've celebrated Republic Day, Holi, Tamil New Year, Rakhi, Ganesh Chaturthi, and Diwali!


Which festivals are big in your Indian families?
Please let me know if I've missed anything!



  1. Hi Alexandra,

    I follow your blog for a while. It's very interesting.
    This year, Lohri is on January, 13. (I read about).

  2. Hi Alex,
    There are actually two official holidays in Islam: Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.
    Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting during daylight hours), and Muslims usually give zakat (charity) on the occasion. (Which is June 25th, 2017)
    Eid Al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah and lasts for three days, during which Muslims usually sacrifice a sheep and distribute its meat in 3 parts: among family, friends, and the poor. (September 1st, 2017)

  3. @Alex

    Among Bengalis, Durga Pooja is the biggest festival. Five days of pandal hopping and gorging on fabulous food. On the tenth day of Navaratras, we bid our goddess good bye in the hope that she will again bless her with her auspicious presence the next year. Bengalis women apply sindoor to the idol and also to each other. It is more like holi with sindoor. Here are a few videos

    Diwali is important but not a big festival. Our laxmi pooja takes places a few days after Dussehara. While the north indians celebrate laxmi pooja on Diwali day, we worship Goddess Kali on Diwali day. It starts at night and ends in early morning. It is the only pooja where non veg prasad is served. Whether you worship Goddess Laxmi of Kali is the same, the worship of the infinite divine feminine power.


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