List of Indian Festivals & Public Holidays in Month of May 2021

List of Indian Festivals and Public Holidays in May 2021

List of Indian Festivals & Public Holidays in Month of May 2021: May stands as the fifth month of the calendar and is the third of the seven months to have 31 days of length. Like the month of April, May has the season of autumn in Southern Hemisphere whereas, the Northern Hemisphere experiences spring. May has been derived from the name “Maia” who is a Greek Goddess identified as the Roman era goddess of fertility and whose festival was also held in the month of May.

There are several festivals and holidays which occur in this particular month of May 2021. So Let’s take a look at List of Indian Public holidays in may 2021. Do not forget to explore around to check out Happy wishes, Images & Quotes for these special days. Our collection of Wishes for Indian festivals has images with quotes which can be share with friends & family over WhatsApp, Facebook & Instagram. Our Happy wishes are with you & your family for festivals in May 2021.

International Workers’ Day 2021

International Workers Day 2021 Images wishes
International Workers Day 2021 Images wishes

May 1st, 2021, Saturday

Holiday/Festival Type- National/Public

The International Workers’ Day is referred to as May Day and is also called Labour Day in most of the countries. This a day celebrated for the labourers and the people of the working classes who are promoted by the labour movement internationally and occurs on 1st May every year. The May Day is celebrated by organizing parade by the trade unions and labour associations. This holiday is a fixed holiday date in the calendar. This date was chosen in 1889 by the Marxist International Socialist Congress which was held in Paris.

This day was adopted in support of working class who demanded an eight-hour duty per day. Subsequently, May Day became an annual event. The United States and Canada celebrate Labour Day on first Monday of the month of September.

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World Laughter Day 2021

World Laughter Day 2021 Images Quotes
World Laughter Day 2021 Images Quotes

May 2nd, 2021, Sunday

Holiday/Festival Type- Celebrated Worldwide

This day was created by Dr. Madan Kataria in 1998 who was the founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement. The first celebration of this day was made on July 28th, 2008 in Mumbai. Dr. Kataria was a family doctor in India who was inspired to start the Laughter Yoga movement. It was said by him that a person’s facial expressions can have an effect on their emotions. The marking of World Laughter Day is a positive indication for peace in life and in the world and it builds up a global awareness of brotherhood and friendship.

The popularity of this day has grown up exponentially and the day is celebrated by people gathering together at public places for the purpose of laughing. There are thousands of laughter clubs in the world spread over 105 countries. This day is celebrated world widely today. Check out Happy  World Laughter Day 2021 Wishes in English to share with friends & Family.

Vallabhacharya Jayanti 2021

Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti 2021 Images
Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti 2021 Images

May 7th, 2021, Friday

Holiday/Festival Type- Hindu

The Vallabhacharya Jayanti is celebrated on the day of Ekadashi of the Hindu Vaishakha month. It is the eleventh lunar day of the fortnight of the diminishing moon. This day is considered as the birth anniversary of Vallabhacharya. Vallabhacharya was born in Varanasi, India in 1479 A.D. to a Telegu Brahmin family. He is also known as Vallabha who is the founder of the Pushti sect. The beliefs of Shuddha Advaita meaning pure non-dualism and Krishna centered Pushtimarg of Vaishnavism of the Braj region was founded by Vallabha who was also an enthusiastic philosopher.

It is believed that Vallabha in the form of Shrinathji met Lord Krishna. Other beliefs are that Vallabhacharya is the reincarnation of the Fire God i.e. Agni Devta. Lord Krishna and Shri Vallabhacharya are considered alike and therefore, Vallabhacharya Jayanti is celebrated by the devotees with great passion and zeal. This day has its special importance in Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. This festival is celebrated on a grand scale at the temple of Nathdwara and people chant prayers for Vallabhacharya.

Jamat Ul –Vida 2021

Jamat Ul Vida Mubarak 2021 wishes
Jamat Ul Vida Mubarak 2021 wishes

May 7th, 2021, Friday

Holiday/Festival Type- Islamic

The last Friday in the month of Ramadan before Eid-ul-Fitr is called Jamat Ul-Vida. The Arabic meaning of this is “Friday of Farewell”. This day is very auspicious to the Islamic community and symbolizes the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr. In India, in 2021, Jamat Ul-Vida will begin in the evening of 6th of May 2021 and end in the evening of 7th of May 2021. This day is considered as an optional holiday by the government and is not recognized publicly. People recite The Holy Quran on this day and receive well wishes. The Almighty is prayed by visiting the mosque and donating the poor.

