India has diverse cultures and traditions and it celebrates many festivals during the calendar year. In this article, learn about India public holidays in 2021, types of holidays celebrated in the country and the state list of public holidays in India in 2021.

India Public Holidays List 2021 - Acko

List of Public Holidays in India 2021

Festivals are an integral part of Indian culture and traditions celebrated with fervour and gaiety. Each state has its own festivals which fall on different dates during the calendar year. Below is the list of India public holidays 2021 along with the day, date and holiday name:

Holidays in India During January 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday01 JanuaryNew Year’s Day
Wednesday13 JanuaryLohri
Thursday14 JanuaryMakar Sankranti/Pongal
Wednesday20 JanuaryGuru Govind Singh Jayanti
Tuesday26 JanuaryRepublic Day

Holidays in India During February 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Sunday14 FebruaryValentine’s Day
Tuesday16 FebruaryVasant Panchami
Friday19 FebruaryShivaji Jayanti
Friday26 FebruaryHazarat Ali’s Birthday
Saturday27 FebruaryGuru Ravidas Jayanti

Holidays in India During March 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Monday8 MarchMaharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
Thursday11 MarchMaha Shivaratri
Saturday20 MarchMarch Equinox
Monday29 MarchHoli

Holidays in India During April 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday2 AprilGood Friday
Sunday4 AprilEaster Day
Tuesday13 AprilChaitra Sukhladi
Wednesday14 AprilAmbedkar Jayanti
Thursday15 AprilBahag Bihu/Vaisakhadi
Wednesday21 AprilRama Navami
Sunday25 AprilMahavir Jayanti

Holidays in India During May 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday1 MayMay Day
Friday7 MayJamat Ul-Vida
Sunday9 MayMother’s Day
Friday14 MayRamzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar
Wednesday26 MayBuddha Purnima

Holidays in India During June 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Sunday20 JuneFather’s Day

Holidays in India During July 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Monday12 JulyRath Yatra
Wednesday21 JulyBakrid/Eid-al-Adha
Saturday24 JulyGuru Purnima

Holidays in India During August 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Sunday15 AugustIndependence Day
Thursday19 AugustMuharram
Saturday21 AugustOnam
Sunday22 AugustRaksha Bandhan
Monday30 AugustJanmashtami

Holidays in India During September 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday10 SeptemberVinayaka Chaturthi

Holidays in India During October 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday2 OctoberGandhi Jayanti
Tuesday12 OctoberMaha Saptami
Wednesday13 OctoberMaha Ashtami
Thursday14 OctoberMaha Navami
Friday15 OctoberDussehra
Tuesday19 OctoberMilad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad
Wednesday20 OctoberMaharishi Valmiki Jayanti
Sunday24 OctoberKaraka Chaturthi

Holidays in India During November 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Thursday4 NovemberDiwali/Deepavali
Friday5 NovemberGovardhan Puja
Saturday6 NovemberBhai Duj
Wednesday10 NovemberChhat Puja
Friday19 NovemberGuru Nanak Jayanti
Wednesday24 NovemberGuru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day

Holidays in India During December 2021

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday24 DecemberChristmas Eve
Saturday25 DecemberChristmas
Friday31 DecemberNew Year’s Eve

