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Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Festival is an occasion or a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). This typically comes sometime between 20th of August and 15th of September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.
Teacher's Day
Teacher's day in India is celebrated on the birth anniversary of the second president of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. School students commemorate this day by conducting various academic activities and celebrations as an act of thanks and remembrance to their teachers. On this day, children offer cards and gifts to their teachers as a token of love and appreciation.
Onam is the annual harvest festival celebrated in the State of Kerala. It falls during the month of Chingam, the first month of the Malayalee calendar, and lasts for 10 days. People send special Onam gifts like jewellery, flowers, apparel, aesthetic indoor decoration, and cards to each other to celebrate the occasion.

Grandparent's Day Grandparent's day is a secular festival that is celebrated to honour and strengthen family values and the role that grandparents play in the family. People celebrate this festival by giving gifts and cards to their grandparents.

Durga Puja - 29th September - 9th October 2008
Durga Puja is celebrated with pomp and splendour all over India especially in West Bengal in worship of Goddess Durga. People purchase new clothes, jewellery, and other finery to participate in the Durga Puja celebrations.

Navratri - 30th September - 9th October 2008
Navratri, meaning nine nights, is the worship of nine forms of Shakti, or divine energy of the Goddess Durga. This festival lasts nine nights and is celebrated during the commencement of Sharad Ritu - i.e the winter months of September and October. People purchase new clothes like chaniya cholis, jewellery, and other finery to participate in the Navratri celebrations.

Id-ul-Fitr is a festival that commemorates the end of fasting during Islamic holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan. This festival lasts three days and beings the day after Ramzan ends. The commencement of this festival is verified by the sighting of the new moon. Muslims buy new clothes and exchange sweets as part of the gaieties.

Boss's Day - 16th October 2008
Boss's day is celebrated to thank bosses for their motivation and encouragement to their staff and employees. People celebrate this day by giving cards and gifts to their bosses.

Dhanteras - 26th October 2008
Dhanteras is an auspicious day is celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight (shukla paksh) of the month of Kartik. It is celebrated either in worship of Goddess Lakshmi - the Goddess of wealth or in the honour of Dhanavantari - the physician of the Gods. On this day, Hindus purchase auspicious items like gold, silver, jewellery, utensils, and other precious metals in keeping with the traditional convention. People also send gifts like sweets, silver coins, crockery and utensils, jewellery, and cooking accessories to each other as part of celebrating Dhanteras.
Diwali - 28th October 2008
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. It is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Ram and His wife Sita to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. On this day, people light lamps and burst crackers. It is symbolic of the victory of good over evil. People also send gifts like sweets, dry fruits, gift hampers, diwali decor, diwali puja thali and such to each other.

Bhai Dooj - 30th October 2008
Also called Bhaiya Dooj, this festival is celebrated two days after Diwali in the Hindu month of Kartik. Sisters apply auspicious 'tikka' on their brother's foreheads and brothers promise to protect them and keep them away from harm. Towards the end of this custom, they exchange gifts and sweets for each other.

Children's Day - 14th November 2008
Children's day in India is celebrated on 14 November 2008 - the birthday of India's first Prime Minister - Jawahar Lal Nehru. Celebrating this day means giving children the right to enjoy their childhood and grow to become healthy and educated children of the country.

Thanksgiving Gifts - 22nd November 2008
Thanksgiving Day is a traditional North American Holiday, which is a form of harvest festival. It is celebration as a way of thanks for whatever one has at the end of the harvest season.

Christmas - 25th December, 2008
Christmas is traditionally celebrated on 25th December of every year with aplomb and much gaiety as the birth of Jesus Christ. Although a Christian holiday, it is also observed as a cultural holiday the world over. On this day, Jesus was born in a manger. He has millions of followers all across the world. People celebrate Christmas by attending mass in churches and giving Holy Christmas gifts to each other.

New Year - 1st January, 2009
New Year day celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of another year. New Year is celebrated by many cultures and countries around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Lohri - 13th January, 2009
Lohri is an annual thanksgiving Indian festival at the end of the harvest season that is celebrated with much joy and gaiety especially in Northern India.