Every Friday is a Holy day in the Islamic tradition. However, the Friday of Jamat Ul-Vida is special because reading the Quran on this particular day would result in receiving blessings from the Lord. It is believed that the God’s angel enters the mosque on this day and when the prayers are recited in His presence, the sins are forgiven. The people are instructed to forgive those who have wronged them and let go of the ill-feelings.

There is lot of enthusiasm among the people and families hold feasts in the evening at their homes.

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2021

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2021 Quotes Images
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2021 Quotes Images

May 7th, 2021, Friday

Holiday/Festival Type- Global

Rabindranath Tagore was born on May 7th, 1861. This day is celebrated as his birth anniversary. This is the 25th day of the Bengali month of Boishakh. Rabindranath Tagore was a great Indian polymath. He has a made a wide contribution in the field of Bengali and English Literature and this can be determined by the respect his name commands at every utterance. He was known as the Bard of Bengal and he is best remembered for his beautiful verse which is sensitive and has a magical touch. He modernized the Bengali art and till date his poetry, novels, short stories and essays are read all across the globe.

He is also known as an exponent of Bengali Renaissance. He was a Nobel laureate and a prolific writer with works ranging from songs to stories to poetries. Tagore opted for an independent study, whereas, his father wanted him to become a barrister. There is an educational setup created by Tagore called Shantiniketan which is based on practical activities. He won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for his selected poetry collection which was titled “Gitanjali”. This was originally written in Bengali and later translated to English. The national anthems of India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is written by Rabindranath Tagore namely- “Jana Gana Mana”, “Amar Sonar Bangla” and “Nama Nama Sri Lanka Mata” respectively.

The schools, colleges and universities organize cultural programs such as drama, skit, poetries etc. on this special day. Check Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti Images with Quotes.

Mother’s Day 2021

Mothers Day Images Wishes 2021
Mothers Day Images Wishes 2021

May 9th, 2021, Sunday

Holiday/Festival Type- Global

The second Sunday of the month of May is celebrated as Mother’s Day in most of the countries such as India, United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, China, Japan, Philippines and South Africa. This year it is on 9th of May, 2021. This day is celebrated in the honor of motherhood and their efforts and roles in the upliftment of the society.

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Mother’s Day is not a public holiday and most businesses follow regular opening hours of Sundays in India. This day was first celebrated in the United States. A woman called Anna Jarvis has called up a memorial ceremony in honor of her mother at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church as her mother had expressed her desire to conduct a memorial after her death.

There is no retirement after being a mother. No matter what the age of the child is a mother will always be a mother and encourage her child in all their ups and downs and help them whenever required.

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Eid al-Fitr 2021

Eid al-Fitr mubarak 2021 Images
Eid al-Fitr mubarak 2021 Images

May 13th, 2021, Thursday

Holiday/Festival Type- Islamic

Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday which is celebrated by the Muslims globally and it is also known as “Festival of Breaking the Fast”. It marks the end of Ramadan which is a month long dawn-to-sunset fasting. The religious Eid is the only day during which the Muslims are not allowed to fast. This day falls in the month of Shawwal. This festival has a particular Islamic prayer which is divided into two parts and is carried out in a large hall or open field.

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Prophet Mohammad started this festival. It is believed that this festival was initiated in Medina, after Mohammad migrated from Mecca. This year, the festival will begin in the evening of 12th May, 2021 and end in the evening of 13th May, 2021. The public holiday for the festival is on 14th of May. Depending on the country and depending on the moon rise, the festival is celebrated from one to three days. The special dishes prepared on this day in India is “Sivayyan” which is a kind of sweet vermicelli noodles with milk and dried fruits. After the prayers are over, people visit their families, friends and acquaintances and celebrate the festival either at their homes or large community halls.

