Official Indian holiday list for 2021
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Official Indian holiday list for 2021

In this post, we will look into the official Indian holiday list for 2021.

As the new year is just a couple of weeks away from us, we all are curious about the holidays to have for the year 2021.

There are public holidays, regional holidays, and religious festivities. Holidays usually differ from one state to another as it depends on what prominent festivals of that region.

The extended break from the workplace has resulted in long working hours for many professionals. So, even weekly holidays have become a distant luxury in this pandemic period.

But don’t let it bring down your holiday spirits, because after all holidays are really meant to be celebrated with your family.

Types of Holidays in India

There are different types of holidays in India, and they are:

  • Public Holiday
  • National Holiday
  • Bank Holiday
  • Restricted Holiday
  • Gazetted Holiday

Public holidays are days when both the public sector and private sector observe the leave. It can be fixed on a certain date every year, or it can be on movable dates every year.

National holidays are holidays that celebrate something notable in the creation of that country such as independence and the signing of the constitution.

Bank holidays are considered as public holidays in a country if that country was once part of the British Empire, for example, India, Sri Lanka. For other countries, it is just a holiday for the banking sector.

Restricted holidays are holidays where an individual can choose a specific number of holidays in a year based on their religious or cultural preferences. The government office, as well as the business, will not have a holiday in general just for some individuals.

Gazetted holidays are mandatory government holidays in a year. It is a holiday for all educational institutions like schools, banks, and businesses.

Official Indian holiday list for 2021

Now let’s see a list of the major holidays in India for 2021.

DateDayHolidayHoliday Type
1 JanuaryFridayNew YearRestricted Holiday
13 JanuaryWednesdayLohriRestricted Holiday
14 JanuaryThursdayMakara SankrantiRestricted Holiday
20 JanuaryWednesdayGuru Gobind Singh’s BirthdayRestricted Holiday
26 JanuaryTuesdayRepublic DayNational holiday
16 FebruaryTuesdayBasant Panchami / Sri PanchamiRestricted Holiday
19 FebruaryFridayShivaji JayantiRestricted Holiday
26 FebruaryFridayHazarat Ali’s BirthdayRestricted Holiday
27 FebruarySaturdayGuru Ravidas’s BirthdayRestricted Holiday
8 MarchMondaySwami Dayananda Saraswati JayantiRestricted Holiday
11 MarchThursdayMaha ShivaratriRestricted Holiday
28 MarchSundayHolika Dahan/DolyatraRestricted Holiday
29 MarchMondayHoliGazetted Holiday
2 AprilFridayGood FridayGazetted Holiday
13 AprilTuesdayChaitra Sukladi/ Gudi Padava/ Ugadi/Cheti Chand/ Vaisakhi/ VishuRestricted Holiday
14 AprilWednesdayMesadi Tamil New Year’s DayRestricted Holiday
15 AprilThursdayVaisakhadi (Bengal)/ Bahag Bihu (Assam)Restricted Holiday
21 AprilWednesdayRama NavamiGazetted Holiday
25 AprilSundayMahavir JayantiGazetted Holiday
1 MaySaturdayMay DayGazetted Holiday
7 MayFridayJamat-Ul-VidaRestricted Holiday
9 MaySundayGuru Rabindranath’s BirthdayRestricted Holiday
13 MayThursdayIdul FitrGazetted Holiday
26 MayWednesdayBuddha PurnimaGazetted Holiday
12 JulyMondayRath YatraRestricted Holiday
21 JulyTuesdayBakrid / Eid al AdhaGazetted Holiday
15 AugustSundayIndependence DayNational holiday
16 AugustMondayParsi New Year’s day/ NaurajRestricted Holiday
19 AugustThursdayMuharramGazetted Holiday
21 AugustSaturdayOnam or Thiru Onam DayRestricted Holiday
22 AugustSundayRaksha BandhanRestricted Holiday
30 AugustMondayJanmashtamiGazetted Holiday
10 SeptemberFridayGanesh ChaturthiRestricted Holiday
2 OctoberSaturdayGandhi JayantiNational holiday
6 OctoberWednesdayMahalaya AmavasyaRestricted Holiday
12 OctoberTuesdayDussehra (Maha Saptami)Restricted Holiday
13 OctoberWednesdayDussehra (Maha Ashtami)Restricted Holiday
14 OctoberThursdayMaha NavamiRestricted Holiday
15 OctoberFridayVijaya Dashami/DussehraGazetted Holiday
19 OctoberTuesdayEid e MiladGazetted Holiday
20 OctoberWednesdayMaharishi Valmiki JayantiRestricted Holiday
24 OctoberSundayKaraka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth)Restricted Holiday
4 NovemberThursdayDiwaliGazetted Holiday
5 NovemberFridayDeepavali HolidayRestricted Holiday
6 NovemberSaturdayBhai DujRestricted Holiday
10 NovemberWednesdayPratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja)Restricted Holiday
19 NovemberFridayGuru Nanak JayantiGazetted Holiday
24 DecemberFridayChristmas EveRestricted Holiday
25 DecemberSaturdayChristmas DayGazetted Holiday


Other than 3 national holidays, the holiday list for employees in a private organization may vary according to the organization and its policies.

You can find the state-wise holiday list Here.

For a sample holiday list, click Here.

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