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Indian Holidays in 2018

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.

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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.

National Holidays | 2018

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 | 2018

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.

Central Government Holidays | 2018

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 2018

Monday

New Year’s Day

All states

2nd January 2018

Tuesday

Mannam Jayanthi

Kerala

12th January 2018

Friday

Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

In West Bengal

14th January 2018

Sunday

Bhogi / Pongal

In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Sankrati

In Assam, Telangana, Gujarat

15th January 2018

Monday

Thiruvalluar Day

In Tamil Nadu

Sankrati

In Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh

16th January 2018

Tuesday

Uzhavar Tirunal

In Puducherry and Tamil Nadu

22th January 2018

Monday

Vasant Panchami

In Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Tripura

23rd January 2018

Tuesday

Subhas Chandra Birthday

In Assam, West Bengal, Odisha

24th January 2018

Wednesday

Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti

In Haryana

25th January 2018

Thursday

Statehood Day

In Himachal Pradesh

26th January 2018

Friday

Republic Day

All states

31st January 2018

Wednesday

Me-dam-me-phi

In Assam

31st January 2018

Wednesday

Birth Anniversary of Guru Ravidas

In Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab

10th February 2018

Saturday

Maharashi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

In Haryana

13th February 2018

Tuesday

Maha Shivratri

All states

14th February 2018

Wednesday

Maha Shivratri

In Himachal Pradesh, Delhi

16th February 2018

Friday

Losar

In Sikkim

Sonam Lhochar

In Sikkim

19th February 2018

Monday

Shivaji Maharaja Jayanti

In Maharashtra

1st March 2018

Thursday

Doljatra

In West Bengal

2nd March 2018

Friday

Holi

All states

18th March 2018

Sunday

Ugadi

In Andhra Pradesh, Telangana

Cheti Chand

Gujarat

Gudi Padwa

In Maharashtra

22nd March 2018

Thursday

Bihar Diwas

In Bihar

23rd March 2018

Friday

Shaheedi Divas of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru

In Haryana and Punjab

25th March 2018

Sunday

Ram Navami

All states

29th March 2018

Thursday

Mahavir Jayanti

All states

29th March 2018

Thursday

Maundry Thursday

Kerala

30th March 2018

Friday

Good Friday

30th March 2018

Friday

Hazrat Alis Birthday

Uttar Pradesh

1st April 2018

Sunday

Bank holiday

Only for banks

1st April 2018

Sunday

Odisha Day

In Odisha

5th April 2018

Thursday

Birth Anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram

In Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

13th April 2018

Friday

Biju Festival

In Tripura

14th April 2018

Saturday

Ashoka’s Birthday

In Bihar

Bengali New Year

In West Bengal, Tripura

Bohag Bihu

In Assam, Arunachal Pradesh

Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti

Maha Vishuba Sankrati

Odisha

Tamil New Year

In Tamil Nadu, Puthandu

Vaisakhi

In Punjab, Haryana

15th April 2018

Sunday

Himachal Day

In Himachal Pradesh

Vishu

In Kerala

18th April 2018

Wednesday

Parashuram Jayanti

Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh

Basav Jayanti

Karnataka

23rd April 2018

Monday

Garia Puja

Tripura

1st May 2018

Tuesday

May Day

Many states

7th May 2018

Monday

Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore

Tripura, West Bengal

16th May 2018

Wednesday

State Day

Sikkim

25th May 2018

Friday

Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam

Tripura

8th June 2018

Friday

Jumat-ul-Wida

14th June 2018

Thursday

Pahili Raja

Odisha

15th June 2018

Friday

Eid ul-Fitr

Many states

15th June 2018

Friday

Raja Sankrati

16th June 2018

Saturday

Eid ul-Fitr

Punjab

Guru Arjun Dev Martrdom Day

Several states

Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Punjab

28th June 2018

Thursday

Sant Guru Kabir

Haryana

14th July 2018

Saturday

Ratha Yatra

Odisha

20th July 2018

Friday

Karchi Puja

Tripura

31st July 2018

Tuesday

Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh

Punjab, Haryana

3rd August 2018

Friday

Ker Puja

Tripura

11th August 2018

Saturday

Karkkadaka Vavu

Kerala

15th August 2018

Wednesday

Independence Day

17th August 2018

Friday

Parsi New Year

22nd August 2018

Wednesday

Idul Juha

Bakrid many states

24th August 2018

Friday

First Onam

Kerala

25th August 2018

Saturday

Thiruvonam

Kerala

26th August 2018

Sunday

Raksha Bandhan

Third Onam

Kerala

27th August 2018

Monday

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti

Kerala

28th August 2018

Tuesday

Ayankali Jayanthi

Kerala

1st September 2018

Saturday

