Holiday Guide for India in 2016

India 2016
India
2016

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Capital: New Delhi
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List of Public Holidays in India in 2016

New Year's Day

 Long Weekend! 
New Year's Day

Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana: New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel

Mannam Jayanthi


Mannam Jayanthi

Kerala: Mannath Padmanabhan was a social reformer and the founding father of the Nair Service Society

Missionary Day

 Long Weekend! 
Missionary Day

Mizoram: Marks the arrival of two Christian missionaries to the region in 1894

Birthday of Swami Vivekananda


Birthday of Swami Vivekananda

West Bengal: West Bengal only. Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna

Sankranti


Sankranti

Telangana: Bhogi is the first day of the three day celebration of Sankranti

Pongal


Pongal

Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Puducherry, Sikkim: A popular harvest and thanksgiving festival marking the start of spring

Pongal

 Long Weekend! 
Pongal

Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu. A harvest and thanksgiving festival marking the start of spring

Sankranti

 Long Weekend! 
Sankranti

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Telangana: A harvest festival marking the start of spring.

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti


Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan: Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the ten living Sikh Gurus, was born on December 22nd 1666 in Patna, Bihar, India.

Thiruvalluvar Day


Thiruvalluvar Day

Tamil Nadu: Tanil Nadu. The fourth day of the Pongal celebrations is called Thiruvalluvar Day. It is dedicated to the sun god, Surya.

Tusu Puja


Tusu Puja

Assam: An important festival of the Tea Tribes of Assam celebrated in the month of Puh and Maagh

Sankranti


Sankranti

Puducherry, Tamil Nadu: A harvest festival marking the start of spring.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti


Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti

Assam, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal: Subhas Chandra Bose was an Indian nationalist who attempted to rid India of British rule in WW2

 Statehood Day

 Long Weekend! 
Statehood Day

Himachal Pradesh: Himachal Pradesh. Statehood Day commemorates the granting of statehood on 25 January 1971

Republic Day


Republic Day

India: Indian Republic Day is celebrated on January 26th and commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India.

Birthday of Lala Lajpat Rai


Birthday of Lala Lajpat Rai

Punjab: Punjab. 150th birth anniversary of a key figure in the Indian independence movement

Me-dam-me-phi


Me-dam-me-phi

Assam: Assam. Celebrated by the Ahom people on 31st January in memory of the departed

 Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Telangana: Telangana only. Govt. offices, private establishments and shops will be closed to allow voting in the GHMC elections

Losar


Losar

Sikkim: Tibetan New year, also known as Losar, is the most important festival in the Tibetan calendar

Sonam Lochhar


Sonam Lochhar

Sikkim: This is the New Year of the Tamang people and the most important festival in their calendar.

Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti

Haryana: Haryana only. Sir Chhotu Ram was one of the most prominent pre-partition politicians in Punjab

Vasant Panchami

 Long Weekend! 
Vasant Panchami

Haryana, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura: 5th Day of Magha. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, art and culture

Saraswati Puja


Saraswati Puja

West Bengal: 4th Day of Magha. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, art and culture

Lui-Ngai-Ni

 Long Weekend! 
Lui-Ngai-Ni

Manipur: A seed-sowing festival celebrated by the Naga tribes of Manipur

Chahhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Chahhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

Maharashtra: Birthday of the creator of the Maratha nation. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was an Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan

Statehood Day


Statehood Day

Arunachal Pradesh: Arunachal Pradesh. Statehood Day commemorates the granting of statehood on February 20th 1987

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab: Guru Ravidas was a north Indian mystic in the 15th century

Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

Haryana: Haryana. An important 19th century Hindu leader

Panchayati Raj Diwas


Panchayati Raj Diwas

Odisha: Honours Biju Patnaik, an Indian politician who was twice Chief Minister of Odisha

Maha Shivratri

 Long Weekend! 
Maha Shivratri

Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: According to Hindu mythology, Shivaratri symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva.

