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Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view the national list or choose your state from the list.

The Republic of India has the second largest population in the world. Due to the sizes of the country and its diverse population, India only has three national holidays – Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Ghandi’s Birthday. However, the government of India has granted each of its territories the right to choose holidays based on their religious beliefs, culture, linguistic preferences, or events that are relative to their area – and at a state level there are many more public holidays recognised and celebrated.

India has 32 state territories and 3 union territories. When combined, there are over 190 different holidays celebrated in this country each year. Each year the governments of the states and territories must officially publish which holidays will be celebrated in their territories for the following year.

The Labour Laws of India requires that employers provide employees with a paid day off for the three national holidays. If the employee must work, they must be given a paid day off in lieu for the holiday or paid a premium rate for all hours worked on that holiday. Laws regarding holiday pay and time off for state holidays are subjected to the laws in those territories. Holiday pay for state holidays may also be impacted by individual employment contracts.

Territorial, Linguistic, Cultural, and Religious Holidays

Each territory in India will celebrate different holidays. Some of the territories have up to 18 holidays per year. Many of the holidays are celebrated in multiple territories at one time. People who are trying to conduct business or are visiting India should review the holidays in the territory they are visiting to ensure that businesses will be open when they arrive. Since these holidays often change in dates each year because they are calculated using a lunar calendar, businesses and visitors should review these holidays each year that they intend to visit or conduct business in these areas.

It should also be noted that the bank holidays in India are often different than the national holidays and the territorial holidays. If you use a specific bank, it is important to always check their hours of operation. However, the banks are always closed on the three national holidays celebrated in India.

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Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHolidaySTATES
1 JanFriNew Year's DayAR ML MN MZ NL PY
SK TN
2 JanSatMannam JayanthiKL
11 JanMonMissionary DayMZ
12 JanTueBirthday of Swami VivekanandaWB
14 JanThuMakara SankrantiAN GJ SK
15 JanFriUttarayana punya kala
Sankranti Festival
KA
15 JanFriPongalAN AP AR AS PY TG TN
16 JanSatThiruvalluvar DayPY TN
16 JanSatGuru Govind Singh BirthdayHP PB
17 JanSunUzhavar ThirunalTN
22 JanFriGaan-NgaiMN
23 JanSatNetaji's BirthdayAS TR WB
25 JanMonStatehood DayHP
26 JanTueRepublic Day
(National Day)
National
31 JanSunMe-Dum-Me-PhiAS
9 FebTueSonam LochharSK
12 FebFriSir Chhotu Ram JayantiHR
12 FebFriBasant Panchami / Sri PanchamiHR OR PB TR WB
15 FebMonLui Ngai-NiMN
19 FebFriChatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Jayanti
