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Gujarat Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

Often referred to as the “Jewel of Western India,” Gujarat is bordered by Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and the Arabian Sea. Lothal, which is considered to be one of the world’s first seaports, is located in Gujarat. It is the home of Mahatma Ghandi and Vallabhbhai Patel, both of which preached unity between all religions. Many of the public holidays in Gujarat are based on the Hindu religion as 89 percent of Gujarat practices the religion.

Holidays are determined by the Personnel Division of the General Administration Department of the Government of Gujarat. There are three holiday lists approved in Gujarat. Government offices are closed on General Holidays. These holidays include Sardar Vallabhbbhai Patel’s birthday, Shree Ram Navmi and Guru Nanak’s birthday. Government employees may choose two optional holidays as paid holidays. Optional holidays include Yom Kippur, Boxing Day and Onam. On Bank Holidays, all banks are closed and employees are provided the day off with pay. These include Republic Day, Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Bij.

Christmas is also declared a public holiday in Gujarat as is Good Friday. If any Muslim holiday does not fall on the day authorised by the government, public employees may be granted an optional holiday in place of the authorised holiday.

Public Holidays 2016

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Gujarat government.

14 JanThuMakara Sankranti
26 JanTueRepublic Day
(National Day)
7 MarMonMaha Shivaratri
24 MarThuHoli
25 MarFriGood Friday
8 AprFriGudi Padva / Ugadi /
Chetti Chand
14 AprThuDr Ambedkar Jayanti
15 AprFriRam Navami
20 AprWedMahavir Jayanti
8 MaySunMaharshi Parasuram
6 JulWedRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
15 AugMonIndependence Day
17 AugWedParsi New Year
18 AugThuRaksha Bandhan
25 AugThuJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
5 SepMonGanesh Chaturthi /
Vinayaka Chaturthi
12 SepMonBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
2 OctSunMahatma Gandhi's
11 OctTueDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
12 OctWedMuharram
30 OctSunDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
31 OctMonSardar Vallabhbhai Patel's
31 OctMonVikram Samvat New Year Day
1 NovTueBhaubeej / Yam Dwitya
14 NovMonGuru Nanak Jayanti
13 DecTueMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
25 DecSunChristmas Day

Public Holidays 2017

The dates below are not official. We will update this page as soon as the dates are released by the Gujarat government.

14 JanSatMakara Sankranti
26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri
13 MarMonHoli
28 MarTueGudi Padva / Ugadi /
Chetti Chand
4 AprTueRam Navami
9 AprSunMahavir Jayanti
14 AprFriGood Friday
14 AprFriDr Ambedkar Jayanti
28 AprFriMaharshi Parasuram
26 JunMonRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
7 AugMonRaksha Bandhan
15 AugTueIndependence Day
15 AugTueJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
17 AugThuParsi New Year
25 AugFriGanesh Chaturthi /
Vinayaka Chaturthi
2 SepSatBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
30 SepSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
1 OctSunMuharram
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
19 OctThuDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
20 OctFriVikram Samvat New Year Day
21 OctSatBhai Duj / Chitragupth Jayanti
31 OctTueSardar Vallabhbhai Patel's
4 NovSatGuru Nanak Jayanti
2 DecSatMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
25 DecMonChristmas Day