Holidays in India
India celebrates a diverse range of holidays, reflecting its rich cultural, religious, and national heritage. Some of the prominent types of Indian holidays include:
- National Holidays: These holidays are observed across the entire country and commemorate significant historical events. Examples include Independence Day (August 15), Republic Day (January 26), and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2).
- Religious Holidays: India is a land of various religions, and religious holidays are widely celebrated. Diwali (Festival of Lights), Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan), Christmas, and Guru Nanak Jayanti (Sikh festival) are some examples.
- State-specific Holidays: Each Indian state has its holidays that commemorate local historical events or cultural festivals. For instance, Onam is a major festival in Kerala, while Bihu is celebrated in Assam.
- Festivals: India is known for its colorful and vibrant festivals. Holi (Festival of Colors), Durga Puja, Navaratri, and Pongal are celebrated with great enthusiasm and cultural fervor.
- Gazetted Holidays: These are holidays officially announced by the government. They can include national holidays, state holidays, and other significant observances.
- Restricted Holidays: Employees in various organizations and institutions can choose to take a limited number of restricted holidays based on their personal preferences and beliefs.
- Cultural and Regional Holidays: These holidays are associated with specific communities and regions. For example, Makar Sankranti is celebrated differently across different states.
- Bank Holidays: These are holidays observed by banks and financial institutions. They usually coincide with national and state holidays.
- Observance Days: These days are dedicated to specific causes or awareness. For instance, International Women's Day and World Environment Day are observed in India.
- Birthdays of National Figures: The birthdays of prominent national figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Ambedkar are celebrated as holidays in their memory.
- Local Festival Holidays: Some cities or towns may have unique festivals that are celebrated as holidays locally.
India's diverse culture and history contribute to various holidays celebrated throughout the year, each carrying its significance and traditions.
Upcoming Holidays (next six months)
|Christmas||December 25||Monday||Gazetted Holiday|
|Republic Day||January 26||Friday||National Holiday|
|Dol Purnima / Dolo Jatra||March 25||Monday||Gazetted Holiday|
|Holi||March 25||Monday||Gazetted Holiday|
|Good Friday||March 29||Friday||Gazetted Holiday|
|Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date)||April 11||Thursday||Gazetted Holiday|
|Ambedkar Jayanti||April 14||Sunday||Gazetted Holiday|
|Rama Navami||April 17||Wednesday||Gazetted Holiday|
|Mahavir Jayanti||April 21||Sunday||Gazetted Holiday|
|Buddha Purnima||May 23||Thursday||Gazetted Holiday|