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Indian Calendar 2021: Holidays and Festivals in 2021

Last Updated: 12/22/2020 12:48:05 PM

Indian Calendar 2021, Indian festivals 2021, Hindu festivals 2021, Sikh festivals 2021

Indian Calendar 2021 - This AstroCAMP special article consists of the list of all government holidays 2021 along with the list of various fasts and festivals to be celebrated by folks belonging to various religions and cultures.

Considering the fact that India is home to an iota to cultures and religions, the nature of the Indian Calendar 2021 will also be quite diverse. So, the primary entrants in the list of Indian Calendar 2021 would be government holidays 2021, then there would be Hindu holidays 2021, Islamic holidays 2021, Sikh Holidays 2021, Christian holidays 2021 and some other 2021 Indian festivals.

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Now, before moving on to Indian calendar 2021, its features and specialities, let us take an actual look at the Calendar 2021 consisting of the dates of various government holidays 2021 and Indian festivals 2021.

Indian Calendar 2021: Dates of Various Indian Festivals and Events

Indian Calendar 2021 for January

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Friday 1 Jan, 2021 New Year
Wednesday 13 Jan, 2021 Lohri
Thursday 14 Jan, 2021 Pongal , Uttarayan , Makar Sankranti
Saturday 23 Jan, 2021 Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti
Tuesday 26 Jan, 2021 Republic Day

Indian Calendar 2021 for February

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Tuesday 16 Feb,2021 Basant Panchami, Saraswati Puja

Indian Calendar 2021 for March

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Thursday 11 Mar, 2021 Mahashivratri
Sunday 28 Mar, 2021 Holika Dahan
Monday 29 Mar, 2021 Holi

Indian Calendar 2021 for April

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Thursday 1 Apr, 2021 Bank's Holiday
Tuesday 13 Apr, 2021 Chaitra Navratri , Ugadi , Gudi Padwa
Wednesday 14 Apr, 2021 Baisakhi , Cheti Chand , Ambedkar Jayanti
Wednesday 21 Apr, 2021 Ram Navami
Thursday 22 Apr, 2021 Chaitra Navratri Parana
Tuesday 27 Apr, 2021 Hanuman jayanti

Indian Calendar 2021 for May

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Friday 14 May ,2021 Akshay Triiya

Indian Calendar 2021 for July

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Monday 12 July, 2021 Jagannath Rath Yatra
Tuesday 20 July, 2021 Ashadhi Ekadashi
Saturday 24 July, 2021 Guru Purnima

Indian Calendar 2021 for August

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Wednesday 11 Aug, 2021 Hariyali Teej
Friday 13 Aug, 2021 Nag Panchami
Sunday 15 Aug, 2021 Independence Day
Saturday 21 Aug, 2021 Onam/Thiruvonam
Sunday 22 Aug, 2021 Raksha Bandhan
Wednesday 25 Aug, 2021 Kajari Teej
Monday 30 Aug, 2021 Janmashtami

Indian Calendar 2021 for September

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Thursday 9 Sept, 2021 Hartalika Teej
Friday 10 Sept, 2021 Ganesh Chaturthi
Sunday 19 Sept, 2021 Anant Chaturdashi

Indian Calendar 2021 for October

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Saturday 2 Oct, 2021 Gandhi Jayanti
Thursday 7 Oct, 2021 Sharad Navratri
Wednesday 13 Oct, 2021 Durga Puja Ashtami
Thursday 14 Oct, 2021 Durga Maha Navami Puja
Friday 15 Oct, 2021 Dussehra , Sharad Navratri Parana
Sunday 24 Oct, 2021 Karva Chauth

Indian Calendar 2021 for November

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Tuesday 2 Nov,2021 Dhanteras
Thursday 4 Nov,2021 Diwali , Narak Chaturdashi
Friday 5 Nov,2021 Govardhan Puja
Saturday 6 Nov,2021 Bhai Dooj
Wednesday 10 Nov,2021 Chhath Puja
Sunday 14 Nov,2021 Children's Day

Indian Calendar 2021 for December 2021

Day Date Festival/Holiday
Saturday 25 Dec, 2021 Merry Christmas

Let us now move on to find out some more trivia about the Indian Calendar 2021.

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Indian Calendar 2021 : Origin and Significance

The Indian Calendar is also known as the Shalivahana Shaka Calendar. The Saka Calendar is not just any other calendar, but is also an epitome of some specific Indian cultures, beliefs and traditions. When it is said to be the national calendar, we offer a tribute to all of our ancient heritage and culture. Many of you would be surprised to know that this particular Indian Calendar 2021 will also be followed by the Hindu population residing in foreign countries like in Indonesia, Bali, Java and many such Southeast Asian countries.

It was after a research conducted by the Calendar Reform Committee during the 1950s, the conclusion was arrived that around 30 different kinds of calendars were put to use to decide upon Hindu,Jain and Buddhist festivals and events.

The research stated that these calendars had their basis on very congruent practices, even though they are based on ancient systems of traditions and astronomy.

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Some of its specific uses and features are :-

  • The Indian calendar is used in the Gazette of India but along with the Gregorian one.

  • At the broadcasts hosted by All India Radio

  • So as to provide documents, timetables, communication via Saka Calendar dates, this is put to use by the govt of India.

  • The Calendar Reform Committee officially adopted the Indian calendar in 1957 and given a significant status as a part of the Nautical Almanac and also the Indian Ephemeris. It was the first prime minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who stated the need for an unified calendar.

  • It was also made a prerogative to make this calendar relatable, precise and free of any kind of religious as well as regional conflict, easy to navigate. Hence, ultimately the committee came up with the Saka Calendar, which was made official on March 22, 1957 or Chaitra 1, 1879.

Indian Calendar 2021 : The Structure of The Calendar

The Shaka Calendar that we are basically talking about here is based on the luni-solar format of time and just like the Gregorian Calendar, it also consists of 365 days and 12 months. The first month to appear in the Indian Calendar happens to be Chaitra and the last one in the list of the months as per the Indian calendar 2021 happens to be Phalguna. The following names of the months in accordance with the Shaka Calendar are given below.

1. Chaitra

2. Vaishakha

3. Jyeshtha

4. Ashadha

5. Shravana

6. Bhadra

7. Ashwin

8. Kartika

9. Agrahayana

10. Pausha

11. Magha

12. Phalguna

Since we are discussing the structure of the Indian Calendar 2021, it would also be interesting to note down how many types of Calendars are followed in India. Let us take a look at them now.

Indian Calendar 2021 : Types of Calendars

The Indian Calendar is affiliated to three other systems of Calendars when it comes to deciding Hindu festivals 2021, Islamic holidays 2021 and festivals and many others. Let us take a look at the various systems of calendars.

The Lunar Calendars: The Lunar calendars as the name suggests are entirely based on the monthly Moon phases and the cycles of Moon. The Islamic Hejira Calendar is the primary example and of a pure lunar calendar. There are 12 months amongst which the 2 months are seen to be gaping the difference between two new moons. Each and every Lunar month lasts for about 29.5 days.

The Lunisolar Calendar: It considers the yearly movement of the Sun and the month wise phases of the Moon. The Jew and Babylonian calendars along with Indian Calendars used in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh happen to be the lunislolar calendars.

The Solar Calendars: On a yearly basis, this calendar is based on the position of the Sun. Some famous examples are Gregorian, French, Roman calendars and Indian Solar Calendars which are extensively used in the Indian states of Bengal, Assam, Haryana, Kerala, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Tripura. The national calendar of India falls under this category.

So, this was all you need to know about the Indian calendar 2021. Thank You so much for connecting with us!!

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