MH
20 FebSatStatehood DayAR
22 FebMonGuru Ravidas JayantiHP HR PB
22 FebMonBir Chilaria DivasAS
4 MarFriMaharshi Dayanand Sarswati JayantiHR
4 MarFriChapchar KutMZ
7 MarMonMaha ShivaratriAP CG CH GJ HP HR
JH JK KA KL MH MP
OR PB TG TR UK UP
22 MarTueBihar DivashBR
23 MarWedDoljatra / Holika DahanAS JH UK UP WB
23 MarWedShaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh,
Rajguru & Sukhedev
HR PB
23 MarWedYaosangMN
23 MarWedHoliAP BR CG JK MP SK TG
24 MarThuHoliAN AR BR CH DD
DL DN GA GJ HP HR
JH LD MH ML NL OR
PB RJ TR UK UP
24 MarThuMaundy (Pesaha) ThursdayKL
25 MarFriGood FridayNational
(Except AR SP CG HR
JK MP RJ TG)
27 MarSunEaster SundayKL
5 AprTueBabu Jagjivan Ram's BirthdayTG
8 AprFriGudi Padva / Ugadi /
Chetti Chand
AP GA GJ KA MH TG
8 AprFriSajibu Nongmapanba
(Cheiraoba)
MN
8 AprFriTelugu New YearTN
8 AprFri1st NavratraJK
13 AprWedBiju Festival / Bohag BihuAS TR
13 AprWedVaisakh / Baisakhi /
Masadi
HR JK PB
13 AprWedMaha Vishuba SankrantiOR
13 AprWedCheiraobaMN
14 AprThuBiju Festival / Bohag BihuAS
14 AprThuBengali New Year's DayTR
14 AprThuTamil New YearPY TN
14 AprThuVishuKL PY
14 AprThuAssam New YearAS
14 AprThuBohag Bihu / VaisakhadiAR
14 AprThuDr Ambedkar JayantiAP BR GA GJ HP HR
JH JK KA KL MH OR
PB PY RJ SK TG TN
UK UP UT WB
15 AprFriBiju Festival / Bohag BihuAS
15 AprFriRam Navami
(Vaishnava)
AP BR DL GJ HP HR
JH MH MP OR PB RJ
SK TG UK UP
15 AprFriHimachal DayHP
19 AprTueMahavir JayantiAN CG JH KA MH
MP RJ TN
20 AprWedMahavir JayantiCH DD DL DN GJ HR
PB UP
20 AprWedGaria PujaTR
21 AprThuHazrat Alis BirthdayUP
1 MaySunMay DayAS BR GA KA KL MN
PB PY TG TN WB
1 MaySunMaharashtra DayMH
7 MaySatTithi of Damodar DevAS
8 MaySunMaharshi Parasuram
Jayanti
GJ HP
8 MaySunGuru Rabindranath's BirthdayWB
9 MayMonLord Parshu Ram JayantiHR PB
9 MayMonBasava JayantiKA
16 MayMonTamil Nadu Assembly PollsTN
16 MayMonState DaySK
21 MaySatBuddha PurnimaAN AR AS CG CH DL
HP HR JH JK MH MP
TR UK UP
21 MaySatSaga DawaSK
21 MaySatSakewaSK
22 MaySunJanmotsav of Sri Sri Madhav DevAS
25 MayWedBirthday of Kazi Nazrul IslamTR
7 JunTueMaharana Pratap
Jayanti
HP HR
8 JunWedMartyrdom Day of Sri Guru
Arjun Dev Ji
PB
20 JunMonSant Kabir JayantiHP HR PB
15 JunWedYMA DayMZ
15 JunWedRaja SankrantiOR
30 JunThuRemna NiMZ
1 JulFriJumat-ul-WidaJK
3 JulSunShab-i-QadrJK
5 JulTueGuru Hargobind Ji's BirthdayJK
6 JulWedRatha YatraOR
6 JulWedMHIP DayMZ
7 JulThuRamazan / Idul Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
National
12 JulTueKharchi PujaTR
13 JulWedMartyr's DayJK
13 JulWedBen DeinkhlamML
13 JulWedBhanu JayantiSK
17 JulSunU Tirot Sing DayML
26 JulTueKer PujaTR
31 JulSunShaheed Udham Singh's
Martyrdom Day
HR PB
2 AugTueKarkkadaka VavuKL
2 AugTueLiberation Day for Dadra
and Nagar Haveli
DN
5 AugFriHaryali TeejHR
6 AugSatDrukpa TsheshiSK
8 AugMonTendong Lho Rum FaatSK
13 AugSatPatriots' DayMN
13 AugSatGuru Rinpoche's Thrunkar
Tshechu
SK
15 AugMonIndependence DayNational
16 AugTueDe jure Transfer DayPY
17 AugWedParsi New Year (Shahenshahi)GJ MH
18 AugThuRaksha BandhanGJ MP RJ UK UP
22 AugMonTithi of Sri Sri Madhav DevAS
25 AugThuJanmashtami
/ Sri Krishna Jayanti
AS BR CG CH DL GJ HP
HR JH JK MN MP NL
OR PB RJ SK TG TN
TR UK UP
28 AugSunAyyankali JayanthiKL
2 SepFriParkash Utsav Sri Guru
