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.

March 21 Thursday Holi Observance

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.

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.

March 21 Thursday Holi Observance

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.

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