Holiday Guide for India in 2019

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India List of Public Holidays in India in 2019

New Year's Day


New Year's Day

Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, 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

New Year's Celebration


New Year's Celebration

Mizoram: Some countries observes a second public holiday for New Year's celebration

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

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti


Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan: Birthday of the tenth and final Sikh prophet-teacher

Makar Sankranti

 Long Weekend! 
Makar Sankranti

Gujarat: A harvest festival marking the start of spring.

Bhogi

 Long Weekend! 
Bhogi

Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Telangana: Bhogi is the first day of the four-day celebration of Pongal

Pongal

 Long Weekend! 
Pongal

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

Pongal


Pongal

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

Sankranti


Sankranti

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

Thiruvalluvar Day


Thiruvalluvar Day

Puducherry, 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

Kanuma


Kanuma

Andhra Pradesh: In Andhra Pradesh, the Kanuma festival is celebrated on the third day of four-day Sankranti festival

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

Imoinu Iratpa

 Long Weekend! 
Imoinu Iratpa

Manipur: A day to worhip Emoinu, the Sanamahism goddess of wealth, prosperity and vital resources

Gann-Ngai


Gann-Ngai

Manipur: A new year festival of the Zeliangrong people of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland

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: Republic Day is an important national holiday that commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India

Me-dam-me-phi


Me-dam-me-phi

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

Sonam Lochhar


Sonam Lochhar

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

Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti


Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti

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

Vasant Panchami


Vasant Panchami

Bihar, Haryana, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal: 5th 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

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti


Chhatrapati 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

Guru Ravidas Jayanti


Guru Ravidas Jayanti

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

Mizoram State Day


Mizoram State Day

Mizoram: Mizoram became a fully-fledged state on 20 February 1987

Statehood Day


Statehood Day

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

Chapchar Kut

 Long Weekend! 
Chapchar Kut

Mizoram: A popular spring festival in Mizoram that marks the clearing of the jungle

Maha Shivratri

 Long Weekend! 
Maha Shivratri

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, 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.

Panchayati Raj Diwas


Panchayati Raj Diwas

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

Holi Dahan


Holi Dahan

Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: The day before Holi commemorates the burning of the demon Holika

Holi


Holi

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

Imam Ali's Birthday


Imam Ali's Birthday

Uttar Pradesh: Known as Imam Ali in Muslim countries

Hazrat Ali's Birthday


Hazrat Ali's Birthday

Uttar Pradesh: Known as Imam Ali in Muslim countries

Holi


Holi

Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana: Originally a harvest and fertility festival, Holi also commemorates a legend from Hindu Mythology

Doljatra


Doljatra

Bihar: 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

Holi

 Long Weekend! 
Holi

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

Yaosang 2nd Day

 Long Weekend! 
Yaosang 2nd Day

Manipur: 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

Bihar Divas

 Long Weekend! 
Bihar Divas

Bihar: Bihar Divas marks the formation of the state of Bihar on 22 March 1912

Martyrs' Day


Martyrs' Day

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

Odisha Day

 Long Weekend! 
Odisha Day

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

Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday

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

Ugadi


Ugadi

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

Sajibu Nongmapanba


Sajibu Nongmapanba

Manipur: Manipur. 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

Gudi Padwa


Gudi Padwa

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

Cheti Chand


Cheti Chand

Gujarat, Rajasthan: 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

Public Holiday Lok Shaba Elections


Public Holiday Lok Shaba Elections

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand: Members of the 17th Lok Sabha will be elected during the 2019 Indian general election

Biju Festival


Biju Festival

Tripura: Tripura. The day before the last day of Bengali Calendar Year

Ram Navami


Ram Navami

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

Bohag Bihu Holiday


Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam: First day of holidays for the Assamese New Year

Ashoka's Birth Anniversary


Ashoka's Birth Anniversary

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

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

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

Vaisakhi


Vaisakhi

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

Ram Navami


Ram Navami

Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana: Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra

Bengali New Year

 Long Weekend! 
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

 Long Weekend! 
Bohag Bihu

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

Himachal Day

 Long Weekend! 
Himachal Day

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

Vishu

 Long Weekend! 
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


Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam: Third day of holidays for the Assamese New Year

Mahavir Jayanti


Mahavir Jayanti

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

Public Holiday Lok Shaba Elections


Public Holiday Lok Shaba Elections

Tamil Nadu: Members of the 17th Lok Sabha will be elected during the 2019 Indian general election

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, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, 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.

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

Easter Sunday


Easter Sunday

Kerala: On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Garia Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Garia Puja

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

Public Holiday Lok Shaba Elections


Public Holiday Lok Shaba Elections

Goa: Members of the 17th Lok Sabha will be elected during the 2019 Indian general election

Veer Kunvar Singh Jayanti


Veer Kunvar Singh Jayanti

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

Labour Day


Labour Day

Assam, Bihar, Goa, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, 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

Tithi of Damodar Deva


Tithi of Damodar Deva

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

Parashurama Jayanti


Parashurama Jayanti

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

Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore


Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore

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

Basava Jayanthi


Basava Jayanthi

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

Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore


Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore

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

Sikkim State Day


Sikkim State Day

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

Buddha Purnima


Buddha Purnima

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

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

Buddha Purnima


Buddha Purnima

Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh: Marks three key events in Buddhas life - his birthday, the enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana

Jumat-ul-Wida

 Long Weekend! 
Jumat-ul-Wida

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

Shab-I-Qadr


Shab-I-Qadr

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

Idul Fitr


Idul Fitr

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal: The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan

Maharana Pratap Jayanti


Maharana Pratap Jayanti

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

Following Day of Ramazan


Following Day of Ramazan

Telangana: Second day of holidays for the festival of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan

Uttarakhand Public Holiday


Uttarakhand Public Holiday

Uttarakhand: A public holiday in Uttarakhand to mourn the passing of Finance Minister Prakash Pant

Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom day

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom day

Punjab: Punjab only. Guru Arjun Dev was the first Sikh martyr, killed in 1606.

Pahili Raja

 Long Weekend! 
Pahili Raja

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

Raja Sankranti


Raja Sankranti

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

YMA Day


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.

Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

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

Thomas Jones Day


Thomas Jones Day

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

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

Ratha Yatra


Ratha Yatra

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

Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday

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

MHIP Day


MHIP Day

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

Kharchi Puja


Kharchi Puja

Tripura: Tripura only. A festival to worship the cleansing of the earth and honour 14 gods

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

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

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

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

Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh


Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh

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

Karkkadaka Vavu


Karkkadaka Vavu

Kerala: Kerala. A ritual dedicated to dead ancestors performed by Hindus in Kerala

Bakrid

 Long Weekend! 
Bakrid

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, 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.

Id-ul-Ad'ha

 Long Weekend! 
Id-ul-Ad'ha

Kerala: 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.

Patriot's Day


Patriot's Day

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

Raksha Bandhan


Raksha Bandhan

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

Independence Day


Independence Day

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

De jure Transfer Day

 Long Weekend! 
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

Tithi of Sri Sri Madhav Dev


Tithi of Sri Sri Madhav Dev

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

Janmashtami

 Long Weekend! 
Janmashtami

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Uttarakhand: The birthday of Lord Krishna, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the message of the Bhagwat Gita

Krishna Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Krishna Jayanthi

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

Janmashtami


Janmashtami

Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh: The birthday of Lord Krishna, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the message of the Bhagwat Gita

Ayyankali Jayanthi


Ayyankali Jayanthi

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

Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji


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

 Long Weekend! 
Tithi of Srimatna Sankardev

Assam: Srimanta Sankardev was a 15th–16th century Assamese polymath

Fourth Onam

 Long Weekend! 
Fourth Onam

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

Ganesh Chaturthi

 Long Weekend! 
Ganesh Chaturthi

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

Vinayagar Chathurthi

 Long Weekend! 
Vinayagar Chathurthi

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

Nuakhai


Nuakhai

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

Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday


Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday

Goa: Goa observes a second public holiday for Ganesha Chaturthi; the day when all Hindus celebrate Lord Ganesh

Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi


Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi

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

Ashura

 Long Weekend! 
Ashura

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

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

Ashura


Ashura

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Rajasthan, 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

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

Ashura


Ashura

Gujarat, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu: Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram

Thiruvonam


Thiruvonam

Kerala: Traditional harvest festival that marks the annual return of mythical King Mahabali

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 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

 Long Weekend! 
Haryana Heroes' Martyrdom Day

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

Bathukamma Starting Day


Bathukamma Starting Day

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

Mahalaya


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

Maha Saptami


Maha Saptami

Assam, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal: Assam, Odisha, West Bengal. On the seventh day of Durga Puja, the goddess started her battle against Mahishasura.

Durga Ashtami


Durga Ashtami

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

Mahanavami


Mahanavami

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

Ayudha Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Ayudha Puja

Puducherry, Tamil Nadu: On Ayudha Puja, the ninth day of Navaratri, many common and seemingly mundane tools and implements are cleaned and worshipped.

Mahanavami

 Long Weekend! 
Mahanavami

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

Navami of Durga Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Navami of Durga Puja

Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, West Bengal: Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga

Ayudha Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Ayudha Puja

Karnataka: On Ayudha Puja, the ninth day of Navaratri, many common and seemingly mundane tools and implements are cleaned and worshipped.

Dussehra


Dussehra

Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, 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

Assam, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Sikkim, 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.

Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev


Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev

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

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.

Maharishi Valmiki Birthday


Maharishi Valmiki Birthday

Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand: 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

Kati Bihu

 Long Weekend! 
Kati Bihu

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

India State Elections Public Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
India State Elections Public Holiday

Haryana, Maharashtra: To allow citizens of Haryana and Maharashtra to vote in the state-wide assembly polls.

Narak Chaturdashi


Narak Chaturdashi

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

Diwali


Diwali

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: 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.

Deepavali


Deepavali

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

Govardhan Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Govardhan Puja

Chandigarh, 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

Diwali

 Long Weekend! 
Diwali

Maharashtra, Manipur, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Tripura: 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

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

Bhai Bij


Bhai Bij

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

Balipadyami


Balipadyami

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

Ningol Chakkouba


Ningol Chakkouba

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

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

 Long Weekend! 
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

Haryana Day

 Long Weekend! 
Haryana Day

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

Kannada Rajyothsava

 Long Weekend! 
Kannada Rajyothsava

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

Kut

 Long Weekend! 
Kut

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

Chhath Puja


Chhath Puja

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

Chhath Puja


Chhath Puja

Bihar: Second day of holidays for Chhath, an important Hindu festival in Bihar

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

Milad-i-Sherif


Milad-i-Sherif

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

Mawlid


Mawlid

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

Parkash Gurpurab of Guru Nanak ji

 Long Weekend! 
Parkash Gurpurab of Guru Nanak ji

Punjab: 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.

Guru Nanak's Birthday


Guru Nanak's Birthday

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, 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.

Rasa Purnima


Rasa Purnima

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

Kanakadasa Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Kanakadasa Jayanthi

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

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

Lhabab Duechen


Lhabab Duechen

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

Seng Kut Snem


Seng Kut Snem

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

Lachit Divas


Lachit Divas

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

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

State Inauguration Day


State Inauguration Day

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

Indigenous faith day


Indigenous faith day

Arunachal Pradesh: A day to honour and promote all indigenous faiths in Arunachal Pradesh

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

Birthday of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah


Birthday of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah

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

Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma


Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma

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

Barahimizong

 Long Weekend! 
Barahimizong

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

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 Eve


Christmas Eve

Meghalaya, Mizoram: Christmas Eve marks the culmination of the Advent period before Christmas that started on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day


Christmas Day

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, 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: Several countries and regions around the world extend their public holidays for Christmas beyond 25th December

Boxing Day


Boxing Day

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

Christmas Festival

 Long Weekend! 
Christmas Festival

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

U Kiang Nangbah

 Long Weekend! 
U Kiang Nangbah

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

New Year's Eve


New Year's Eve

Mizoram: The last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar is usually celebrated with parties as midnight approaches

Notes

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