Holiday Guide for India in 2021

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List of Public Holidays in India in 2021

New Year's Day

 Long Weekend! 
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 Celebration


New Year Celebration

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

Barahimizong

 Long Weekend! 
Barahimizong

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

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

Bhogi


Bhogi

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

Pongal


Pongal

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

Sankranti


Sankranti

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

Tusu Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Tusu Puja

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

Thiruvalluvar Day

 Long Weekend! 
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.

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

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti


Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

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

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

Imoinu Iratpa

 Long Weekend! 
Imoinu Iratpa

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

Republic Day


Republic Day

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

Gann-Ngai


Gann-Ngai

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

Thaipoosam


Thaipoosam

Tamil Nadu: Thaipusam is celebrated in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan

Me-dam-me-phi


Me-dam-me-phi

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

Sonam Lhosar

 Long Weekend! 
Sonam Lhosar

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

Losar

 Long Weekend! 
Losar

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

Lui-Ngai-Ni

 Long Weekend! 
Lui-Ngai-Ni

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

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

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

Imam Ali's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Imam Ali's Birthday

Uttar Pradesh: Known as Imam Ali in Muslim countries

Bir Chilarai Divas


Bir Chilarai Divas

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

Bhumchu Festival


Bhumchu Festival

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

Guru Ravidas Jayanti


Guru Ravidas Jayanti

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

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.

Panchayati Raj Diwas

 Long Weekend! 
Panchayati Raj Diwas

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

Shab-I-Miraj


Shab-I-Miraj

Jammu and Kashmir: Isra and Mi'raj marks the Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and the ascent into heaven

Maha Shivratri


Maha Shivratri

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, 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.

Nauroz


Nauroz

Jammu and Kashmir: Novruz celebrates the Persian New Year, and the beginning of Spring

Bihar Divas

 Long Weekend! 
Bihar Divas

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

Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev


Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev

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

Holi Dahan


Holi Dahan

Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: 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

Shab e-Barat

 Long Weekend! 
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

Holi

 Long Weekend! 
Holi

Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand: 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

Holi Holiday


Holi Holiday

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

Odisha Day


Odisha Day

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

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.

Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday

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

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.

Cheti Chand


Cheti Chand

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

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

Gudi Padwa


Gudi Padwa

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

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.

Vaisakhi


Vaisakhi

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

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

Cheiraoba


Cheiraoba

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

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

Biju Festival


Biju Festival

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

Dr Ambedkar Jayanti


Dr Ambedkar Jayanti

India: Celebrated to mark the birthday of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, an Indian jurist, politician, philosopher, anthropologist, historian and economist

Bohag Bihu Holiday


Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam: First day of holidays for the Assamese New Year

Mahabishuba Sankranti


Mahabishuba Sankranti

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

Himachal Day


Himachal Day

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

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

Bengali New Year


Bengali New Year

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

Bohag Bihu


Bohag Bihu

Assam: Second day of holidays for the Assamese New Year

Bohag Bihu Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam: Third 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

Sati Sadhani Divas


Sati Sadhani Divas

Assam: A state holiday in Assam to honour the sacrifices made by the Sutiya Queen, Sati Sadhina.

Ram Navami


Ram Navami

Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, 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

Garia Puja


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

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.

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)

Maharashtra Day


Maharashtra Day

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

Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji's Birthday


Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji's Birthday

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

Labour Day


Labour Day

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

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

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

Tithi of Damodar Deva


Tithi of Damodar Deva

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

Eid ul-Fitr


Eid ul-Fitr

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

Idul Fitr


Idul Fitr

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

Parashurama Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Parashurama Jayanti

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

Basava Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Basava Jayanthi

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

Idul Fitr

 Long Weekend! 
Idul Fitr

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, 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

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

Sikkim State Day


Sikkim State Day

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

Janaki Nawami


Janaki Nawami

Bihar: Janaki Nawami is celebrated every year on the ninth day of the waxing moon in the month of Baishakh according to the lunar calendar.

Buddha Purnima


Buddha Purnima

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

Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam


Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam

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

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

Savitri Amavasya


Savitri Amavasya

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

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

Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom day

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom day

Punjab, Uttarakhand: Guru Arjun Dev was the fifth Sikh Guru and 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.

Kabir Jayanthi


Kabir Jayanthi

Chhattisgarh: Several states. Birthday of a 15th century mystic and poet. Celebrated on Jyeshtha Purnima

Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti


Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

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

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

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


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

Ratha Yatra

 Long Weekend! 
Ratha Yatra

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

Drukpa Tsheshi


Drukpa Tsheshi

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

Harela

 Long Weekend! 
Harela

Uttarakhand: This festival marks the onset of the rainy season in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

Kharchi Puja


Kharchi Puja

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

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

Eid-ul-Azha


Eid-ul-Azha

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.

