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Public Holidays in India in 2009

India List of National and regional Public holidays of India in 2009

Day Date Holiday Comments
Monday January 26 Republic Day Commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India
Monday February 23 Maha Shivratri Celebrated on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha
Saturday March 07 Mahavir Jayanti
Monday March 09 Milad-un-Nabi
Wednesday March 11 Holi
Friday April 03 Ram Navami Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya
Friday April 10 Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
Saturday May 02 Buddha Purnima Birth of Buddha
Saturday August 15 Independence Day
Sunday September 20 Idul Fitr All states except Goa, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh
Monday September 28 Dussehra Vijaya Dashami
Friday October 02 Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Gandhi Jayanti
Saturday October 17 Deewali Deepawali
Friday November 13 Guru Nanak Birthday The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, falls on full moon day of the month Kartik
Friday November 27 Idul Juha Bakrid
Friday December 18 Muharram Observed mainly by the Shia Muslim community
Friday December 25 Christmas Day


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  • 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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