Granth Sahib Ji
PB
3 SepSatTithi of Shrimanta Shankar DevAS
5 SepMonVarasiddhi Vinayaka VrataKA
5 SepMonGanesh Charturthi / Vinayaka ChaturthiAP DD DN GA GJ MH
OR PY TG TN
6 SepTueNuakhaiOR
6 SepTueGanesh Charturthi / Vinayaka Chaturthi
2nd Day
GA
10 SepSatBirthday of Baba Sri Chand JiPB
12 SepMonBakri Id /
Idu'l Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice)
National
(Except AN AP LD MN
OR SK TG)
13 SepTueBakri Id /
Idu'l Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice)
JK
13 SepTueFirst OnamKL
14 SepWedThiruvonamKL
15 SepThuThird OnamKL
15 SepThuIndrajatraSK
16 SepFriFourth Onam /
Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi
KL
16 SepFriPang LhabsolSK
21 SepWedSree Narayana Guru
Samdhi Day
KL
23 SepFriHaryana's Heroes'
Martyrdom Day
HR
28 SepWedBirthday of S. Bhagat Singh JIPB
30 SepFriMahalaya AmavasyeKA TR WB
1 OctSatMaharaja Agrasen JayantiHR PB
2 OctSunMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
National
8 OctSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Saptami)
AS SK WB
9 OctSunDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Asthami)
AP AS MN OR SK TG WB
10 OctMonDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Navami)
AS BR KA KL ML SK TR
UP WB
10 OctMonAyutha PoojaPY TN
11 OctTueDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
National
(Except AS BR MN PY)
11 OctTueJanmotsava of Srimanta ShankardevAS
12 OctWedDurga Puja / DussehraAR SK
12 OctWedMuharramNational
(Except AR GA LD ML
MN MZ NL PB PY SK
UK)
13 OctThuPuja Holiday (Additional)TR
14 OctFriPuja Holiday (Additional)TR
15 OctSatLakshmi PujaAS TR WB
15 OctSatMaharishi Valmiki's BirthdayKA
16 OctSunMaharishi Valmiki's BirthdayHP HR PB
17 OctMonKati BiuAS
17 OctMonParkash Gurpurab of
Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji
PB
29 OctSatKali PujaML OR WB
29 OctSatDeepavali
(Festival of Lights)
AS GA KL PY TN TR
29 OctSatNaraka ChaturdashiKA
30 OctSunDeepavali
(Festival of Lights)
National
(Except AS GA KA KL
PY TN TR WB)
31 OctMonSardar Vallabhbhai Patel's
Birthday
GJ
31 OctMonVikram Samvat New Year DayGJ
31 OctMonVishavakarma DayPB
31 OctMonGovardhan PoojaRJ
31 OctMonBalipadyami DiwaliKA MH SK UK UP
1 NovTueNingol ChakkoubaMN
1 NovTuePuducherry Liberation DayPY
1 NovTueHaryana DayHR
1 NovTueBhaubeej / Yam DwityaGJ MH UK UP
1 NovTueVishavakarma DayHR
1 NovTueKannada RajyothsavaKA
6 NovSunChhath PujaAS BR HR
7 NovMonChhath PujaBR
11 NovFriWangala FestivalML
14 NovMonGuru Nanak JayantiAN AR AS CG CH DD
DL DN GJ HP HR JH
MH MP NL PB RJ TG
UK UP WB
17 NovThuKanakadasa JayanthiKA
20 NovSunLhabab DuechenSK
23 NovWedSeng kutsnemML
24 NovThuLachit DivasAS
25 NovFriGuru Nanak Dev's BirthdayJK
1 DecThuIndigenous Faith DayAR
2 DecFriAsom Divas
(Su-Kha-Pha Divas)
AS
3 DecSatWorld Disabled DayTR
3 DecSatFeast of St. Francis XavierGA
4 DecSunMartyrdom Day of Sri Guru
Teg Bahadur JI
PB
5 DecMonBirthday of Sheikh
Mohammad Abdullah
JK
12 DecMonPa-Togan Nengminza SangmaML
12 DecMonMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
AN AP JK KA KL MH
PY TG TN TR UK UP
13 DecTueMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
CG CH DD DL DN GJ
HR JH MN MP
14 DecWedTeyongsi Sirijunga Sawan TongnamSK
16 DecFriFriday following Milad-un-NabiJK
18 DecSunDeath Anniversary of U SoSo ThamML
18 DecSunBarahimizongSK
19 DecMonGoa Liberation DayGA
19 DecMonLiberation Day for
Daman & Diu
DD
24 DecSatChristmas FestivalML
25 DecSunChristmas DayNational
26 DecMonPost ChristmasMN
26 DecMonShaheed Udham Singh's
Birthday
HR
26 DecMonChristmas FestivalML MZ
27 DecTueChristmas FestivalML
27 DecTueKagyed DanceSK
30 DecFriU Kiang NangbahML
30 DecFriTamu LocharSK
31 DecSatNew Year's EveMN
31 DecSatNyenpa GuzomSK

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHolidaySTATES
1 JanSunNew Year's DayPY TG TN
2 JanMonMannam JayanthiKL
5 JanThuGuru Govind Singh BirthdayBR HP JK PB RJ
11 JanWedFateha-Dwaj-DahamAS
12 JanThuBirthday of Swami VivekanandaWB
13 JanFriBhogiAP TG
14 JanSatPongalAP PY TN
14 JanSatMakara SankrantiAS GJ KA TG
15 JanSunThiruvalluvar DayPY TN
15 JanSunKanuma PandugaAP AS
16 JanMonUzhavar ThirunalTN
23 JanMonNetaji Subhas Chandra Bose JayanatiAS OR TR WB
25 JanWedStatehood DayHP
26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
National
31 JanTueMe-Dum-Me-PhiAS
1 FebWedBasant Panchami / Sri PanchamiBR HR OR PB WB
10 FebFriGuru Ravidas JayantiHP HR PB
11 FebSatBir Chilarai DivasAS
12 FebSunSir Chhotu Ram JayantiHR
19 FebSunChatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Jayanti
MH
20 FebMonStatehood DayAP
21 FebTueMaharshi Dayanand Jayanti SarswatiHR TR
24 FebFriMaha ShivaratriAP BR CG CH GJ HP
HR JH JK KA KL MH
MP OR PB RJ TG TR
UK UP
5 MarSunPanchayati Raj DivasOR
12 MarSunDoljatra / Holika DahanAP AS BR JH MP OR
RJ TG UK UP WB
13 MarMonHoliBR CG CH DL GA GJ
HP HR JH MH OR PB
RJ TR UK UP
21 MarTueNaurozJK
22 MarWedBihar DivashBR
23 MarThuShaheedi Diwas of Bhagat
Singh, Rajguru & Sukhedev
HR PB
28 MarTueGudi Padva / Ugadi /
Chetti Chand
AP GA GJ JK KA MH
MP RJ TG
29 MarWedTelugu New YearPY TN
31 MarFriSarhulJH
1 AprSatOdisha Day / Utkal DibasOR
4 AprTueRam Navami
(Vaishnava)
AP BR CG GJ HP HR
JH JK MH MP OR PB
RJ TG UK UP
5 AprWedBabu Jagjivan Ram's BirthdayAP TG
9 AprSunMahavir JayantiBR CG CH DL GJ HR JH
KA MH MP PB RJ TN UP
11 AprTueHazrat Alis BirthdayUP
13 AprThuBiju FestivalTR
13 AprThuVaisakh / Baisakhi /
Masadi
HR JK PB
13 AprThuMaha Vishuba SankrantiOR
13 AprThuBohag BihuAS
13 AprThuMaundy (Pesaha) ThursdayKL
14 AprFriGood FridayAP AS CG CH DL GA
GJ HP JH KA KL MH
OR PB PY RJ TG TN
TR UK UP WB
14 AprFriDr Ambedkar JayantiAP BR CG GA GJ HP
HR JH JK KA KL MH
PB PY RJ TG TN UK
UP WB
14 AprFriBengali New Year's DayTR WB
14 AprFriTamil New YearPY TN
14 AprFriVishuKL PY
14 AprFriBohag BihuAS
15 AprSatBohag BihuAS
15 AprSatHimachal DayHP
15 AprSatVishu 2nd DayPY
16 AprSunEaster SundayKL
20 AprThuGaria PujaTR
23 AprSunVeer Kunvar Singh JayantiBR
25 AprTueShab-i-MeirajJK
27 AprThuTithi of Damodar DevaAS
28 AprFriMaharshi Parasuram JayantiGJ HP HR PB
29 AprSatBasava JayantiKA
1 MayMonMay DayAS BR GA KA KL PB
TN WB
1 MayMonMaharashtra DayMH
8 MayMonGuru Rabindranath's BirthdayWB
9 MayTueLok Nayak Maharana Pratap JayantiUP
10 MayWedBuddha PurnimaAS BR CG CH DL HP
HR JH JK MH MP TR
UK UP
25 MayThuBirthday of Kazi Nazrul IslamTR
28 MaySunMaharana Pratap
Jayanti
HP HR RJ
29 MayMonMartyrdom Day of Sri Guru
Arjun Dev Ji
PB
9 JunFriSant Guru Kabir JayantiBR CG HP HR PB
14 JunWedPahalirajaOR
15 JunThuRaja SankrantiOR
22 JunThuShab-i-QadrJK
23 JunFriJumat-ul-WidaJK
