Holiday Guide for India in 2018

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India List of Public Holidays in India in 2018

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

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

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

Missionary Day


Missionary Day

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

Birthday of Swami Vivekananda

 Long Weekend! 
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

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

Pongal


Pongal

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

Makar Sankranti


Makar Sankranti

Gujarat: A harvest festival marking the start of spring.

Magh Bihu


Magh Bihu

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

Sankranti

 Long Weekend! 
Sankranti

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

Sankranti

 Long Weekend! 
Sankranti

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

Thiruvalluvar Day

 Long Weekend! 
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

 Long Weekend! 
Tusu Puja

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

Uzhavar Tirunal


Uzhavar Tirunal

Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu. This is a day to thank family and friends who have helped in the farming season and the harvest

Uzhavar Tirunal


Uzhavar Tirunal

Puducherry: This is a day to thank family and friends who have helped in the farming season and the harvest

Sonam Lochhar


Sonam Lochhar

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

Vasant Panchami

 Long Weekend! 
Vasant Panchami

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

Saraswati Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Saraswati Puja

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

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

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

Gothar Bathou Sun


Gothar Bathou Sun

Assam: Bathouism is the ethnic religion of the Bodo people or Kachari people in Assam.

 Statehood Day


Statehood Day

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

Republic Day

 Long Weekend! 
Republic Day

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

Guru Ravidas Jayanti


Guru Ravidas Jayanti

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

Me-dam-me-phi


Me-dam-me-phi

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

Bir Chilarai Divas


Bir Chilarai Divas

Assam: Bir Chilarai was a legendary 16th century general from the Assam Koch royal dynasty

Maha Shivratri


Maha Shivratri

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

Mahashivratri


Mahashivratri

Goa: According to Hindu mythology, Shivaratri symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva.

Maha Shivratri


Maha Shivratri

Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: According to Hindu mythology, Shivaratri symbolizes the wedding day of Lord Shiva.

Lui-Ngai-Ni


Lui-Ngai-Ni

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

Losar

 Long Weekend! 
Losar

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

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

Mizoram State Day


Mizoram State Day

Mizoram: On February 20th 1987, Mizoram became the 23rd state of India.

Statehood Day


Statehood Day

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

Holi Dahan


Holi Dahan

Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh: The day before Holi commemorates the burning of the demon Holika

Holi


Holi

Jammu and Kashmir: Originally a harvest and fertility festival, Holi also commemorates a legend from Hindu Mythology

Doljatra

 Long Weekend! 
Doljatra

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

Chapchar Kut

 Long Weekend! 
Chapchar Kut

Mizoram, Mizoram: A popular spring festival in Mizoram that marks the completion of the clearing of the jungle ready to be farmed.

Holi

 Long Weekend! 
Holi

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

Yaosang 2nd Day


Yaosang 2nd Day

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 Holiday


Holi Holiday

Bihar: Originally a harvest and fertility festival, Holi also commemorates a legend from Hindu Mythology

Panchayati Raj Diwas

 Long Weekend! 
Panchayati Raj Diwas

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

Sajibu Nongma Panba


Sajibu Nongma Panba

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

1st Navratra


1st Navratra

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

Chandramana Ugadi


Chandramana Ugadi

Karnataka: Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit.

Ugadi


Ugadi

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

Cheti Chand


Cheti Chand

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

Gudi Padwa


Gudi Padwa

Goa: Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit.

Cheti Chand

 Long Weekend! 
Cheti Chand

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand: Sindhi New Year is celebrated on the second day in the month of Chaitra

Sarhul


Sarhul

Jharkhand: A key tribal festival, celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Tritiya, the third day of waxing moon in Chaitra month. Sarhul marks the beginning of New Year

Bihar Divas


Bihar Divas

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

Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev

 Long Weekend! 
Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev

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

Ashoka's Birth Anniversary


Ashoka's Birth Anniversary

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

Ram Navami


Ram Navami

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

Ram Navami

 Long Weekend! 
Ram Navami

Sikkim, Telangana: Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra

Mahavir Jayanti


Mahavir Jayanti

Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh: Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara (24 great sages)

Mahavir Jayanti


Mahavir Jayanti

Gujarat: 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)

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

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, 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.

Imam Ali's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Imam Ali's Birthday

Uttar Pradesh: Known as Imam Ali in Muslim countries

Easter Sunday


Easter Sunday

Kerala: On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Jesus Christ after his crucifixion

Odisha Day


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

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

Dr Ambedkar Jayanti


Dr Ambedkar Jayanti

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, 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

Vaisakhi


Vaisakhi

Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab: The beginning of the harvest season and birth of the Khalsa ☬

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: Assam. Marks the beginning of the Assamese New Year, signifying the time of harvest

Mahabishuba Sankranti


Mahabishuba Sankranti

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

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

Cheiraoba


Cheiraoba

Manipur: Cheiraoba is the Manipur New Year and is celebrated during the month of April.

Bohag Bihu Holiday


Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam: Public holidays for the Assamese New Year

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.

Himachal Day


Himachal Day

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

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 Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam: Public holidays for the Assamese New Year

Tithi of Damodar Deva

 Long Weekend! 
Tithi of Damodar Deva

Assam: Sri Damodar Dev was a famous religious preacher in the Vaishnavite movement of Assam

Parashurama Jayanti


Parashurama Jayanti

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

Basava Jayanthi


Basava Jayanthi

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

Garia Puja


Garia Puja

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

Veer Kunvar Singh Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Veer Kunvar Singh Jayanti

Bihar: Babu Veer Kunwar Singh was a notable leader during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Buddha Purnima

 Long Weekend! 
Buddha Purnima

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

Labour Day


Labour Day

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

Maharashtra Day


Maharashtra Day

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

Shab e-Barat


Shab e-Barat

Bihar: Muslims believe that on the night of Shab-E-Barat God writes the destinies of all men for the coming year by taking into account the deeds committed by them in the past

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

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Karnataka: The Karnataka government has declared a public holiday for government offices, all school and colleges and other organisations including aided institutions on May 12, for the Assembly elections

Sikkim State Day


Sikkim State Day

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

Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam


Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam

Tripura: Tripura only.

Janmotsav of Sri Sri Madhav Dev


Janmotsav of Sri Sri Madhav Dev

Assam: Birthday of Madhab Dev. One of the most popular Vaishnava Saints in Assam

Jumat-ul-Vida

 Long Weekend! 
Jumat-ul-Vida

Jammu and Kashmir: Jumat-ul-Vida translates as 'Friday of farewell' and marks the last Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan

Jumat-ul-Vida

 Long Weekend! 
Jumat-ul-Vida

Mizoram: Jumat-ul-Vida translates as 'Friday of farewell' and marks the last Friday prayers in the holy month of Ramadan

Shab-I-Qadr

 Long Weekend! 
Shab-I-Qadr

Jammu and Kashmir: The night that the first verses of the Qu'ran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammad

Pahili Raja


Pahili Raja

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

Idul Fitr Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Idul Fitr Holiday

Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu: The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan

Raja Sankranti

 Long Weekend! 
Raja Sankranti

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

YMA Day

 Long Weekend! 
YMA Day

Mizoram: The Young Mizo Association (YMA) is the largest non-profit and nongovernmental organisation of the Mizo people. It was established on 15 June 1935.

Maharana Pratap Jayanti


Maharana Pratap Jayanti

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

Idul Fitr


Idul Fitr

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan

Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji


Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji

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

Following Day Of Ramzan


Following Day Of Ramzan

Telangana: Second day of holidays to mark the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan

Thomas Jones Day

 Long Weekend! 
Thomas Jones Day

Meghalaya: Commemorates the arrival of a missionary to Meghalaya in the 19th century

Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti


Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

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

Remna Ni


Remna Ni

Mizoram: On 30 June 1986, a peace agreement was signed between the Mizo National Front and the Central government, ending 20 years of insurgency in Mizoram

Behdienkhlam


Behdienkhlam

Meghalaya: Behdienkhlam (chasing away the Demon of Cholera) is celebrated in mid-July after the sowing period. It is the most important festival of the Jaintia tribes

Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday


Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday

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

MHIP Day

 Long Weekend! 
MHIP Day

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

Martyrs' Day

 Long Weekend! 
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

Ratha Yatra


Ratha Yatra

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

U Tirot Sing Day


U Tirot Sing Day

Meghalaya: Birthday of Tirot Singh, a freedom fighter from Meghalaya who led a revolt against the British

Kharchi Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Kharchi Puja

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

Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh


Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh

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

Ker Puja


Ker Puja

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

Bonalu

 Long Weekend! 
Bonalu

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

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday to mourn the demise of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi

Karkidaka Vavu


Karkidaka Vavu

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

Patriot's Day

 Long Weekend! 
Patriot's Day

Manipur: Remembers those who fought against the British during the Anglo-Manipuri war

Independence Day


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

 Long Weekend! 
Parsi New Year

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

Funeral of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

 Long Weekend! 
Funeral of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh: A public holiday has been declared in several Indian states on 17 August 2018 to mourn the passing of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India's tenth prime minister, who died on Thursday 16 August 2018.

