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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for India. Please scroll down to choose your state or view the national list.

What are public holidays?

Public holidays are special opportunities to relax. They’re gifts the people of India get every couple of months – a day or two off work without having to burn any annual leave.

What makes these public holidays even better is how they can be mixed with a weekend – and even a day or two of precious annual leave – to create a heavenly long weekend! These long weekends are really where the magic happens.

A three-day or four-day weekend is all the time you need for a memorable adventure. It’s enough time to drive to the sights of a neighbouring state or fly further for a eye-opening getaway. It’s all the time you need to 100% chill with family and friends.

That’s why we exist: to help you start planning to make the most of your public holidays this year and next year. We’re your trusted resource for holiday dates, and inspiration for just some of the local places you can make your destination.

The meaning behind public holidays

Public holidays serve another purpose, too. They remind us of our shared and evolving identity. Republic Day, May Day and Gandhi Jayanti may not mean that much to you, but they are milestones that – every 365 days – recalls the people who came before us and built the nation we call home.

The meaning of public holidays is not set in stone. Each of us gives our official public holidays meaning as we invest time in thinking about them and debating them, celebrating, commemorating or ignoring them.

Here’s the cool thing: Some of the most valuable days for our society to remember are not even official public holidays. World Refugee Day, International Women’s Day and World Teachers’ Day are not days-off, but they are days we should each make the most of to help tell others about important issues at home and abroad.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to make the most of your public holidays!

Choose your state or territory

Either choose your state below, or scroll down to view a full national list of public holidays.

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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

Laws and regulations

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 states and 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 29 state territories and 7 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.