Dubai Festival : Calender 2019



1st- New Year

New Year is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on the modern calender.

15th- Makarsankranti / Pongal

Sankranti or Sankranthi marks the transition of the Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. Traditionally, this has been one of many harvest days in India.

Owing to the vast geography and diversity of culture in India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons and in innumerable ways depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and location.



10th- Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami, also spelled Basant Panchami, is celebrated equally by Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs in various ways depending on the region, Vasant is primarily a cultural festival that marks the arrival of spring. The people of the Punjab wear yellow clothes and eat yellow rice to emulate the yellow mustard (sarson) flower fields, or play by flying kites.



14th Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. Shivratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar.

20th- Holi

Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. It is also known as Phagwah and Festival of Colours. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships.



14th- Ramanavami/Baisakhi

Ramanavami is a spring Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of god Rama. He is particularly important to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism, as the seventh avatar of Vishnu. The festival is a part of the spring Navratri, and falls on the ninth day of the bright half in the Hindu calendar month of Chaitra.

19th- Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, and Black Friday.



5th- Ramadan (start)

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. They are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends.



5th- Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

Eid-ul-Fitr often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, (sawm) or Roza. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "breaking the fast". The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. This is a day where Muslims around the world try to show a common goal of unity. It is a day of recognizance of God.


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11th -Eid-al-Adha / Bakra Id

Eid-al-Adha' or "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims and Druze worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead.

12th- Eid-al-Adha / Bakra Id (Ends)

15th- Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan, (the bond of protection) or Rakhi, is a festival primarily observed in India, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. The central ceremony involves the tying of a rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her. The festival falls on the full moon day of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar.

24th- Krishan Janmashtami

Janmashtami, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna. He is considered as an avatar of the god Vishnu. Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Shraavana in the Hindu calendar.

30th- Hijra - Islamic New Year

The Hijri year is the era used in the Islamic lunar calendar, which begins its count from the Islamic New Year in 622 AD. During that year, Muhammad and his followers migrated from Mecca to Yathrib (now Medina). This event, known as the Hijra, is commemorated in Islam for its role in the founding of the first Muslim community.



2nd- Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the homecoming of Lord Ganesh as he leaves Mount Kailasha and enters the homes to bless us with happiness and prosperity. Lord Ganesh's homecoming is celebrated in the month of Bhadra. The festival ends on the tenth day of bringing him home, to signify his return to Mount Kailasha to his parents Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.

29th-7th- Navratri Begins

Navratra is a festival dedicated to the worship of a Hindu deity Shakti. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The 10th day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or Dussehra.


8th- Dusshera

Dussehra is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is a gazette holiday in India, which is marked on the 10th day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the month of Ashvin, according to the Hindu calendar. Dussehra is the culmination of the Navaratri festival.

17th- Karwa Chauth

Karva Chauth is celebrated mostly by the married women in North India. On this day, they observe a fast, praying for the long life, well being and prosperity of their husband. They break their fast in the evening, after moonrise. It is celebrated nine days before DiwalI, on the fourth day of the new moon immediately after Dusshera, in the month of 'Karthik' (October-November).

25th- Dhan Teras

The celebration of five-day Diwali festival, begins with Dhanteras, with people buying gold, silver, automobile, utensils, property and other precious goods.

The word Dhanteras is made of two words - Dhan which means wealth, and Teras which means 13th day. According to Hindu calendar, Dhanteras falls on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Ashwin.

27th- Diwali

DIWALI: One of the major Hindu festivals, it is celebrated to commemorate the victory of good over the evil, when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and rescued his wife Sita from his custody. It is predominantly a five-day festival, with a number of customs and rituals followed during each day. It is also know as the festival of light celebrated between mid-October and mid-December

28th- Bhai Dooj

After the high voltage celebrations of Diwali, sisters all over India get ready for 'Bhai Dooj' - when sisters ceremonize their love by putting an auspicious tilak on the forehead of their brothers and perform an aarti of him as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. Sisters are lavished with gifts, goodies, and blessings from their brothers.



9th- Milad un Nabi

The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. It is celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar. While the Shias celebrate it on the 17th of the month, the Sunnis celebrate on the 12th of the month, according to the Islamic calendar.

12th- Gurunanak Jayanti

One of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism, Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Prakash Utsav, marks the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. Apart from Sikhs, the Nanakpanthi Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak's philosophy also celebrate this festival.



2nd UAE National Day

National Day is celebrated on 2 December each year in the United Arab Emirates. National Day is a special occasion when Dubai comes together for an exciting celebration. From exploring the Emirate's unique heritage with cultural festivals, parades and delicious traditional cuisines to shopping the city's amazing National Day sales at some of the top shopping destinations.

25th Christmas

Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated on December 25 as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide.