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Public Holidays India (2018)

Public Holidays in 2018

Name of the Festival Date Weekday Type of Holiday
New Year Day Jan 1 Monday Optional Holiday
Guru Govind Singh Jayanti Jan 5 Friday Optional Holiday
Pongal/Makar Sankranti Jan 14 Sunday Optional Holiday
Vasant Panchami Jan 22 Monday Optional Holiday
Republic Day Jan 26 Friday Gazetted Holiday
Chinese New Year Jan 28 Sunday Optional Holiday
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Jan 31 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Maha Shivaratri Feb 14 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Shivaji Jayanti Feb 19 Monday Optional Holiday
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Feb 21 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Holika Dahana Feb 28 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Holi Mar 1 Thursday Optional Holiday
Ugadi Mar 18 Sunday Optional Holiday
Rama Navami Mar 25 Monday Optional Holiday
Mahavir Jayanti Mar 29 Thursday Optional Holiday
Hazarat Ali's Birthday Mar 21 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Good Friday Mar 30 Friday Optional Holiday
Annual Closing of Bank Accounts Apr 1 Sunday Bank Holiday
Ambedkar Jayanti Apr 14 Saturday Gazetted Holiday
Buddha Purnima Apl 30 Monday Optional Holiday
May Day May 1 Tuesday Gazetted Holiday
Mother's Day May 14 Sunday Optional Holiday
Father's Day Jun 18 Sunday Optional Holiday
Jumat-Ul-Vida Jun 8 Friday Optional Holiday
Ramadan Jun 26 Monday Gazetted Holiday
Raksha Bandhan Aug 26 Sunday Optional Holiday
Independence Day Aug 15 Wednesday Gazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year Aug 17 Friday Optional Holiday
Onam Aug 24 Friday Optional Holiday
Vinayaka Chaturthi Sep 13 Thursday Optional Holiday
Muharram Sep 21 Friday Optional Holiday
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti Oct 2 Tuesday Gazetted Holiday
Maha Saptami Oct 16 Tuesday Optional Holiday
Maha Navami Oct 17 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Dussehra Oct 18 Thursday Gazetted Holiday
Diwali Nov 6 Tuesday Gazetted Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Nov 4 Sunday Gazetted Holiday
Id-e-Milad Dec 2 Saturday Gazetted Holiday
Christmas Dec 25 Monday Gazetted Holiday

Public Holidays in 2017

 

 

Name of the Festival Date Weekday Type of Holiday
New Year Day Jan 1 Sunday Optional Holiday
Guru Govind Singh Jayanti Jan 5 Thursday Optional Holiday
Pongal/Makar Sankranti Jan 14 Saturday Optional Holiday
Republic Day Jan 26 Thursday Gazetted Holiday
Chinese New Year Jan 28 Saturday Optional Holiday
Vasant Panchami Feb 1 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Feb 10 Friday Optional Holiday
Shivaji Jayanti Feb 19 Sunday Optional Holiday
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti February 21 Tuesday Optional Holiday
Maha Shivaratri Feb 24 Friday Optional Holiday
Holika Dahana Mar 12 Sunday Optional Holiday
Holi Mar 13 Monday Optional Holiday
Shaheed Diwas Mar 23 Thursday Optional Holiday
Ugadi Mar 28 Tuesday Optional Holiday
Ugadi Mar 29 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Annual Closing of Bank Accounts Apr 1 Saturday Bank Holiday
Rama Navami Apr 4 Tuesday Gazetted Holiday
Mahavir Jayanti Apr 9 Sunday Gazetted Holiday
Hazarat Ali's Birthday Apr 11 Tuesday Optional Holiday
Good Friday/Ambedkar Jayanti Apr 14 Friday Gazetted Holiday
Easter Day Apr 16 Sunday Optional Holiday
May Day May 1 Monday Gazetted Holiday
Buddha Purnima May 10 Wednesday Gazetted Holiday
Mother's Day May 14 Sunday Optional Holiday
Father's Day Jun 18 Sunday Optional Holiday
Jumat-Ul-Vida Jun 23 Friday Optional Holiday
Ramadan Jun 26 Monday Gazetted Holiday
Raksha Bandhan Aug 7 Monday Optional Holiday
Independence Day Aug 15 Tuesday Gazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year Aug 17 Thursday Optional Holiday
Vinayaka Chaturthi Aug 25 Friday Gazetted Holiday
Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha Sep 2 Saturday Gazetted Holiday
Onam Sep 4 Monday Optional Holiday
Maha Saptami Sep 27 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Maha Navami Sep 29 Friday Optional Holiday
Dussehra Sep 30 Saturday Gazetted Holiday
Muharram Oct 1 Sunday Gazetted Holiday
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti Oct 2 Monday Gazetted Holiday
Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti Oct 5 Thursday Optional Holiday
Karva Chauth Oct 8 Sunday Optional Holiday
Naraka Chaturdasi Oct 18 Wednesday Optional Holiday
Diwali Oct 19 Thursday Gazetted Holiday
Govardhan Puja Oct 20 Friday Optional Holiday
Bhai Duj Oct 21 Saturday Optional Holiday
Pratihar Sashthi Oct 26 Thursday Optional Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Nov 4 Saturday Gazetted Holiday
Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day Nov 24 Friday Optional Holiday
Id-e-Milad Dec 2 Saturday Gazetted Holiday
Christmas Dec 25 Monday Gazetted Holiday

