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Updated List of Indian Holidays in 2021
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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 2021

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 2021

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 2021

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 2021. The holidays may vary, depending upon the location of the concerned office.

 

Date

 Day

Name

Type

1 Jan

Friday

New Year's Day

Restricted Holiday

13 Jan

Wednesday

Lohri

Restricted Holiday

14 Jan

Thursday

Pongal

Restricted Holiday

14 Jan

Thursday

Makar Sankranti

Restricted Holiday

20 Jan

Wednesday

Guru Govind Singh Jayanti

Restricted Holiday

26 Jan

Tuesday

Republic Day

Gazetted Holiday

       

12 Feb

Friday

Chinese New Year

Observance

14 Feb

Sunday

Valentine's Day

Observance

16 Feb

Tuesday

Vasant Panchami

Restricted Holiday

19 Feb

Friday

Shivaji Jayanti

Restricted Holiday

26 Feb

Friday

Hazarat Ali's Birthday

Restricted Holiday

27 Feb

Saturday

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Restricted Holiday

       

8 Mar

Monday

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

Restricted Holiday

11 Mar

Thursday

Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri

Gazetted Holiday

20 Mar

Saturday

March Equinox

Season

28 Mar

Sunday

First day of Passover

Observance

28 Mar

Sunday

Holika Dahana

Restricted Holiday

29 Mar

Monday

Holi

Gazetted Holiday

       

1 Apr

Thursday

Maundy Thursday

Observance, Christian

2 Apr

Friday

Good Friday

Gazetted Holiday

4 Apr

Sunday

Easter Day

Restricted Holiday

13 Apr

Tuesday

Chaitra Sukhladi

Restricted Holiday

14 Apr

Wednesday

Vaisakhi

Restricted Holiday

14 Apr

Wednesday

Mesadi

Restricted Holiday

14 Apr

Wednesday

Ambedkar Jayanti

Observance

15 Apr

Thursday

Bahag Bihu/Vaisakhadi

Restricted Holiday

21 Apr

Wednesday

Rama Navami

Gazetted Holiday

25 Apr

Sunday

Mahavir Jayanti

Gazetted Holiday

       

1 May

Saturday

May Day

Observance

7 May

Friday

Jamat Ul-Vida

Restricted Holiday

9 May

Sunday

Mother's Day

Observance

9 May

Sunday

Birthday of Ravindranath

Restricted Holiday

14 May

Friday

Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar

Gazetted Holiday

14 May

Friday

Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar

Muslim, Common local holiday

26 May

Wednesday

Buddha Purnima/Vesak

Gazetted Holiday

       

20 Jun

Sunday

Father's Day

Observance

21 Jun

Monday

June Solstice

Season

       

12 Jul

Monday

Rath Yatra

Restricted Holiday

21 Jul

Wednesday

Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha (Tentative Date)

Gazetted Holiday

24 Jul

Saturday

Guru Purnima

Observance

       

1 Aug

Sunday

Friendship Day

Observance

15 Aug

Sunday

Independence Day

Gazetted Holiday

16 Aug

Monday

Parsi New Year

Restricted Holiday

19 Aug

Thursday

Muharram/Ashura (Tentative Date)

Gazetted Holiday

21 Aug

Saturday

Onam

Restricted Holiday

22 Aug

Sunday

Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)

Restricted Holiday

30 Aug

Monday

Janmashtami

Gazetted Holiday

30 Aug

Monday

Janmashtami (Smarta)

Restricted Holiday

       

10 Sep

Friday

Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi

Restricted Holiday

23 Sep

Thursday

September Equinox

Season

       

2 Oct

Saturday

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

Gazetted Holiday

12 Oct

Tuesday

Maha Saptami

Restricted Holiday

13 Oct

Wednesday

Maha Ashtami

Restricted Holiday

14 Oct

Thursday

Maha Navami

Restricted Holiday

15 Oct

Friday

Dussehra

Gazetted Holiday

19 Oct

Tuesday

Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad (Tentative Date)

Gazetted Holiday

20 Oct

Wednesday

Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti

Restricted Holiday

24 Oct

Sunday

Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)

Restricted Holiday

31 Oct

Sunday

Halloween

Observance

       

4 Nov

Thursday

Naraka Chaturdasi

Restricted Holiday

4 Nov

Thursday

Diwali/Deepavali

Gazetted Holiday

5 Nov

Friday

Govardhan Puja

Restricted Holiday

6 Nov

Saturday

Bhai Duj

Restricted Holiday

10 Nov

Wednesday

Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)

Restricted Holiday

19 Nov

Friday

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Gazetted Holiday

24 Nov

Wednesday

Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day

Restricted Holiday

29 Nov

Monday

First Day of Hanukkah

Observance

       

6 Dec

Monday

Last day of Hanukkah

Observance

21 Dec

Tuesday

December Solstice

Season

24 Dec

Friday

Christmas Eve

Restricted Holiday

25 Dec

Saturday

Christmas

Gazetted Holiday

31 Dec

Friday

New Year's Eve

Observance

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.