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10 Important Sports and Holiday Dates for Your 2018 Diary

As 2017 fades away and the new year arrives, it is time to focus on what 2018 has to offer. It's a time to pump up our energy levels and prepare for one more trip around the sun! Keep a track of what's in store with Hamee's latest leather 2018 diaries. To help you out we've also curated a list of events and dates to watch out for in the upcoming months.

1. The Winter Olympics (9 - 25 February)

For sports fans, 2018 has a lot in store. The Winter Olympics (figure skating, bobsleigh, ski jumping and more) heads to Pyeongchang in February. These will be South Korea's second Olympic Games and its first Winter Games. Pyeongchang will be the third Asian city to host the Winter Games. The 2018 Winter Olympics will feature 102 events in 15 sports. Four new disciplines in existing sports will be introduced in Pyeongchang, including big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing.

2. The Football World Cup (14 June - 15 July)

This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006; all but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia. The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team.

3. The Commonwealth Games (14 June - 15 July)

This international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth will be held on the Gold Coast, Australia. There are 70 participating nations scheduled to compete at 2018 Commonwealth Games. The ten main sports will be: athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball (for women), rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting.

4. Formula One: French Grand Prix

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is a planned motor racing championship for Formula One cars which would be recognized by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Drivers and teams are scheduled to compete for the titles of World Drivers' Champion and World Constructors' Champion respectively.

5. Hockey: Women's World Cup

The 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup will be the 14th edition of the Women's Hockey World Cup. It is scheduled to be held from 21 July to 5 August 2018 at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, England.

6. Republic Day (26 January)

Republic day 2018 in India is celebrated on 26th of January, at Friday. In 2018, India is celebrating its 69th Republic Day. First Republic Day of India was celebrated in 1950.

7. Holi (2 March)

The date of Holi is different every year in India! In most of India, Holi is celebrated at the end of winter, on the day after the full moon in March each year. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to mark occasion and to burn evil spirits. This is known as Holika Dahan. This year it will be taking place on 2nd March.

8. Independence Day (15 August)

Independence Day of India is observed on August 15, 2018. Indian Independence Day is a national holiday in India commemorating the nation's independence from British rule on 15 August 1947.

9. Diwali (7 November)

Diwali falls in either October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. It's observed on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar. In 2018, Diwali is on November 7th. 

10. Christmas (25 December)

Christmas in India has the same roots as Christmas across the world. It is the celebration of the day Jesus Christ was born in approximately 4AD. This year it will be falling on a Tuesday.