Solar Eclipse


Solar Eclipse

Odisha: Odisha. A partial solar eclipse will be visible

Bihar Divas


Bihar Divas

Bihar: Bihar only. Marks the formation of the state of Bihar in 1912

Yaosang (Dolgatra)


Yaosang (Dolgatra)

Manipur: This festival that combines Hindu and folk traditions is celebrated for five days in spring on the full moon in the month of Lamda

Holi Dahan


Holi Dahan

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh: The day before Holi commemorates the burning of the demon Holika

Doljatra


Doljatra

West Bengal: Doljatra is the last festival of the Bengali year and celebrates the love between Krishna and Radha

Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev


Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev

Haryana: Commemorates three martyrs executed by the British for planting a bomb in 1929

Shahidi Divas S. Bhagat Singh Ji


Shahidi Divas S. Bhagat Singh Ji

Punjab, Rajasthan: Punjab, Rajasthan. A revolutionary socialist who was influential in the Indian independence movement

Holi


Holi

Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: Originally a harvest and fertility festival, Holi also commemorates a legend from Hindu Mythology

Maundy Thursday


Maundy Thursday

Kerala: Also Known as Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday commemorates the last supper and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist

Good Friday

 Long Weekend! 
Good Friday

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Odisha Day

 Long Weekend! 
Odisha Day

Odisha: Celebrated in Odisha to mark formation of the state as a separate province on 1 April 1936

Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday


Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday

Telangana: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana. Birthday of an Indian independence activist and politician from Bihar

Sajibu Nongma Panba

 Long Weekend! 
Sajibu Nongma Panba

Manipur: The Sajibu Nongmapanba Festival is the Lunar new year festival of the sanamahism religion

1st Navratra

 Long Weekend! 
1st Navratra

Jammu and Kashmir: First day of a nine-day festival that ends on Ram Navami

Cheti Chand

 Long Weekend! 
Cheti Chand

Gujarat: Sindhi New Year is celebrated on the second day in the month of Chaitra

Ugadi

 Long Weekend! 
Ugadi

Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh: Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit.

Biju Festival


Biju Festival

Tripura: Tripura. Biju Festival is a three-day festival that celebrates and showcases the cultural diversity of the Chakma people.

Bohag Bihu


Bohag Bihu

Assam: First day of holidays for the Assamese New Year

Mahabishuba Sankranti


Mahabishuba Sankranti

Odisha: Odisha. Marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Odia calendar

Vaisakhi


Vaisakhi

Haryana, Punjab: The beginning of the harvest season and birth of the Khalsa ☬

Ashoka's Birth Anniversary


Ashoka's Birth Anniversary

Bihar: Bihar commemorates the birth date of the a famous Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty

Bengali New Year


Bengali New Year

Tripura, West Bengal: Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced the Bengali calendar in 1556 (Gregorian calendar) to make the collection of land tax easier in 'Subah Bangla', much of which is now in Bangladesh.

Bohag Bihu


Bohag Bihu

Andhra Pradesh, Assam: This is the most important agricultural festival in Assam and marks the beginning of the Assamese New Year, signifying the time of harvest.

Dr Ambedkar Jayanti


Dr Ambedkar Jayanti

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: Celebrated to mark the birthday of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, an Indian jurist, politician, philosopher, anthropologist, historian and economist

Tamil New Year


Tamil New Year

Tamil Nadu: Puthandu also knownas Tamil New Year, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year

Vishu


Vishu

Kerala: Vishu is celebrated with much fanfare and energy in all parts of Kerala. It is considered a festival of light and fireworks

Bohag Bihu

 Long Weekend! 
Bohag Bihu

Assam: Second day of holidays for the Assamese New Year

Himachal Day

 Long Weekend! 
Himachal Day

Himachal Pradesh: Himachal Pradesh only. The province of Himachal Pradesh was created on 15 April 1948

Ram Navami

 Long Weekend! 
Ram Navami

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra

Mahavir Jayanti


Mahavir Jayanti

Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh: Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (24 great sages)

Mahavir Jayanti


Mahavir Jayanti

Uttarakhand: Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (24 great sages)

Garia Puja


Garia Puja

Tripura: Tripura only. A popular festival held on the seventh day of the month of Vaishakha

Imam Ali's Birthday


Imam Ali's Birthday

Uttar Pradesh: Known as Imam Ali in Muslim countries

Maharashtra Day


Maharashtra Day

Maharashtra: Commemorates the formation of the state of Maharashtra from the division of the Bombay State on 1 May 1960

Labour Day


Labour Day

Assam, Bihar, Goa, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, West Bengal: This holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement

Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore


Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore

Tripura, West Bengal: Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music

Parashurama Jayanti


Parashurama Jayanti

Himachal Pradesh: Parshurama is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is the son of Renuka and one of the saptarishi Sage Jamadagni

Basava Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Basava Jayanthi

Karnataka: Karnataka. Marks the birthday of Basavanna, the founding saint of the Lingayat religion

Parashurama Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Parashurama Jayanti

Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh: Parshurama is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is the son of Renuka and one of the saptarishi Sage Jamadagni

 Public Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Public Holiday

Kerala: Kerala. Public holiday to allow voters to participate in the Assembly election

Sikkim State Day

 Long Weekend! 
Sikkim State Day

Sikkim: The Northeast Indian state of Sikkim joined the Indian union on May 16th 1975

Buddha Purnima


Buddha Purnima

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: Marks three key events in Buddhas life - his birthday, the enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana

Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam


Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam

Tripura: Tripura only.