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Ramzan 2021

Ramzan Mubarak 2021 Images
Ramzan Mubarak 2021 Images

May 13th, 2021, Thursday

Holiday/Festival Type- Islamic

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is observed by the Muslims all over the world as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. Ramadan is also pronounced and spelled as Ramazan, Ramzan, Ramadhan or Ramathan. This month has 30 days length. During this period, fasting is obligatory from sunrise to sunset for all Muslim adults except who are acutely or chronically ill, travelling, elderly, breastfeeding, diabetic or menstruating. The pre-dawn meal that s taken is called “suhur” and the night feast by which the fast is broken is called “iftar”.

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It is believed that there are multiple spiritual rewards of fasting during this period. The word Ramadan has been derived from a root of Arabic language – R-M-D meaning “scorching heat”. By some people it is believed that Ramadan is one of the names of God in Islam and so it is prohibited to say only “Ramadan” and it is necessary to say “month of Ramadan”. Ramadan is a period of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, heightened devotion and worship.

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti 2021

Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti 2021 Images
Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti 2021 Images

May 17th, 2021, Monday

Holiday/Festival Type- Hinduism

Shankaracharya Jayanti is referred to as Adi Shankara’s birth anniversary who was an Indian Guru and philosopher. He was born in Kerala in a district named Kalady during 788 C.E. and he disappeared at an age of 32 that is in 820 C.E. His birth anniversary falls on the Panchami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of the Vaishakha month. The Advaita School of philosophy was also established by Adi Shankara where the concepts of Aatma, Brahman, Vairagya and moksha were explained. Many commentaries are also written by Shankaracharya on all Vedas, Upanishads, and Itihasas like Bhagvad Gita.

Special “Abhishekam”, “Homam” along with chanting of the vedas is held at temples of Kalady, Sringeri, and Puri and other Shankara Temples.

Surdas Jayanti 2021

Surdas Jayanti 2021 Images
Surdas Jayanti 2021 Images

May 17th, 2021, Monday

Holiday/Festival Type- Hinduism

This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Sant Surdas. This year, 2021, is his 543rd birth anniversary. Surdas was a great poet and a musician who was well known for his devotional songs that he sang dedicating Lord Krishna. Surdas was neglected by his family as he was born blind. Because of this, he left home at a very young age of 6 and started praying Lord Krishna.

Surdas was born in 1478 C.E. in Faridabad, Haryana. The village in which he was born is known as Sihi. According to the Hindu lunar calendar, his birth anniversary falls on Shukla Paksha, Panchami in the Vaishakha month. Because of his fine poetry and music, he became famous widely and the Mughal emperor, Akbar became his patron. About hundred thousand songs has been written and composed by Surdas of which only 8000 are in existence. His magnum opus is known as “Sur Sagar” (Ocean of Melody).

Buddha Purnima 2021

Buddha Purnima 2021 Images
Buddha Purnima 2021 Images

May 26th, 2021, Wednesday

Holiday/Festival Type- Buddhism/Hinduism/Global

The most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar is the day of Buddha Purnima and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The date of this day varies from year to year but is typically in the month of May according to the Gregorian calendar. This year it is on 26th of May, 2021. Although, every full moon is sacred for the Buddhists but the moon of the month of Vaishakha has special importance as on this day Buddha was born, attained “nirvana” meaning enlightenment and attained “parinirvana” that is, enlightenment after death of the body when he died.

On his birth anniversary, people dress themselves in white attire and distribute kheer which is a rice pudding. This is done because, according to legend, a woman whose name was Sujata offered Gautam Buddha the special rice pudding on his birthday and since then it has become a tradition. This festival is celebrated not only in India, but also in Nepal, China, US, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Korea, Singapore, Si Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and many other foreign countries.

World No Tobacco Day 2021

World no Tobacco Day 2021 Quotes Images
World No Tobacco Day 2021 Quotes Images

May 31st, 2021, Monday

Holiday/Festival Type- Global

This day is observed every year on 31st of May and is a fixed day in the Gregorian calendar. This day has a very important significance which informs the public on the dangers of consuming tobacco. It also focuses on the tobacco company’s business practices, the works of WHO, that is, what WHO is doing to fight against the use of tobacco and what the people around have to say in this context claiming a healthy living and a healthy future for coming generations.

