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India is a culturally fervent country with a highly diverse society that celebrates innumerable festivals and holidays. These have made India famous around the world and attracts a lot of visitors from the western nations. Sometimes chaotic and sometimes intense, these holidays festivals are colorful, joyous and enjoyable.

India is a secular country. 80% of the Indians are Hindus, 13% are Muslims, 2% are Christians, 1% Buddhists and 0.5% are Jains. Very few Indians follow Zoroastrianism and Judaism. Here is an expansive list of all Indian holidays. Read on to find out the public holidays, government holidays, bank holidays, and festivals, etc.

List of National Holidays in 2019

Indians get three national holidays on the 26th of January, 15th of August and 2nd of October.

India celebrates Republic Day on 26th January to commemorate the date on which the Indian Constitution was inaugurated. The British colonizers left India on 15th August 1947 and thus the country celebrates its Independence Day on 15th August every year. 2nd October is the birthday of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Government Holidays in 2019

The state and central governments announce the list of government holidays every year. Government holidays are generally of two types - gazetted holidays and restricted holidays. In addition to these, local holidays are declared at the state or the district level.

List of Central Government Holidays in 2019

The Ministry of Personnel declares a list of holidays on behalf of the Government of India. These holidays are applicable to central government offices.

The following holidays have been declared for central government offices during the year 2018. The holidays may vary, depending upon the location of the concerned office.

Date

Day

Holiday

Remarks

1st January

Tuesday

New Year’s Day

All states

2nd January 

Wednesday

Mannam Jayanthi

Kerala

12th January

Saturday

Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

In West Bengal

14th January 

Monday

Bhogi 

In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Makar Sankranti

In Assam, Telangana, Gujarat

15th January 

Tuesday

Thiruvalluvar Day/Pongal

In Tamil Nadu

Sankranti

In Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh

17th January

Thursday

Uzhavar Tirunal

In Puducherry and Tamil Nadu

10 February

Sunday

Vasant Panchami

In Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Tripura

23rd January

Wednesday

Subhas Chandra Birthday

In Assam, West Bengal, Odisha

10th February

Sunday

Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti

In Haryana

25th January 

Friday

Statehood Day

In Himachal Pradesh

26th January 

Saturday

Republic Day

All states

31st January

Thursday

Me-dam-me-phi

In Assam

31st January

Thursday

Birth Anniversary of Guru Ravidas

In Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab

19th February 

Tuesday

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

In Haryana

4 March

Monday

Maha Shivratri

All states

5 February

Tuesday

Losar

In Sikkim

Sonam Lhochar

In Sikkim

19th February 

Tuesday

Shivaji Maharaja Jayanti

In Maharashtra

21st March 

Thursday

Doljatra

In West Bengal

21st March 

Thursday

Holi

All states

6th April

Sunday

Ugadi

In Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

Cheti Chand

Gujarat

Gudi Padwa

In Maharashtra

22nd March 

Friday

Bihar Diwas

In Bihar

23rd March

Saturday

Shaheedi Divas of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru

In Haryana and Punjab

14 April

Sunday

Ram Navami

All states

17 April

Wednesday

Mahavir Jayanti

All states

18 April

Thursday

Maundy Thursday

Kerala

19 April

Friday

Good Friday

 

1st April 

Monday

Bank holiday

Only for banks

1st April 

Monday

Odisha Day

In Odisha

5th April 

Thursday

Birth Anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram

In Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

13th April

Saturday

Biju Festival

In Tripura

14th April 

Sunday

Ashoka’s Birthday

In Bihar

Bengali New Year

In West Bengal, Tripura

Bohag Bihu

In Assam, Arunachal Pradesh

Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti

 

Maha Vishuba Sankranti

Odisha

Tamil New Year

In Tamil Nadu, Puthandu

Vaisakhi

In Punjab, Haryana

15th April 

Monday

Himachal Day

In Himachal Pradesh

Vishu

In Kerala

7th May

Tuesday

Parashuram Jayanti

Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh

Basav Jayanti

Karnataka

22nd April 

Monday

Garia Puja

Tripura

1st May 

Wednesday

May Day

Many states

9th May 

Thursday

Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore

Tripura, West Bengal

16th May

Thursday

State Day

Sikkim

31st May

Friday

Jumat-ul-Wida

 

14th June

Friday

Pahili Raja

Odisha

5th June

Wednesday

Eid ul-Fitr

Many states

15th June 

Saturday

Raja Sankranti

 

