Important Days


Important days of the year

World over various occasions and events are celebrated or observed. These events and occasions can be Festivals, Fairs, Important Days, Carnivals, Fetes, Ceremonies, National Holidays, Observations etc. These all have different names but in general they are all same names of different social gatherings. These can be annual, weekly, monthly or otherwise depending upon the country where it is being observed. A Festival is a special occasion of feasting or celebration, that is usually religious. There can be many different types of festival, like Halloween and Christmas. The word 'Fest' derives from the Middle English, from Middle French word 'Festivus', from the Latin word 'Festivus'. Festival was first recorded as a noun in 1589. Before it had been used as an adjective from the fourteenth century, meaning to celebrate a church holiday. There are numerous types of festivals in the world. Though many have religious origins, others involve seasonal change or have some cultural significance. Certain institutions celebrate their own festival (often called "fests") to mark some significant occasions in their history. These occasions could be the day these institutions were founded or any other event which they decide to commemorate periodically.

Important Days and Festivals - Important Days are either celebrated or observed for a noble cause, as a remembrance or as tribute to some important event / personality. But in modern times various Days have cropped up which are not really important or have a significant importance. Such days have been popularised by various commercial establishments all over the world. Today there is no Day of the year which has been named or is not observed or associated with one thing or the other. And the numbers are still rising and that day is not far when a Single Day will have Multiple observations. Important Days are generally associated with Organisations of repute and serve a bigger purpose of benefiting people world over by supporting and promoting causes which are for the welfare of the society as a whole. United Nations is one such Organisation which has established and sponsored such noble causes. On the other hand Festivals are tradition based and have far more acceptability than Important Days. Therefore the are observed with much more enthusiasm and participation. They also have their roots in Ancient Customs and traditions because of which they are more popular. Though these too have not escaped commercialisation. But as a whole they are more grounded than animated. Happy New Year and Christmas are two most popular social events in the world.

Types of Festivals

  • Arts Festival
  • Beer Festival
  • Comedy Festival
  • Country Specific Festival
  • Film Festivals
  • Fire Festival
  • Folk Festival
  • Food Festival
  • Literary Festival
  • Mela Festival
  • Music Festival
  • Religious Festival
  • Renaissance Festival
  • Rock Festival
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Science Festival
  • Storytelling Festivals
  • Theatre Festivals
  • Wine Festivals
  • Electronic Festival
  • Celebration Festival


Some Important Days

  • Anti Drug Day
  • Child Rights Day
  • Girl Child Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • International Labour Day
  • May Day
  • National Labour Day
  • Ozone Day
  • Prevention of Blindness Week
  • Road Safety Week
  • Teacher's Day
  • World AIDS Day


Festivals in India - Festivals have been celebrated since the Vedic age. In those times the Aryans ruled over the Sapta Sindhu region and the oldest Indian texts, the Vedas, were composed. They were born out of the ritualistic worship that was performed to appease the Gods, the masters of nature. However, they evolved into special occasions, days which broke the monotony of the daily struggle of life, days of enjoyment and entertainment. Women looked forward to these days, as they were relieved of their duties from the house. Apart from religious ceremonies, festivals were also days for chariot races, religious dramas, dances, musical performances and gambling. Arenas were set up where young men participated in wrestling competitions. The atmosphere was one of freedom, joy and celebration. In India Diwali is the most Popular and Common Festivals which is celebrated by all communities in India. Diwali is also observed in various countries like U.S.A, Canada, many European and Asian Countries as well. In these countries, Diwali is even observed as a Public Holiday. Other Popular Festivals are - Holi, Gurpurab, Id, , 

Some Important Ancient Festivals

  • Grishmaparva - It was held on a full-moon day during the month of Phagun (February / March)
  • Ashtanika - An important Jain festival that lasted eight days. Jain deities were worshipped after a holy bath.
  • Sun Festivals - In these Sun god Surya was worshipped, especially by the Hindus of Multan.
  • The Bow Festival - It was celebrated by kings and noblemen for the worship of Shiva. Bows and arrows were decorated and worshipped. An especially famous occasion on which this festival was celebrated was during the Dhanur Yajna, where Ram won over Sita, as recorded in the Ramayana.
  • Dohada Purana - It took place in the spring, when women mated with trees, which once "married", were said to have blossomed. An unusual, romantic ritual. With time, the old religions diversified to form new sects and forms of belief. A number of these rituals and ceremonies faded away, to be replaced by varied methods of worship.


