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Indian Holidays Celebrated in February 2021

Feb 08, 2021

Since has expanded the amount of regions we cover, we’ve found a massive increase in the amount of students and institutions joining us from around the world – namely in India and China. So, we decided to take a look at some of the holidays our newest students might be celebrating!

12th February 2021: Sonam Losar

Sonam Losar is considered one of the most extravagant festivals within Sikkim. This marks the start of the Tibetan New Year, with the first day of the new moon in this month being classed as Lord Buddha’s birthday. He’s looking good for someone over 2,000 years old, isn’t he?! Sonam Losar celebrations can typically last a whopping five to fifteen days depending on the location of the celebration – and we thought the Queen of England was a bit much with two birthdays all to herself!

15th February 2021: Lui-Ngai-Ni

Lui-Ngai-Ni has been classed as a holiday for the people of Manipur since 1988. It marks the start of both the seed sowing season and the new year, making it an unmissable festival for the people of the Naga tribes. Activities of celebration typically include: the lighting of a fire, traditional dancing and singing as well as many cultural performances.

16th February 2021: Vasant Panchami

This holiday is celebrated all over India, including: Haryana, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura and West Bengal. Heralding the beginning of preparations for spring season, Vasant Panchami is dedicated to the goddess Saraswati, who is the patron of knowledge, language, music and all arts. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate what is sure to be a colourful and vibrant festival?!

19th February 2021: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

This holiday celebrates the founder of the Maratha Empire, which existed from 1674 – 1818. Chatrapati Shivaji was revered in his time as being “a progressive and sensible leader… [and being] known for his civil administration, [as well as] his bravery and military tactics.” This holiday is celebrated primarily in Maharashtra, India, typically with cultural programmes and dozens of processions in his honour.

26th February 2021: Hazrat Ali Jayanti

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, a public holiday takes place to celebrate the birth of Hazrat Ali. Not only is Hazrat Ali said to be the cousin and son in law of Muhammad, but he is also believed to have been the first male convert to Islam, besides Muhammad. A pretty impressive title isn’t it?

In a pre-covid world, celebrations would be had with families joining together in mosques for prayer, before preparing food together in the family home.

27th February 2021: Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Ravidas Jayanti was well-known for his advocation of human rights within India, as well as his penmanship for poetry. Without restrictions and quarantine, celebrations of Guru Ravidas Jayanti usually consist of a communal dip in the river by his devotees, as well as a gathering for celebratory food and more throughout a lot of India, including: Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.

Stay Safe

We know Covid has been hard for everyone, especially the student population of the world. We understand the temptation to dismiss social distancing guidelines, but we encourage all participating individuals to do so safely. Please wear a mask, carry hand sanitizer and stay six feet apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. Happy celebrating!

If you’re celebrating any of these holidays, be sure to let us know on Facebook, and to send us pictures! The Findadmission staff would love to see these amazing celebrations up-close!

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