Why Public Holidays in India are Celebrated?

Mahavir Jayanti

Mahavir Jayanthi is one of the 90 Public holidays in India on these days all the banks, Government offices, educational institutions and organizations in India will be closed.

Mahavir Jayanthi won't come on the same date every year as this festival is celebrated as per their respective calendar. Mostly this day occurs in March or early April.

Mahavir Jayanti means the birth of Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, and as per the history, he is the 24th and last Tirthankara.

Mahavira, birth year is unsure because The Digambar school of Jainism say that he was born in the year 615 BC, but the Swetambaras believe that He was born in 599 BC. He was famously known as Vardhamana. Mahavir is son of Devananda and Rishabhdeva.

Nearly 3.5 million people in India follow Jainism. They follow a path of non-violence towards all living beings. On Mahavir Jayanti his followers do prayers and fasting. Specially Mahavir Jayanti popular celebrated in Patna and Kolkata.In Kolkata, This festival is celebrated in a great manner at the Parasnatha Temple.

Good Friday

Good Friday is one of the bank holidays in India. On this day all the banks in India will be closed. This day is a gazetted holiday in India which means that government offices and banks are closed on this public holiday. Not only in India, Good Friday is National Holiday in India and a lot of countries.

In India and few other countries follow the Orthodox calendar in which Good Friday may occur on a different date every year.

Good Friday is one of the most important events in Christianity the death of Christ and later resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. This day is a day of mourning. On this day Christians mourn on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross.

The reason behind this day specifically called Good Friday has a lot of different explanations, One of the explanation is "Good" is a synonym of holy so good is added as an adjective applied to the day.

This day is also called "Great and Holy Friday by Eastern Orthodox Christians. In other places such as Latin nations it's known as 'Holy Friday' In Germany "Friday of Mourning" and In Norway "Long Friday." This day is differently called in different places around the world. This day is a public holiday in many other places.

Bakrid

Bakrid is one of the Public holidays in India on this day all the banks, Government Offices, educational institutions in India will be closed. Not only in India Bakrid is National Holiday in a lot of countries.

Bakrid is Islamic Holiday celebrated in several countries apart from India and Bakrid is Known with different names such as Eid al-Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji, Greater Eid or Bakr-id.

Bakrid is a festival of Sacrifice and one of the two most important festivals in Muslim calendar. It falls on the 10th day of Dhu-al-Hijjah, the last month in the Islamic calendar. As the exact day is based on the sighting of the moon, the date may vary between countries sometimes between states and cities as well.

40 days before this day Muslim pilgrims go to Mecca on this day concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Bakrid lasts for three days and commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son.

According to the Islam, The reason for celebrating this day is. One of the prophet's Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son to obey Allah. Then a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to sacrifice a goat instead of his son. The feast re-enacts Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a goat. The family eats about a third of the meal and donates the rest to the poor.

In the Philippines, Bakrid has been a public holiday since 2002, in Turkey, Bakrid is the most important religious festival of the year and is a four day holiday. In India, the festival is known as Bakrid, as 'Goat' is 'Bakr' in Urdu.

Dussehra

Dussehra is one of the bank holidays which all the banks in India will be closed, and it is a gazetted holiday which means that government offices, Educational Institutions, and banks will be closed on this public holiday in India.

Different names know Dussehra in the various regions. It is known in some parts as Vijayadashami, and in some regions, it is known as Dasara.

Dussehra is a ten day festival with many important days, and each region has a holiday on a different date. In most of the areas in India 10th day of dusshera is considered as a public holiday India. In a lot of places this the important mist day.

The festival of Dussehra is celebrated because according to Hindu mythology on this day good won over evil.The festival represents the legend of Ramayana.

On this Lord Rama won the battle against Ravana for his beloved Princess Sita. This fight happens because Ravana abducts Sita. In few parts of India On this day of Dussehra, giant statues of Ravana are constructed and brought into open fields and burnt for celebrating.

In few regions ninth day of Dussehra is celebrated as Ayudha Puja. These Celebrations involve many doing pujas to implements used in everyday life, such as computers, books, cars, or kitchen tools, etc. The real aim in doing that is to see the divine in everything. It is believed that this day is also a blessed one for starting the new venture, business.

In the southern India, this festival is called Navaratri which means nine nights and worship goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. People worship Lakshmi for good luck and wealth, and Saraswati for wisdom and fertility.

Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima is one of the bank holidays in India on this day banks in india will be closed. This day is a gazetted holiday which means that government offices and banks are closed on this public holiday in India. Not only in India Buddha Purnima is National Holiday in a lot of countries.

Buddha Purnima is the most important day for Buddhists and also the most important as per Buddhist calendar.

Buddha Purnima is the day on the day which Buddha is born and that too a full moon day. Not only this day every full day in the year is considered as a sacred day for Buddhists.

Gautam Buddha was born in India nearly 3,000 years ago. According to Buddhist, Buddha is born on April 8, 1029 BC and died on February 15, 949 BC, although few Buddhist scholars believes his birth five hundred years later. And there are various opinions about the exact date of his birth and death.

He was the son of the king of the Shakyas, a small kingdom which was located at the foot of the Himalayas. Buddha's family name was Gautam, and his given name was Siddhartha.
Around the world apart from India Buddha Purnima is a public holiday in Singapore, Thailand.

In Singapore, This day is also called Vesak Day and is celebrated by Buddhist organizations and temples chanting and doing acts of generosity. The acts include the freeing of caged birds and animals, donating alms to the poor and needy, Doing meditations.

In Thailand, This day is known as Visakha Bucha Day. This day is a Dry day. All Government offices and many businesses will be closed as it is a Government holiday. Educational Institutions may hang out yellow Buddhist flags to mark the day.

Independence Day

Independence Day is one of the bank holidays which all the banks in India will be closed. This day is a gazetted holiday in India which means that government offices and banks Educational Institutions and other Businesses will be closed on this public holiday in India.

This day is celebrated as India got Independence on this day in 1947. India got Independence on August 14, 1947, at 11 pm. But as per Mahatma Gandhiji guidelines, Independence day is celebrated on August 15th.

The reason behind celebration is back in the year 1619 at Surat on the northwestern coast the British established their first outpost in India. By 1700, the Britishers had opened three permanent trading stations at Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta.

