Holidays & Observances in India
India is a large country in South Asia. It is the second most populated country in the world and has one of the fastest growing economies. Currently, there is a very uneven distribution of wealth in India, though more and more people are being lifted out of poverty each year. This means that the customs practiced by the people will vary depending on wealth. India is very culturally diverse, each region slightly different from the others. There are about 20 languages that have been given official status, with Hindi being the most common. Many people speak English as well, as it is often needed for business. India is also very religiously diverse. Most people practice Hindu or Islam, but people from every major religion reside in India and celebrate proudly. Religious festivals of all kinds are celebrated at all times of the year. Recently India has been greatly affected by western culture, picking up traditional holiday celebrations such as New Year’s Day from countries in the west.
Upcoming Popular Holidays
|Observance||Country Holiday||Observance Type||Holiday Date|
|Independence Day||Independence Day India||National, Federal, Bank, Public|
|National Day||Independence Day India||National, Federal, Bank, Public|
|Diwali||Diwali||National, Federal, Bank, Public|
|Republic Day||Republic Day India||National, Federal, Bank, Public|