Makar Sakranti / Uttarayan - 14th January, 2009
Makar Sankranti celebrates the transition journey of the sun from the Saggitarius to Capricon (Makar Rashi). This festival is celebrated in various ways in many states across India. In Gujarat, people celebrate this occasion by flying kites. In other states, people exchange sweets made from jaggery, sesame seeds, and puffed rice. This festival is also known as Uttarayan - the transition of the sun towards the northern hemisphere.

Pongal - 15th January, 2009
Pongal is the annual harvest festival in southern India, especially in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu. It marks the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan - the transition of the sun towards the northern hemisphere. This festival lasts four days.

Valentine's Day - 14th February, 2009
Valentine's Day is a cultural holiday on which lovers express their love for one another by sending greeting cards and gifts to each other. It is essentially a western festival and is celebrated by western and western influenced cultures. Recenty, the trend of celebrating St.Valentine's day is picking up in India as well. Historically, it is the name of several martyred saints of ancient Rome.

Gudi Padva / Ugadi - 6th March, 2009
Gudi Padva is an auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus in the Maharashtra and Konkan region. This day marks the end of one harvest and the beginning of another. It also signifies the beginning of Chaitra - the month signifying the beginning of spring. This festival essentially venerates Lord Brahma - the first mentioned in the Hindu Trinity. On this day, a Gudhi - flag of Brahma is hoisted prominently in many Maharashtrian and Konkani households. On this day, people exchange gifts and sweets with each other.

Holi - 11th March, 2009
Holi is the festival of colours celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Phagun, which falls in late February or early March according to the Gregorian calendar. On Holi eve, people burn a bonfire of Holika. According to legend, Holika was King Hiranyakashyap's sister who was endowed with a boon that she would remain protected even if she would enter fire. King Hiranyakashyap hated his son who was an ardent devotee of Lord Narayan. Despite cajole and persuasion, Prahlad continued his devotion for the Lord. Therefore, King Hiranyakashyap convinced his sister Holika to enter the fire with Prahlad on her lap. However, Prahlad was saved, but Holika had to pay for this sinister deed with her life, because the boon only worked if Holika would have entered the fire alone. Thus, the festival of Holi gets its name from Holika. Holi also celebrates the legend of the antics of Lord Krishna spraying and applying colours to Radha and other devotees. The second day of Holi is celebrated as Dhuleti, when people spend the day splashing and spraying colour on each other signifying the arrival of spring. On this day, people exchange sweets, traditional and modern gifts like flowers, sweets, toys, apparels, and Holi gift hampers with each other.

Mother's Day in UK - 2nd March, 2009
Mother's day in the UK is the equivalent of Mother's day in other countries. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This festival is celebrated since at least the 16th century. It is a time when children honour their mothers by giving them gifts and cards.

Mother's Day in USA - 10th May, 2009
Mother's day is a secular festival that is celebrated to honour motherhood and the positive contribution of mothers to American society. On this day, children give cards and gifts to their mothers as a token of appreciation.

Mother's Day in India - 10th May, 2009
Mother's day is celebrated to honour motherhood and the positive contribution of mothers to Indian society. People take this day as a time to reflect the positive difference that mother's day makes to their lives and present gifts and cards to their mothers.

Mahavir Jayanti - 7th April, 2009
Mahavir Jayanti is the celebration of the birth of Lord Mahavir, who was born on the the 13th day of the rising moon in the Hindu month of Chaitra. It coincides with late march of early April according to the Gregorian calendar. On this day, Jain temples are decorated with flags and the idol of Lord Mahavir is taken for a procession after a morning ritual called 'abhiskek' in which the idol is bathed and offered milk, rice, fruits, and other auspicious items.

Easter - 12th April, 2009
Easter is commemorated as the day on which Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. On this day, people gift Easter eggs, cakes, pastries, Easter baskets, and other gifts to each other.

Baisakhi - 13th April, 2009
Baisakhi is celebrated as the beginning of the solar year and the harvest festival of Punjab. People visit Gurudwaras, attend processions and take part in social gatherings on this day.

Father's Day - 21st June 2009
This is a secular festival that commemorates fathers and forefathers. It is related to mother's day and it celebrates parenting by fathers and guardians. It is celebrated in many countries including India. On this day, children exchange gifts and cards with their fathers.
Parent's Day - 2009
Parent's day is celebrated as the fourth Sunday of July every year. This festival honours mothers and fathers for their devotion and sacrifices made to provide a secure and promising future for their children. On this day, children give gifts and cards to express their love and honour for their parents.

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