Prakash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Punjab

2nd September 2018

Sunday

Srikrishna Janmashtami

Odisha, Kerala

Janmashtami

Tamil Nadu

3rd September 2018

Monday

Janmashtami

Restricted holiday

10th September 2018

Monday

Birthday of Baba Sri Chand Ji

Punjab

12th September 2018

Wednesday

Teej

Haryana

Saragarhi Day

13th September 2018

Thursday

Ganesh Chaturthi

Several states

14th September 2018

Friday

Nuakhai

Odisha

21st September 2018

Friday

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

Kerala

Muharram

Many states

23rd September 2018

Sunday

Haryana’s Hero’s Martydom

Haryana

28th September 2018

Friday

Birthday of Bhagat Singh Ji

Punjab

2nd October 2018

Tuesday

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti

8th October 2018

Monday

Mahalaya

West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura

10th October 2018

Wednesday

Maharaja Agrasen Jayanthi

Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana

16th October 2018

Tuesday

Maha Saptmi

Odisha, Assam, West Bengal

17th October 2018

Wednesday

Durgastami

Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal

18th October 2018

Thursday

Ayudha Puja

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal

Mahanavami

Odisha, Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal

Navami of Durga Puja

West Bengal, Assam, West Bengal

Dussehra

Many states

19th October 2018

Friday

Durga Puja

Odisha, Sikkim, West Bengal

Dussehra

Several states

24th October 2018

Wednesday

Lakshmi Puja

West Bengal, Tripura

Maharshi Valmiki Birthday

Himachal Pradesh, Punjab,

31st October 2018

Wednesday

Sardar Vallabhbai Patel’s Birthday

Gujarat

1st November 2018

Wednesday

Haryana Day

Haryana

Kannada Rajyothsava

Bangalore

6th November 2018

Tuesday

Narak Chaturdashi

Karnataka

Deepavali

Karnataka

7th November 2018

Wednesday

Deepavali

Many states

Kali Puja

West Bengal, Assam, Odisha

8th November 2018

Thursday

Deepavali

Maharashtra

Vikram Samvat New Year

Gujarat

Vishwakarma Day

Balipadyami

Karnataka

9th November 2018

Friday

Bhai Bij

Gujarat

14th November 2018

Wednesday

Chhath Puja

Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar,

20th November 2018

Tuesday

Id-e-Milad

Kerala

21st November 2018

Wednesday

Id-e-Milad

23rd November 2018

Friday

Guru Nanak Birthday

Rasa Purnima

Odisha

26th November 2018

Monday

Kanakadas Jayanti

Karnataka

3th December 2018

Monday

World Disabled Day

Tripura

Feast of St Francis Xavier

Goa

16th December 2018

Sunday

Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji

Punjab

19th December 2018

Wednesday

Goa Liberation Day

Goa

25th December 2018

Tuesday

Christmas Day

All states

26th December 2018

Wednesday

Boxing Day

Shaheed Udham Singh’s Birthday

Haryana

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Bank Holidays | 2018

Date

Day

Holiday

States

01 - 01 - 2018

Monday

New Year Day

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

02 - 01 - 2018

Tuesday

New Year Holiday

Mizoram

11 - 01 - 2018

Thursday

Missionary Day

Mizoram

12 - 01 - 2018

Friday

Swami Vivekanand Jayanti

West Bengal

14 - 01 - 2018

Sunday

Makar Sankrati

Karnataka, Gujarat, Sikkim, Telangana

14 - 01 - 2018

Sunday

Pongal

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh

15 - 01 - 2018

Monday

Thiruvalluvar Day

Tamil Nadu

15 - 01 - 2018

Monday

Kanuma Panduga

Andhra Pradesh

15 - 01 - 2018

Monday

Magh Bihu

Assam

16 - 01 - 2018

Tuesday

Uzhavar Thirunal

Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry

18 - 01 - 2018

Thursday

Sonal Losar

Sikkim

22 - 01 - 2018

Monday

Vasant Panchami

West Bengal, Tripura, Punjab, Haryana, Odisha

23 - 01 - 2018

Tuesday

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti

Tripura, West Bengal, Odisha

24 - 01 - 2018

Wednesday

Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti

Haryana

25 - 01 - 2018

Thursday

State Day

Himachal Pradesh

26 - 01 - 2018

Friday

Republic Day

National

31 - 01 - 2018

Wednesday

Me-Dum-Me-Phi

Assam

31 - 01 - 2018

Wednesday

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab

10 - 02 - 2018

Saturday

Maharshi Dayanand Sarswati Jayanti

Haryana

13 - 02 - 2018

Tuesday

Maha Shivaratri

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

15 - 02 - 2018

Thursday

Lui-Ngai-Ni

Manipur

16 - 02 - 2018

Friday

Losar

Sikkim

19 - 02 - 2018

Monday

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

Maharashtra

20 - 02 - 2018

Tuesday

State Day

Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh

01 - 03 - 2018

Thursday

Holi

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

02 - 03 - 2018

Friday

Holi

National except Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, J&K, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Pondicherry, Uttarakhand, West Bengal

