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Public Holidays in India in 2008

India List of National and regional Public holidays of India in 2008

Day Date Holiday Comments
Saturday January 19 Jan 19 Muharram Observed mainly by the Shia Muslim community
Saturday January 26 Jan 26 Republic Day Commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India
Thursday March 06 Mar 6 Maha Shivratri Celebrated on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha
Friday March 21 Mar 21 Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
Friday March 21 Mar 21 Milad-un-Nabi
Saturday March 22 Mar 22 Holi
Monday April 14 Apr 14 Ram Navami Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya
Friday April 18 Apr 18 Mahavir Jayanti
Tuesday May 20 May 20 Buddha Purnima Birth of Buddha
Friday August 15 Aug 15 Independence Day
Thursday October 02 Oct 2 Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Gandhi Jayanti
Thursday October 02 Oct 2 Idul Fitr All states except Goa, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh
Thursday October 09 Oct 9 Dussehra Vijaya Dashami
Tuesday October 28 Oct 28 Deewali Deepawali
Thursday November 13 Nov 13 Guru Nanak Birthday The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, falls on full moon day of the month Kartik
Tuesday December 09 Dec 9 Idul Juha Bakrid
Thursday December 25 Dec 25 Christmas Day
Monday December 29 Dec 29 Muharram Observed mainly by the Shia Muslim community

Key

National Holiday Regional Holiday

Notes

  • Only the secular holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday are observed nationally.
  • Public holidays in India tend to be observed on a strictly regional basis. The above dates are Government of India holidays, when government offices will be closed nationwide. In addition, there are numerous festivals and fairs which are also observed in some states as holidays, the dates of which change from year to year.
  • Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are the latest known dates.
  • Although not government official holidays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day are observed nationally.

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