By 1900 Britishers took control over most of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In 1920, Mahatma Gandhi started a campaign against the British colonial rule and formed Indian National Congress political party. The party used parliamentary, nonviolent, non-cooperation to achieve independence.

Other Freedom Fighters such as Subhash Chandra Bose, adopted a military approach to the movement. Leaders such as Bhagat Singh and other leaders took violence way and few nonvoilence way. Later after a long struggle, India got Independence on August 15th, 1947.

Ramadan

Ramadan is one of the bank holidays which all the banks in India will be closed. This day is a gazetted holiday which means that government offices, Educational Institutions and banks will be closed on this public holiday in India. Not only in India Ramadan is National Holiday in a lot of other countries as well.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar According to Muslims it is a "month of blessing" marked by prayers, fastings, and charities. As per their belief, This is the month when Allah revealed the first verses of the their holy book Quran.

At many mosques during this month, one-thirtieths or two-thirtieth of the Qur'an is recited night in prayers known as Tarawih. So that to finish the complete Quran by 27 of the month. 27th day of this month is called 'satami.' So Muslims try to complete one full Quran by 27th every year during Ramadan.

Muslims do fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. Which means this entire month they don't eat or drink including water while the sun shines. They woke up an hour before sunrise and eat which is called sehri (a meal is eaten before the sun rises). After the sun sets, they break their fast which is as known as iftar(meal after sunset).

Fasting serves many purposes such as during fasting while they are hungry and thirsty Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity for Muslims to give up bad habits such as smoking and gain self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. This is the most sacred month for Muslims. Fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as associating with fellow believers.

Visit these countries on a public Holiday in India

Want to visit Abroad on a public Holiday in India Here is a list of Countries to Visit From India. Visiting these countries don't cost you much, and these are places which you must once in a lifetime. So why not use your public holiday to visit these places. 
 
Thailand - Thailand is the twentieth most popular country in the world and also one of the most traveled destination. There is no doubt that there will be a better idea than visiting this place on a bank holiday in India. Thailand is a country filled with different activities to experience such as diving into blue water beaches, eating on cheap street food, confused markets, clubs and much more. Not only that, the polite and easy-going people are also one remarkable thing of Thailand.
 
Sri Lanka - One of the places around India with less than Rs 25,000 you can have a round trip. Sri Lanka is famous for its mesmeric beaches, charming places, ancient monuments, hill stations, Beautiful cities and Delicious seafood. it has the best shorelines surrounded by the Indian Ocean. There are a lot of things to experience in Sri Lanka from trekking to diving in deep waters to also the rich culture, wildlife and spiritual places to see. So on a public holiday in India one of the affordable and promising to visit.
 
Turkey - There are many International destinations you can visit on a public holiday in India at cheaper costs. But Turkey is more a must visit place. Turkey is a country surrounded by three seas and bordered by eight countries. The fascinating cultures in Turkey and palaces, ancient cities and delicious food are the things to see in Turkey with that in Turkey Kabak Bay is must visit place which is in Istanbul. Do plan on public holiday in India to visit Turkey. 

Indonesia - Situated between Indian and the Pacific Oceans is a place to visit on a public holiday in India. The heavenly beaches in Indonesia Merah beach, Batu Bolong, and Tatawa islands is the best place to have some relaxing time. If you are thinking to go for a dive and experience the world underwater, Indonesia will be the perfect place to do so. 

Hungary - A little expensive but worth visiting a place is Hungary. It will cost you around Thirty-five thousand, but the adventure, peace and visiting historical places make you feel like it worth spending. If you like adventure you can go for activities such as hiking in forests, bike renting, vast vineyards with appetizing wines, campaigns in caves located endangered tunnels and swimming in the ponds. There are many historical places which you can visit. 

Explore India on a Public Holiday

The best way of using a Public Holiday in India is by traveling and exploring places. In India, there are many places which you must visit and here we are giving a list of places. If you are doing any getaway plans for upcoming bank holidays in India have a look at these options.

