Guru Nanak's Birthday in India in 2024

Guru Nanak's Birthday in India in 2024
Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan. Situated at the site where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, was born, it is considered one of the holiest sites in Sikhism. Image by Shahzaib Damn Cruze
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2025 Nov 5
Arunachal PradeshWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
AssamWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
BiharWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
ChandigarhWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
DelhiWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
GujaratWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
HaryanaWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
JharkhandWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
MaharashtraWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
MizoramWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
NagalandWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
PunjabWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
RajasthanWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
TelanganaWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
UttarakhandWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, Nov 5Regional Holiday
2024 Nov 15
Arunachal PradeshFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Nov 15Regional Holiday
2023 Nov 27
Arunachal PradeshMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
AssamMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
MizoramMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
NagalandMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
West BengalMon, Nov 27Regional Holiday
2022 Nov 8
Arunachal PradeshTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
AssamTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
ChandigarhTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
MizoramTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
2021 Nov 19
Arunachal PradeshFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday

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.

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National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

When is Guru Nanak's Birthday?

The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib falls on Kartik Puranmashi, the full moon day of the month Kartik, which usually falls in November in the Western calendar.

This holiday is one of the most significant festivals of the Sikh community and commemorates Guru Nanak Sahib who was the founder of Sikhism and the first Sikh Guru. 

In India, this day may also be called Guru Nanak Gurpurb, Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Dev Hi Jayanti. It is a gazetted holiday in many states and Indian stocks, bonds and currency markets are closed.

Who was Guru Nanak?

Guru Nanak was born on April 15th 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present district of Shekhupura (Pakistan), now Nanakana Sahib.

Nanak's religious ideas developed from both Hindu and Islamic thought, but are more than a simple synthesis. Nanak was an original spiritual thinker and he expressed his thoughts and ideas in poetry that forms the basis of Sikh scripture.

Little is known about the life of Nanak, but it is accepted that Nanak was born approx. 40 miles from Lahore in modern-day Pakistan) in 1469.

Sikh traditions teach that his birth and early years were marked with many events that demonstrated that God had marked him out for something special and was keeping an eye on him.

The celebration of the guru’s birth anniversary begins two days prior to the actual date. On the first day of the celebrations, Sikhs read the Sikh holy book - the Guru Granth Sahib - from beginning to end. 

As is the tradition on the second day, the holy book is paraded through the streets of Amritsar in a hand-held carriage. The procession is led by five people representing the original Panj Pyare ("the Five Beloved Ones") who helped shape the religion.

On the day, to commemorate his birth, followers begin Gurupurav with 'Prabhat Pheri', an early morning procession. Throughout the day, devotees chant and sing hymns. A special prayer known as ‘Rehrasi’ is organised at sunset. According to Sikh tradition, it is believed that Nanak was born at around 1:20 am. Therefore, evening prayers continue till then, as worshippers sing 'Gurbani' (hymns from Guru Granth Sahib) in his praise. The festival draws to a close at about 2:00 am.

This is one of the main sacred festivals in Sikh community and Sikhs celebrate Gurupurav all over India, and notably at the Shrine (Gurdwara) representing the home of Baba Kalu (Father) and Mata Tripta (Mother) called Gurdwara Janam Asthan, situated at Rai-Bhoi-di-Talwandi in the present district of Shekhupura (now Nanakana Sahib in Pakistan). Sikhs from all over the world gather here and celebrate the Gurupurav every year with great devotion and enthusiasm.


On May 28th 2014, the Punjab Assembly adopted a resolution tabled by MPA Ramesh Singh Arora to declare the birthday of Baba Guru Nanak a public holiday in Pakistan from 2014 onwards. This resolution has not become enacted, so there is no public holiday in Pakistan.

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