Andaman and Nicobar Islands comprises of more than 500 islands. They are situated at the meeting point of the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. While the islands are famous for their history, the destination has now become a tourist hub for people across the globe. In this article, discover the list of Andaman and Nicobar public holidays in 2021 along with festivals and top things to do and see in Andaman.
Andaman and Nicobar Public Holidays Calendar List 2021:
A vacation to the group of islands is a great way to spend your holidays as it offers a relaxed atmosphere to unwind. You can immerse yourself with adventure activities such as scuba diving, swimming with elephants, sea walking, etc. The island observes public and government holidays during 2021, below is the list of Andaman and Nicobar public holidays calendar list in 2021.
Month Wise Public Holidays in Andaman and Nicobar 2021:
Celebrations and Festivals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
Below are some of the festivals and celebrations observed in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
Island Tourism Festival: To promote tourism in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the administration organises the Island Tourism festival to exhibit the art and culture of the islanders. Programmes include live music, cultural programmes by locals, kite flying competition, traditional sports, sammelans, etc.
Kali Pooja: The festival falls during the month of Aswin of the Hindu calendar or during the months of October-November according to the Gregorian calendar. The festival celebrates the victory over evil. Goddess Kali is worshipped with pooja and artis by Hindus especially the Bengalis.
Durga Pooja: Celebrated in the month of Ashweis of the Hindu calendar, Durga Pooja is observed for nine days paying homage to Goddess Durga.
Deepavali: The biggest festival for Hindus, Deepavali is celebrated by Hindus across the world. The festival symbolises the victory of light over darkness.
Ganesh Pooja: Also known as Vinayaga Chaturthi, celebrates the arrival of Lord Ganesh. Hindus across the globe install Ganesh idols at home or publicly and worship them.
Holi: The festival of colours is celebrated across the country as well as in other parts of the world by Hindus. The festival is celebrated to spread happiness.
Sri Mariamman Thiruvizha: One of the biggest festivals celebrated by Hindus of Goddess Arulmigu Sri Mariamman. The islanders celebrate the festival in honour of the Goddess who has been guarding the islands.
Shiva Ratri: Shiva Ratri marks the consummation of the marriage of Lord Shiva and is an important festival for followers of Lord Shiva.
Prakash Yatra: The festival is observed on Christmas eve by taking out a procession by Christians.
Christmas: The most important and biggest festival observed by followers of Christ marking the birth of Lord Jesus Christ.
Ramzan: The holy month observed by Muslims across the world during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims offer prayers, observe fast, symbolising the first revelation to Mohammed.
Eid Festivals: Several other Muslim festivals are observed by the islanders such as Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-al-Adha, etc.
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