Celebrating Diversity: India’s Rich Tapestry of Holidays and Festivals

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Lis of Public holiday in India 2024:

In India, there are several holidays celebrated throughout the year. The holiday calendar includes both religious and secular observances. Here are some of the major holidays celebrated in India.

 A circular issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has declared 17 Gazetted Holidays and 31 Restricted Holidays.

List of Gazetted Holidays in 2024:

Occasion DateDay
Republic DayJanuary 26Friday
HoliMarch 25Monday
Good FridayMarch 29Friday
Id-ul-FitrApril 11Thursday
Ram NavmiApril 17Wednesday
Mahavir JayantiApril 21Sunday
Buddha PurnimaMay 23Thursday
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)June 17Monday
MuharramJuly 17Wednesday
Independence Day / Parsi New Year’s Day / NaurajAugust 15Thursday
Janamashtami (Vaishnva)August 26Monday
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad)September 16Monday
Mahatma Gandhi’s BirthdayOctober 2Wednesday
DussehraOctober 12Saturday
DiwaliOctober 31Thursday
Guru Nanak’s BirthdayNovember 15Friday
ChristmasDecember 25Wednesday

Here is a month-wise list of holidays in 2024: 

List of public holidays in January 2024

OccasionDateDay
New Year’s DayJanuary 1Monday
LohriJanuary 13Saturday
Makar SankrantiJanuary 14Sunday
Magha Bihu/PongalJanuary 15Monday
Guru Gobind Singh’s BirthdayJanuary 17Wednesday
Hazarat Ali’s BirthdayJanuary 25Thursday
Republic Day (Gazetted)January 26Friday

List of public holidays in February 2024

OccasionDateDay
Basant Panchami / Sri PanchamiFebruary 14Wednesday
Shivaji JayantiFebruary 19Monday
Guru Ravidas’s BirthdayFebruary 24Saturday

List of public holidays in March 2024

OccasionDateDay
Swami Dayananda Saraswati JayantiMarch 6Wednesday
Maha ShivratriMarch 8Friday
Holika DahanMarch 24Sunday
Holi (Gazetted)March 25Monday
Good Friday (Gazetted)March 29Friday
Easter SundayMarch 31Sunday

List of public holidays in April 2024

OccasionDateDay
Jamat-Ul-VidaApril 5Friday
Chaitra Suladi/ Gudi Padwa / Ugadi / Cheti ChandApril 9Tuesday
Id-ul-Fitr (Gazetted)April 11Thursday
Vaisakhi / VishuApril 13Saturday
Meshadi (Tamil New Year’s Day) / Vaisakhadi (Bengal) / Bahag Bihu (Assam)April 14Sunday
Ram Navmi (Gazetted)April 17Wednesday
Mahavir Jayanti (Gazetted)April 21Sunday

List of public holidays in May 2024

OccasionDateDay
Guru Rabindranath’s BirthdayMay 8Wednesday
Buddha Purnima (Gazetted)May 23Thursday

List of public holidays in June 2024

OccasionDateDay
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) (Gazetted)June 17Monday

List of public holidays in July 2024

OccasionDateDay
Rath YatraJuly 7Sunday
Muharram (Gazetted)July 17Wednesday

List of public holidays in August 2024

OccasionDateDay
Independence Day / Parsi New Year’s Day / Nauraj (Gazetted)August 15Thursday
RakshabandhanAugust 19Monday
Janamashtami (Vaishnva) (Gazetted)August 26Monday

List of public holidays in September 2024

OccasionDateDay
Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka ChaturthiSeptember 7Saturday
Onam or Thiru Onam DaySeptember 15Sunday
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) (Gazetted)September 16Monday

List of public holidays in October 2024

OccasionDateDay
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Gazetted)October 2Wednesday
Dussehra (Maha Saptami)October 10Thursday
Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) / Dussehra (Maha Navmi)October 11Friday
Dussehra (Gazetted)October 12Saturday
Maharishi Valmiki’s BirthdayOctober 17Thursday
Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth)October 20Sunday
Diwali (Gazetted)October 31Thursday

List of public holidays in November 2024

OccasionDateDay
Govardhan PujaNovember 2Saturday
Bhai DujNovember 3Sunday
Pratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja)November 7Thursday
Guru Nanak’s Birthday (Gazetted)November 15Friday
Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom DayNovember 24Sunday

List of public holidays in December 2024

OccasionDateDay
Christmas EveDecember 24Tuesday
Christmas (Gazetted) . December 25Wednesday
  1. Republic Day (January 26): Celebrates the adoption of the Indian Constitution in 1950. It is marked by a grand parade in the capital, New Delhi.
  2. Holi (March): Known as the Festival of Colors, Holi marks the arrival of spring and is celebrated with vibrant colored powders, water balloons, and festive gatherings.
  3. Good Friday (April): Observed by Christians to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
  4. Eid al-Fitr (Date varies): Celebrates the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
  5. Independence Day (August 15): Marks India’s independence from British rule in 1947. It is celebrated with flag hoisting, patriotic events, and cultural programs.
  6. Ganesh Chaturthi (August/September): Honors Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity, with elaborate public and private celebrations, including the immersion of clay idols in water.
  7. Diwali (October/November): Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness. It involves lighting lamps, exchanging gifts, and enjoying festive meals.
  8. Christmas (December 25): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is observed with church services, feasts, and the exchange of gifts.
  9. New Year’s Eve (December 31): The last day of the year is often celebrated with parties, fireworks, and various events across the country.

These are just a few examples, and there are many more regional and cultural festivals celebrated in different parts of India. The dates of some holidays, such as Diwali and Eid al-Fitr, vary each year based on the lunar calendar. It’s always a good idea to check a local calendar for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

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