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Indians and "Festivals"

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by onthegoaudio1, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. onthegoaudio1

    onthegoaudio1 Regular Member

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    I am trying to learn here, in no way am I trying to come off in the wrong way. I just did some searching in Google but since I have no prior knowledge its somewhat hard.

    Alot of people that work for me are from India. Great workers and I have no issues with them. It seems as if EVERY other week there is a "festival" of some sort or big event going on.

    Is there a list of these? How many Festivals is there?!? I mean im in the US and we barely take Holidays seriously anymore.. I want to know more about what these "Festivals" and "Vacations" or "Events" whatever they are called.

    What are they? Whats the reason behind them? Purpose? Etc.. Links will be good.
     
  2. Ramsweb

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    Yesterday, it was republic day here. It is a national holiday. We do have a lot of festivals. But, not all of them are days where offices shut down completely. You can look at the other holidays at the site mentioned below.

    http://portalseven.com/calendar/Holidays_India.jsp
     
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    January 2012
     
    01 	Sunday 	New Year
    05 	Thursday 	Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
    13 	Friday 	Lohri
    14 	Saturday 	Makar Sankranti
    14 	Saturday 	Pongal
    23 	Monday 	Mauni Amavasya
    23 	Monday 	Chinese New Year
    26 	Thursday 	Republic Day
    28 	Saturday 	Vasant Panchami
     
    February 2012
     
    04 	Saturday 	Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet), Sunni
    09 	Thursday 	Milad un Nabi, Shia
    14 	Tuesday 	Valentines Day
    20 	Monday 	Mahashivratri
     
    March 2012
     
    08 	Thursday 	Holi
    09 	Friday 	Hola Mohalla
    18 	Sunday 	Mothering Sunday (UK)
    21 	Wednesday 	Navroz
    23 	Friday 	Gudi Padva
    26 	Monday 	Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra in Fasli Calendar)
     
    April 2012
     
    01 	Sunday 	Ram Navmi
    01 	Sunday 	Palm Sunday (Western)
    05 	Thursday 	Mahavir Jayanti
    06 	Friday 	Hanuman Jayanti
    06 	Friday 	Passover (Till 13th April)
    06 	Friday 	Good Friday
    08 	Sunday 	Palm Sunday (Orthodox)
    08 	Sunday 	Easter (Western)
    12 	Thursday 	Bikrami Samvat (Hindu New Year)
    13 	Friday 	Baisakhi
    15 	Sunday 	Easter (Orthodox)
    24 	Tuesday 	Akshay Tritiya
     
    May 2012
     
    06 	Sunday 	Buddha Jayanti / Buddha Purnima
    13 	Sunday 	Mother's Day
     
    June 2012
     
    16 	Saturday 	Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi Calendar)
    17 	Sunday 	Father's Day
    21 	Thursday 	Rath Yatra
     
    July 2012
     
    03 	Tuesday 	Guru Poornima
    19 	Thursday 	Jamshedi Noruz (Zoroastrian New Year in Qadimi Calendar)
    20 	Friday 	Ramadan Begins
    22 	Sunday 	Parents Day
    24 	Tuesday 	Naag Panchami
     
    August 2012
     
    02 	Thursday 	Rakhi /Raksha Bandhan
    05 	Sunday 	Friendship Day
    10 	Friday 	Sri Krishna Janmashtami
    15 	Wednesday 	Independence Day
    19 	Sunday 	Id-Ul-Fitr, Ramadan Ends
    29 	Wednesday 	Onam
     
    September 2012
     
    05 	Wednesday 	Teachers Day
    09 	Sunday 	Grandparents Day
    19 	Wednesday 	Ganesh Chaturathi
     
    October 2012
     
    02 	Tuesday 	Gandhi Jayanti
    16 	Tuesday 	Navaratra Begins
    16 	Tuesday 	Boss Day
    20 	Saturday 	Durga Puja Begins
    24 	Wednesday 	Dussehra
    26 	Friday 	Eid-Ul-Adha
    31 	Wednesday 	Halloween
     