Bakrid


Bakrid

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, 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

Delhi: Central government offices in Delhi will remain closed on Wednesday as originally announced, due to Eid al-Adha

Bakri-Id


Bakri-Id

Gujarat: 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.

Bakri Id


Bakri Id

Maharashtra: 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.

Eid-ul-Azha Holiday Holiday


Eid-ul-Azha Holiday Holiday

Jammu and Kashmir: Second day of holidays for the Feast of the Sacrifice

First Onam

 Long Weekend! 
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.

Raksha Bandhan


Raksha Bandhan

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

Third Onam


Third Onam

Kerala: Third 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.

Ayyankali Jayanthi


Ayyankali Jayanthi

Kerala: Ayyankali Jayanthi commemorates the birthday of Ayyankali, an important social reformer in Travancore, British India

Tithi of Sri Sri Madhav Dev

 Long Weekend! 
Tithi of Sri Sri Madhav Dev

Assam: Madhab Dev is one of the most popular Vaishnava Saints in Assam

Janmashtami


Janmashtami

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

Sreekrishna Jayanthi


Sreekrishna Jayanthi

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

Janmashtami

 Long Weekend! 
Janmashtami

Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, 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.

Ganesh Chaturthi


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


Samvatsari

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

Vinayagar Chathurthi


Vinayagar Chathurthi

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

Nuakhai

 Long Weekend! 
Nuakhai

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

Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday

Goa: Second day of public holidays in Goa to mark Ganesha Chaturthi, which celebrates Lord Ganesh

Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi


Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi

Rajasthan: A public holiday for two Hindu folk deities of Rajasthan

Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev


Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev

Assam: Birthday of Srimanta Sankardev, a 15th–16th century Assamese polymath

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Punjab: Due to General Elections of Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samitis, a holiday has been declared in Punjab on 19 September 2018

Ashura


Ashura

Bihar, Kerala, Maharashtra: Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram

Karam


Karam

Jharkhand: A religious tribal festival that gives thanks to Karam Devta for a good harvest

Ashura

 Long Weekend! 
Ashura

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

Muharram

 Long Weekend! 
Muharram

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

Ashoora

 Long Weekend! 
Ashoora

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

Ashura

 Long Weekend! 
Ashura

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

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

 Long Weekend! 
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


Haryana Heroes' Martyrdom Day

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

Mahatma Gandhi Birthday


Mahatma Gandhi Birthday

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

Mahalaya

 Long Weekend! 
Mahalaya

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

Mahalaya


Mahalaya

Odisha: Marks the first day of the festival of Durga Puja

Bathukamma Starting Day


Bathukamma Starting Day

Telangana: Bathukamma is floral festival celebrated by the Hindu women of Telangana

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

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

Assam, Odisha, Sikkim, 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 Ashtami


Durga Ashtami

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

Mahanavami


Mahanavami

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

Kati Bihu


Kati Bihu

Assam: An important Assamese festival to ensure strong growth and healthy crops that begins at the start of the month of Kati.

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

Assam, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura: 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.

Dussehra


Dussehra

Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu: The festival of Dusseha symbolizes the triumph of good over evil in the legend of Rama and Ravana

Nabami


Nabami

West Bengal: Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga

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.

Durga Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Durga Puja

Sikkim: Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga

Dussehra

 Long Weekend! 
Dussehra

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

Vijaya Dashami

 Long Weekend! 
Vijaya Dashami

Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tripura, West Bengal: 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.

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

Sikkim, Tripura: 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.

Durgapuja holiday

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Durgapuja holiday

Tripura: Additional holiday for the festival that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga

Durgapuja holiday


Durgapuja holiday

Tripura: Additional holiday for the festival that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga

Maharishi Valmiki Birthday


Maharishi Valmiki Birthday

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

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

Lhabab Duechen


Lhabab Duechen

Sikkim: Marks return of Lord Buddha to earth from the heavenly realm after three months of teaching

Sardar Patel's Birthday


Sardar Patel's Birthday

Gujarat: Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India

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

Kut


Kut

Manipur: A harvest festival of the different tribes of Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups of Manipur

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

Balipadyami


Balipadyami

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

Diwali


Diwali

Assam, Kerala: Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness

Deepavali


Deepavali

Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu. Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil.