Maharana Pratap Jayanti


Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh: 3rd day of Jyeshta. Honours an eminent ruler in the region in the 16th century

Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom day


Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom day

Punjab: Guru Arjun Dev was the fifth Sikh Guru and the first Sikh martyr, killed in 1606. ☬

Pahili Raja


Pahili Raja

Odisha: Odisha. First day of a traditional festival that welcomes the rainy season

Raja Sankranti


Raja Sankranti

Odisha: Odisha only. The 'Swing festival' marks the start of the rainy season.

Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab: Birthday of a 15th century mystic and poet. Celebrated on Jyeshtha Purnima

Jumatul Bidah

 Long Weekend! 
Jumatul Bidah

Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand: Jumatul Bidah translates as 'Friday of farewell' and marks the last Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan

Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday


Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday

Jammu and Kashmir: Birthday of the sixth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion

Idul Fitr


Idul Fitr

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: Marks the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan

Ratha Yatra


Ratha Yatra

Odisha: Odisha. A festival that involves moving large idols of deities on a chariot

MHIP Day


MHIP Day

Mizoram: The MHIP is the biggest voluntary organisation in Mizoram and was founded on July 6th 1974

Idul Fitr


Idul Fitr

Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Telangana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: Marks the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan

Idul Fitr

 Long Weekend! 
Idul Fitr

Telangana: Telengana. Marks the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan

Kharchi Puja


Kharchi Puja

Tripura: Tripura only. A festival to worship the dynasty deity of Tripuri people

Martyrs' Day


Martyrs' Day

Jammu and Kashmir: Martyrs' Day is observed in Jammu and Kashmir in remembrance of the people killed on 13 July 1931 by state forces

Ker Puja


Ker Puja

Tripura: Tripura only. Celebrated two weeks after Kharchi Puja to honor Ker, the guardian deity of Vastu Devata

Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh


Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh

Punjab: Punjab. A revolutionary, best known for assassinating Michael O'Dwyer on 13 March 1940

Bonalu

 Long Weekend! 
Bonalu

Telangana: Telangana, a Hindu festival celebrating Goddess Mahakali in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad

Karkidaka Vavu


Karkidaka Vavu

Kerala: Karkidaka Vavu is a ritual dedicated to dead ancestors performed by Hindus in Kerala.

 Independence Day

 Long Weekend! 
Independence Day

India: On the 15th of August 1947, India became completely independent from British rule

De jure Transfer Day


De jure Transfer Day

Puducherry: On August 16th 1962 Puducherry was formally merged with the Indian union.

Parsi New Year


Parsi New Year

Gujarat, Maharashtra: Parsis descend from a group of Zoroastrians from Iran who immigrated to India during 10th century AD

Raksha Bandhan


Raksha Bandhan

Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.

Janmashtami


Janmashtami

Kerala, Odisha: The birthday of Lord Krishna, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the message of the Bhagwat Gita

Janmashtami


Janmashtami

Assam: The birthday of Lord Krishna, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the message of the Bhagwat Gita

Janmashtami


Janmashtami

Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: The birthday of Lord Krishna, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the message of the Bhagwat Gita

Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

 Long Weekend! 
Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Punjab: Punjab. This day commemorates the first parkash (opening ceremony) of the Guru Granth Sahib at the newly built Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, in 1604.

Tithi of Srimatna Sankardev


Tithi of Srimatna Sankardev

Assam: Srimanta Sankardev was a 15th–16th century Assamese polymath credited with uniting Assam.

Teej


Teej

Haryana: Teej is a festival, celebrated in Northern India and Nepal to welcome the monsoon season

Ganesh Chaturthi

 Long Weekend! 
Ganesh Chaturthi

Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana: Ganesh Chaturthi is the day when all Hindus celebrate one of the most popular deities, Lord Ganesh

Samvatsari

 Long Weekend! 
Samvatsari

Gujarat: The last day of Paryushana, the most important holy event of the year for Jains.

