Holidays in India in 2019
This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in India. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.
|Date||Weekday||Holiday Name||Holiday Type||Description and comments|
|January 1||Tuesday||New Year's Day||Observance||
The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.
|January 26||Saturday||Republic Day||Public holiday||
The date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950
|March 4||Monday||Maha Shivaratri||Observance||
A Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. It's celebrated on 13th day of Falgun month - the last month of Hindu calendar.
Also known as the "festival of colours", it is a spring festival celebrated all across the Indian subcontinent. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Hindu Calendar month of Phalguna.
|April 14||Sunday||Ram Navami||Observance||
A Hindu festival, celebrating the birthday of god Rama. Celebrated on 9th day of the 1st month in the Hindu calendar.
|April 17||Wednesday||Mahavir Jayanti||Public holiday||
Important religious festival for Jains which celebrates the birth of Mahaveer.
|May 1||Wednesday||International Workers' Day||Public holiday||
It's a celebration of labourers and the working classes which occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.
|May 12||Sunday||Mother's Day||Observance||
Celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Second Sunday of May in many countries all over the globe
|May 18||Saturday||Buddha's Birthday||Public holiday||
This holiday traditionally celebrated in most of East Asia to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. Celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaisakha month of the Buddhist calendar in India.
|June 16||Sunday||Father's Day||Observance||
Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries
|August 15||Thursday||Independence Day||Public holiday||
A national holiday in India commemorating the nation's independence from the United Kingdom in 1947
|October 2||Wednesday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti||Public holiday||
Honours Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's role in Indian Independence.
|October 8||Tuesday||Vijayadashami||Public holiday||
A major Hindu festival which celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is observed on the tenth day in the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, the seventh month of the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar
|October 27||Sunday||Diwali||Public holiday||
The Hindu festival of lights, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls in mid-October and mid-November.
|November 12||Tuesday||Guru Nanak Gurpurab||Public holiday||
Guru Nanak's Birth Anniversary, falls on full moon day of the month Kartik.
|December 25||Wednesday||Christmas Day||Observance||
Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Countries such as Japan or China, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas trees.