Public Holidays In India 2018 – Calendar for Indian Festivals and Indian Holidays

Public Holidays in India 2018 – List Of Holidays 2018 – India Holidays List 2018

India is a Federal Republic where power is shared by one Central Government and many State Governments. The culturally-rich country is home to many religions, observances, celebrations, and festivals.  Every year the Central and State Governments celebrate a large number of Public Holidays in India. 2018 will also have holidays that are nationalistic, secular, or religious in nature. On these days, The government ministries, departments, and offices remain closed throughout the Nation. The nationalist holidays like Independence Day, Republic Day, and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday are called secular or central government holidays, and all public, private and banking sector offices remain closed on these 3 days.

People follow different calendars in different regions of India, and for this reason public holidays fall on different days with every changing year. The states and other regions in India also celebrate other holidays that are appropriate to the culture and tradition of these territories. For example, Thiruvalluvar Day is celebrated only in Tamil Nadu, while Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti is specific only to Maharashtra. However, Guru Ravidas Jayanti is celebrated in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab, while Subhash Chandra Bose birthday is a public holiday in Assam, Tripura, and West Bengal states.Public Holidays in India

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India Holidays List 2018:

As per Indian Law, the aforementioned three nationalist holidays are mandatorily implemented all over India. State and Central Government employers provide all Government servants with a paid day off on these three days. Other regional holidays are subject to the jurisdiction of the State governments which decide on matters pertaining to the public holiday payments. Employees who opt to work on these public holidays can take compensatory leave on other days or earn premium payment for the services rendered on these days.

List of Holidays 2018

The private sector and the banking industry in India declare their own holidays based upon regional considerations such as importance of festival, demographics, culture, and religiosity. There are no fixed rules and the declared holidays vary from company to company. The following list of holidays has been prepared with the latest known dates.

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India Public Holidays 2018:

India is home to many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, etc., The birthdays of the founders of many religions are celebrated as public holidays in many parts of India. Sikhs celebrate the birthdays of their Gurus while Islam and Christianity celebrate the birthdays of Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ as Milad-un-Nabi and Christmas respectively. The birthdays of social reformers and freedom fighters are also celebrated with fondness as public holidays in various States of India. These include Bhagat Singh Shaheed Diwas and birthdays of Dayanand Saraswathi, Babu Jagjivan Ram, Guru Rabindranath Tagore, Dr B.R. Ambedkar, etc.,

The State and Central Government declared public holidays are also called as gazetted holidays. In addition, many religious holidays are celebrated all over India and include Maha Shivaratri, Good Friday, Ram Navami, Krishna Janmashtami, Buddha Purnima, Diwali, Christmas, etc., Colourful festivals such as Holi are also declared as public holiday by many State Governments in India. Apart from government offices, private business activity at small, medium, and large scale organizations is also stopped on these important festival days. Grocery stores, kiosks, public booths, and even street vendors do not conduct their business activity on some of these significant public holidays in many parts of India

List Of National Public Holidays:

Day Date Holiday Comments
Monday January 01 New Year’s Day Arunachal pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Miizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana
Tuesday January 02 Mannam Jayanthi Kerala Only
Friday January 12 Birthday of Swami Vivekananda West Bengal only
Saturday January 13 Bhogi Telangana
Sunday January 14 Pongal Also known as Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Bihu, Hadaga, Poki
Sunday January 14 Sankranti Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Telangana
Tuesday January 16 Thiruvalluvar Day Tamil Nadu only
Wednesday January 17 Uzhavar Tirunal Puducherry, Tamil Nadu only
Monday January 22 Vasant Panchami Haryana, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura, West Bengal
Tuesday January 23 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti Assam, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal. Birthday of a prominent leader in the Indian freedom movement
Wednesday January 24 Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti Haryana only
Thursday January 25 Statehood Day Himachal Pradesh only
Friday January 26 Republic Day Commemorates the establishment of the Constitution of India
Wednesday January 31 Me-dam-me-phi Assam. Ancestor festival
Saturday February 10 Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Haryana only
Tuesday February 13 Maha Shivratri Celebrated on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha
Friday February 16 Losar Sikkim only. Tibetan New Year
Friday February 16 Sonam Lhochar Sikkim only. Tamang New Year
Monday February 19 Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti Maharashtra only
Thursday March 01 Doljatra Holi Dahan
Thursday March 01 Guru Ravidas Birthday Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab only. Full moon of Magh
Friday March 02 Holi AP, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarah, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, HP, J&K, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, MP, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, UP, Uttarakhand.
Sunday March 18 Ugadi Telugu and Kannada New Year. Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh
Sunday March 18 Cheti Chand Gujarat only.
Thursday March 22 Bihar Divas Bihar Only
Friday March 23 Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev Haryana only
Friday March 23 Shahidi Divas S. Bhagat Singh Ji Punjab, Rajasthan only
Sunday March 25 Ram Navami Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya
Thursday March 29 Mahavir Jayanti The most important religious holiday in Jainism
Thursday March 29 Maundy Thursday Kerala only
Friday March 30 Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
Friday March 30 Hazrat Alis Birthday Uttar Pradesh only. Son in law of Prophet Muhammad
Sunday April 01 Bank Holiday Banks only. Annual accounts closing
Sunday April 01 Odisha Day Odisha only. Utkal Divas
Thursday April 05 Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday Telangana only
Friday April 13 Biju Festival Tripura only
Friday April 13 Bohag Bihu Holiday Assam only
Saturday April 14 Ashoka’s Birth Anniversary Bihar only
Saturday April 14 Bengali New Year Tripura, West Bengal only
Saturday April 14 Bohag Bihu Assamese New Year. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam
Saturday April 14 Dr Ambedkar Jayanti Birthday of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedekar
Saturday April 14 Maha Vishuba Sankranti Odisha
Saturday April 14 Tamil New Year Puthandu. Tamil Nadu only
Saturday April 14 Vaisakhi Haryana, Punjab only
Sunday April 15 Himachal Day Himachal Pradesh only. The province of Himachal Pradesh was created on 15 April 1948
Sunday April 15 Vishu Kerala Only. First day of Tulu calendar
Wednesday April 18 Parashurama Jayanti Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh
Thursday April 19 Basava Jayanthi Karnataka only. The most important festival of the Lingayats. 3rd Vaiskha
Monday April 23 Garia Puja Tripura only
Tuesday May 01 Maharashtra Day Maharashtra only. Commemorates the formation of the state of Maharashtra on 1 May 1960
Tuesday May 01 May Day Many states
Monday May 07 Birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore Tripura, West Bengal
Wednesday May 16 State Day Sikkim only
Friday May 25 Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam Tripura only.
Tuesday May 29 Buddha Purnima Birth of Buddha
Friday June 08 Jumat-ul-Wida Last Friday of Ramadam
Thursday June 14 Pahili Raja Odisha
Friday June 15 Idul Fitr Many states
Friday June 15 Raja Sankranti Odisha only
Saturday June 16 Idul Fitr Gujarat
Saturday June 16 Guru Arjun Dev Martyrdom day Punjab Only
Saturday June 16 Maharana Pratap Jayanti Haryana, Himachal Pradesh only
Thursday June 28 Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti Gazetted holiday in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab.
Saturday July 14 Ratha Yatra Odisha
Friday July 20 Kharchi Puja Tripura only
Tuesday July 31 Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh Haryana, Punjab only
Friday August 03 Ker Puja Tripura only
Saturday August 11 Karkkadaka Vavu Kerala
Wednesday August 15 Independence Day
