Here are a list of Holidays in Chennai, some are local and some are national. The days marked with ** are dry days. This means no alcohol is allowed to be served in India or the State! Yes this means at 5* Hotels too.
Public Holidays 2016
This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Tamil Nadu government.
Date Day Holiday
1 Jan Fri New Year's Day
15 Jan Fri Pongal
16 Jan Sat Thiruvalluvar Day
17 Jan Sun Uzhavar Thirunal
26 Jan Tue Republic Day **
25 Mar Fri Good Friday
8 Apr Fri Telugu New Year
14 Apr Thu Tamil New Year**
14 Apr Thu Dr Ambedkar Jayanti
19 Apr Tue Mahavir Jayanti
1 May Sun May Day
16 May Mon Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls
6 Jul Wed Ramazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
15 Aug Mon Independence Day**
25 Aug Thu Janmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
5 Sep Mon Ganesh Chaturthi /
12 Sep Mon Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
2 Oct Sun Mahatma Gandhi's
10 Oct Mon Ayutha Pooja
11 Oct Tue Durga Puja / Dussehra
12 Oct Wed Muharram
29 Oct Sat Deepavali
(Festival of Lights)
12 Dec Mon Milad-un-Nabi
25 Dec Sun Christmas Day
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Spectranet - Fiber Optic Services upto 100mbps
Rajneet - Fiber Optic Services up to 50mbps
ACT- Fiber Optic Services up to 100mbps
BSNL- Goverment Internet Services up to 16 mbps
Airtel - Land and wireless options- up to 30 mbps
Vodaphone- Land and wireless options- up to 30mbps
Apps are Avail for both Iphone and Android Users
Its common in India for people to recharge their PayTM account to use for the cab services around India. Simple App to use and secure.
Traffic Police - 103
Ambulance - 108
Fire Control - 101
Ambulance or Fire Services- 102
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Physical Therapist- Contact Emma - 8220332244
Food- Most people shop at Nilgirs, Amma Nana, and Online Stores like Big Basket, ColdKart, and Green Goblin
Water- Everyone in India buys 20 liter water cans for drinking. You can go to any local store listed above and pay a deposit for the water can and return it once its empty to get a new one. Your driver, or if you live in an apartment, your association can help with setting this up.
Newspaper- you can ask your association, or driver, or Watchmen/Caretaker to assist with setting this up.
Milk- There are local people who deliver daily fresh milk. Some you have to boil and others are ready to use. I suggest using The Right Moo for ready to use home delivery daily!
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Through out your stay in Chennai you will experience the local trade services. For example... you need a plumber? No worries, they will come,,, and bring only a screw driver... take 15-30 mins to figure out they need more tools... and parts.. which they don't have with them, and guess what? They will ask you to pay! So how much... well start with parts for Rs. 500 and don't forget to ask for a RECEIPT! Normal labor chargers for plumbers and carpenters ranges from 200-500 per visit. They will also make several visits until everything is fixed. Its totally normal here.
Holidays have come around and your Maid and Driver are asking for a BOUNS! There isn't an exact protocol to follow, but rule of thumb, if they have worked for you for 6-10 months, than 1/2 of their normal monthly salary. If they have worked for you for more than a year, 1 month full salary. Pick the holiday, Diwali, Pongal or Christmas, only 1 per year.
Tipping while going out:
Normally its 10% of your bill total, however please check your bill first to see if a SERVICE CHARGE not Service Tax has been included. It is normal to tip the parking guys anywhere from Rs. 20-40 , and the Door Man Rs. 20-40 each visit.
There are lots of Social Clubs, Facebook Groups and others to get your social life back on track meeting new friends.
OWC- Overseas Womens Club - Facbook and Website- www.chennaiowc.com
Alliance Française of Madras | Indo-French Cultural Centre www.madras.afindia.org/
Korean in Chennai, Korean expats living in Chennai http://www.expat.com/en/nationalities/korean/in/asia/india/chennai/
Expats of Chennai- buy, sell or trade stuff
Chennai Expats Connection (C.E.C)
Chennai Expats ( CHEX)
Chennai Expat Men Social Group
IWA- International Womens Association
International Masala Chennai
Other ways to be Social...
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