5 & 6th June 

Saturday

Eid ul-Fitr

Punjab

Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom Day

Several states

Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Punjab

17th June

Monday

Sant Guru Kabir

Haryana

4th July

Thursday

Ratha Yatra

Odisha

15th August 

Wednesday

Independence Day

Throughout India

17th August

Saturday

Parsi New Year

 

12th August 

Monday

Idul Juha

Bakrid many states

10th September

Tuesday

First Onam

Kerala

11th September

Wednesday

Thiruvonam

Kerala

15th August

Thursday

Raksha Bandhan

 

21 September

Saturday

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

Kerala

31st August

Saturday

Prakash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Punjab

24th August

Sunday

Srikrishna Janmashtami

Odisha, Kerala

Janmashtami

Tamil Nadu

2nd September 

Monday

Teej

Haryana

Saragarhi Day

 

2nd September

Monday

Ganesh Chaturthi

Several states

3rd September 

Tuesday

Nuakhai

Odisha

10th September

Tuesday

Muharram

Many states

28th September 

Saturday

Birthday of Bhagat Singh Ji

Punjab

2nd October 

Wednesday

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti

28th September

Saturday

Mahalaya

West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura

29th September

Sunday

Maharaja Agrasen Jayanthi

Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana

5th October

Saturday

Maha Saptami

Odisha, Assam, West Bengal

6th October

Sunday

Durgastami

Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal

7th October

Monday

Ayudha Puja

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal

Mahanavami

Odisha, Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal

Navami of Durga Puja

West Bengal, Assam, West Bengal

8th October 

Tuesday

Durga Puja

Odisha, Sikkim, West Bengal

Dussehra

Several states

13th October 

Sunday

Lakshmi Puja

West Bengal, Tripura

Maharshi Valmiki Birthday

Himachal Pradesh, Punjab,

1st November 

Friday

Haryana Day

Haryana

Kannada Rajyothsava

Bangalore

27th Oct

Sunday

Narak Chaturdashi

Karnataka

Deepavali/Kali Puja

Karnataka

28th Oct

Monday

Deepavali

Maharashtra

Vikram Samvat New Year

Gujarat

Vishwakarma Day

 

Balipadyami

Karnataka

29th Oct

Tuesday

Bhai Bij

Gujarat

2nd November

Saturday

Chhath Puja

Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar,

10th Novemeber

Sunday

Id-e-Milad

Kerala

12th November 

Tuesday

Guru Nanak Birthday

 

Rasa Purnima

Odisha

3rd December 

Tuesday

Feast of St Francis Xavier

Goa

1st December

Sunday

Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji

Punjab

25th December 

Wednesday

Christmas Day

All states

26th December 

Thursday

Boxing Day

 

Shaheed Udham Singh’s Birthday

Haryana

List of Bank Holidays in 2019

Date

Day

Holiday

 

States

01 - 01 - 2019

Tuesday

New Year Day

 

Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya

02 - 01 - 2019

Wednesday

New Year Holiday

 

Mizoram

11 - 01 - 2019

Friday

Missionary Day

 

Mizoram

12 - 01 - 2019

Saturday

Swami Vivekanand Jayanti

 

West Bengal

14 - 01 - 2019

Monday

Makar Sankranti

 

Karnataka, Gujarat, Sikkim, Telangana

15 - 01 - 2019

Tuesday

Pongal

 

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh

16 - 01 - 2019

Wednesday

Thiruvalluvar Day

 

Tamil Nadu

16 - 01 - 2019

Wednesday

Kanuma Panduga

 

Andhra Pradesh

17 - 01 - 2019

Thursday

Uzhavar Thirunal

 

Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry

10 - 02 - 2019

Sunday

Vasant Panchami

 

West Bengal, Tripura, Punjab, Haryana, Odisha

23 - 01 - 2019

Wednesday

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti

 

Tripura, West Bengal, Odisha

25 - 01 - 2019

Friday

State Day

 

Himachal Pradesh

26 - 01 - 2019

Saturday

Republic Day

 

National

31 - 01 - 2019

Thursday

Me-Dum-Me-Phi

 

Assam

31 - 01 - 2019

Thursday

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

 

Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab

4 - 03 - 2019

Monday

Maha Shivaratri

 

West Bengal, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, AN, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Pondicherry, Sikkim, Mizoram

15 - 02 - 2019

Friday

Lui-Ngai-Ni

 

Manipur

5 - 02 - 2019

Tuesday

Losar

 

Sikkim

19 - 02 - 2019

Tuesday

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

 

Maharashtra

21 - 03 - 2019

Thursday

Holi

 

