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March

Mar 1    March to Mars

The month of March is connected with Mars and derives its name from the planet. The name March comes from the Latin word “Martius”, the first month of the Roman calendar. It was named after Mars.

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Mar 2     Indigo Rebellion of March 1859

In India there have been many rebellions before and after 1857 War of Independence. The celebrated English writer Vidiadhar S Naipaul refers to India as ‘Land of Million Mutinys’, his book title.

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Mar 3      World Wildlife Day

The World Wildlife Day, observed on March 3rd since 2014, was instituted by the United Nations to raise awareness about world’s wild animals and plants. And, especially those endangered flora and fauna that are disappearing each day, with man’s so called “development” that has erased many a forest cover, making way for concrete jungles.

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Mar 4       Taxing Times

Come March and in many parts of the world, it is time to pay taxes, as the financial year draws to a  close at the end of March.

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Mar 8     International Women’s Day

Women’s day is celebrated with much gusto on March 8th every year in different parts of the world. The trend has caught on in India too since the last decade or two.

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Mar 10      Savitribai Phule Death Anniversary

From the medieval times to the modern world, women’s rights have been an issue, all through the colonial rule in India. Many social reformers also came up, who worked towards abolition of gender discrimination. Savitribai Jyotirao Phule was a social reformer who fought for the cause of women.

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Mar  13     Holi  

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Mar 14     Pi Day

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Mar 20    World Sparrow Day

The World Sparrow Day is observed every year on March 20th to kindle interest on sparrows, and their preservation.

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               International Happiness Day

International Happiness Day was instituted by the United Nations in 2012, and is observed every year on March 20th.

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             Navroz 

The Parsi New Year, Navroz is traditionally celebrated on the spring equinox day.

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Mar 21     International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests is observed every year on 21st March. This day was instituted by the United Nations to raise awareness of all types of forests. A special event relating to forests is organized every year at UN headquarters in New York. Many other events are held across the world to highlight the importance of forests.

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               Indian New Year and Spring Equinox

In the month of March-April we ring in the New Year as per Indian calendars.

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January

Jan 1   New-Year-New-Beginnings-New-Hope

New Year is the time to look forward as well as back at what we have come through – the good and the not so good.

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           Satyendra Nath Bose Birth Anniversary

Higgs Boson, the God particle may be invisible and elusive, for it self-destructs itself after one trillionth of a second after coming into existence. But the contributions of Sir Satyendra Nath Bose will be ever ‘visible’ and remembered.

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Jan 2    January-Janus-Ganesha

The word January comes from the Roman divinity, Janus with 2 heads – one which looks forward and one which looks back.

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Jan 3    Savitribai Phule Birthday 

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              Veerapandiya Kattabomman Birthday

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Jan 4    Rama’s Pre Coronation Day

On this day, 7106 years back, king Dasaratha decided to anoint Rama as Yuvaraja, crown prince. The date was 4th January 5089 BCE.

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            Issac Newton Birthday

Sir Issac Newton was the one who formulated the laws of gravitation and motion. In India, the word and concept of gravity has existed as Gurutva and Gurutvaakarshana respectively.

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Jan 5:    Rama Kaushalya Conversation

Before going into exile, Rama goes to meet His mother, Rani Kaushalya and take her permission to leave for 14 years Vanavasa. A conversation takes place between them. This happened on 5th January 5089 BCE.

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              Guru Gobind Singh Jayanthi

Guru Gobind Singh is the last of the ten Sikh Gurus. A multidimensional personality, He was a spiritual leader, a poet, a philosopher, an author of many Sikh works, and also a warrior.

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Jan 6:    Saint Thyagaraja Death Anniversary

Kakarla Thyagabrahmam, populary known as Thyagaraja, is among the great composers who gave shape to Carnatic Music, the classical musical tradition of Southern India.

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 Jan 7:   Revolution Change Through Celebration

New Year is just not a calendar but also harbinger of change. Change happens through a revolution which is generally violent. Change can happen through celebration.

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 Jan 8:   Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 – Brand Bharat 

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             Vaikuntha Ekadasi

Vaikuntha Ekadasi is a festival popular among the Vaishnavites, the group of people who pray to Vishnu. This festival occurs in Dhanur Masa, the month period which is between December 16th and January 14th in the English calendar.

