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Himachal Pradesh

Public Holidays

Himachal Pradesh Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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

The word ‘hima” means snow in Sanskrit which is why Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, a Sanskrit scholar in the area, chose the name Himachal Pradesh for one of the northern states of India. The state lies close to the Himalaya’s, bordered by Jammu, Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and the Tibet Autonomous Region. The area is known for natural beauty and the temples found throughout the state. Much of Himachal Pradesh is rural and it is a large supplier of hydroelectricity as there are many rivers flowing through the area.

Public holidays in Himachal Pradesh are approved by the government of the state as well as the Indian government. Although there are holidays that are celebrated throughout India, such as Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi’s birthday, other holidays are determined by each state with Himachal Pradesh no exception. In Himachal Pradesh some of these holidays relate to the history and culture of the state while others represent religious celebrations that relate to Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist beliefs.

Himachal Pradesh also recognises three holidays that are specifically for women. On these holidays, all female employees working in government offices, educational institutions and private companies are provided paid holidays. Raksha Bandhan is an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise in order to promote safety and longevity in their husbands. Bhai Duj is celebrated on the last day of Diwali or Tihar. Women mark the forehead of their brothers and the brothers lavish the sisters with gifts in recognition of brotherly-sisterly love.

Public Holidays 2016

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

DateDayHoliday
16 JanSatGuru Govind Singh Birthday
25 JanMonStatehood Day
26 JanTueRepublic Day
(National Day)
22 FebMonGuru Ravidas Jayanti
7 MarMonMaha Shivaratri
24 MarThuHoli
25 MarFriGood Friday
14 AprThuDr Ambedkar Jayanti
15 AprFriRam Navami
(Vaishnava)
15 AprFriHimachal Day
8 MaySunMaharshi Parasuram
Jayanti
21 MaySatBuddha Purnima
7 JunTueMaharana Pratap
Jayanti
20 JunMonSant Kabir Jayanti
6 JulWedRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
15 AugMonIndependence Day
25 AugThuJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
12 SepMonBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
2 OctSunMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
11 OctTueDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
12 OctWedMuharram
16 OctSunMaharishi Valmiki's Birthday
30 OctSunDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
14 NovMonGuru Nanak Jayanti
25 DecSunChristmas Day

Public Holidays 2017

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

DateDayHoliday
5 JanThuGuru Govind Singh Birthday
25 JanWedStatehood Day
26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
10 FebFriGuru Ravidas Jayanti
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri
13 MarMonHoli
4 AprTueRam Navami
(Vaishnava)
14 AprFriGood Friday
14 AprFriDr Ambedkar Jayanti
15 AprSatHimachal Day
28 AprFriMaharshi Parasuram
Jayanti
10 MayWedBuddha Purnima
28 MaySunMaharana Pratap
Jayanti
9 JunFriSant Guru Kabir Jayanti
26 JunMonRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
15 AugTueIndependence Day
15 AugTueJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
2 SepSatBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
30 SepSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
1 OctSunMuharram
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
5 OctThuMaharishi Valmiki's Birthday
19 OctThuDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
4 NovSatGuru Nanak Jayanti
25 DecMonChristmas Day