Bakrid


Bakrid

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

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.

Ker Puja


Ker Puja

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

Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh


Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh

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

Bonalu

 Long Weekend! 
Bonalu

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

Adivasi Divas

 Long Weekend! 
Adivasi Divas

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

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

 Long Weekend! 
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

Ashura


Ashura

Bihar, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Rajasthan, 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

Ashura

 Long Weekend! 
Ashura

Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana: Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram

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

Raksha Bandhan


Raksha Bandhan

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

Public Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Public Holiday

Uttar Pradesh: Uttar Pradesah will mark the demise of former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh with a public holiday.

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.

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

Karam Puja


Karam Puja

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

Janmashtami

 Long Weekend! 
Janmashtami

Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, 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

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

Sri Krishna Astami


Sri Krishna Astami

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

Tithi of Srimatna Sankardev


Tithi of Srimatna Sankardev

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

Haritalika Teej


Haritalika Teej

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

Ganesh Chaturthi

 Long Weekend! 
Ganesh Chaturthi

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

Samvatsari

 Long Weekend! 
Samvatsari

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

Vinayagar Chathurthi

 Long Weekend! 
Vinayagar Chathurthi

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

Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday


Ganesh Chaturthi Holiday

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

Nuakhai


Nuakhai

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

Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi


Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi

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

Indra Jatra

 Long Weekend! 
Indra Jatra

Sikkim: An eight-day long festival of the Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley, commonly known as Yenyā

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi


Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

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

Haryana  Heroes' Martyrdom Day


Haryana Heroes' Martyrdom Day

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

Chehlum


Chehlum

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

Mahatma Gandhi Birthday


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


Birthday of Nar Bahadur Bhandari

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

Mahalaya


Mahalaya

Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal: 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

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

Assam, Bihar, 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

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

Navami of Durga Puja


Navami of Durga Puja

Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal: Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga

Mahanavami


Mahanavami

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

Ayudha Puja


Ayudha Puja

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

Durga Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Durga Puja

Assam, Bihar, 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.

Dussehra

 Long Weekend! 
Dussehra

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, 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

Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev

 Long Weekend! 
Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev

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

Following day of Vijaya Dasami Holiday


Following day of Vijaya Dasami Holiday

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.

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.

Mawlid


Mawlid

Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, 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


Lakshmi Puja

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

Lakshmi Puja


Lakshmi Puja

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

Maharishi Valmiki Birthday


Maharishi Valmiki Birthday

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

Maulud Nabi


Maulud Nabi

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

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

Accession Day


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.

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

Haryana Day

 Long Weekend! 
Haryana Day

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

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

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

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, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, 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, 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.

Diwali Amavasaya


Diwali Amavasaya

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

Diwali

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Diwali

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

Vikram Samvat New Year

 Long Weekend! 
Vikram Samvat New Year

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

Vishvakarma Day

 Long Weekend! 
Vishvakarma Day

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

Govardhan Puja

 Long Weekend! 
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

Deepavali Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Deepavali Holiday

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

Ningol Chakkouba

 Long Weekend! 
Ningol Chakkouba

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

Bhai Bij


Bhai Bij

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

Chhath Puja


Chhath Puja

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

Chhath Puja Holiday


Chhath Puja Holiday

Bihar: Bihar. An ancient Hindu festival which give thanks to the Sun God

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

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

Kanakadasa Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Kanakadasa Jayanthi

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

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.

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

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

 Long Weekend! 
Feast of St. Francis Xavier

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

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

Guru Ghasidas Jayanti


Guru Ghasidas Jayanti

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

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

Goa Liberation Day


Goa Liberation Day

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

Teyongsi Sirijunga Sawan Tongnam


Teyongsi Sirijunga Sawan Tongnam

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

Christmas Holiday


Christmas Holiday

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

Barahimizong

 Long Weekend! 
Barahimizong

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

Christmas Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Christmas Holiday

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

Sakewa

 Long Weekend! 
Sakewa

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

Christmas Eve

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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

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 Holiday


Christmas Holiday

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

Christmas Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Christmas Holiday

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

Christmas (in lieu)

 Long Weekend! 
Christmas (in lieu)

Nagaland: Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC

Christmas Holiday


Christmas Holiday

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

Christmas Holiday


Christmas Holiday

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

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.

Christmas Holiday


Christmas Holiday

Nagaland: 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

Christmas Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Christmas Holiday

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

New Year's Eve

 Long Weekend! 
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.