World No Tobacco Day was created in 1987 by the Member States of the WHO for drawing global attention towards the epidemic of using tobacco and the disease it can cause. Every year, the WHO selects a World No Tobacco day theme for this particular day to create a more unified message against the usage of tobacco. Videos, banners etc. are created which gets viral on the internet to let people know about the harm that tobacco can cause. Some of the previous themes are – “Tobacco – a threat to development”, “Tobacco breaks hearts”, Make Everyday World No Tobacco Day”. Some countries and states have even banned selling tobacco and illegal sale if found any are punished under the law. People themselves must understand the demerits of its usage and stop consuming it anyhow.

List of Hindu Festivals in the month of May 2021

One of the oldest religions in the world “Hinduism” has lots of festivals throughout the calendar year. Many of these festivals fall in month of May 2021. Let’s take a look at the Hindu Festivals in month of May 2021 along with their significance & rituals. Mane people take fast in these Hindu festivals in May 2021, so we will briefly write about what can we eat in fast on festivals. Happy wishes for Hindu festivals in the month of May 2021.

List of Indian Hindu Festivals in May 2021
List of Indian Hindu Festivals in May 2021

Since many of the Hindu festivals in the May 2021 are monthly basis. We have mentioned the date for festivals as per Georgian calendar. If you are looking for Hindu calendar for festivals & Panchang tithi & time then you can check on our website.

KalashtamiMay 3rd, 2021, Monday
Agni NakshatramBeginsMay 4th, 2021, Tuesday
Varuthini EkadashiMay 7th, 2021, Friday
Shani TrayodashiMay 8th, 2021, Saturday
Pradosh VratMay 8th, 2021, Saturday
Masik ShivaratriMay 9th, 2021, Sunday
AnvadhanMay 11th, 2021, Tuesday
Darsha AmavasyaMay 11th, 2021, Tuesday
Vaishakha AmavasyaMay 11th, 2021, Tuesday
Masik KarthigaiMay 12th, 2021, Wednesday
IshtiMay 12th, 2021, Wednesday
Rohini VratMay 13th, 2021, Thursday
Chandra DarshanaMay 13th, 2021, Thursday
Akshaya TritiyaMay 14th, 2021, Friday
Vrishabha SankrantiMay 14th, 2021, Friday
Varshitapa ParanaMay 14th, 2021, Friday
Treta YugaMay 14th, 2021, Friday
Matangi JayantiMay 15th, 2021, Saturday
Vinayaka ChaturthiMay 15th, 2021, Saturday
Skanda SashtiMay 17th, 2021, Monday
Ganga SaptamiMay 18th, 2021, Tuesday
Bagalamukhi JayantiMay 20th, 2021, Thursday
Masik DurgashtamiMay 20th, 2021, Thursday
Sita NavamiMay 21st, 2021, Friday
Mahavira Swami KevalagyanMay 22nd, 2021, Saturday
Mohini EkadashiMay 22nd, 2021, Saturday
Gauna Mohini EkadashiMay 23rd, 2021, Sunday
Vaishnava Mohini EkadashiMay 23rd, 2021, Sunday
Parashurama DwadashiMay 23rd, 2021, Sunday
Pradosh VratMay 24th, 2021, Monday
Narasimha JayantiMay 25th, 2021, Tuesday
Vaikasi VisakamMay 25th, 2021, Tuesday
Chhinnamasta JayantiMay 25th, 2021, Tuesday
Kurma JayantiMay 26th, 2021, Wednesday
Chandra GrahanMay 26th, 2021, Wednesday
Narada JayantiMay 27th, 2021, Thursday
Agni Nakshatram EndsMay 28th, 2021, Friday


May is a merry month in which spring is celebrated in full swing, and possesses a number of seasonal foods, and pop culture days. We hope that you got sufficient information about Indian Festivals & Public Holidays in May 2021. Also, as we mentioned earlier as well, do not forget to look around for Happy wishes & images with quotes for festivals & special days. We have beautiful collection of Mother’s Day 2021 Images Quotes & Eid Mubarak 2021 Images wishes. You can also check out Buddha Purnima Images wishes in Hindi for friends & family.

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