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 Jan 10:    Birthday of Rama

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If Rama was born on 10th January, then why is Rama Navami celebrated in April, in Chaitra month?

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 Jan 11:   Arudra

Arudra, also known Thiruvathirai is a festival celebrated in South India, especially in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This festival celebrates the Cosmic Dance of Shiva, Tandava.

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                Birthday of Bharata

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                  Kudaraivalli

Kudaraivalli commemorates the mergence of Andal with Sri Ranganatha. Andal is one of the 12 Alwar, the poet saints of South India, who belonged to Sri Vaishnavism, and were ardent devotees of Lord Narayana.

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 Jan 12:    Swami Vivekananda Birthday

Like Adi Shankaracharya who lived for 32 years, Vivekananda in a short span of just 39 years revived the spiritual and cultural heritage of this land. It could be safely said that, it was through Swami Vivekananda that, Indians were inspired to rediscover themselves, their culture and traditions.

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                  Birthday of Lakshmana and Shatrughna

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                   Cher Chera Festival

The local tribals of Bastar, which is in the Chhota Nagpur region of Chhattisgarh, celebrate the Sankranti Festival as Cher Chera festival.

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 Jan 13:    Bhogi

Bhogi is a festival in South India, celebrated in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and occurs on the same day as Lohri in North India.

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 Jan 14:    Makara Sankranthi

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                 Makara Jyoti

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 Jan 15:     Army Day

Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Lieutenant General K. M. Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949.

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                  Asiatic Society

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                   Mattu Pongal / Kannu Pidil 

In Tamil Nadu and Andhra, the cows and oxen festival is celebrated as the festival of Mattu Pongal, one day after Pongal. This festival is also known as Kannu Pidi and is specially celebrated in Tamil Nadu.

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                 Thiruvalluvar Day

Thiruvalluvar is a Tamil poet well known for his work Thirukkural. He lived around 2000 years ago. Thiruvalluvar day is observed every year on January 15, in the Thai month of Tamil Calendar, in honour of this literary giant.

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Jan 16:     Martin Luther King Day

In the 1960s, Martin Luther King Junior led the Afro-Americans of America to freedom from slavery, both in deed and in thought, to a period of equality for one and all.  This movement had nonviolence as its basic tool to fight the unequal policy of the land then.

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 Jan 17:    Thyagaraja  Aradhana 

Kakarla Thyagabrahmam, populary known as Thyagaraja, is among the great composers who gave shape to Carnatic Music, the classical musical tradition of Southern India.

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 Jan 18:    Bheeshma Death Anniversary

Bheeshma  breathed his last on Ashtami, 8th phase of the moon, on 18th January, 3066 BCE.

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 Jan 19:     Kashmiri Pandit Exodus day

While every day is a struggle for the Kashmiri Pandits, Jan 19th is symbolically observed as Kashmiri Pandit Exodus day. On this day, in the year 1990, the Kashmiri Pandits were forced out of their home state, Jammu and Kashmir. This was not the first time though that the Pandits had to face hostility from another community.

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 Jan 21:    Tripura Formation Day

The land of the modern state Tripura was ruled for many centuries by the Tripuri dynasty.  This dynasty traces its lineage to the Lunar dynasty. The ancient name of Tripura was Kirat, named after the brother of Puru, one of the ancestors of the Pandava.

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                 Ras Behari Bose

Ras Behari Bose was one of the prominent Indian leaders who fought against the British Rule. He played a prominent role in the Ghadar revolution, a pan Indian mutiny in the British Indian Army that was planned by Ghadar party and carried out in February 1915.

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 Jan 23:   Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Netaji was the one who with a small band of dedicated freedom fighters gave a chill down the spine of the British Empire.

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               Alexander Cunningham and ASI

Alexander Cunningham, the founder of Archaeological Survey of India was born on January 23rd, 1814.  He came to India at the age of 19 in the year 1833 as second lieutenant of Bengal Engineering Cops.

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Jan 24       Homi Jehangir Bhabha

His achievements may not be so well known outside the scientific community, but his contributions are highly significant. ‘The Father of Indian Nuclear Program’, as he is known, Homi Jehangir Bhabha played a key role in India’s first Nuclear Program, through the institutions that he established.

