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Festivals are essential threads woven in the fabric of Indian society. These are special occasions for social get-together with family, friends and neighbors to forge new bonds and strengthen the existing ones. And they come ever so often. There are probably more festivals and occasions for celebrations than there are days in a year.

Major events defined in religious scriptures; birthdays of gods, goddesses, saints and prophets; bride's homecoming; birth of a child etc. are some examples of reasons for celebration.

The culture and traditions of vibrant Indian festivals have been handed down for generations. All these celebrations have religious, seasonal and social elements to them. Though the same festival may be celebrated differently in various parts of the country- the enthusiasm, spirit and gaiety have still remained the same after hundreds of years (and in some cases thousands of years).

Indian Festivals Calendar 2015

January
Thursday, 01 January New Year
Saturday, 03 January Milad un-Nabi
Monday, 05 January Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
Wednesday, 13 January Lohri, Bhogi
Wednesday, 14 January Pongal
Thursday, 15 January Makar Sankranti, Bihu
Saturday, 24 January Vasant Panchami, Saraswati Puja
Monday, 26 January Republic Day
February
Tuesday, 3 February Guru Ravidas Jayanti
Saturday, 14 February Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
Tuesday, 17 February Maha Shivaratri
Friday, 20 February Ramakrishna Jayanti
March
Thursday, 5 March Holi, Holika Dahan
Frirday, 6 March Rangwali Holi
Sunday, 8 March Shivaji Jayanti
Saturday, 21 March Gudi Padwa, Ugadi, Vernal Equinox, Parsi New Year, Vikrami Samvat
Sunday, 22 March Jhulelal Jayanti
Saturday, 28 March Rama Navami
April
Thursday, 2 April Mahavir Swami Jayanti
Friday, 3 April Good Friday
Saturday, 4 April Hanuman Jayanti
Sunday, 5 April Easter
Tuesday, 14 April Solar New Year, Baisakhi, Ambedkar Jayanti
Wednesday, 15 April Vallabhacharya Jayanti
Tuesday, 21 April Akshay Tritiya
Thursday, 23 April Shankaracharya Jayanti, Surdas Jayanti
May
Saturday, 2 May Hazarat Ali's Birthday, Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev
Monday, 4 May Buddha Purnima
Thursday, 7 May Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
Wednesday, 20 May Maharana Pratap Jayanti
June
Tuesday, 2 June Kabirdas Jayanti
Sunday, 21 June Longest Day of Year
July
Friday, 17 July Jamat Ul-Vida
Saturday, 18 July Jagannath Rathyatra, Eid al-Fitr, Ramadan
Friday, July 31 Guru Purnima
August
Saturday, 15 August Independence Day
Wednesday, 19 August Naag Panchami
Saturday, 22 August Tulsidas Jayanti
Friday, 28 August Onam
Saturday, 29 August Raksha Bandhan
September
Saturday, 5 September Krishna Janmashtami
Thursday, 17 September Ganesh Chaturthi
Wednesday, 23 September Autumnal Equinox
Thursday, 24 September Eid al-Adha, Bakrid
October
Friday, 2 October Gandhi Jayanti
Tuesday, 13 October Maharaja Agresen Jayanti
Thursday, 15 October Al-Hijra, Islamic New Year
Wednesday, 21 October Durga Ashtami, Maha Navami
Thursday, 22 October Dussehra
Friday, 23 October Madhvacharya Jayanti
Saturday, 24 October Day of Ashura, Muharram
Tuesday, 27 October Valmiki Jayanti, Meerabai Jayanti
Friday, 30 October Karwa Chauth
November
Monday, 9 November Dhan Teras
Tuesday, 10 November Narak Chaturdashi
Wednesday, 11 November Diwali, Lakshmi Puja
Thursday, 12 November Gowardhan Puja
Friday, 13 November Bhaiya Dooj
Saturday, 14 November Nehru Jayanti
Tuesday, 17 November Chhath Puja
Tuesday, 24 November Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur
Wednesday, 25 November Guru Nanak Jayanti
Tuesday, 27 November Valmiki Jayanti, Meerabai Jayanti
Friday, 30 November Karwa Chauth
December
Tuesday, 22 December Shortest Day of Year
Thursday, 24 December Milad an-Nabi, Id-e-Milad
Friday, 25 December Merry Christmas