Holiday Guide for India in 2024

India 2024
India
2024

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 2024

New Year's Day

 Long Weekend! 
New Year's Day

Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, 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

Mannam Jayanthi


Mannam Jayanthi

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

New Year Celebration


New Year Celebration

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

Missionary Day


Missionary Day

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

Birthday of Swami Vivekananda

 Long Weekend! 
Birthday of Swami Vivekananda

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

Bhogi


Bhogi

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

Magh Bihu


Magh Bihu

Arunachal Pradesh: A harvest festival marking the start of spring.

Pongal

 Long Weekend! 
Pongal

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

Sankranti

 Long Weekend! 
Sankranti

Assam, Karnataka, 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


Uzhavar Tirunal

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

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti


Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

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

Public Holiday


Public Holiday

Odisha: A public holiday for the dedication of Shree Jagannath Parikrama project in Puri.

Imoinu Iratpa

 Long Weekend! 
Imoinu Iratpa

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

Ram Mandir Inauguration

 Long Weekend! 
Ram Mandir Inauguration

Uttar Pradesh: Goa and Uttar Pradesh will observe a public holiday for Ram Mandir Inauguration Day.

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

Gann-Ngai


Gann-Ngai

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

Statehood Day


Statehood Day

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

Thaipoosam


Thaipoosam

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

Imam Ali's Birthday


Imam Ali's Birthday

Uttar Pradesh: Known as Imam Ali in Muslim countries

Republic Day

 Long Weekend! 
Republic Day

India: Indian Republic Day is celebrated on January 26th and 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

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

Losar


Losar

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

Vasant Panchami


Vasant Panchami

Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, 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


Lui-Ngai-Ni

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

Chahhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Chahhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

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

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

Guru Ravidas Jayanti


Guru Ravidas Jayanti

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

Bhumchu Festival


Bhumchu Festival

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

Bir Chilarai Divas


Bir Chilarai Divas

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

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.

Maha Shivratri

 Long Weekend! 
Maha Shivratri

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

Bihar Divas

 Long Weekend! 
Bihar Divas

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

Shaheedi Diwas


Shaheedi Diwas

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

Shahidi Divas S. Bhagat Singh Ji


Shahidi Divas S. Bhagat Singh Ji

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

Holi Dahan


Holi Dahan

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

Doljatra

 Long Weekend! 
Doljatra

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

Doljatra

 Long Weekend! 
Doljatra

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

Holi

 Long Weekend! 
Holi

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

Holi


Holi

Bihar, Odisha: 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

Holi Holiday


Holi Holiday

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

Maundy Thursday


Maundy Thursday

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

Good Friday

 Long Weekend! 
Good Friday

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, 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.

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

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

Bakth Matha Karma Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Bakth Matha Karma Jayanthi

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

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 Sri Guru Nabha Dass Ji

 Long Weekend! 
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.

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.

Cheti Chand


Cheti Chand

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

Idul Fitr


Idul Fitr

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

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

Idul Fitr


Idul Fitr

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, 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

 Long Weekend! 
Following Day of Ramazan

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

Cheiraoba


Cheiraoba

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

Biju Festival


Biju Festival

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

Bohag Bihu 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

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

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

Ashoka's Birth Anniversary


Ashoka's Birth Anniversary

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

Tamil New Year


Tamil New Year

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

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

Himachal Day

 Long Weekend! 
Himachal Day

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

Bohag Bihu Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam: Third day of holidays for the Assamese New Year

Ram Navami


Ram Navami

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh: 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

Mahavir Jayanti


Mahavir Jayanti

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

Labour Day


Labour Day

Puducherry, Tripura: 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

Labour Day


Labour Day

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

Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore


Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore

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

Basava Jayanthi

 Long Weekend! 
Basava Jayanthi

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

Parashurama Jayanti

 Long Weekend! 
Parashurama Jayanti

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

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

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, 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

 Long Weekend! 
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

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.

Bakrid


Bakrid

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

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.

Bakrid

 Long Weekend! 
Bakrid

Andhra 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, 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.

Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti


Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti

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

Remna Ni


Remna Ni

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

Behdienkhlam


Behdienkhlam

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

Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday

 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 July 6th 1974

Ratha Yatra


Ratha Yatra

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

Kang (Rathajatra)

 Long Weekend! 
Kang (Rathajatra)

Manipur: 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

Kharchi Puja


Kharchi Puja

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

Ashura


Ashura

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

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

Ashura


Ashura

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, 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

Bonalu

 Long Weekend! 
Bonalu

Telangana: A Hindu festival in Telangana 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

Ker Puja


Ker Puja

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

Karkidaka Vavu


Karkidaka Vavu

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

Hareli


Hareli

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

Tendong Lho Rum Faat


Tendong Lho Rum Faat

Sikkim: Tendong Lho Rumfaat (Prayer of the Tendong Mountain) is a festival of the Lepcha people of north-east India.

