India Public Holidays

All About India Public Holidays You Need To Know

There are seventeen public holidays in India every year based on significant religious and cultural dates. On these days, state and central government employees get a paid holiday. If employees need to work for some reason, their employers will have to compensate them. Furthermore, in some states, there may be provisions for alternate paid holidays.

 

Republic Day

Indians proudly celebrate Republic Day in a unified manner, irrespective of caste, language, or religion differences. For Indians, this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our culture and showcase our unity. The national holiday Republic Day is celebrated enthusiastically all over India.

Holi

People celebrate Holi to show their devotion to Lord Krishna who used to be a prankster, throwing colours and water on village girls. Holi also denotes the commencement of spring and the end of winter. Furthermore, the festival signifies thanksgiving for the season’s abundant harvest.

Ram Navami

In India, people celebrate Shri Ram Navami to honour Lord Rama, also known as the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the oldest and famous festivals celebrated in the country. According to the Hindu Calendar, Ram Navami day falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra.

Mahavir Jayanti

Mahavir Jayanti is observed on the 17th day of the month of the rising moon known as Chaitra in India. According to the Lunar Calendar, it is often celebrated in March or April. Look at next year’s dates for Mahavir Jayanti Public Holiday.

Good Friday

India is a secular and diverse country, and each religion and factions of society have the liberty to celebrate their corresponding festivals. Christianity, one of India’s major religions, has its share of gazetted holidays. Good Friday is one of those festivals.

Buddha Purnima

Each year, India observes a wide range of festivals of several religions. India is a secular and diverse country, and each religion and factions of society have the liberty to celebrate their corresponding festivals.

Idul Fitr

Idul Fitr is the biggest Muslim festival marking the end of the Ramzan fasting period. The festival takes place on the first day of the tenth Islamic month Shawwal. In the Islamic calendar’s ninth month, Muslims observe fast, which is known as Ramzan.

Bakrid or Eid Al Adha

India is a constitutionally secular country with people of almost every religion residing in harmony, and every religion celebrates its festivals in peace. Every religion has its share of gazetted holidays to celebrate their festivals.

Janmashtami

Janmashtami is truly a wonderful festival celebrated joyously everywhere in India. It is a great representation of our rich cultural values and an occasion to look inwards and awaken our spirituality.

Independence Day

Independence Day holds tremendous ground in the list of Indian public holidays, and people throughout the country celebrate it a great excitement. India got free from British control and became an independent country on August 15th, 1947.

Muharram

Muharram marks the start of the Islamic New Year and is a public holiday in India. It is a day off for the general population, workers, and schools. Furthermore, most of the businesses are closed on this day. Muharram is mainly an Islamic holiday, but people following other religions also take part in celebrations.

Gandhi Jayanti

Indians celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October in memory of Mahatma Gandhi whom we call ‘Bapu’ or ‘The Father of our Nation’. Gandhiji was an outstanding leader who taught us to live simply and truthfully. He was responsible for getting India freedom and is respected all over the world for the principles he stood for.

Durga Puja

Hindus form a major proportion of the Population in India and have a large number of festivals. One such celebration is Durga Puja when they commemorate the descent of Mother Goddess Durga on Earth. Here is what this holy festival is about and how Indians celebrate it.

Eid e Milad

In a constitutionally secular country like India, where people of almost every faith and religion reside in harmony, everyone celebrates festivals with extreme joy. Islam is the second major religion in India and has many festivals of its own, like Eid ul Fitr Bakrid or Eid al Adha, Muharram, Eid ul Juha, etc. Among them is Eid e Milad or Barawafaat.

Diwali

Indians celebrate Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October in memory of Mahatma Gandhi whom we call ‘Bapu’ or ‘The Father of our Nation’. Gandhiji was an outstanding leader who taught us to live simply and truthfully. He was responsible for getting India freedom and is respected all over the world for the principles he stood for.

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Sikhs are known throughout the world for being extremely humble and helpful. Furthermore, Sikhism is the third-largest religion in India. It was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh guru who travelled across the Asian continent to preach his ideas.

Christmas Day

Celebrated on 25th December, Christmas Day is one of the most sparkling Christian public holidays in India. It is a public holiday which commemorates the birthday of Jesus Christ. Being a secular nation, India serves as a home to all religions, and Christianity is a crucial part of this diverse cultured country.