25 JunSunRatha YatraOR TG
26 JunMonRamazan / Idul Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
National
(Except AN AR DD DN
LD ML MN MZ NL SK)
27 JunTueRamazan 2nd DayTG
1 JulSatKharchi PujaTR
5 JulWedGuru Hargobind Ji's BirthdayJK
13 JulThuMartyr's DayJK
16 JulSunKer PujaTR
20 JulThuBonaluTG
23 JulSunKarkkadaka VavuKL
26 JulWedHaryali TeejHR
31 JulMonShaheed Udham Singh's
Martyrdom Day
HR PB
7 AugMonRaksha BandhanCG GJ MP RJ UK UP
15 AugTueIndependence DayNational
15 AugTueJanmashtami
/ Sri Krishna Jayanti
AS CH GJ HP HR JH
JK KL MP OR PB RJ
TR UK UP
16 AugWedDe jure Transfer DayPY
17 AugThuParsi New Year (Shahenshahi)GJ MH
23 AugWedTithi of Shrimanta Shankar DevaAS
25 AugFriGanesh Charturthi / Vinayaka ChaturthiAP GA GJ KA MH OR
PY TG TN
26 AugSatNuakhaiOR
28 AugMonAyyankali JayanthiKL
30 AugWedBirthday of Baba Sri Chand JiPB
31 AugThuRamdev Jayanti and Teja DashmiRJ
2 SepSatBakri Id /
Idu'l Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice)
National
(Except AN AR DD DN
LD ML MN MZ NL SK)
2 SepSatParkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib JiPB
3 SepSunFirst OnamKL PY
3 SepSunIdu'l Zuha HolidayJK
4 SepMonThiruvonamKL PY
5 SepTueThird OnamKL
6 SepWedFourth OnamKL
20 SepWedMahalaya AmavasyeKA OR TR
21 SepThuSree Narayana Guru
Samdhi Day
KL
21 SepThuMaharaja Agrasen JayantiHR PB
21 SepThuNavratra Stapana /
Navratri Ghatasthapana
RJ
23 SepSatHaryana Veer and Shahidi DivasHR
27 SepWedDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Saptami)
AS BR OR WB
28 SepThuDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Asthami)
AP AS BR JH OR RJ
TG WB
28 SepThuBirthday of S. Bhagat Singh JIPB
29 SepFriDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Navami)
AS BR JH JK KA KL
OR PY TN TR UP WB
30 SepSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
National
(Except AN AR DD DN
LD ML MN MZ NL PB
SK)
1 OctSunMuharramAP BR CG CH DL GJ
HP HR JH JK KA KL
MH MP OR RJ TG TN
TR UP WB
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
National
5 OctThuMaharishi Valmiki's BirthdayHP
5 OctThuLakshmi PujaOR TR WB
18 OctWedDeepavali
(Festival of Lights)
AS GA KL PY TN
18 OctWedNaraka Chaturdashi / Kali PujaAS KA OR TR WB
19 OctThuDeepavali
(Festival of Lights)
AP BR CG CH DL GJ
HP HR JH JK MH MP
OR PB RJ TG UK UP
20 OctFriBalipadyami DiwaliKA MH SK UK UP
20 OctFriVikram Samvat New Year DayGJ
20 OctFriGovardhan PoojaRJ
21 OctSatBhai Duj / Chitragupth JayantiBR GJ RJ UK UP
31 OctTueSardar Vallabhbhai Patel's
Birthday
GJ
1 NovWedPuducherry Liberation DayPY
1 NovWedHaryana DayHR
1 NovWedKannada RajyothsavaKA
3 NovFriKarthika Purnima / Rahasa PurnimaOR TG UP
4 NovSatGuru Nanak JayantiAS CG CH DL GJ HP
HR JH JK MH MP PB
RJ TG UK UP WB
2 DecSatMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
AP BR CG DL GJ HR
JH JK KA KL MH MP
OR PY RJ TG TN TR
UK UP
2 DecSatAsom Divas / Assam DayAS
3 DecSunWorld Disabled DayTR
3 DecSunFeast of St. Francis XavierGA
5 DecTueBirthday of Sheikh
Mohammad Abdullah
JK
5 DecTueMartyrdom Day of Sri Guru
Teg Bahadur JI
PB
8 DecFriFriday following Milad-un-NabiJK
19 DecTueGoa Liberation DayGA
25 DecMonChristmas DayAP AS BR CG DL GA
GJ HP HR JH JK KA KL
MH MP OR PB RJ TG
TN UK UP WB
25 DecMonGuru Govind Singh BirthdayBR JK PB RJ
31 DecSunFateha-Dwaj-DahamAS