    November 2012
     
    02 	Friday 	Karva Chauth
    11 	Sunday 	Dhan Teras
    13 	Tuesday 	Diwali
    13 	Tuesday 	Kali Puja
    14 	Wednesday 	Govardhan Puja
    14 	Wednesday 	Children's Day
    15 	Thursday 	Bhai Duj
    15 	Thursday 	Al-Hijira, Muharram Begins
    17 	Saturday 	Chhath Puja Begins (Nahai Khai)
    20 	Tuesday 	Chhath Puja Ends (Suryodaya Argh)
    22 	Thursday 	Thanksgiving Day
    28 	Wednesday 	Guru Nanak Jayanti
     
    December 2012
     
    08 	Saturday 	Hanukkah (After sunset till 16th December)
    25 	Tuesday 	Christmas
    :eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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  4. x.Ampit.x

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    Tommorrow that's 28/1/12

    we have BASANT PANCHMI hahaha

    We all will fly kites.....

    That's my favorite festival/event lol....

    But it's only celebrated in PUNJAB,INDIA.
     
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  5. onthegoaudio1

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    How many people are gonna be flying kites? Pictures???

    That's a new one to me.. haha
     
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    oh well there are lots of festivals in india .but not all of them are celebrated by everyone.just check the list of indian bank holidays for the major ones.


    http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/india/

    Some holidays are national holidays meant to celebrate national events.rest of the holidays are celebrated according to the religion they follow.
     
  7. dheer

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    Every day is a festive day in India but that doesn't mean everybody stop working. It seems like you might be pissed off for the festival excuses from your employees.
     
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    i do agree that every second day there is a festival in some state of india. BUT most of them are limited to state not to whole india .
    i think your workers are tellin u lie . there are maximum 30 holiday in year which celebrate by whole india at a time
     
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    Oh.. it's a pain man! But, the next 6-7 months would be free of too many holidays, so you'd be lucky that way.

    Also, BPO's in India work with only the foreign holiday structure, as that is when business goes down. That's the reason i stay up late for customer support. You might need to tell your guys to give you a fixed set of holidays and those only would be permitted.
     
  10. onthegoaudio1

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    No that is not it at all. Most of my workers STILL work on these days. Im just interested in other Cultures. Its cool to learn how much things are different from country to country. I talked to you about that before on AIM... :cool:
     
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    From a strict cultural perspective, Indian holidays can be really interesting! The most important day from a person from Kerala is Onam, their new year, which is not celebrated anywhere else in the country. The most important holiday for someone from Andhra Prades/Tamilnadu would be Pongal, which is not celebrated in most parts of North India.

    India has dozens of cultures, and even global religions like Christianity have local festivals, which aren't prominent anywhere else.
     
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    India has religious, regional and national festivals. Here is a link for the list of festivals in India, segregated state wise....

    http://www.festivalsofindia.in/States/index.aspx
     
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    http://www.tourism-review.com/top-countries-with-most-public-holidays-news1665

    In India are even online banks closed during a public holiday? In the U.S. they are :(
     
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    That's a pretty comprehensive list. But you shouldn't allow them holidays on ALL the festivals. I'm an Indian, and I worked yesterday as well(for myself, though)
    The ones I'd allow my workers(if I get any) are marked below. Maybe you should discuss them with your workers beforehand.


    Perhaps I missed some important ones. But they're the bare minimum.
     
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    Every Indian are crazy about their festivals , Generally we said 13 festivals in 12 month

    thanks
     
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    bunch of skivers
     
  17. jazzc

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    OP said:

    You said:

    Translation:

    • 360 days per year / 30 = 12 days
    • Every other week = every 14 calendar days

    Your second sentence disproves the first one :D

    (disclaimer: I have no idea about holidays in India)
     
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    I for one with it's wonderful to celebrate events! :) And I think we should all agree on that.
     
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    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Having fun is always a wonderful thing. :) Isn't that why we are in IM? ;)
     
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    Yes! :) I work all day doing my various IM related projects, and I relax by looking for high PR AA blogs while watching the snooker (when it's on)

    Would love to head over to India and see one of these festivals for real though!