Assam, J&K, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh

05 - 03 - 2019

Tuesday

Panchayatiraj Divas

 

Odisha

06 - 04 - 2019

Saturday

Ugadi

 

Gujarat, J&K, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana

06 - 04 - 2019

Sunday

Telugu New Year

 

Tamil Nadu

22 - 03 - 2019

Friday

Bihar Day

 

Bihar

23 - 03 - 2019

Saturday

S.Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom Day

 

Punjab, Haryana

14 - 04 - 2019

Sunday

Ram Navami

 

National except Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, DN, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Karnataka, J&K, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, West Bengal, Pondicherry

17 - 04 - 2019

Wednesday

Mahavir Jayanti

 

Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra

19 - 04 - 2019

Friday

Good Friday

 

National except J&K, Haryana

21 - 03 - 2019

Thursday

Hazrat Ali Jayanti

 

Uttar Pradesh

21 - 04 - 2019

Sunday

Easter Sunday

 

Nagaland

01 - 04 - 2019

Monday

Odisha Day

 

Odisha

13 - 04 - 2019

Saturday

Bohag Bihu Holiday

 

Assam

14 - 04 - 2019

Sunday

Vaisakhi

 

Punjab, J&K, Chandigarh, Haryana

14 - 04 - 2019

Sunday

Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti

 

National except Nagaland, Assam, Chandigarh, Manipur, Tripura, Chandigarh, DD, Arunachal Pradesh

14 - 04 - 2019

Sunday

Tamil New Year

 

Pondicherry

14 - 04 - 2019

Sunday

Bohag Bihu

 

Assam

14 - 04 - 2019

Sunday

Maha Vishuba Sankrati

 

Odisha

15 - 04 - 2019

Monday

Bengali New Year

 

West Bengal, Tripura

15 - 04 - 2019

Monday

Himachal Day

 

Himachal Pradesh

01 - 05 - 2019

Wednesday

May Day

 

Pondicherry, West Bengal, Assam, Goa, Karnataka, Manipur, West Bengal, Pondicherry

01 - 05 - 2019

Wednesday

Maharashtra Day

 

Maharashtra

09 - 05 - 2019

Thursday

Guru Rabindranath Jayanthi

 

West Bengal, Tripura

16 - 05 - 2019

Thursday

State Day

 

Sikkim

02 - 06 - 2019

Sunday

Shab-i-Qadr

 

J&K

14 - 06 - 2019

Friday

Pahili Raja

 

Odisha

15 - 06 - 2019

Saturday

YMA Day

 

Mizoram

15 - 06 - 2019

Saturday

Raja Sankrati

 

Odisha

15 - 06 - 2019

Saturday

Jumat-ul-Wida

 

J&K

05 - 06 - 2019

Wednesday

Eid ul-Fitr

 

National holiday

06 - 06 - 2019

Thursday

Maharana Pratap Jayanti

 

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan

17 - 06 - 2019

Monday

Sant Guru Kabir

 

Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chhattisgarh

30 - 06 - 2019

Sunday

Remna Ni

 

Mizoram

13 - 07 - 2019

Saturday

Martyr’s Day

 

J&K

04 - 07 - 2019

Thursday

Ratha Yatra

 

Odisha, Manipur

10 - 07 - 2019

Wednesday

Kharchi Puja

 

Tripura

29 - 07 - 2019

Monday

Bonalu

 

Telangana

15 - 08 - 2019

Thursday

Independence Day

 

National

16 - 08 - 2019

Friday

De Jure Transfer Day

 

Pondicherry

17 - 08 - 2019

Saturday

Parsi New Year

 

Maharashtra, Gujarat

12 - 08 - 2019

Monday

Bakrid

 

National except for Sikkim, Pondicherry, Daman, and Diu

11 - 08 - 2019

Sunday

Bakrid

 

J&K

15 - 08 - 2019

Thursday

Raksha Bandhan

 

Odisha and other states

23 - 08 - 2019

Friday

Janmashtami

 

Punjab

02 - 09 - 2019

Monday

Ganesh Chaturthi

 

Odisha, Goa, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram

03 - 09 - 2019

Tuesday

Naukhai

 

Odisha

21 - 09 - 2019

Saturday

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

 

Kerala

10 - 09 - 2019

Tuesday

Muharram

 

West Bengal, Goa, Assam, Goa, Jharkhand, Kerala, Manipur, Tripura, West Bengal, Uttarakhand

28 - 09 - 2019

Saturday

S Bhagat Singh Ji Birthday

 