Importance of Festivals and Alike

  • Festivals provide entertainment to the Audience as well as the participants
  • Such occasions keep the ancient Traditions and Customs alive which would cease to exist if they were not observed
  • Festivals which focus on Cultural or Ethnic topics seek to inform members of their traditions
  • They also act as a source of knowledge transfer from one (old ) to another (new) generation
  • They also acts as means for uniting a community, culture, families etc.
  • These celebrations also offer a sense of belonging for religious social, or geographical groups.
  • Festivals also offer economic opportunity for those involved in merchandising these occasions.
  • Festivals are also associated with Tourism and as such act as a source of income for the people, capital for the government and dissemination of information amongst foreigners about different cultures and people.
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  • Canada Day
  • International Joke Day
  • National Doctor's Day - India
  • Van Mahotsav
  • Garden Festival - Croatia
  • International Mango Festival - Delhi
  • World Sports Journalists Day
  • Kalachakra Puja
  • Metaltown Festival - Sweden
  • American Independence Day
  • Calgary Stampede
  • Godiva Carnival Procession
  • Sonisphere Festival
  • Acton Carnival
  • Bikini Day
  • Dree Festival
  • International Day of Cooperatives
  • Kharchi Puja
  • National Cherry Festival - Michigan
  • Norwich Lord Mayor Carnival
  • St. Pauls Carnival
  • Cowley Road Carnival
  • Festival of San Fermin
  • International Kissing Day
  • World Zoonoses Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Hemis Festival
  • Tuluni
  • Behdienkhlam
  • Just for Laughs Comedy Festival - Montreal
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Electric Elephant Festival
  • Asalha Puja
  • Brentwood Cornfest
  • Naadam Festival
  • World Population Day
  • Fairchild's International Mango Festival
  • Guru Purnima
  • Liverpool International Carnival
  • Newham Carnival
  • Pori Jazz Festival
  • Bhanu Jayanti
  • Naknyu Lem
  • Pori Festival - Himachal Pradesh
  • Reggae Sumfest
  • Brighton Carnival
  • Khuthonye
  • Pay Roll Savings Day - India
  • Harela Mela
  • Aadi Pirappu
  • International Justice Day
  • Rock Fest - U.S.A
  • International Nelson Mandela Day
  • Burmese Martyrs' Day
  • Caribbean Carnival of Manchester
  • Cleethorpes Carnival Parade
  • Derby Caribbean Carnival
  • Minjar Mela
  • National Ice Cream Day - U.S.A.
  • Karsha Gustor Festival
  • Love Parade
  • Gilroy Garlic Festival
  • Jazz in Marciac Festival
  • Coventry Caribbean Festival
  • Gloucester Carnival
  • Hastings Old Town Carnival
  • Kargil Vijay Diwas
  • Sandown Main Carnival
  • Iglesia ni Cristo Day
  • World Hepatitis Day
  • Eid-ul-Fitr
  • World Tiger Day
  • Aadi Pooram
  • Teej
  • Dukpa Tse Shi (Drupka Teshi)
Important days in August
  • Bhaderwah Mela
  • Esala Perahera
  • Midwest Reggae Festival
  • Nag Panchami (Gugga Naumi)
  • Tsüngrem Mong
  • World Breastfeeding Week
  • Leicester Caribbean Carnival
  • MuslimFest - Toronto
  • Ryde Carnival
  • Aadi Perukku
  • Birmingham International Carnival
  • Carnaval del Pueblo
  • Diocese of Cleveland Family Festival (The Fest)
  • Folklorama Festival
  • International Forgiveness Day
  • International Friendship Day
  • Khudurukuni Osha
  • Metemneo Festival (Metumniu)
  • Guru Rimpoche's Trungkar Tshechu
  • Hiroshima Day
  • Edinburgh International Festival
  • Gäubodenvolksfest
  • Tendong Lho Rum Faat
  • World Cat Day
  • Cardiff MAS Carnival