05 - 03 - 2018

Monday

Panchayatiraj Divas

Odisha

18 - 03 - 2018

Sunday

Ugadi

Gujarat, J&K, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana

18 - 03 - 2018

Sunday

Telugu New Year

Tamil Nadu

18 - 03 - 2018

Sunday

Sajibu Nongmapanba

Manipur

20 - 03 - 2018

Tuesday

Sarhul

Jharkhand

22 - 03 - 2018

Thursday

Bihar Day

Bihar

23 - 03 - 2018

Friday

S.Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom Day

Punjab, Haryana

25 - 03 - 2018

Sunday

Ram Navami

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

29 - 03 - 2018

Thursday

Mahavir Jayanti

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

30 - 03 - 2018

Friday

Good Friday

National except J&K, Haryana

31 - 03 - 2018

Saturday

Hazrat Ali Jayanti

Uttar Pradesh

31 - 03 - 2018

Saturday

Easter Saturday

Nagaland

01 - 04 - 2018

Sunday

Odisha Day

Odisha

01 - 04 - 2018

Sunday

Easter Sunday

Nagaland, Kerala

05 - 04 - 2018

Thursday

Babu Jagjivan Ram Jayanti

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

13 - 04 - 2018

Friday

Bohag Bihu Holiday

Assam

14 - 04 - 2018

Saturday

Vaisakhi

Punjab, J&K, Chandigarh, Haryana

14 - 04 - 2018

Saturday

Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti

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

14 - 04 - 2018

Saturday

Tamil New Year

Pondicherry

14 - 04 - 2018

Saturday

Bohag Bihu

Assam

14 - 04 - 2018

Saturday

Maha Vishuba Sankrati

Odisha

14 - 04 - 2018

Saturday

Cheiraoba

Manipur

15 - 04 - 2018

Sunday

Bengali New Year

West Bengal, Tripura

15 - 04 - 2018

Sunday

Himachal Day

Himachal Pradesh

15 - 04 - 2018

Sunday

Vishu

Kerala

18 - 04 - 2018

Wednesday

Maharshi Parasuram Jayanti

Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat

18 - 04 - 2018

Wednesday

Basav Jayanti

Karnataka

01 - 05 - 2018

Tuesday

05 - Day

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

01 - 05 - 2018

Tuesday

Maharashtra Day

Maharashtra

07 - 05 - 2018

Monday

Guru Rabindranath Jayanthi

West Bengal, Tripura

16 - 05 - 2018

Wednesday

State Day

Sikkim

25 - 05 - 2018

Friday

Kazi Nazrul Islam Jayanti

Tripura

11 - 06 - 2018

Monday

Shab-i-Qadr

J&K

14 - 06 - 2018

Thursday

Pahili Raja

Odisha

15 - 06 - 2018

Friday

YMA Day

Mizoram

15 - 06 - 2018

Friday

Raja Sankrati

Odisha

15 - 06 - 2018

Friday

Jumat-ul-Wida

J&K

15 - 06 - 2018

Friday

Eid ul-Fitr

National holiday

16 - 06 - 2018

Saturday

Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan

16 - 06 - 2018

Saturday

Eid ul-Fitr

Telangana

17 - 06 - 2018

Sunday

Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji’s Martyrdom Day

Punjab

28 - 06 - 2018

Thursday

Sant Guru Kabir

Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chhattisgarh

30 - 06 - 2018

Saturday

Remna Ni

Mizoram

06 - 07 - 2018

Friday

MaharashtraIP Day

Mizoram

13 - 07 - 2018

Friday

Martyr’s Day

J&K

14 - 07 - 2018

Saturday

Ratha Yatra

Odisha, Manipur

20 - 07 - 2018

Friday

Kharchi Puja

Tripura

31 - 07 - 2018

Tuesday

Saheed Udham Singh’s Martyrdom Day

Punjab

01 - 08 - 2018

Bonalu

Bonalu

Telangana

03 - 08 - 2018

Friday

Ker Puja

Tripura

