Holiday Guide for India in 2020

India 2020
India
2020

India information

Population: 1,380.00m
Capital: New Delhi
Calling Code: (91)
Time Zone: +5.5 UTC
Currency: Indian rupee
Language: Hindi

List of Public Holidays in India in 2020

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: Mizoram. Extra public holiday to mark the start of the new year

Mannam Jayanthi


Mannam Jayanthi

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

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti


Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

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

Imoinu Iratpa


Imoinu Iratpa

Manipur: A day to worship 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

Missionary Day


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

Bhogi


Bhogi

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

Makar Sankranti


Makar Sankranti

Gujarat: Several states. A harvest festival marking the start of spring.

Pongal


Pongal

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

Sankranti


Sankranti

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

Tusu Puja


Tusu Puja

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

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.

Kanuma


Kanuma

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

Uzhavar Tirunal

 Long Weekend! 
Uzhavar Tirunal

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

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti


Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti

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

Statehood Day


Statehood Day

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

Sonam Lochhar


Sonam Lochhar

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

Republic Day


Republic Day

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

Gothar Bathou Sun


Gothar Bathou Sun

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

Saraswati Puja Holiday


Saraswati Puja Holiday

West Bengal: 5th Day of Magha. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, art and culture

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

Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti


Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti

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

Me-dam-me-phi

 Long Weekend! 
Me-dam-me-phi

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

Saraswati Puja Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Saraswati Puja Holiday

West Bengal: 5th Day of Magha. On this day Hindus worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, art and culture

Guru Ravidas Jayanti


Guru Ravidas Jayanti

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

Bir Chilarai Divas


Bir Chilarai Divas

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

Lui-Ngai-Ni


Lui-Ngai-Ni

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

Chahhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti


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

Mizoram State Day


Mizoram State Day

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

Maha Shivratri

 Long Weekend! 
Maha Shivratri

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

Losar

 Long Weekend! 
Losar

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

Panchayati Raj Diwas


Panchayati Raj Diwas

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

Chapchar Kut

 Long Weekend! 
Chapchar Kut

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

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

Doljatra

 Long Weekend! 
Doljatra

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

Holi Dahan

 Long Weekend! 
Holi Dahan

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

Imam Ali's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Imam Ali's Birthday

Uttar Pradesh: Known as Imam Ali in Muslim countries

Holi Dahan

 Long Weekend! 
Holi Dahan

Jharkhand, Uttarakhand: The day before Holi commemorates the burning of the demon Holika

Bhumchu Festival

 Long Weekend! 
Bhumchu Festival

Sikkim: An annual Buddhist festival that is said to predict the fate of Sikkim state for the coming year.

Doljatra


Doljatra

Rajasthan: The day before Holi commemorates the burning of the demon Holika

Holi


Holi

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

Yaosang 2nd Day


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

Bakth Matha Karma Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Bakth Matha Karma Jayanthi

Chhattisgarh: Honours the story of Mata Karma, a 17th century devotee of Krishna.

Bihar Divas


Bihar Divas

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

Shaheedi Diwas

 Long Weekend! 
Shaheedi Diwas

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

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.

Gudi Padwa


Gudi Padwa

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

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

Cheti Chand


Cheti Chand

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

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

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

Sarhul

 Long Weekend! 
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

Odisha Day


Odisha Day

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

Ram Navami


Ram Navami

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, 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

Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday


Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday

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

Mahavir Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Mahavir Jayanti

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

Birthday of Sri Guru Nabha Dass Ji


Birthday of Sri Guru Nabha Dass Ji

Punjab: Sri Guru Nabha Das was a 16th century saint, theologian and the writer of the Holy Scripture, The Bhagat Maal.

Maundy Thursday


Maundy Thursday

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

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

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, 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.

Easter Sunday


Easter Sunday

Kerala: Easter Sunday is the most important date in the Christian church. In the bible, it is the day when Mary Magdalene found that an empty tomb in the cave in which Jesus had been placed.

Biju Festival

 Long Weekend! 
Biju Festival

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

Bohag Bihu

 Long Weekend! 
Bohag Bihu

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

Vaisakhi

 Long Weekend! 
Vaisakhi

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

Cheiraoba

 Long Weekend! 
Cheiraoba

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

Mahabishuba Sankranti

 Long Weekend! 
Mahabishuba Sankranti

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

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, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, 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

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

Bohag Bihu


Bohag Bihu

Arunachal Pradesh: Public holidays for the Assamese New Year

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.

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

Vaisakhi


Vaisakhi

Madhya Pradesh: The beginning of the harvest season and birth of the Khalsa ☬

Himachal Day


Himachal Day

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

Bohag Bihu Holiday


Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam: Public holidays for the Assamese New Year

Garia Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Garia Puja

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

Garia Puja Holiday


Garia Puja Holiday

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

Tithi of Damodar Deva


Tithi of Damodar Deva

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

Veer Kunvar Singh Jayanti


Veer Kunvar Singh Jayanti

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

Parashurama Jayanti


Parashurama Jayanti

Gujarat, 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

Parashurama Jayanti


Parashurama Jayanti

Madhya Pradesh, Punjab: 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

Maharashtra Day

 Long Weekend! 
Maharashtra Day

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

Labour Day

 Long Weekend! 
Labour Day

Andhra Pradesh, 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

Buddha Purnima


Buddha Purnima

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, 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

Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore

 Long Weekend! 
Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore

Tripura, West Bengal: 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

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

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

Savitri Amavasya

 Long Weekend! 
Savitri Amavasya

Odisha: A fasting day for married Hindu women who pray for their husbands to have a long life.

Id-ul-Fitr


Id-ul-Fitr

Kerala: The festival of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast breaking, marks the end of Ramadan

Idul Fitr

 Long Weekend! 
Idul Fitr

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, 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

Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam

 Long Weekend! 
Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam

Tripura: Tripura only. A notable Bengali poet, writer, musician, and revolutionary born in 1899.

Maharana Pratap Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Maharana Pratap Jayanti

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

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

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. ☬

Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

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

Saga Dawa

 Long Weekend! 
Saga Dawa

Sikkim: 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

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.

Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday


Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday

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

Ratha Yatra


Ratha Yatra

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

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

Doctor's Day


Doctor's Day

West Bengal: A state holiday to honour those working on the front-line against the coronavirus.

MHIP Day

 Long Weekend! 
MHIP Day

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

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

Ker Puja


Ker Puja

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

U Tirot Sing Day

 Long Weekend! 
U Tirot Sing Day

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

Bonalu

 Long Weekend! 
Bonalu

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

Karkidaka Vavu

 Long Weekend! 
Karkidaka Vavu

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

Hareli

 Long Weekend! 
Hareli

Chhattisgarh: A popular harvest festival celebrated by farming communities in Chhattisgarh.

Drukpa Tsheshi

 Long Weekend! 
Drukpa Tsheshi

Sikkim: A public holiday on the fourth day of the sixth month in the Bhutanese calendar

Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh

 Long Weekend! 
Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh

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

Bakrid

 Long Weekend! 
Bakrid

Kerala, Uttarakhand: 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

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, 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.

Bakrid


Bakrid

Goa: 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


Eid-ul-Azha Holiday

Jammu and Kashmir: 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.

Raksha Bandhan

 Long Weekend! 
Raksha Bandhan

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

Jhulan Purnima

 Long Weekend! 
Jhulan Purnima

Odisha: Jhulan Yatra is one of the most important festivals in Odisha for the followers of Lord Krishna.

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Azad Kashmir: Marks the anniversary of India revoking the special status granted to Indian-Administered Kashmir.

Adivasi Divas


Adivasi Divas

Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan: Observed on August 9th, on the UN's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

Janmashtami


Janmashtami

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana: The birthday of Lord Krishna, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the message of the Bhagwat Gita

Janmashtami


Janmashtami

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

Patriot's Day


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

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

De jure Transfer Day


De jure Transfer Day

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

Birthday of Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman


Birthday of Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman

Tripura: Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur Deb Burman was a King of Tripura before the state joined India.

Tithi of Srimatna Sankardev


Tithi of Srimatna Sankardev

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

Haritalika Teej

 Long Weekend! 
Haritalika Teej

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

Ganesh Chaturthi


Ganesh Chaturthi

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

Vinayagar Chathurthi


Vinayagar Chathurthi

Puducherry: 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.

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

Ayyankali Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Ayyankali Jayanthi

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

Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi

 Long Weekend! 
Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi

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

Ashura


Ashura

Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tripura: 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


Ashura

Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, 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

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

 Long Weekend! 
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

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti


Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti

Kerala: The birthday of Narayana Guru, a great Saint and Social reformer of India

Fourth Onam


Fourth Onam

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

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

Mahalaya


Mahalaya

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

Vishvakarma Day


Vishvakarma Day

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

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

Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev


Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev

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

Mahatma Gandhi Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Mahatma Gandhi Birthday

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

Birthday of Nar Bahadur Bhandari

 Long Weekend! 
Birthday of Nar Bahadur Bhandari

Sikkim: Marks the birthday of a former Chief Minister of Sikkim.

Chehlum


Chehlum

Bihar: Commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Telangana: A public holiday in Telangana due to the incessant rain.

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Telangana: A public holiday in Telangana due to the incessant rain.

Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ji Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ji Birthday

Punjab: Commemorates the 350th birth anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ji.

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

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.

Mera Chaoren Houba


Mera Chaoren Houba

Manipur: Mera Chaoren Houba is a traditional festival of Manipur celebrated on the first day of Mera, the seventh month of Meetei Lunar calendar.