Vinayagar Chathurthi

 Long Weekend! 
Vinayagar Chathurthi

Puducherry: Ganesh Chaturthi is the day when all Hindus celebrate one of the most popular deities, Lord Ganesh

Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday


Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday

Goa: Second day of holidays for Ganesha Chaturthi, to celebrate Lord Ganesh

Nuakhai


Nuakhai

Odisha: Nuakhai is an agricultural festival observed by people of Western Odisha to welcome the new rice of the season

Birthday of Baba Sri Chand Ji


Birthday of Baba Sri Chand Ji

Punjab: Punjab. Eldest son of Guru Nanak and the founder of the ascetic sect of Udasis

Bakrid

 Long Weekend! 
Bakrid

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah's command, before he was stopped by Allah.

Bakrid


Bakrid

Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu: Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast in the Muslim calendar. It celebrates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah's command, before he was stopped by Allah.

First Onam


First Onam

Kerala: Onam lasts 10 days with official state holidays on three or four days starting from Onam Eve (Uthradom) to the Third Onam Day

Thiruvonam


Thiruvonam

Kerala: Thiruvonam is the second public holiday and principal day of Onam, a major Hindu harvest festival in Kerala.

Third Onam


Third Onam

Kerala: Third day of a popular 10 day Hindu harvest festival

Fourth Onam

 Long Weekend! 
Fourth Onam

Kerala: Fourth day of a popular 10 day Hindu harvest festival

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti

Kerala: A state holiday in Kerala to mark the birthday of a notable Keralite social reformer who was born on this day in 1855.

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi


Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

Kerala: Marks the death ceremony of the Sree Narayana Guru, saint, prophet and social reformer from Kerala

Haryana  Heroes' Martyrdom Day

 Long Weekend! 
Haryana Heroes' Martyrdom Day

Haryana: Honours those who have laid down their lives while safeguarding the frontiers of the nation

Birthday of S. Bhagat Singh Ji


Birthday of S. Bhagat Singh Ji

Punjab: Punjab. A revolutionary socialist who was influential in the Indian independence movement

Mahalaya

 Long Weekend! 
Mahalaya

Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal: Marks the first day of the festival of Durga Puja

Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti


Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti

Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan: Maharaja Agrasen was a legendary Indian king of Agroha, from whom the Agrawal and Agrahari communities are descended

Mahatma Gandhi Birthday


Mahatma Gandhi Birthday

India: Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated across India to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi

Islamic New Year


Islamic New Year

India: Marks Islamic New Year and the Prophet Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina in 622AD.

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

Assam, Odisha, West Bengal: Durga Puja is one of the largest Hindu festivals that involves worship of Goddess Durga symbolising power and triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

Durga Ashtami


Durga Ashtami

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal: Durgastami or Mahastami is the eighth day of the Durga Puja festival

Dussehra

 Long Weekend! 
Dussehra

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu: The festival of Dusseha symbolizes the triumph of good over evil in the legend of Rama and Ravana

Mahanavami

 Long Weekend! 
Mahanavami

Bihar, Kerala, Odisha: The festival of Dusseha symbolizes the triumph of good over evil in the legend of Rama and Ravana

Durga Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Durga Puja

Assam, Tripura, West Bengal: Durga Puja is one of the largest Hindu festivals that involves worship of Goddess Durga symbolising power and triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

Vijaya Dashami


Vijaya Dashami

Andhra Pradesh: Also known as Dashain or Tenth day of Navratri or Durgotsav, Vijaya Dashami commemorates the day that Durga appeared riding a lion to slay the Mahisasura.

Dussehra


Dussehra

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: The festival of Dusseha symbolizes the triumph of good over evil in the legend of Rama and Ravana

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Telangana, Tripura, West Bengal: Durga Puja is one of the largest Hindu festivals that involves worship of Goddess Durga symbolising power and triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

Odisha, Sikkim: Durga Puja is one of the largest Hindu festivals that involves worship of Goddess Durga symbolising power and triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology.

Ashura


Ashura

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal: Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram

Ashoora


Ashoora

Jammu and Kashmir: Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

Tripura: Tripura only. Additional holiday for Durga Puja Festival

Durga Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Durga Puja

Tripura: Tripura only. Additional holiday for Durga Puja Festival

Lakshmi Puja


Lakshmi Puja

Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal: The most important day to worship Goddess Lakshmi falls on the full moon day in lunar month Ashwin

Maharishi Valmiki Birthday


Maharishi Valmiki Birthday

Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka: Valmiki is celebrated as the harbinger-poet in Sanskrit literature. He lived in the first millennium BCE

Maharishi Valmiki Birthday


Maharishi Valmiki Birthday

Himachal Pradesh, Punjab: Valmiki is celebrated as the harbinger-poet in Sanskrit literature. He lived in the first millennium BCE

Parkash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji

 Long Weekend! 
Parkash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji

Punjab: The fourth of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism. Given the title of Sikh Guru in August 1574 and was Guru for seven years. As Guru, his main contribution to Sikhism was organizing the structure of Sikh society.