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                   National Anthem Adoption Day

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Jan 25     National Voter’s Day

The Government of India has declared January 25th of every year as National Voter’s Day.  Vote comes from the Latin word “Votum,” which translates as “vow, wish, promise, or dedication.”

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Jan 26     Republic Day

This is a festival of modern, free republic India. This is celebrated on the 26th of January every year. It commemorates the establishment of the Republic of India and the day when the constitution of India was introduced. All this happened in the year 1950 on 26th January, more than two years after India got its freedom from the British on 15th August 1947.

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Jan 27    Aye Mere Vatan Ke Logon

The song “Aye Mere Vatan Ke Logon” stirred the nation with patriotic fervor in aftermath of the Indo China war in 1962.

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Jan 28    Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Anniversary

Lala Lajpat Rai was born on 28th January 1865 at Dhidika village in Punjab. He aggressively fought against the might of the British Empire. He was popularly called, Punjab Kesari, “The lion of Punjab”.

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                Sister Nivedita’s Arrival in India

Today, 28th January, in 1898, a young British lady, a school teacher from  Margaret Elizabeth Noble set foot on Indian soil to come and live as an Indian and learn Vedanta as an ardent disciple of Swami Vivekananda.

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Jan 29      Maharana Pratap Death Anniversary

Maharana Pratap is one of the kings who has left a permanent stamp in the minds of the people of this country. He was a Rajput ruler of Mewar, a region located in the present day Rajasthan, and gave a tough time to the Mughals. The rivalry between Rana Pratap and Akbar is well known.

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                 Beating The Retreat

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Jan 30    MartyrsDay

On January 30th, 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated before his evening prayer at Birla house in Delhi.

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             World Leprosy Day

Gandhiji laid great stress on the importance of curing this disease and in helping the patients of leprosy. He also made great efforts to remove the social stigma attached to this disease, and make leprosy people live in mainstream society.

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February

Feb 1      Vasanta Panchami

Vasanta Panchami or Basant Panchami festival heralds the arrival of spring in India, Vasanta Ritu. After winter solstice, the sun starts its northward journey from the tropic of Capricorn, Uttarayana. With this, winter slowly ebbs and warmer days begin to arrive.

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                  Indian Coast Guard

An interim Indian Coast Guard came into being on 1st February, 1977. The Indian Coast Guard was formally established on 18 August 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India as an independent Armed force of India. It operates under the Ministry of Defence.

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Feb 2      World Wetlands Day       

Wetland is a land area saturated with water, either perennially or seasonally. The main factor that distinguishes wetlands from other water bodies are the special aquatic plants that grow on its unique hydric soil. Wetlands are one of the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems.

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Feb 3     Ratha Sapthami

The day on which the sun turned northwards to greet Bheeshma so that he could breathe his last, has aptly come down across millennia by the name “Ratha Sapthami”.

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Feb 4    Bheeshma Ashtami  

Bheeshma breathed his last on Ashtami day which is commemorated as Bheeshma Ashtami, “Ashtami” meaning the 8th phase of the moon.

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              Satyendra Nath Bose Death Anniversary

Higgs Boson, the God particle may be invisible and elusive, for it self-destructs itself after one trillionth of a second after coming into existence. But the contributions of Sir Satyendra Nath Bose will be ever ‘visible’ and remembered.

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              Sri Lankan Independence Day

Sri Lankan Independence Day commemorates the political Independence of Sri Lanka from the British Rule and is observed every year on February 4th.

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Feb 8     Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is celebrated every year in February. Jaisalmer is a World Heritage Site located in Thar Desert, in Rajasthan.

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Feb 9     Thai Pusam

Thai Pusam is a festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu on Full Moon in the Tamil month of Thai which starts from Pongal, Sankranti. Pusam, Pushyam is one of the 27 Nakshatra, star in the zodiac belt. The festival is called Thai Pusam as it is celebrated in Thai month when the Full Moon occurs near the Pushyam star.

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Feb 10      Guru Ravidas Jayanthi

Guru Ravidas was a spiritual leader in the 14th Century. His teachings of equality and brotherhood in society are a great inspiration to the people of this land today.