Coorg - Scotland of India, Coorg is one of the most beautiful places in India which you must visit during a public holiday in India. Coorg is one of the biggest coffee producers in India. It is a paradise for nature lovers. For the people who love nature and for the one who wants to explore the Western Ghats of India. Coorg is one of the best places to visit during a bank holiday in India.

Pondicherry - Commonly referred as Pondy was once the French colony. This is one of the seven Union Territories in India. In Pondicherry, there are many places you must see and enjoy during a Bank Holiday in India such as the Paradise Beach, Seaside Promenade, Auroville Ashram, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, etc.

Goa - For most of the youngsters this is a place which they want to visit at least once in their lifetime. It was a Portuguese colony before 1961. Goa is famous for its beaches. In Goa, excluding beaches, there are many places too explore such as Dudhsagar falls, Basillica of Born Jesus, Aguada Fort and many more. Planning to visit Goa on a bank holiday in India is one of the best things you can do to enjoy your holidays.

Shimla - One of the capital cities and the largest city of Madhya Pradesh. If you want to discover India. Shimla must be on your list. During the British rule Shimla is used called as the summer capital of India. There are few places you must visit on a public holiday in India such as Ridge, mall road, Jakhoo temple and etc. If you like to do some adventure then you can also try camping, trekking, paragliding, and rafting.

Jaipur - Jaipur, Pink City of India. Visiting here on a public holiday in India will also be a great option. If you are visiting Jaipur we recommend not to miss these places to visit. The first thing you should do is Neemrana Fort Palace, this mind-blowing fort has been modified into a lavish hotel with all world class conveniences. It is also recommended to visit Jaigarh Fort that is positioned on one of the peaks of Aravalli Hills from here the view of majestic Amber Fort is amusing to see. Here you can also see the Biggest cannon on the globe. The Museum and the Maze are also things to see. Here you can see and understand how the Maharajas of Jaipur used to live.

Famously Celebrated Festivals in South India?

There are a number of festivals in India. Of which few festivals are celebrated in South India which is not only famous in India but all around the world. Travelers from across the world visit India to see the celebrations of these festivals. Here is a list of few.
 
Mysore Dasara - Mysore Dasara in other states which is celebrated as Navratri is celebrated in a very grand manner in Mysore. On this day Mysore palace will be decorated with nearly 100,000 light bulbs on all days of the festival and many different cultural programs such as dance, music and many activities will be organized for nine days which attracts tourist from various parts of the world to see this. Of nine days one day is a bank holiday in Mysore.
 
Mahamaham Festival - This festival is a famous festival in Tamil Nadu. This festival happens only once every twelve years. This festival happens in Kumbakonam town in Tamil Nadu. This is a very auspicious festival, and devotees from all around the world visit Kumbakonam town to take a divine dip in the Mahamaham tank during this day. Not all twelve days is a bank holiday in Tamil Nadu. But most businesses and government offices will be closed due to a big crowd of devotees for all these twelve days. 

Public Holidays in India which is celebrated all over the world

There are a lot of Public holidays in India, in these few holidays are celebrated in India and other parts of the world together. Here are few holidays which are celebrated all over the world.
 
Christmas
Christmas is one of the famous and most awaited festivals in the world. This day is a bank holiday in India. In various countries such as United Kindom, United States of America,  Australia almost all the countries Christmas is celebrated. Christmas is Birthday of Lord Jesus. On this day people make Christmas trees, decorate their homes, visit relatives and friends, exchange gifts and much more.
 
Eid ul Fitr
Eid ul Fitr is the most sacred festival for Muslims. It is one of the major festivals in India and a Public holiday in India. In many other countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and in many more  Eid ul Fitr is celebrated and this day is a holiday. Eid ul Fitr is Celebrated after fasting for a month by Muslims and this month is called as Ramadan. Specifically, the day Eid Ul Fitr is celebrated by offering prayers, cooking and serving sweets and various spicy dishes.
 
There are many other festivals other than the above, which are bank holidays in India