India, being a secular country, hosts individuals of different religions. All of these religions celebrate a plethora of festivals. Some among these are central holidays, some are a state holiday, yet some festivals are entirely regional and come under restricted holidays. There are several festivals in the month of April, observed by people of different religions and regions. Read on to get a comprehensive list of these holidays.
|1 Apr||Monday||Bank holiday||All states|
|1 Apr||Monday||Odisha Day||Odisha|
|5 Apr||Friday||Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday||Telangana, Andhra Pradesh|
|13 Apr||Saturday||Biju Festival||Tripura|
|14 Apr||Sunday||Ashoka's Birthday||Bihar only|
|15 Apr||Monday||Bengali New Year||West Bengal, Tripura|
|13 and 14 Apr||Saturday and Sunday||Bohag Bihu||Assam, Arunachal Pradesh|
|14 Apr||Sunday||Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti||Restricted holiday|
|14 Apr||Sunday||Maha Vishuba Sankranti||Odisha|
|14 Apr||Sunday||Tamil New Year||Tamil Nadu, Puthandu|
|14 Apr||Sunday||Vaisakhi||Punjab, Haryana|
|15 Apr||Monday||Himachal Day||Himachal Pradesh|
|15 Apr||Monday||Vishu/ Naba Barsha||Kerala, West Bengal|
|18 Apr||Thursday||Parashuram Jayanti||Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh|
|18 Apr||Thursday||Basava Jayanti||Karnataka|
|1 April||Monday||Odisha Day||Odisha|
|21 April||Sunday||Easter Sunday||Nagaland, Kerala|
|5 April||Friday||Babu Jagjivan Ram Jayanti||Telangana, Andhra Pradesh|
|13 and 14 April||Saturday and Sunday||Bohag Bihu Holiday||Assam|
|14 April||Sunday||Vaisakhi||Punjab, J&K, Chandigarh, Haryana|
|14 April||Sunday||Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti||National except for Nagaland, Assam, Chandigarh, Manipur, Tripura, Chandigarh, DD, Arunachal Pradesh|
|14 April||Sunday||Tamil New Year||Pondicherry|
|14 April||Sunday||Maha Vishuba Sankranti||Odisha|
|15 April||Monday||Bengali New Year||West Bengal, Tripura|
|15 April||Monday||Himachal Day||Himachal Pradesh|
|18 April||Thursday||Maharshi Parasuram Jayanti||Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat|
|18 April||Thursday||Basav Jayanti||Karnataka|
Note: Banks have holidays on second and fourth Saturdays too.
Description of Holidays in April
Odisha Day: This festival is celebrated to mark the creation of the state. The day is celebrated with fireworks and food.
Ashoka's birthday: This festival commemorates the birth anniversary of Emperor Ashoka the Great of the Mauryan Dynasty. It is celebrated in Bihar on 14th April every year.
B R Ambedkar Jayanthi: Also known as Bhim Jayanti, it is a yearly festival celebrated on 14th April every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar - the creator of the Indian constitution.
Tamil New Year: It is celebrated on 14th April every year.
Vaisakhi: Vaisakhi or Baisakhi, is a harvest festival, usually celebrated in mid-April, as per the lunar calendar. It is a restricted holiday and only some regions celebrate the festival. Government offices usually remain open.
Himachal Day: This festival has been celebrated in Himachal Pradesh since 15th April 1948.
Vishu: It is a Hindu Festival celebrated in Kerala, marked by an auspicious ceremony with family.
Parashuram Jayanti: Parashuram Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of 6 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and is celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
Basav Jayanti: The festival is celebrated in Karnataka to honor the birthday of Lord Basavanna.