HOLIDAYS OF INDIA
JANUARY  
1 New Year’s Day First day of the year.
1 Eid-ul-Adha/ Bakrid* A.K.A The festival of sacrifice. Observed by Muslims.
5 Guru Govind Singh Jayanti Birthday of 10th Guru. Observed by Sikhs.
14 Makara Sankranti Harvest Festival. Indo Gangetic plain.
15 Pongal Harvest Festival. Tamil Nadu.
20 Muharram* 1st day of the year. Observed by Muslims.
23 Vasant Panchami Spring Festival. Observed by Hindus.
26 Republic Day India becomes a sovereign, 1950. National Holiday.
     
FEBRUARY  
2 Guru Ravidas Jayanti Birthday Guru Ravidas. Observed by Hindus.
12 Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Birthday Guru Maharishi. Observed by Hindus.
16 Maha Shivaratri Night Long Vigil. Observed by Hindus.
     
MARCH  
3 Holikadahana Similar to Holi. Observed by Hindus.
4 Holi Spring festival. A.K.A Festival of colors. Observed by Hindus.
19 Chaitra Sukhladi/ Gudi Padwa New Years day by Maharashtrians.
27 Ram Navami Celebration of Rama’s birthday. Observed by Hindus.
31 Mahavir Jayanti Birthday of Guru Mahavir. Observed by Jainism.
31 Milad un Nabi* Birthday of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Observed by Muslims.
     
APRIL  
2 Bank Holidays  
6 Good Friday Time of penance and fasting. Observed by Christians.
8 Easter Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. Observed by Christians.
14 Ambedkar Jayanti Birthday of Buddha Ambedkar. Observed by Buddhist.
14 Bengali New Year/Vaisakh/ Masadi First day of the year for Bengalis. Observed by Bengalis.
     
MAY  
1 May Day Labor Holiday. A.K.A. Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day
2 Buddha Purnima Birthday of Buddha Purnima. Observed by Buddhist.
     
AUGUST  
15 Independence Day Independence from British. Is the birth of India as a sovereign nation.
20 Parsi New Year First day of the year for Parsi. Observed by Parsis.
28 Raksha Bhandan Celebrates the relationship between siblings. Observed by Hindus.
     
SEPTEMBER  
3 Janmashtami (Smarta) Lord Krishna's birth. Observed by Smartas
4 Janmashtami (Vaishnava) Celebration of Lord Krishna's birth. Observed by Vaishnava
15 Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration of Lord Ganesha. Observed by Hindus.
29 September Bank Holiday  
     
OCTOBER  
2 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday. Observed by Jainism.
13 Eid-ul-Fitr* Marks the end of Ramadan. Observed by Muslims.
18 Dussehra (Maha Saptami) The worship of Durga. Day 1 Observed by Hindus.
19 Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) The worship of Durga. Day 3 Observed by Hindus.
20 Dussehra (Maha Navami) The worship of Durga. Day 4 Observed by Hindus.
21 Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) The worship of Durga. Day 5 Observed by Hindus.
     
NOVEMBER  
9 Diwali/ Deepavali Celebrates the victory of good over evil. Observed by Hindus.
24 Guru Nanak Jayanti Birthday Guru Nanak Observed by Hindus.
     
DECEMBER  
20 Eid-ul-Adha/ Bakrid* The festival of sacrifice. Observed by Muslims.
25 Christmas Day Celebrates the birth of Jesus. Observed by Christians.
26 Boxing Day The day after Christmas Day
     
* Subject to change depending on appearance of Moon
- Based on the 2007 year. Dates vary by year for holidays that use other calendars, e.g. lunar calendar.