13 - 08 - 2018

Monday

Patriots Day

Manipur

14 - 08 - 2018

Tuesday

Haryali Teej

Haryana

15 - 08 - 2018

Wednesday

Independence Day

National

16 - 08 - 2018

Thursday

De Jure Transfer Day

Pondicherry

17 - 08 - 2018

Friday

Parsi New Year

Maharashtra, Gujarat

22 - 08 - 2018

Wednesday

Bakrid

National except Sikkim, Pondicherry, Daman and Diu

23 - 08 - 2018

Thursday

Bakrid

J&K

25 - 08 - 2018

Saturday

Thiruvonam

Kerala

26 - 08 - 2018

Sunday

Raksha Bandhan

Odisha

26 - 08 - 2018

Sunday

Jhulan Purnima

Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Uttar Pradesh

27 - 08 - 2018

Monday

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti

Kerala

03 - 09 - 2018

Monday

Janmashtami

Punjab

13 - 09 - 2018

Thursday

Ganesh Chaturthi

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

14 - 09 - 2018

Friday

Naukhai

Odisha

14 - 09 - 2018

Friday

Ganesh Festival

Goa

18 - 09 - 2018

Tuesday

Baba Sri Chand Ji Jayanti

Punjab

19 - 09 - 2018

Wednesday

Ramdev Jayanti

Rajasthan

19 - 09 - 2018

Wednesday

Teja Dashmi

Rajasthan

21 - 09 - 2018

Friday

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

Kerala

21 - 09 - 2018

Friday

Muharram

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

23 - 09 - 2018

Sunday

Heroes’ Martyrdom Day

Haryana

28 - 09 - 2018

Friday

S Bhagat Singh Ji Birthday

Punjab

02 - 10 - 2018

Tuesday

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

Domestic

08 - 10 - 2018

Monday

Mahalaya Amavasye

Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka,

09 - 10 - 2018

Tuesday

First Day of Bathukamma

Telangana

09 - 10 - 2018

Tuesday

Ghatasthappa

Rajasthan

10 - 10 - 2018

Wednesday

Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti

Haryana, Punjab

16 - 10 - 2018

Tuesday

Maha Saptami

Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura

17 - 10 - 2018

Wednesday

Maha Ashtami

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

18 - 10 - 2018

Thursday

Maha Navami

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

19 - 10 - 2018

Friday

Vijaya Dashami

National except Pondicherry, Manipur

23 - 10 - 2018

Tuesday

Lakshmi Puja

Tripura, Odisha, West Bengal

24 - 10 - 2018

Wednesday

Maharashi Valmiki Jaynati

Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh

26 - 10 - 2018

Friday

Prakash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji

Punjab

30 - 10 - 2018

Tuesday

Lhabab Duchen

Sikkim

31 - 10 - 2018

Wednesday

Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel Jayanti

Gujarat

01 - 11 - 2018

Thursday

Puducherry Liberation Day

Pondicherry

01 - 11 - 2018

Thursday

Haryana Day

Haryana

01 - 11 - 2018

Thursday

Kannada Rajyosthsava

Karnataka

01 - 11 - 2018

Thursday

Kut

Manipur

06 - 11 - 2018

Tuesday

Deepavali

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

07 - 11 - 2018

Wednesday

Diwali

National except Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala

08 - 11 - 2018

Thursday

Vikram Samvat New Year

Gujarat

08 - 11 - 2018

Thursday

Deepavali

Haryana, Punjab, Meghalaya, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand

09 - 11 - 2018

Friday

Bhai Dooj

Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat

09 - 11 - 2018

Friday

Wangala Festival

Meghalaya

13 - 11 - 2018

Tuesday

Chhath Puja

Jharkhand, Bihar

14 - 11 - 2018

Wednesday

Chhath Puja Holiday

Bihar

16 - 11 - 2018

Friday

Sahidi Diwas S Kartar Singh Sarabha Ji

Punjab

21 - 11 - 2018

Wednesday

Eid e Milad

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

23 - 11 - 2018

Friday

Karthika Purnima

Telangana, Odisha

23 - 11 - 2018

Friday

Guru Nanak Jayanti

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

23 - 11 - 2018

Friday

Friday Following Eid e Milad

J&K

23 - 11 - 2018

Friday

Karthika Purnima

Meghalaya

24 - 11 - 2018

Saturday

Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’s Martyrdom Day

Punjab

26 - 11 - 2018

Monday

Kanakadas Jayanti

Karnataka

03 - 12 - 2018

Monday

Feast of St Francis Xavier

Goa

05 - 12 - 2018

Wednesday

Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah Jayanti

J&K

12 - 12 - 2018

Wednesday

Pa Togan Nengminza Sangama

Meghalaya

18 - 12 - 2018

Tuesday

Guru Ghasidas Jayanti

18 - 12 - 2018

Tuesday

Death Anniversary of U SoSo Tham

19 - 12 - 2018

Wednesday

Liberation Day

Goa, Daman and Diu

25 - 12 - 2018

Tuesday

Christmas Day

National

26 - 12 - 2018

Wednesday

Shaheed Udham Singh Jayanti

Haryana

26 - 12 - 2018

Wednesday

Christmas Day

Mizoram, Meghalaya

30 - 12 - 2018

Sunday

Tamu Losar

Sikkim

30 - 12 - 2018

Sunday

U Kiang Nangbah

Meghalaya

31 - 12 - 2018

Monday

New Year’s Eve

Manipur

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Hindu Holidays | 2018

The Hindus celebrate a lot of festivals in India. These festivals are rooted in mythology and are celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country.

Holiday

Observed in

Ratha Saptami

Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Vasant Panchami

Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Orissa, Tripura

Vishu

Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Makar Sankrati

Rajasthan, Orissa, Karnataka, Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar

Maha Shivaratri

West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other states

Ram Navami

Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh

Holi

All states except Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Goa, Kerala

Ugadi

Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Hanum Jayanti

Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Telangana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh

Akshaya Tritiya

Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

Rath Jatra

Gujarat, Orissa

Naga Panchami

All states except Goa and territories

Raksha Bandhan

Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Krishna Janmashtami

West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Gujarat, Bihar

Onam

Kerala, Pondicherry

Ganesh Chaturthi

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra

Mahalaya

Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka

Dusshera

All states

Bonalu

Telangana

Bathukamma

Telangana

Chhath Puja

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand

Naukhai

Odisha

Vishwakarma Puja

West Bengal, Odisha

Jagaddhatri Puja

West Bengal

Hartalika Teej

Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar

Devothan Ekadashi

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttarakhanda

Diwali

All states except Kerala

Islamic Holidays | 2018

Holiday

Observed in

Eid e Ghadeer

Telangana

Eid al-Adha

All states and territories

Eid ul-Fitr

All states and territories

Jumat-ul-Wida

Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir

Shab-e-Barat

West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Assam, Tripura, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh

Birthday of Ali ibn Abi Talib

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh

Mawlid

All states and territories

Day of Ashura

All states and territories

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Christian Holidays | 2018

Holiday

Observed in

New Year Day

All states

Palm Sunday

All states and territories

Good Friday

All states and territories

Feast of Pentecost

All states and territories

Easter Sunday

All states and territories

Boxing Day

Telangana

Christmas Day

All states and territories

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.

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  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.

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