Maha Saptami


Maha Saptami

Sikkim: Several states. On the seventh day of Durga Puja, the goddess started her battle against Mahishasura.

Maha Saptami

 Long Weekend! 
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.

Maha Saptami

 Long Weekend! 
Maha Saptami

Meghalaya: The festival of Dusseha symbolizes the triumph of good over evil in the legend of Rama and Ravana

Durga Ashtami


Durga Ashtami

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

Navami of Durga Puja


Navami of Durga Puja

Kerala, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh: Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga

Navami of Durga Puja


Navami of Durga Puja

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

Maha Ashtami


Maha Ashtami

Meghalaya: The festival of Dusseha symbolizes the triumph of good over evil in the legend of Rama and Ravana

Navami of Durga Puja


Navami of Durga Puja

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

Mahanavami


Mahanavami

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

Navami of Durga Puja


Navami of Durga Puja

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

Ayudha Puja


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.

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, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Nagaland, Nagaland, Punjab, 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, Telangana: 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

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.

Dussehra

 Long Weekend! 
Dussehra

Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu: 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, Bihar, 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.

Accession Day

 Long Weekend! 
Accession Day

Jammu and Kashmir: Commemorates October 26th 1947, when Maharaja Hari Singh signed off the Instrument of Accession, in which Jammu and Kashmir joined the Dominion of India.

Mawlid


Mawlid

Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Nagaland: Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

Mawlid

 Long Weekend! 
Mawlid

Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, 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

Lakshmi Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Lakshmi Puja

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

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

Maulud Nabi


Maulud Nabi

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

Kumar Purnima


Kumar Purnima

Odisha: An important festival in Odisha where young women perform religious rites to seek ideal life partners and a bright future.

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

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

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

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

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

Lhabab Duechen


Lhabab Duechen

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

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, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: 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

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

Vishvakarma Day


Vishvakarma Day

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

Govardhan Puja


Govardhan Puja

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

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

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

Bhai Bij

 Long Weekend! 
Bhai Bij

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

Balipadyami Deepavali

 Long Weekend! 
Balipadyami Deepavali

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

Diwali

 Long Weekend! 
Diwali

Maharashtra: 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

Chhath Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Chhath Puja

Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, 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 dedicated to the worship of the Sun god and his wife.

Seng Kut Snem

 Long Weekend! 
Seng Kut Snem

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

Lachit Divas


Lachit Divas

Assam: Assam only. Lachit Borphukan was a legendary general in 17th century Assam

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday due to Cyclone Nivar

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu government has declared a public holiday for 13 districts due to Cyclone Nivar.

Guru Nanak's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
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: 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 Kartik. The day when Lord Krishna performed the Rasa Lila dance

State Inauguration Day


State Inauguration Day

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

Indigenous Faith Day


Indigenous Faith Day

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

Asom Divas


Asom Divas

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

Kanakadasa Jayanthi


Kanakadasa Jayanthi

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

Feast of St. Francis Xavier


Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Goa: Goa only. Francis was a Roman Catholic missionary and a co-founder of the Society of Jesus

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

Kagyed Dance


Kagyed Dance

Sikkim: Kagyed is a masked dance performed by Buddhist monks in Sikkim as reverence to the almighty and as a means to ward off evils.

Losoong/Namsoong


Losoong/Namsoong

Sikkim: An important harvest festival for Lepchas and Bhutias in Sikkim.

Losoong/Namsoong


Losoong/Namsoong

Sikkim: An important harvest festival for Lepchas and Bhutias in Sikkim.

Losoong/Namsoong


Losoong/Namsoong

Sikkim: An important harvest festival for Lepchas and Bhutias in Sikkim.

Death Anniversary of U SoSo Tham

 Long Weekend! 
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

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Ghasidas Jayanti

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

Losoong/Namsoong

 Long Weekend! 
Losoong/Namsoong

Sikkim: An important harvest festival for Lepchas and Bhutias in Sikkim.

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

Goa Liberation Day


Goa Liberation Day

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

Losoong/Namsoong


Losoong/Namsoong

Sikkim: An important harvest festival for Lepchas and Bhutias in Sikkim.

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

 Long Weekend! 
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

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


Christmas Festival

Meghalaya: 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

U Kiang Nangbah


U Kiang Nangbah

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

Tamu Lhosar


Tamu Lhosar

Sikkim: The festival of Tamu Lhosar is marked as the New Year by the Gurung people to celebrate their unique cultural and traditional values.

Teyongsi Sirijunga Sawan Tongnam


Teyongsi Sirijunga Sawan Tongnam

Sikkim: This festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Limboo revivalist Teyongsi Sirijonga.

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

Sakewa


Sakewa

Sikkim: An important festival for the Kirat Khambu Rai community in Sikkim.

Notes

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