Holidays In India

India is a country of diversity and culture, where people of many religions lives in. Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Buddhism and many more religions are there and having a population of more than 1.2 billion.

Indian observes festivals now and then that may be from other religion. So here is the list of holidays, and holiday calendar of India. Some holidays are region specific and some of them are observed nationally.

Indian Holiday Calendar 2020

DateDayNameType
1 JanWednesdayNew Year's DayRestricted Holiday
2 JanThursdayGuru Govind Singh JayantiRestricted Holiday
14 JanTuesdayLohriRestricted Holiday
15 JanWednesdayPongalRestricted Holiday
15 JanWednesdayMakar SankrantiRestricted Holiday
25 JanSaturdayChinese New YearObservance
26 JanSundayRepublic DayGazetted Holiday
29 JanWednesdayVasant PanchamiRestricted Holiday
9 FebSundayGuru Ravidas JayantiRestricted Holiday
14 FebFridayValentine's DayObservance
18 FebTuesdayMaharishi Dayanand Saraswati JayantiRestricted Holiday
19 FebWednesdayShivaji JayantiRestricted Holiday
21 FebFridayMaha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
9 MarMondayHolika DahanaRestricted Holiday
9 MarMondayHazarat Ali's BirthdayRestricted Holiday
10 MarTuesdayHoliGazetted Holiday
25 MarWednesdayChaitra SukhladiRestricted Holiday
2 AprThursdayRama NavamiGazetted Holiday
6 AprMondayMahavir JayantiGazetted Holiday
9 AprThursdayFirst day of PassoverObservance
9 AprThursdayMaundy ThursdayObservance, Christian
10 AprFridayGood FridayGazetted Holiday
12 AprSundayEaster DayRestricted Holiday
13 AprMondayVaisakhiRestricted Holiday
14 AprTuesdayMesadi/VaisakhadiRestricted Holiday
14 AprTuesdayAmbedkar JayantiObservance
7 MayThursdayBuddha Purnima/VesakGazetted Holiday
7 MayThursdayBirthday of RavindranathRestricted Holiday
10 MaySundayMother's DayObservance
22 MayFridayJamat Ul-VidaRestricted Holiday
25 MayMondayRamzan Id/Eid-ul-FitarGazetted Holiday
25 MayMondayRamzan Id/Eid-ul-FitarMuslim, Common local holiday
21 JunSundayJune SolsticeSeason
21 JunSundayFather's DayObservance
23 JunTuesdayRatha YatraRestricted Holiday
5 JulSundayGuru PurnimaObservance
31 JulFridayBakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaGazetted Holiday
2 AugSundayFriendship DayObservance
3 AugMondayRaksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Restricted Holiday
11 AugTuesdayJanmashtami (Smarta)Restricted Holiday
12 AugWednesdayJanmashtamiGazetted Holiday
15 AugSaturdayIndependence DayGazetted Holiday
16 AugSundayParsi New YearRestricted Holiday
22 AugSaturdayGanesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka ChaturthiRestricted Holiday
29 AugSaturdayMuharram/AshuraGazetted Holiday
31 AugMondayOnamRestricted Holiday
2 OctFridayMahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
22 OctThursdayMaha SaptamiRestricted Holiday
23 OctFridayMaha AshtamiRestricted Holiday
24 OctSaturdayMaha NavamiRestricted Holiday
25 OctSundayDussehraGazetted Holiday
29 OctThursdayMilad un-Nabi/Id-e-MiladGazetted Holiday
31 OctSaturdayHalloweenObservance
31 OctSaturdayMaharishi Valmiki JayantiRestricted Holiday
4 NovWednesdayKaraka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)Restricted Holiday
14 NovSaturdayNaraka ChaturdasiRestricted Holiday
14 NovSaturdayDiwali/DeepavaliGazetted Holiday
15 NovSundayGovardhan PujaRestricted Holiday
16 NovMondayBhai DujRestricted Holiday
20 NovFridayChhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)Restricted Holiday
24 NovTuesdayGuru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom DayRestricted Holiday
30 NovMondayGuru Nanak JayantiGazetted Holiday
11 DecFridayFirst Day of HanukkahObservance
18 DecFridayLast day of HanukkahObservance
24 DecThursdayChristmas EveRestricted Holiday
25 DecFridayChristmasGazetted Holiday
31 DecThursdayNew Year's EveObservance

National Holidays In India

Only secular holidays are celebrated as national holidays of India. Those are Independents Day on August 15, Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, and Republic Day on January 26.

Many States have local festivals depending upon religious demographics. Popular Hindu festivals of Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Maha Shivratri, Onam, Janmashtami, Saraswati Puja, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Raksha Bandhan, Holi, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Nuakhai. Jain festivals like Mahavir Jayanti and Paryushan, Sikh festivals like Guru Nanak Jayanti and Vaisakhi, Muslim festivals like Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha, Mawlid, Muharram; Buddhist festivals like Buddha Jayanti, Dhammachakra Pravartan Day and Losar and Christian festivals of Christmas, Easter and Good Friday are celebrated all over India.

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