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Government holidays Andaman & Nicobar Island, India 2017


Holidays

The list of government holidays in Andaman & Nicobar Island state for the year 2017 is mentioned below. Some of the holidays are declared by central government holidays and some of the holidays are declared by state government. Every year, republic day, Independence day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday (gandhi jayanti) are nationally observed as holiday. The general public holiday in India is based on religion and regional basis. The dates mentioned below are the central government declared holidays, during the days all government offices will be closed nationwide. The muslim festivals holidays including Milad-un-Nabi, Ramzan, Muharram and Bakrid date will be changed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon. The Christians festival holidays including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are also declared as holiday.

Day Date Holiday Comments
Thursday January 12 Vivekanada ‘s birthday Vivekananda, Swami (1863-1902) the patriot-saint of modern India. The spiritual transformation of Narendranath at the hands of Sri Ramakrishna began in 1882 and was completed with his realisation of the oneness of all existence in 1886.
Friday January 13 optional holiday

Boghi: The day preceding Makara Sankranti. This is when people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At dawn people light a bonfire with logs of wood, other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful. The disposal of derelict things is where all old habits, the vices, attachment to relations and materials things are sacrificed in the sacrificial fire of the knowledge of Rudra, known as the Rudra Gita Gyan Yagya. It represents realization, transformation and purification of the soul by imbibing and inculcating divine virtues.

Saturday January 14 Makar Sankranti/Pongal/Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja

The symbol is the movement from on place to another which leads to meeting someone or something. The sun leaves its present constellation to get into Sakranti . only in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat

Thursday January 26 Republic Day
Monday December 12 Prophet’s Anniversary – Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)

Muslim, Sufi: Birthday of the Prophet, Mohammed. For nine days there are Parties with fairs, feasting, and parades. Stories are told about how the mountains danced when Mohammed was born, and sang, There is no god but Allah. The trees answered, And Mohammed is his Prophet.

Sunday December 25 Christmas Day

Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

 

 

Vivekanada ‘s birthday – Thursday January 12, 2017

Culture: Vivekananda, Swami (1863-1902) the patriot-saint of modern India. The spiritual transformation of Narendranath at the hands of Sri Ramakrishna began in 1882 and was completed with his realisation of the oneness of all existence in 1886.

Optional holiday – Friday January 13, 2017

Hinduism: Boghi: The day preceding Makara Sankranti. This is when people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At dawn people light a bonfire with logs of wood, other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful. The disposal of derelict things is where all old habits, the vices, attachment to relations and materials things are sacrificed in the sacrificial fire of the knowledge of Rudra, known as the Rudra Gita Gyan Yagya. It represents realization, transformation and purification of the soul by imbibing and inculcating divine virtues.

Makar Sankranti/Pongal/Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja – Saturday January 14, 2017

Hinduism: The symbol is the movement from on place to another which leads to meeting someone or something. The sun leaves its present constellation to get into Sakranti. only in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat

Prophet’s Anniversary – Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day) – Monday December 12, 2017

Muslim, Sufi: Birthday of the Prophet, Mohammed. For nine days there are Parties with fairs, feasting, and parades. Stories are told about how the mountains danced when Mohammed was born, and sang, There is no god but Allah. The trees answered, And Mohammed is his Prophet.

Christmas Day – Sunday December 25, 2017

Catholic or protestant: Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

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