Deepavali


Deepavali

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

Kali Puja


Kali Puja

Assam, 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.

Diwali


Diwali

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

Diwali


Diwali

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

Kali Puja


Kali Puja

Odisha: Assam, Odisha, West Bengal. Falls on same date as Diwali

Govardhan Puja


Govardhan Puja

Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: A day after Diwali in the month of Kartik. Celebrated by Hindus as the day Lord Krishna defeated the God Indra

Vishwakarma Diwas


Vishwakarma Diwas

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

Diwali


Diwali

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

Vikram Samvat New Year


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

Bhai Bij

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Bhai Bij

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

Wangala Festival

 Long Weekend! 
Wangala Festival

Meghalaya: Wangala is a post-harvest festival of thanksgiving celebrated in Meghalaya after the completion of all agricultural activities

Ningol Chakkouba

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Ningol Chakkouba

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

Diwali Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Diwali Holiday

Rajasthan: Celebrations for Diwali continue, revolving around the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness

Vishvakarma Day

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Vishvakarma Day

Haryana: Vishwakarma Puja is a day of celebration for Vishwakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect

Chhath Puja


Chhath Puja

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

Chhath Puja


Chhath Puja

Bihar: Chhath is an important Hindu festival. Key celebrations take place in Bihar, India and Nepal, Mithila. Chhath Puja is dedicated to the worship of the Sun god and his wife.

Mawlid


Mawlid

Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Uttarakhand: Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

Mawlid


Mawlid

Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura: Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

Mawlid


Mawlid

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

Milad-Un-Nabi


Milad-Un-Nabi

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

Guru Nanak's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Nanak's Birthday

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: Guru Naka Jayanti 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 Nakak, the founder of Sikhism.

Seng Kut Snem

 Long Weekend! 
Seng Kut Snem

Meghalaya: A festival of the Khasi Community in Meghalaya celebrating their culture and traditions

Rasa Purnima

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Rasa Purnima

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

Friday after Eid e-Milad-un Nabi

 Long Weekend! 
Friday after Eid e-Milad-un Nabi

Jammu and Kashmir: A public holiday in Jammu and Kashmir on the Friday after Eid-i-Milad-ul-Nabi

Lachit Divas


Lachit Divas

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

Kanakadasa Jayanthi

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Kanakadasa Jayanthi

Karnataka: This public holiday in Karnataka marks the birthday of the great poet and saint shri Kanaka Dasa

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Madhya Pradesh: The Madhya Pradesh State Government has declared a public holiday on November 28 for the Legislative Assembly election

State Inauguration Day


State Inauguration Day

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

Asom Divas


Asom Divas

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

World Disabled Day

 Long Weekend! 
World Disabled Day

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

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

 Long Weekend! 
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

Birthday of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah


Birthday of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah

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

Pa Togan Nengminza Sangma


Pa Togan Nengminza Sangma

Meghalaya: Death anniversary of a Garo tribe leader who fought against the British and died in 1872

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

Death Anniversary of U SoSo Tham


Death Anniversary of U SoSo Tham

Meghalaya: A holiday in Meghalaya to mark the legendary Khasi poet laureate U Soso Tham who died on 18 December 1940

Guru Ghasidas Jayanti


Guru Ghasidas Jayanti

Chhattisgarh: Birthday of an advocate of the Satnami sect of Hinduism in the early 19th century

Goa Liberation Day


Goa Liberation Day

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

Christmas Festival

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Christmas Festival

Meghalaya: Several countries and regions around the world extend their public holidays for Christmas beyond 25th December

Christmas Day


Christmas Day

Andhra Pradesh, 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, Puducherry, 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

Christmas Holiday


Christmas Holiday

Meghalaya, Mizoram, Telangana: Several countries and regions around the world extend their public holidays for Christmas beyond 25th December

Christmas Festival


Christmas Festival

Meghalaya: Several countries and regions around the world extend their public holidays for Christmas beyond 25th December

Barahimizong


Barahimizong

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

U Kiang Nangbah


U Kiang Nangbah

Meghalaya: U Kiang Nangbah was a freedom fighter from Meghalaya who led an uprising against the British

Notes

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