January 26 Republic Day
March 21 Holi
April 01 Bank Holiday
April 17 Mahavir Jayanti
April 19 Good Friday
May 01 May Day
August 12 Idul Juha
August 15 Independence Day
September 02 Ganesh Chaturthi
October 02 Mahatma Gandhi Birthday
October 08 Dussehra
October 27 Deewali
November 11 Guru Nanak Birthday
December 25 Christmas Day
Only the secular holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday are observed nationally.
Public Holidays in India tend to be observed on a strictly regional basis. The above dates correspond to the holidays of the Indian government, when government offices will be closed throughout the country. In addition, there are many festivals and fairs that are also observed in some states as holidays, the dates of which vary from year to year.
Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are the latest known dates.
Although not government official holidays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are observed nationally.