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Feb 12    Swami Dayanand Sarasvati Birthday

Swami Dayanada Saraswati was born on 12th February 1824 at Tankara in Rajkot district of Gujarat. He interpreted the Veda for the modern world.

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               Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was born into a religious family. His wife came from the illustrious Wedgewood family, who were well known for making the famous blue China pottery for royalty.

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Feb 13    Delhi Inauguration Day

India’s capital was shifted to Delhi from Calcutta, and was inaugurated on 13th February 1931.

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                Sarojini Naidu Birthday

Sarojini Naidu was born on February 13th , 1879 at Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh into a Bengali family. She married Dr. Govindarajulu Naidu from Andhra, a doctor by profession.

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Feb 14     Valentine’s day – February A Lovely Month

Why is this day alone celebrated as Lovers’ Day? And what is its connection with Saint Valentine?

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Feb 17    Random Act of Kindness Day

Every year, 17th February is celebrated as Random Act of Kindness Day. The name ‘Random’ Kindness is peculiar as kindness is spontaneous and often random.

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Feb 18    Police and Naval Disobedience

February 18th is a very important day in Indian history. Writers often use the phrase, “Red letter day” to mark an important day. One such letter day in Indian history is, 18th February, 1946.

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            Ramakrishna Paramahama Birthday

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is one of the most well known saints of this country. A spiritual leader who promoted religious harmony through his life. An ideal for Spiritual Seekers.

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Feb 19    Shivaji Jayanthi

February ushers in Shivaji Jayanthi on the 19th of this month. It is a day observed by the state Government of Maharashtra to mark the birthday of a boy born about 400 years ago.

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              Nicholas Copernicus Birthday

Nicholas Copernicus was an astronomer of Polish origin during the European Renaissance period, who was born on 19th February 1473.

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              Gopala Krishna Gokhale

Gopala Krishna Gokhale was one of the freedom fighters during the Indian freedom Movement. He was one of the earlier leaders, who sought and fought to bring greater representation of Indians within the British administration. He was a political mentor to both Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

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Feb 20    Khajuraho Dance Festival

The Khajuraho Dance Festival owes its name to the town Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, where the festival is celebrated. Khajuraho is a World Heritage Site consisting of a group of monuments, temples.

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Feb 21     World Banana Day

Banana is a fruit that is native to India.The origins of the fruit can be traced to the Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats of southern India, and also to the North Eastern hills of India.

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Feb 22     World Thinking Day

Thinking is known as “Chintan” in Samskrt. Thinking thoughts and expressing them through discussions in collective sittings or camps, called Chintan Shivir or Chintan Baithak, has been a part of our culture and tradition.

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Feb 24     Significance of Shivaratri

Shivaratri is one such festival which is a gateway to reach out and understand the divinity called Shiva or Shiva Tattva.

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                Symbolism of Shiva

In Indian tradition, Shiva Tattva, is often represented in a distinct form of Shankara sitting in meditation holding implements such as Damaru and Trishul.

Is this the real form of Shiva or is it a visual representation with each of these aspects of His form having some significance?

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      Shivaratri – Understanding Shiva – Google Hangout with D.K. Hari and D.K. Hema Hari

              Pamban Bridge Inauguration day

Pamban Bridge is India’s first cantilever bridge that connects Rameshwaram with mainland India. The bridge was opened on February 24, 1914.

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Feb 26     Vinayak Damodar Savarkar Death Anniversary

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, born on May 28, 1883, was a major player in India’s Independence. He was a poet, a writer and a politician, who shaped Indian nationalism through the concept of Hindutva, a term that was coined by this leader.

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Feb 27      Marathi Language Day

Marathi Language Day is observed in Maharashtra, every year on February 27th. This day commemorates the birthday of Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar, an eminent Marathi author.  It was officially established by the Government of Maharashtra to celebrate the Marathi language.

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Feb 28     National Science Day

National Science Day is observed annually on 28th February, the day Dr. C.V. Raman discovered the ‘Phenomenon of the Scattering of Light’ which has now come to be called, ‘The Raman Effect’.

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                Why February has only 28 Days?

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