2018 South Asian Social Calendar: Wedding Date Guide

For South Asians getting married in SoCal: check out these important dates before deciding on a wedding date. 

Scroll to the bottom for links to major sports team schedules as well as convention centers from LA to SD. 

January

Jan. 1, Monday, Happy New Year!
Jan. 5, Friday, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Jan. 7, Sunday, Golden Globe Awards (Beverly Hills) Note: expect more traffic in the area
Jan. 13, Saturday, Lohri
Jan. 14, Sunday, Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
Jan. 15, Monday MLK Jr. Day
Jan. 26, Friday, India’s Republic Day
Jan. 28, Sunday, Grammy Awards (NYC)

February

Feb. 4, Sunday, Sri Lankan Independence Day
Feb. 4, Sunday, Superbowl
Feb. 13, Tuesday, Maha Shivrarti
Feb. 19, Monday, President’s Day (3 day weekend)

March

March 1, Thursday, Holi
March 4, Sunday, Academy Awards (Hollywood)
March 17, Saturday, Ugadi (Telugu New Year)
March 17, Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day
March 18, Sunday, LA Marathon (Santa Monica + Pasadena)
March 25, Sunday, Ram Navami
March 26, Monday, Bangladesh Independence Day
March 29, Thursday, Mahavir Jayanti
March 30, Friday, Good Friday
March 30, Friday, 1st day of Passover
March 31, Saturday, Hanuman Jayanti

Note: March 8-12 is the Natural Products Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. Anaheim gets packed and hotel rooms rates go up significantly. 
Note:
Since Easter is April 1, most people will have spring break in March. Expect more traffic in beach cities + Disneyland area.

April

Apr. 1, Sunday, Easter
Apr. 7, Saturday, last day of Passover
Apr. 13-15, Long Beach Grand Prix (avoid getting married in Long Beach this weekend)
Apr. 13-16, Coachella Weekend 1
Apr. 14, Saturday, Puthandu (Tamil New Year)
Apr. 14, Saturday, Bengali New Year
Apr. 14, Saturday, Vaisakhi
Apr. 20-23, Coachella Weekend 2

Note: The Indian Film Festival is usually mid-April in LA.
Note: The Festival of Books is usually the 2nd to last weekend of April at USC, impacting traffic in/out of downtown LA.

May

May 15, Tuesday, 1st day of Ramadan
May 28, Monday, Memorial Day
May 29, Vesak, Buddha’s birthday

Note: Bay to Breakers in SF, is usually the 2nd to last weekend of May.

June

June 14, Thursday, Eid al-Fitr
June 28, Thursday, BET Awards (downtown LA)

Note: LA Pride Week is usually the 1st full week of June.

July

July 4, Wednesday, Happy birthday America!
July 18-22, Comic-Con San Diego
July 20-22 US Open of Surfing Weekend 1 (Huntington Beach)
July 27-30 US Open of Surfing Weekend 2 (Huntington Beach); finals weekend = more crowds
July 26, Thursday, Maldives Independence Day

Note: The OC Fair starts mid-July thru mid-August impacting traffic in Costa Mesa
Note: Pageant of the Masters at the Festival of Arts starts right after July 4 weekend thru the end of August. Expect more traffic getting in/out of Laguna Beach.

August

Aug. 14, Tuesday, Pakistan Independence Day
Aug. 15, Wednesday, India Independence Day
Aug. 15, Wednesday, 1st day of Onam
Aug. 21, Tuesday, 1st day of Eid al-Adha
Aug. 25, Saturday, end of Eid al-Adha
Aug. 25, Saturday, Raksha Bandhan
Aug. 27, Monday, last day of Onam
Aug. 27, Monday, 1st day of Burning Man

Note: the Catalina Ski Race is one of the 1st 3 weekends of August. Hotel room rates at venues in Long Beach go up at that time.
Note: The OC Fair starts mid-July thru mid-August impacting traffic in Costa Mesa

September

Sept. 2, Sunday, Janmashtami
Sept. 3, Monday, Labor Day (USA)
Sept. 3, Monday, Last day of Burning Man
Sept. 7, Friday, 1st day of Paryushan
Sept. 12, Wednesday, Ganesh Chaturthi
Sept. 14, Friday, Samvatsari (last day of Paryushan)

October

Oct. 8, Monday, Columbus Day (USA) some people get the day off
Oct. 9, Tuesday, 1st day of Navrati
Oct. 18, Thursday, last day of Navratri
Oct. 19, Friday, Dussehra
Oct. 27, Saturday, Karwa Chauth
Oct. 31, Wednesday, Halloween

Note: Garba will be every weekend in October

November

Nov. 2-3, Friday-Saturday, BlizzCon (impacts all venues in Anaheim).
Nov. 7, Wednesday, Diwali
Nov. 8, Thursday, Bhai Dhooj
Nov. 22, Thanksgiving (USA)
Nov. 23, Guru Nanak Jayanti

December

Dec. 2, Sunday, 1st day of Hannukah
Dec. 10, Monday, last day of Hannukah
Dec. 25, Tuesday, Christmas

Note: Disneyland’s Christmas celebrations start the 2nd week of November thru the 1st week of January. Expect a significant traffic increase in the area.

We also suggest you check the schedules below if you’re planning to get married near areas where these teams play. Traffic on the freeways and exits will get backed up.

Angels schedule
Clippers schedule
Lakers schedule

LA Chargers schedule
LA Rams schedule
LA Galaxy schedule
San Diego Padres

USC Football schedule
UCLA Football schedule

Convention Center Schedules
Anaheim Convention Center schedule
LA Convention Center schedule
Long Beach Convention Center schedule
San Diego Convention Center

I hope this calendar of events and the links to the sports and event areas helps you make wedding date decisions easier.

Did this article help you? Let me know in the comments. And follow ShaadiShop on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram so you can see our latest guides and tips.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! 🙂

Samta Varia, Founder & CEO ShaadiShop: South Asian Wedding Venues

 


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