ndia being a land of diversity witnesses a lot of festivals that are combined of the multi-religious and multi-cultural festivities that occurs with some of the grand celebrations. India marks the day of festivals of the variety of religions with holidays. If you go through the calendar holidays then you will find only three nationally celebrated secular public holidays that includes Gandhi Jayanti, Republic day and Independence Day. Rest of the holiday one get is from the religious holidays.

Each of the regions and states own their own local festivals that entirely depend on some of the prevalent linguistic as well as religious demographics of the mass population within that particular region. Almost across the whole of the nation the recognized festivals that gets celebrated include some of the Hindu festivals such as Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dusshera, Diwali and the other Islamic festivals such as Eid al-Adha, Eid-ul-Fitr and Mawlid an-Nab. The Sikh celebrations include Guru Nanak Jayanti where as in the Christian festivals you will be gifted with Good Friday and Christmas. There are also Jain festivals Paryushan and Mahavir Jayanti that are celebrated in the various areas where all the mentioned religions consists o some of the significant followings.

Following are the 2011 holiday dates where you will surely find scope to send gifts to India and enjoy some of the great festive moods:

New Year’s Day

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Pongal

Harvest Festival of South India

Friday, 14 January 2011

India Republic Day

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Milad-Un-Nabi

Mawlid an-Nabi – Birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Mahashivratri / Maha Sivaratri

Great Night of Shiva – offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, a Hindu festival

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Holi

Hindu festival of colours

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Sunday, 20 March 2011

List of Dates of Indian Festivals and Occasions in 2011

Good Friday

Death of Jesus – Christian holiday

Friday, 22 April 2011

Easter Monday

Resurrection of Jesus – Christian holiday

Read more in Easter Sunday 24 April 2011

Monday, 25 April 2011

Mahavir Jayanthi

Birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara – the most important religious holiday in Jainism

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Buddha Purnima

Vesak Day – Celebrates birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha

India Budha Purnima 2011

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Raksha Bandhan

Hindu Festival celebrated mainly in northern India

Saturday, 13 August 2011

List of Dates of Indian Festivals and Occasions in 2011

Independence Day

Celebrates India Independence

Monday, 15 August 2011

Krishna Janmashtami / Srikrishna Jayanti

Birth of Krishna – a Hindu festival celebrating birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of god Vishnu

Monday, 22 August 2011

Id ul Fitr

Eid ul-Fitr – End of Ramadan, according to Islamic Calendar

Eid 2011

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindu Festival to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh (Ganesha). Anant Chaturdashi will be celebrated on the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi, Monday, 12 September 2011.

Thursday, 1 September 2011 – Monday, 12 September 2011

Dussehra

Vijaya Dashami – Hindu festival

Sunday, 6 October 2011

Gandhi Jayanti

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Deepavali / Diwali

Festival of Lights – a very important Hindu festival

Diwali 2011

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Idu’l Zuha/Bakrid

Eid al-Adha – Feast of the Sacrifice, according to Islamic Calendar

Qurban 2011

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak’s Birthday – Sikh Festival

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Muharram

Islamic New Year

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Christmas Day

Birth of Jesus – one of Christian most important holidays.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

List of Dates of Indian Festivals and Occasions in 2011

Boxing Day

The day after Christmas – Christian Holiday

Monday, 26 December 2011

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