Friday August 17 Parsi New Year Jamshed Navroz. Gujarat, Mumbai Only
Wednesday August 22 Idul Juha Bakrid. Many states
Friday August 24 First Onam Kerala only. Harvest Festival
Saturday August 25 Thiruvonam Kerala only. Harvest Festival
Sunday August 26 Raksha Bandhan Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh only. Shravana Purnima
Sunday August 26 Third Onam Kerala only. Harvest Festival
Monday August 27 Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti Kerala only
Saturday September 01 Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Punjab only
Sunday September 02 Sreekrishna Jayanthi Kerala, Odisha. Celebrates the birth of Lord Shri Krishna
Monday September 03 Janmashtami Restricted Holiday. Celebrates the birth of Lord Shri Krishna
Monday September 10 Birthday of Baba Sri Chand Ji Punjab only
Tuesday September 11 Muharram Observed mainly by the Shia Muslim community
Wednesday September 12 Teej Haryana only
Wednesday September 12 Saragarhi Day State holiday in Punjab
Thursday September 13 Ganesh Chaturthi Varasiddhi Vinayaka Vrata
Friday September 14 Nuakhai Odisha only. Day after Ganesh Chaturthi
Thursday September 20 Muharram (10th Day) Day of Ashurah
Friday September 21 Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi Kerala only. Marks the death of a key social reformer
Friday September 21 Muharram Gujarat
Sunday September 23 Haryana’s Heroes’ Martyrdom Day Haryana only
Friday September 28 Birthday of S. Bhagat Singh Ji Punjab only
Tuesday October 02 Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Gandhi Jayanti
Tuesday October 09 Mahalaya Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal only.
Wednesday October 10 Maharaja Agrasen Jayanati Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan only
Tuesday October 16 Maha Saptami Assam, Odisha, West Bengal
Wednesday October 17 Durgastami Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal
Thursday October 18 Ayudha Puja Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
Thursday October 18 Mahanavami Bihar, Kerala, Odisha only. Ninth Day of Dussehra
Thursday October 18 Navami of Durga Puja Assam, Tripura,West Bengal
Thursday October 18 Dusshera Vijaya Dashmi. Gujarat
Friday October 19 Durga Puja Mahastami. Odisha, Sikkim only
Friday October 19 Dussehra Dasara/Vijaya Dashami
Wednesday October 24 Lakshmi Puja Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal only.
Wednesday October 24 Maharishi Valmiki Birthday Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab
Wednesday October 31 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Birthday Gujarat only.
Thursday November 01 Haryana Day Haryana only.
Thursday November 01 Kannada Rajyothsava Bangalore Only. Karnataka Formation Day
Tuesday November 06 Narak Chaturdashi Karnataka
Tuesday November 06 Deepavali Kerala
Wednesday November 07 Deepavali Assam, Tamil Nadu, Tripura
Wednesday November 07 Deepavali Karnataka, Maharashtra
Wednesday November 07 Deewali Deepawali. Except Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, West Bengal.
Wednesday November 07 Kali Puja Assam, Odisha, West Bengal. Festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali
Thursday November 08 Vikram Samvat New Year Gujarat only.
Thursday November 08 Vishvakarma Day Day after Dewali
Friday November 09 Bhai Bij Gujarat only.
Wednesday November 14 Chhath Puja Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh
Tuesday November 20 Id-e-Milad
Wednesday November 21 Eid-e-Meeladun Nabi Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday
Friday November 23 Guru Nanak Birthday The Birthday of the founder of Sikhism, falls on full moon day of the month Kartik
Friday November 23 Rasa Purnima Odisha only
Monday December 03 World Disabled Day Tripura only
Sunday December 16 Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji Punjab only
Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day Observed in all states
Wednesday December 26 Boxing Day
Wednesday December 26 Shaheed Udham Singh’s Birthday Haryana only

 Holidays For all Government Employees For The Year 2018:

Holiday Date Day Holiday Status for Central Govt offices in Delhi
1 Republic Day 26th January  Friday
2 Maha Shivratri 14th  February  Wednesday
3 Holi 02nd  March 2018  Friday
4 Mahavir Jayanti 29th March  Thursday
5 Good Friday 30th March  Friday
6 Buddha Purnima 30th April  Monday
7 Idu’l Fitr 16th June  Saturday
8 Independence Day 15th August  Wednesday
9 Id-ul-Zuha(Bakrid) 22nd August  Wednesday
10 Janmashtami 03rd September  Monday
11 Muharram 21st September  Friday
12 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday 2nd October  Tuesday
13 Dussehra 19th October  Friday
14 Diwali (Deepavali) 07th November  Wednesday
15 Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) 21st November Wednesday
16 Guru Nanak’s Birthday 23rd November  Friday
17 Christmas 25th December  Tuesday

Note : In the above mentioned list, public holidays which are celebrated as birthdays or new years are specific to some states, regions, and territories. Some of the festival holidays are specific to regions while the more popular festival holidays are celebrated all over the country with pomp and gaiety.

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