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Wikipedia: Holidays in India
Holidays in India
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

National holidays

There are three national
holidays in India:
  • Independence Day, August 15.
  • Republic Day, January 26.
  • Gandhi Jayanti (birthday of Mahatma Gandhi), October 2.

It is imperative for all government institutions to observe these as holidays.

In addition, there are several religious and cultural holidays.

Hindu festivals

It is to be noted that as the Hindu calendar is lunar (or luni-solar), Hindu festivals don't fall on a fixed day of the Gregorian calendar. Since Hinduism is polytheistic, there is a large number of festivals. The more important ones are listed below. There is no uniformity as to which of these are holidays.

  • Deepavali
  • Ganesha Chaturthi
  • Janmashtami or Krishna Jayanti
  • Ramanavami
  • Pongal
  • Dusshera
  • Vijaya Dashami
  • Onam
  • Shivaratri

Islamic festivals

Islamic calendar too is lunar and so festival dates are variable. Moreover, they are not known in advance and are determined by the sighting of the moon. The major ones are Eid ul-Fitr, Eid ul-Adha (Bakrid) and Ramadan.

Christian festivals

Christmas and Good Friday are usually holidays.

Other religions

It is rare for any of these to be holidays.


  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • New Year's Days in various regional Indian calendars
  • Holi
  • Raksha bandhan


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