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 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.
|1 January||Friday||New Year||Restricted Holiday|
|13 January||Wednesday||Lohri||Restricted Holiday|
|14 January||Thursday||Makara Sankranti||Restricted Holiday|
|20 January||Wednesday||Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday||Restricted Holiday|
|26 January||Tuesday||Republic Day||National holiday|
|16 February||Tuesday||Basant Panchami / Sri Panchami||Restricted Holiday|
|19 February||Friday||Shivaji Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|26 February||Friday||Hazarat Ali’s Birthday||Restricted Holiday|
|27 February||Saturday||Guru Ravidas’s Birthday||Restricted Holiday|
|8 March||Monday||Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|11 March||Thursday||Maha Shivaratri||Restricted Holiday|
|28 March||Sunday||Holika Dahan/Dolyatra||Restricted Holiday|
|29 March||Monday||Holi||Gazetted Holiday|
|2 April||Friday||Good Friday||Gazetted Holiday|
|13 April||Tuesday||Chaitra Sukladi/ Gudi Padava/ Ugadi/Cheti Chand/ Vaisakhi/ Vishu||Restricted Holiday|
|14 April||Wednesday||Mesadi Tamil New Year’s Day||Restricted Holiday|
|15 April||Thursday||Vaisakhadi (Bengal)/ Bahag Bihu (Assam)||Restricted Holiday|
|21 April||Wednesday||Rama Navami||Gazetted Holiday|
|25 April||Sunday||Mahavir Jayanti||Gazetted Holiday|
|1 May||Saturday||May Day||Gazetted Holiday|
|7 May||Friday||Jamat-Ul-Vida||Restricted Holiday|
|9 May||Sunday||Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday||Restricted Holiday|
|13 May||Thursday||Idul Fitr||Gazetted Holiday|
|26 May||Wednesday||Buddha Purnima||Gazetted Holiday|
|12 July||Monday||Rath Yatra||Restricted Holiday|
|21 July||Tuesday||Bakrid / Eid al Adha||Gazetted Holiday|
|15 August||Sunday||Independence Day||National holiday|
|16 August||Monday||Parsi New Year’s day/ Nauraj||Restricted Holiday|
|19 August||Thursday||Muharram||Gazetted Holiday|
|21 August||Saturday||Onam or Thiru Onam Day||Restricted Holiday|
|22 August||Sunday||Raksha Bandhan||Restricted Holiday|
|30 August||Monday||Janmashtami||Gazetted Holiday|
|10 September||Friday||Ganesh Chaturthi||Restricted Holiday|
|2 October||Saturday||Gandhi Jayanti||National holiday|
|6 October||Wednesday||Mahalaya Amavasya||Restricted Holiday|
|12 October||Tuesday||Dussehra (Maha Saptami)||Restricted Holiday|
|13 October||Wednesday||Dussehra (Maha Ashtami)||Restricted Holiday|
|14 October||Thursday||Maha Navami||Restricted Holiday|
|15 October||Friday||Vijaya Dashami/Dussehra||Gazetted Holiday|
|19 October||Tuesday||Eid e Milad||Gazetted Holiday|
|20 October||Wednesday||Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|24 October||Sunday||Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth)||Restricted Holiday|
|4 November||Thursday||Diwali||Gazetted Holiday|
|5 November||Friday||Deepavali Holiday||Restricted Holiday|
|6 November||Saturday||Bhai Duj||Restricted Holiday|
|10 November||Wednesday||Pratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja)||Restricted Holiday|
|19 November||Friday||Guru Nanak Jayanti||Gazetted Holiday|
|24 December||Friday||Christmas Eve||Restricted Holiday|
|25 December||Saturday||Christmas Day||Gazetted 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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