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Jammu & Kashmir

Public Holidays

Jammu & Kashmir Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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

Jammu & Kashmir is located in the Himalayan Mountains, sharing a border with Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and China. There are three regions in the state – Jammu, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Jammu is the winter capital while Srinagar is the summer capital. It is the only state in India that is predominantly Muslim. Because a large percentage of the population is Muslim, many of the public holidays approved by the government relate to Muslim holidays.

Public holidays are determined by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir in conjunction with holidays approved by the Indian government. On public holidays, government offices, schools and even some businesses are closed with employees provided paid days off to celebrate the holidays. Because Jammu & Kashmir has a large Muslim population, some holidays are subject to the appearance of moon.

Public Holidays 2016

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Jammu & Kashmir government.

DateDayHoliday
26 JanTueRepublic Day
(National Day)
7 MarMonMaha Shivaratri
23 MarWedHoli
8 AprFri1st Navratra
13 AprWedVaisakh / Baisakhi /
Masadi
14 AprThuDr Ambedkar Jayanti
21 MaySatBuddha Purnima
1 JulFriJumat-ul-Wida
3 JulSunShab-i-Qadr
5 JulTueGuru Hargobind Ji's Birthday
6 JulWedRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
13 JulWedMartyr's Day
15 AugMonIndependence Day
25 AugThuJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
12 SepMonBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
13 SepTueBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
2 OctSunMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
11 OctTueDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
12 OctWedMuharram
30 OctSunDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
25 NovFriGuru Nanak Dev's Birthday
5 DecMonBirthday of Sheikh
Mohammad Abdullah
12 DecMonMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
16 DecFriFriday following Milad-un-Nabi
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 Jammu & Kashmir government.

DateDayHoliday
5 JanThuGuru Govind Singh Birthday
26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri
21 MarTueNauroz
28 MarTueGudi Padva / Ugadi /
Chetti Chand
4 AprTueRam Navami
(Vaishnava)
13 AprThuVaisakh / Baisakhi /
Masadi
14 AprFriDr Ambedkar Jayanti
25 AprTueShab-i-Meiraj
10 MayWedBuddha Purnima
22 JunThuShab-i-Qadr
23 JunFriJumat-ul-Wida
26 JunMonRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
5 JulWedGuru Hargobind Ji's Birthday
13 JulThuMartyr's Day
15 AugTueIndependence Day
15 AugTueJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
2 SepSatBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
3 SepSunIdu'l Zuha Holiday
29 SepFriDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Navami)
30 SepSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
1 OctSunMuharram
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
19 OctThuDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
4 NovSatGuru Nanak Jayanti
2 DecSatMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
5 DecTueBirthday of Sheikh
Mohammad Abdullah
8 DecFriFriday following Milad-un-Nabi
25 DecMonChristmas Day
25 DecMonGuru Govind Singh Birthday