Diwali


Diwali

Assam: Assam, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Trpura. Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil.

Diwali


Diwali

Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Tripura: Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness

Kali Puja


Kali Puja

Assam, Odisha, West Bengal: Kali Puja is celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu month Kartik. It is celebrated on the same day as Diwali, when other regions worship the godess Lakshmi.

Naraka Chaturdashi


Naraka Chaturdashi

Karnataka: Karnataka. The second day of the five-day-long festival of Diwali

Diwali


Diwali

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness

Diwali

 Long Weekend! 
Diwali

Karnataka, Maharashtra: Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness

Vikram Samvat New Year

 Long Weekend! 
Vikram Samvat New Year

Gujarat: Gujuarat. Named after king Vikramaditya, this calendar remains widely used in western India. In Gujarat, the second day of Diwali is celebrated as the first day of the Vikram Samvat calendar

Vishvakarma Day

 Long Weekend! 
Vishvakarma Day

Punjab, Rajasthan: Vishvakarma Puja is a day of celebration for Vishvakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect

Ningol Chakkouba


Ningol Chakkouba

Manipur: During this popular festival, married sisters and daughters are invited to the parental house for a grand feast

Puducherry Liberation Day


Puducherry Liberation Day

Puducherry: The de facto transfer or merger of Puducherry and other French colonies with India came into effect on November 1st 1954

Bhai Bij


Bhai Bij

Gujarat: Gujuarat. A festival focused on siblings. Sisters invite their brothers to join in a feast.

Haryana Day


Haryana Day

Haryana: Commemorates the day when the state of Haryana was carved out of Punjab in 1966

Kannada Rajyothsava


Kannada Rajyothsava

Karnataka: All the Kannada speaking regions of south India were merged to form the state of Karnataka on Nov 1st 1956

Vishvakarma Day


Vishvakarma Day

Haryana: Haryana. A day of celebration for Vishwakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect

Chhath Puja


Chhath Puja

Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh: Chhath is an important Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of the Sun god and his wife.

Chhath Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Chhath Puja

Bihar, Uttarakhand: Chhath is an important Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of the Sun god and his wife.

Guru Nanak's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Nanak's Birthday

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: Falls on the full moon day of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated all over India to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

Rasa Purnima

 Long Weekend! 
Rasa Purnima

Odisha: First full moon day of the month of Ashwin. The day when Lord Krishna performed the Rasa Lila dance

Lachit Divas


Lachit Divas

Assam: Lachit Borphukan was a legendary general in 17th century Assam who halted the advance of the Mughal Empire.

State Inauguration Day


State Inauguration Day

Nagaland: State Inauguration Day in Nagaland marks the creation of the state on December 1st 1963

Asom Divas

 Long Weekend! 
Asom Divas

Assam: Commemorates the advent of the first king of the Ahom kingdom in Assam

Feast of St. Francis Xavier


Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Goa: Goa only. Francis was a Roman Catholic missionary born in Xavier, Kingdom of Navarre, and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus

World Disabled Day


World Disabled Day

Tripura: Tripura only. A UN sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability

Martyrdom of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji


Martyrdom of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji

Punjab: Punjab. Guru Teg Bahadur was the ninth of ten Gurus (Prophets) of the Sikh religion

Birthday of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah

 Long Weekend! 
Birthday of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir: A Kashmiri politician who played a central role in the politics of Jammu and Kashmir

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa was an Indian actor and politician who served five terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Mawlid

 Long Weekend! 
Mawlid

Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Odisha, Puducherry, Telangana, Uttarakhand: Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

Mawlid

 Long Weekend! 
Mawlid

Haryana: Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

Maulud Nabi


Maulud Nabi

Tamil Nadu: Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

Mawlid


Mawlid

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh: Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

Barahimizong


Barahimizong

Sikkim: Mangar people come together to pay homage to their forefathers by performing various religious rituals and rites.

Goa Liberation Day

 Long Weekend! 
Goa Liberation Day

Goa: Goa. Marks the surrender of Portuguese forces in Goa on 19 December 1961

Christmas Day


Christmas Day

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC

Boxing Day

 Long Weekend! 
Boxing Day

Telangana: The second day of Christmas is known as Boxing Day or St. Stephens Day. St Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

Shaheed Udham Singh's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Shaheed Udham Singh's Birthday

Haryana: Haryana. A revolutionary, best known for assassinating Michael O'Dwyer on 13 March 1940

Notes

  • Only the secular holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday are observed nationally.