List of Public Holidays in India 2020

DayDateHoliday Name
January 2020
Wednesday01 January 2020New Year's Day
Thursday02 January 2020
Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
Tuesday14 January 2020
Lohri
Wednesday15 January 2020
Pongal
Wednesday15 January 2020
Makar Sankranti
Saturday25 January 2020
Chinese New Year
Sunday26 January 2020
Republic Day
Wednesday29 January 2020
Vasant Panchami
February 2020
Sunday09 February 2020
Guru Ravidas Jayanti
Tuesday18 February 2020
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
Wednesday19 February 2020
Shivaji Jayanti
Friday21 February 2020
Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri
March 2020
Monday09 March 2020
Holika Dahan
Tuesday10 March 2020
Holi
April 2020
Thursday02 April 2020
Rama Navami
Monday06 April 2020
Mahavir Jayanti
Friday10 April 2020
Good Friday
Sunday12 April 2020
Easter Day
Monday13 April 2020
Vaisakhi
Tuesday14 April 2020
Mesadi/Vaisakhadi
Tuesday14 April 2020
Ambedkar Jayanti
May 2020
Friday01 May 2020
May Day
Thursday07 May 2020
Buddha Purnima/Vesak
Thursday07 May 2020
Birthday of Ravindranath
Sunday10 May 2020
Mother's Day
Friday22 May 2020
Jamat Ul-Vida
Monday25 May 2020
Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitr
July 2020
Sunday05 July 2020
Guru Purnima
Friday31 July 2020
Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha
August 2020
Monday03 August 2020
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
Tuesday11 August 2020
Janmashtami (Smarta)
Wednesday12 August 2020
Janmashtami
Saturday15 August 2020
Independence Day
Sunday16 August 2020
Parsi New Year
Saturday22 August 2020
Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi
Saturday29 August 2020
Muharram/Ashura
Monday31 August 2020
Onam
October 2020
Friday02 October 2020
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
Thursday22 October 2020
Maha Saptami
Friday23 October 2020
Maha Ashtami
Saturday24 October 2020
Maha Navami
Sunday25 October 2020
Dussehra
Thursday29 October 2020
Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad
Saturday31 October 2020
Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
November 2020
Wednesday04 November 2020
Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)
Saturday14 November 2020
Naraka Chaturdasi
Saturday14 November 2020
Diwali/Deepavali
Sunday15 November 2020
Govardhan Puja
Monday16 November 2020
Bhai Duj
Friday20 November 2020
Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)
Tuesday24 November 2020
Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day
Monday30 November 2020
Guru Nanak Jayanti
December 2020
Thursday24 December 2020
Christmas Eve
Friday25 December 2020
Christmas
Thursday31 December 2020
New Year's Eve

Types of Holidays:

With a culturally diverse society, India celebrates several holidays which are unique to religious and linguistic demographics. Indian culture differs from region to region and state to state celebrating local festivals with fervent. Below are the types of holidays India celebrates during the year:

Government Holidays:

The Indian central and state governments issue a list of Indian holidays every year, which is observed in the respective government offices. The holiday list is primarily divided into types of government holidays:

  • Gazetted holidays
  • Restricted holidays

Holidays such as Republic Day, Independence Day, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, etc. are observed as government holidays.

Sikh Festival Holidays:

Sikhs across India and the world celebrate several religious festivals and key historical events. Celebrations take place mostly in northern India and in other countries including the UK and Canada, commemorating the birth or martyrdom of a Guru. The festivals are marked with the reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, prayer, fairs, etc.

Christian Holidays:

Christian holidays are important events for Christians reflecting upon the history and traditions of the church. Followers of Christ mark Christian festivals with praise and worship, fellowship and gorge on delicious food. Some of the most important Christian holidays are Christmas and Easter.

Islamic Holidays:

Muslims across the world observe two important and official Islamic holidays, Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha occurring on dates in the lunar Islamic calendar. While Eid-Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan month, Eid-Al-Adha is celebrated with prayers on the morning of 1st day of the month of Shawwal. Apart from these two most important dates, Muslims observe several other days of the year as holidays to mark important events in their religion.

Hindu Festivals & Others:

Portraying the rich cultural traditions of the country, Hindu festivals play an important and significant part of every Hindus in India and across the world. Festivals are celebrated with prayers, rituals such as fasting, community fairs, decorating deities, cooking special dishes, etc. Hindus celebrate special events from Hindu mythology which coincides with seasonal changes and agricultural cycles. Some of the most important Hindu festivals are Diwali, Dasara, Maha Shivratri, etc.

State List of Public Holidays in India 2021:


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