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ShaadiShop’s 2020 South Asian Social Calendar: Wedding Date Guide

Updated March 2020
COVID-19 and post poning Indian weddings: working with venues and vendors.

ShaadiShop’s 2020 South Asian Social Calendar Features:

  • all major Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Jain holidays
  • major events throughout Southern California i.e. Comic Con, Coachella, US Open of Surfing (events that could impact your wedding date and location)
  • scroll to the bottom for links to major sports team and convention center schedules spanning LA to San Diego.
  • you might also like our 2019 South Asian Social Calendar

Some of the couples we’re working with to find their wedding venue are already starting to look at wedding dates for 2020, so we wanted to get ahead so you don’t have to look up all of these dates individually!

January 2020

Jan. 1, Wednesday, Happy New Year!
Jan. 2, Thursday, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Jan. 11, Sunday, Golden Globe Awards (Beverly Hills) Note: expect more traffic in the area
Jan. 13, Monday, Lohri
Jan. 15-18, Wednesday-Saturday, Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
Jan. 26, Sunday, India’s Republic Day
Jan. 26, Sunday, Grammy Awards (LA)

February 2020

Feb. 4, Tuesday, Sri Lankan Independence Day
Feb. 2, Sunday, Superbowl
Feb. 17, Monday, President’s Day (3 day weekend)
Feb. 21, Friday, Maha Shivratri
Feb. 23, Sunday, Academy Awards (Hollywood)

March 2020

Mar. 9-10, Monday-Tuesday, Holi
Mar. 17, Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day
Mar. 25, Wednesday, Ugadi (Telugu New Year)
Mar. 26, Thursday, Bangladesh Independence Day

Note: the first week of March is the Natural Products Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. Anaheim gets packed and hotel rooms rates go up significantly.

Note: the LA Marathon is usually mid-March 

April 2020

Apr. 2, Thursday, Ram Navami
Apr. 6, Monday, Mahavir Jayanti
Apr. 8, Wednesday, Hanuman Jayanti
Apr. 8-16, Passover
Apr. 10, Friday, Good Friday
Apr. 10-12, Friday- Sunday, Coachella Weekend 1
Apr. 10-12, Friday- Sunday, Long Beach Grand Prix (avoid getting married in Long Beach this weekend)
Apr. 12, Sunday, Easter
Apr. 13, Monday, Puthandu (Tamil New Year)
Apr. 13, Monday, Vaisakhi
Apr. 14, Tuesday, Bengali New Year
Apr. 17-19, Coachella Weekend 2
Apr. 23, Thursday, 1st day of Ramadan

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.

Note: Since Easter is April 12, most schools will have spring break in around this. Expect more traffic in beach cities + Disneyland area.

May 2020

May 7, Thursday, Vesak, Buddha’s birthday
May 23, Saturday, Eid al-Fitr and Chaand Raat
May 25, Monday, Memorial Day

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

June 2020

June 29, Monday, BET Awards (downtown LA)

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

July 2020

July 4, Sunday, Happy birthday America!
July 23-26, Thursday-Sunday, Comic-Con San Diego
July 26, Sunday, Maldives Independence Day
July 30-31, Thursday-Friday, Eid al-Adha

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.
Note: The US Open of Surfing is usually towards the end of July/beginning of August in Huntington Beach. Hotel room blocks are higher and book faster.

August 2020

Aug. 3, Monday, Raksha Bandhan
Aug. 11, Tuesday, Janmashtami
Aug. 14, Thursday, Pakistan Independence Day
Aug. 15, Friday, India Independence Day
Aug. 16-23, Sunday-Sunday, Paryushan
Aug. 22, Saturday, Ganesh Chaturthi
Aug. 22-Sept. 2, Saturday-Wednesday, Onam
Aug. 30-Sept. 7, Sunday-Monday, 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 2020

Sept. 7, Monday, Labor Day (USA)

October 2020

Oct. 12, Monday, Columbus Day (USA) some people get the day off
Oct. 17-26, Saturda-Monday, Navrati
Oct. 25, Sunday, Dussehra
Oct. 31, Saturday, Halloween

ote: Garba will be every weekend this month

November 2020

Nov. 4, Wednesday, Karwa Chauth
Nov. 14, Saturday, Diwali
Nov. 16, Monday, Bhai Dhooj
Nov. 26, Thursday, Thanksgiving (USA)
Nov. 30, Monday Guru Nanak Jayanti

Note: BlizzCon is usually in early November (impacts all venues in Anaheim).

December 2020

Dec. 10-18, Thursday-Friday, Hanukah
Dec. 25, Friday, 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 scheduleLong 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 you find this calendar helpful? 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! 🙂

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