Adivasi Divas

 Long Weekend! 
Adivasi Divas

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

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

 Long Weekend! 
De jure Transfer Day

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

Raksha Bandhan

 Long Weekend! 
Raksha Bandhan

Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh: 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.

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti


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

Janmashtami

 Long Weekend! 
Janmashtami

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

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

Ayyankali Jayanthi


Ayyankali Jayanthi

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

Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev


Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev

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

Harithalika

 Long Weekend! 
Harithalika

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

Ganesh Chaturthi


Ganesh Chaturthi

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

Samvatsari


Samvatsari

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

Vinayagar Chathurthi


Vinayagar Chathurthi

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

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

 Long Weekend! 
Ramdev Jayanti and Teja Dashmi

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

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

Karam


Karam

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

Thiruvonam


Thiruvonam

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

Third Onam

 Long Weekend! 
Third Onam

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

Mawlid

 Long Weekend! 
Mawlid

Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, 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

Fourth Onam


Fourth Onam

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

Indra Jatra


Indra Jatra

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

Pang Lhabsol


Pang Lhabsol

Sikkim: This is the main festival of the Hindu Nepalese community of Sikkim celebrated usually in the month of September.

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

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi


Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

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

Haryana  Heroes' Martyrdom Day

 Long Weekend! 
Haryana Heroes' Martyrdom Day

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

Maharaja Hari Singh Birth Anniversary

 Long Weekend! 
Maharaja Hari Singh Birth Anniversary

Jammu and Kashmir: Marks the birthday of the last ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir

Mahatma Gandhi Birthday


Mahatma Gandhi Birthday

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

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

Maha Saptami


Maha Saptami

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

Durgastami


Durgastami

Telangana: Durgastami or Mahastami is the eighth day of the Durga Puja festival

Dussehra


Dussehra

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

Durga Ashtami

 Long Weekend! 
Durga Ashtami

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

Navami of Durga Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Navami of Durga Puja

Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal: 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

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

Dussehra

 Long Weekend! 
Dussehra

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

Ayudha Puja


Ayudha Puja

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

Mahanavami


Mahanavami

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

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, 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


Dussehra

Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, 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


Janmostav of Srimatna Sankardev

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

Dussehra


Dussehra

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

Durga Puja


Durga Puja

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

Durga Puja Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Durga Puja Holiday

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.

Vijaya Dashami Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Vijaya Dashami Holiday

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

Vijaya Dashami Holiday


Vijaya Dashami Holiday

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

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.

Lakshmi Puja


Lakshmi Puja

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

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.

Maharishi Valmiki Birthday


Maharishi Valmiki Birthday

Chandigarh, 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

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.

Narak Chaturdashi


Narak Chaturdashi

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

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

Diwali


Diwali

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, 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.

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

Diwali

 Long Weekend! 
Diwali

Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura: Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness

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

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

Laxmi Puja (Deepawali)

 Long Weekend! 
Laxmi Puja (Deepawali)

Sikkim: The third day of Tihar is when Lakshmi the goddess of wealth is worshipped

Bhai Bij


Bhai Bij

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

Vikram Samvat New Year


Vikram Samvat New Year

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

Govardhan Puja


Govardhan Puja

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

Diwali (Bali Pratipada)


Diwali (Bali Pratipada)

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

Deepavali Holiday


Deepavali Holiday

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

Bhai Bij


Bhai Bij

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

Ningol Chakkouba


Ningol Chakkouba

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

Bhratridwitiya


Bhratridwitiya

West Bengal: A prominent festival in West Bengal on the fifth day of Diwali.

Bhatri Dwitiya

 Long Weekend! 
Bhatri Dwitiya

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

Chhath Puja


Chhath Puja

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

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

Chhath Puja Holiday

 Long Weekend! 
Chhath Puja Holiday

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

Chhath Puja

 Long Weekend! 
Chhath Puja

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

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

Guru Nanak's Birthday

 Long Weekend! 
Guru Nanak's Birthday

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

Kartar Singh Sarabha Martyrdom Day


Kartar Singh Sarabha Martyrdom Day

Punjab: Punjab only. Kartar Singh Sarabha was executed in Lahore Jail on November 16th 1915 at the age of 19

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

 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: 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

 Long Weekend! 
Martyrdom of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji

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

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

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

Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve

Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland: 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, Nagaland: 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.

Shaheedi Sabha

 Long Weekend! 
Shaheedi Sabha

Punjab: Punjab. Commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh's family in 1705.

Christmas Festival

 Long Weekend! 
Christmas Festival

Nagaland: 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

Losoong/Namsoong


Losoong/Namsoong

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

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.