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Public Holidays and Festivals in India 2018

There are many festivals and special events in India, but only three of these are full national public holidays. These are-

01
Republic Day
January 26
Friday
02
Independence Day
August 15
Wednesday
03
Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday
October 02
Tuesday

Gazetted Holidays list of India, 2018

In India General Holidays, usually mean Government Holidays or Public Holidays or Compulsory holidays, are holidays that usually observed everywhere like banks, government sector, public sector or private sector, schools etc. There are 17 compulsory holiday including above three national holidays. These holidays are provided by the central Government of India and these are common for all states and union territories of the nation.

Central Government Holidays or Gazetted Holiday calendar 2018

Sl. No.
Date ( ,2018)
Day
Occasion
01
January 26
Friday
Republic Day
02
February 14
Wednesday
Maha Shivaratri
03
March 2
Friday
Holi
04
March 29
Thursday
Mahavir Jayanti
05
March 30
Friday
Good Friday
06
April 30
Monday
Buddha Purnima
07
June 16
Saturday
Ramazan / Idu’l Fitr
08
August 15
Wednesday
Independence Day
09
August 22
Wednesday
Id-ul-Zuha / Bakr Id
10
September 03
Monday
Janmashtami
11
September 21
Friday
Muharram
12
October 02
Tuesday
Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday
13
October 19
Friday
Dussehra
14
November 07
Wednesday
Diwali (Deepavali)
15
November 21
Wednesday
Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad
(Birthday of Prophet Muhammad)
16
November 23
Friday
Guru Nanak Jayanti
17
December 25
Tuesday
Christmas Day

Source: https://india.gov.in/calendar/calendar.php

Restricted Holiday Calender of India, 2018

India is a country of 29 states and 7 union territories where different type of religious followers (Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs, Jain and others) lives together with a vast cultural heritages. They celebrate different types of festivals and cultural activities throughout the years, and which are varies from state to state.

Except this 17 compulsory central holidays (Gazetted Holidays), a state or Union Territory can get 2 or 3 more (sometimes up to 6 to 9) additional holidays. Basically, these extra holidays depend on the importance and priority of a festival by the state people. These optional holiday lists are selected by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee and this list is usually called as Restricted Holidays.

Restricted Holidays or Optional Holiday calendar for 2018

Sl. No.
Date ( ,2018)
Day
Occasion
01
January 01
Monday
New Year's Day
02
January 14
Sunday
Makar Sankranti / Pongal
03
January 22
Monday
Basant Panchami/Sri Panchami
04
January 31
Wednesday
Guru Ravidas's Birthday
05
February 10
Saturday
Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti
06
February 19
Monday
Shivaji Jayanti
07
March 01
Thursday
Holika Dahan/Dol Yatra
08
March 18
Sunday
Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi Padava/Ugadi/Cheti Chand
09
March 25
Sunday
Ram Navami
10
April 01
Sunday
Easter Sunday
Hazarat Ali's Birthday
11
April 14
Saturday
Vaisakhi/Vishu/Meshadi
12
April 15
Sunday
Pahela Vaisakh (Bengal)/Bahag Bihu (Assam)
13
May 09
Wednesday
Rabindra Jayanti
14
June 15
Friday
Jamat-Ul-Vida
15
July 14
Saturday
Rath Yatra
16
August 17
Friday
Parsi New Year's day/Nauraj
17
August 25
Saturday
Onam or Thiru Onam Day
18
August 26
Sunday
Raksha Bandhan
19
August 15
Tuesday
Janmashtami
20
September 13
Thursday
Vinayaka Chaturthi/Ganesh Chaturthi
21
October 16
Tuesday
Maha Saptami (Dussehra)
22
October 17
Wednesday
Maha Ashtami (Dussehra)
23
October 18
Thursday
Maha Navmi (Dussehra)
24
October 24
Wednesday
Maharishi Valmiki's Birthday
25
October 27
Saturday
Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth)
26
November 06
Tuesday
Deepavali (South India) / Naraka Chaturdasi
27
November 08
Thursday
Govardhan Puja
28
November 09
Friday
Bhai Duj
29
November 13
Tuesday
Pratihar Sashthi / Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja)
30
November 24
Saturday
Guru Teg Bahadur's Martyrdom Day
31
December 24
Monday
Christmas Eve

Source: https://india.gov.in/calendar/calendar.php

In India Sunday declared as weekend holiday. If any above mention holiday coincide with Sunday then it will not be counted as extra holiday.

All the above festivals are commonly used for central government, state government and others sectors office holidays. In addition, there are numerous festivals, events and fairs which are also observed in some states and localities as holidays, the dates of which change from year to year.

Time and Date mentioned on the above lists for Muslim festivals are based on the latest known dates and may vary according to the local sightings of the first-day moon.