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Public Holidays in India in 2012

India List of National and regional Public holidays of India in 2012

Day Date Holiday Comments
Sunday January 01 New Years Day Arunachal pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Miizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu only
Monday January 23 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti Tripura, West Bengal only
Thursday January 26 Republic Day Commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India
Monday January 30 Public Holiday Punjab Only. For assembly elections.
Sunday February 05 Milad-un-Nabi
Tuesday February 07 Guru Ravidas Jayanti Haryana, Punjab only.
Monday February 20 Maha Shivratri Celebrated on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha
Thursday March 08 Holi
Friday March 23 Ugadi Telugu New Year. Karnataka (Bangalore), Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh only.
Sunday April 01 Ram Navami Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya
Thursday April 05 Mahavir Jayanti
Friday April 06 Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
Friday April 13 Tamil New Year Puthandu. Tamil Nadu only
Saturday April 14 Dr Ambedkar Jayanti Birthday of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedekar
Tuesday May 01 Maharashtra Day Maharashtra only. Commemorates the formation of the state of Maharashtra on 1 May 1960.
Tuesday May 01 May Day Assam, Bihar, Goa, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal only
Tuesday May 08 Buddha Purnima Birth of Buddha
Monday June 04 Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti Gazetted holiday in Himachal Pradesh.
Wednesday June 06 Hazrat Alis Birthday Uttar Pradesh only. Son in law of Prophet Muhammad
Friday August 10 Janmashtami Restricted Holiday. Bangalore, Delhi. Celebrates the birth of Lord Shri Krishna
Wednesday August 15 Independence Day
Sunday August 19 Idul Fitr All states except Goa, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh
Monday August 20 Parsi New Year Mumbai Only
Wednesday September 19 Ganesh Chaturthi Varasiddhi Vinayaka Vrata
Tuesday October 02 Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Gandhi Jayanti
Wednesday October 24 Dussehra Vijaya Dashami
Friday October 26 Idul Juha Bakrid
Thursday November 01 Kannada Rajyothsava Bangalore Only
Tuesday November 13 Deewali Deepawali
Thursday November 15 Muharram Observed mainly by the Shia Muslim community
Saturday November 24 Muharram (10th Day) Day of Ashurah
Wednesday November 28 Guru Nanak Birthday The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, falls on full moon day of the month Kartik
Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day


National Holiday Regional Holiday


  • 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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