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • International day of Solidarity with the struggle of Women in South Africa and Namibia
  • International Day of the World's Indigenous People
  • Kranti Diwas (Quit India Movement Day)
  • Nagasaki Peace Day
  • Balaram Jayanti (Gamha Purnima)
  • Balham and Tooting Carnival
  • Chinese Ghost Festival
  • Raksha Bandhan
  • Sanskrit Day (Samskrita Dinam)
  • Trung Nguyen Festival
  • Victory over Japan Day
  • Great British Beer Festival
  • International Youth Day
  • Kajli Teej Festival
  • International Lefthanders Day
  • Pakistan's Independence Day
  • Gwangbokjeol (Liberation Day of Korea)
  • Indian Independence Day
  • Australian Museum Science Festival
  • Nottingham Caribbean Carnival
  • V Festival
  • Janmashtami
  • Parsi New Year
  • Rongchu Gala
  • World Photography Day
  • Kandali Festival
  • Navakhana
  • Sadhbhavana Divas
  • Weymouth Carnival
  • World Mosquito Day
  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • Ninoy Aquino Day
  • Phang Lhabsol
  • Seoul International Youth Film Festival
  • Pori Folk Festival
  • Devizes Carnival
  • National GoTopless Protest day
  • Araw ng mga Bayani
  • Burning Man Festival
  • Leeds West Indian Carnival Day
  • Women's Equality Day
  • La Tomatina
  • Venice Film Festival
  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • National Sports Day of India
  • North Carolina Apple Festival
  • Tarnetar Mela
  • Telugu Language Day
  • Installation anniversary of Guru Granth Sahibji
  • Nuakhai
  • Paryushana
Important days in September
  • Amongmong Festival
  • Manarcad Perunnal
  • National Labour Day USA
  • National Nutrition Week - India
  • Solung Festival
  • World Coconut Day
  • Tsukimi Festival (Otsukimi or Moon Viewing Festival)
  • World Chocolate Day
  • Festival Western de Saint-Tite
  • British Science Festival
  • Onam
  • Anant Chaturthi (Anant Chaturdashi)
  • Chappar Mela
  • International Literacy Day
  • Kshamavani Parva
  • Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival )
  • Bhadrapada Ambaji Fair
  • Mim Kut
  • Pitr Paksha
  • Sairi Festival
  • Aranmula Vallamkali
  • Dusseldorf Festival
  • Phulaich Fair
  • Bera Utsav
  • Cape Festival
  • Kendal Torchlight Carnival
  • World First Aid Day
  • Hackney Carnival
  • Engineers' Day (India)
  • Heikru Hitongba (Heikru Hidongba)
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Sanchayika Day
  • Jackson County Apple Festival
  • Jimutbahan Brat
  • Ozone Day
  • Sair Fair
  • Vallarpadam Perunnal (Feast of Vallarpadathamma)
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • Vishwakarma Puja
  • International Talk Like a Pirate Day
  • Monterey Jazz Festival
  • Ram Barat
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival
  • Winnipeg International Writers Festival
  • Abergavenny Food Festival
  • International Red Panda Day
  • Ladakh Festival
  • Oktoberfest
  • International Day of Peace
  • World Alzheimer's Day
  • Baba Sodal Mela
  • Durham Children's Groundwater Festival
  • World Car Free Day
  • Neelamperoor Pooram Padayani
  • Festes de La Mercè
  • Manektari Punam Fair
  • Raindance Film Festival
  • Ramlila
  • MOJA Arts Festival
  • Navaratri
  • Sri Vithappa Fair
  • CSIR Foundation Day
  • European Day of Languages
  • Rayalaseema Festival
  • Tirumala Brahmotsavam
  • World Maritime Day
  • Malvern Autumn Show
  • World Tourism Day
  • Gunners Day - India
  • Shirdi Sai Baba Birthday
  • World Deaf Day
  • World Rabies Day
  • Durga Puja
  • World Heart Day
  • Basdoda Fair
  • International Translation Day
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