Punjab

02 - 10 - 2019

Wednesday

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

 

Domestic

28 - 9 - 2019

Saturday

Mahalaya Amavasye

 

Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka,

28 - 9 - 2019

Tuesday

First Day of Bathukamma

 

Telangana

5 - 10 - 2019

Saturday

Maha Saptami

 

Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura

6 - 10 - 2019

Sunday

Maha Ashtami

 

Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra

7- 10 - 2019

Monday

Maha Navami

 

Meghalaya, Odisha, Pondicherry, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Jharkhand

8 - 10 - 2019

Tuesday

Vijaya Dashami

 

National except for Pondicherry, Manipur

13 - 10 - 2019

Sunday

Lakshmi Puja

 

Tripura, Odisha, West Bengal

13 - 10 - 2019

Sunday

Maharashi Valmiki Jaynati

 

Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh

01 - 11 - 2019

Friday

Puducherry Liberation Day

 

Pondicherry

01 - 11 - 2019

Friday

Haryana Day

 

Haryana

01 - 11 - 2019

Friday

Kannada Rajyosthsava

 

Karnataka

01 - 11 - 2019

Friday

Kut

 

Manipur

27 - 10 - 2019

Sunday

Deepavali

 

Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu

28 - 10 - 2019

Monday

Vikram Samvat New Year

 

Gujarat

29 - 10 - 2019

Friday

Bhai Dooj

 

Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat

02 - 11 - 2019

Saturday

Chhath Puja

 

Jharkhand, Bihar

03 - 11 - 2019

Wednesday

Chhath Puja Holiday

 

Bihar

10 - 11 - 2019

Sunday

Eid e Milad

 

National except Sikkim, Meghalaya, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh

12 - 11 - 2019

Tuesday

Guru Nanak Jayanti

 

National except for Goa, Karnataka, Nagaland, Odisha, Pondicherry, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Tripura

15 - 11 - 2019

Friday

Kanakadas Jayanti

 

Karnataka

03 - 12 - 2019

Tuesday

Feast of St Francis Xavier

 

Goa

05 - 12 - 2019

Thursday

Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Jayanti

 

J&K

12 - 12 - 2019

Thursday

Pa Togan Nengminza Sangama

 

Meghalaya

18 - 12 - 2019

Wednesday

Guru Ghasidas Jayanti

   

18 - 12 - 2019

Wednesday

Death Anniversary of U Soso Tham

   

19 - 12 - 2019

Thursday

Liberation Day

 

Goa, Daman, and Diu

24 - 12 - 2019

Tuesday

Christmas Day

 

National

25 - 12 - 2019

Wednesday

Christmas Day

 

Mizoram, Meghalaya

30 - 12 - 2019

Monday

U Kiang Nangbah

 

Meghalaya

31 - 12 - 2019

Tuesday

New Year’s Eve

 

Manipur

 

Note: Banks have holidays on second and fourth Saturdays too.

Popular Festivals of India

India is the 2nd most populous country in the world and celebrates many festivals and customs of many religions. Many festivals across the country are common among various communities. Here are the popular Indian festivals that are unique to this country.

  1. Diwali is the Festival of Lights, which is celebrated in October or November. This Hindu festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. The festival honors the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom of Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. People celebrate Diwali by lighting up clay lamps and bursting firecrackers.

  2. Holi is the Festival of Colors, usually celebrated in the month of March. People celebrate Holi by applying colored water and dry colors on each other.

  3. Maha Shivratri is the Puja of Lord Shiva. The devotees of Shiva all over the country flock to Shiva temples and offer water to Lord Shiva. People stay awake all night and indulge in various festivities, including extensive dancing and singing.

  4. Ramadan is a month-long Islamic festival. Islamic community refrains from eating during the daytime throughout this whole month. The festival intends to teach the essence of humility, patience, and spirituality to the community.

  5. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the love and affection between brothers and sisters. It is usually celebrated in August on which sisters tie 'Rakhi' on the wrists of their brothers.

  6. Navaratri is a nine-day long celebration. In this festival, Hindus worship Goddess Lakshmi - the Goddess of Wealth, Goddess Saraswati - the Goddess of Knowledge and Goddess Durga - the Goddess of Valor for three days each.

  7. Dussehra celebrates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana in North India as well as the triumph of Goddess Durga over Mahishasur in the east. A huge effigy of Ravana is burnt on this day.

  8. Ganesh Chaturthi marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha or Ganapati. It is highly popular in Maharashtra. It is also celebrated in most states of India.