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India bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

April ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
* Tue Annual Accounts Closing (Bank Holiday) Banks
* Sat Babu Jagjivan Ram's Birthday (AP) Regional
* Mon Ram Navami (Smarta) (AP GJ HR) Regional
* Tue Ram Navami (Vaishnava) (BR CH DL MH MP OR PB RJ SK UK UP) Regional
* Sun Mahavir Jayanti (AN CG DL HP KA MH MP RJ TN UK UP) Regional
* Mon Dr Ambedkar Jayanti (AP BR CH GJ DL HR JK KA KL MH OR PY TN UK UP) Regional
* Mon Tamil New Year (TN) Regional
* Mon Vishu (KL) Regional
* Tue Bengali New Year / Vaisakh / Masadi (TR WB) Regional
* Fri Good Friday (except CG GJ HP HR JK OR PB RJ TR) Regional
* Thu May Day (AP AS BR GA KA KL MN PY TN TR WB) Regional
* Thu Maharashtra Day (MH) Regional
* Thu Maharshi Parasuram Jayanti (UP) Regional
* Thu Shiv Jayanthi (KA) Regional
* Fri Basava Jayanti (KA) Regional
* Tue Hazrat Alis Birthday (UP) Regional
* Wed Buddha Purnima (AN AR CG DL HP JK MH MP MZ UK) Regional
* Fri Sant Kabir Jayanti (HR) Regional
* Mon Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji (PB) Regional
* Fri Jumat-ul-Wida (JK UK UP) Regional
* Tue Ramazan / Idu'l Fitr (End of Ramadan) (except GA JH KL LD UP) Regional
* Wed Teej (HR) Regional
* Sun Raksha Bandhan (GJ RJ UK UP) Regional
Fri Independence Day
* Sun Janmashtami (Smarta) (BR OR) Regional
* Sun Sri Krishna Jayanti (TN) Regional
* Mon Parsi New Year (Shahenshahi) (MH) Regional
* Mon Janmashtami (Vaishnava) (CH DL GJ HR JK PB RJ UK UP) Regional
* Fri Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka Chaturthi (AP GA GJ MH OR PY TN) Regional
* Sat First Onam (KL) Regional
* Sun Onam / Thiruonam (KL PY) Regional
* Sun Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi Day (KL) Regional
* Tue Haryana Veer and Shahidi Divas (HR) Regional
* Wed Mahalaya (KA WB) Regional
* Thu Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti (HR) Regional
* Tue Mid-Year Accounts Closing (Bank Holiday) Banks
* Wed Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (SK TR WB) Regional
Thu Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday
* Thu Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (AP AR AS ML MN OR TR WB) Regional
* Fri Dussehra (Maha Navami) (BR KA KL ML NL PY SK TN UK UP WB) Regional
* Sat Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) (except AR JH KA MN PB PY SK) Regional
* Mon Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice) (except CH GA HP MZ PB SK) Regional
* Wed Lakshmi Puja (TR WB) Regional
* Wed Birthday of Maharishi Valmiki Ji (HR KA PB) Regional
* Wed Deepavali (Festival of Lights) (AP CH GJ HR KL MH PY TN WB) Regional
* Wed Naraka Chaturdashi (KA) Regional
* Thu Diwali (Festival of Lights) (except AP CH GJ JH HR KA KL MH MN PY TN WB) Regional
* Fri Balipadyami Diwali (Gobardhan Puja/Vishavakarma Day) (GJ HR KA MH UK UP) Regional
* Sat Bhai Duj / Chitragupth Jayanti (MH UK UP) Regional
* Sat Kannada Rajyothsava (KA) Regional
* Sat Haryana Day (HR) Regional
* Tue Muharram (AN AP BR CG CH DL HP JK KA MH MP OR RJ TN UK UP WB) Regional
* Thu Guru Nanak Jayanti (AN CG CH DL HP HR JK MH MP NL PB RJ UK UP WB) Regional
* Mon Kanaka Jayanti (KA) Regional
* Thu Christmas Day (except HR JH) Regional
* Sun Guru Govind Singh Jayanti (CH HR PB) Regional
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Recent News and Updates

02 Dec 2013 Indian Capital Public Holiday December 4 (The Hindu-Delhi) The Lieutenant-Governor of India's Delhi Capital State, Najeeb Jung, has declared Wednesday, December 4, 2013, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming assembly polls.  30 Nov 2013 India Mulls New Public Holiday In Puducherry (Government of Puducherry-Saram) The Government of India's state of Puducherry has has constituted a nine-member committee to make recommendations to the Puducherry state government on the advisability of declaring November 1st as a new annual non-working public holiday in India's state of Puducherry.  26 Nov 2013 India 2014 Tamil Nadu Public Holidays Released (Government of Tamil Nadu-Chennai) The Government of India's state of Tamil Nadu has announced its annual list of the days which will be non-working public holidays in India's state of Tamil Nadu for the upcoming calendar year 2014.  13 Nov 2013 Indian 2013 HP Public Holidays Further Amended (Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission-Shimla) The government of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has announced that it has once again amended its previously-released list of official non-working public holidays for the upcoming year 2013 in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.  12 Nov 2013 Indian 2013 Tamil Nadu Public Holidays Amended (Government of Tamil Nadu-Chennai) The Government of India's state of Tamil Nadu has also announced that the date of the non-working public holiday for the upcoming Muharram annual public holiday would be Friday, November 15, 2013, instead of Thursday, November, 14, 2013, as previously-announced.  11 Nov 2013 Indian 2013 Delhi Public Holidays Amended (Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions-New Delhi) The Government of India for the Capital Territory of New Delhi, has announced that the date of the non-working public holiday for the upcoming Muharram annual public holiday would be Friday, November 15, 2013, instead of Thursday, November, 14, 2013, as previously-announced.  09 Oct 2013 Indian Id-Ul-Zuha Public Holiday October 16 (The Times of India-Panaji) The various Indian states where Id-Ul-Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice) is an annual non-working public holiday, have confirmed that the date for this year's Id-Ul-Zuha in India would be Wednesday, October 16, 2013.  01 Oct 2013 Indian Gandhi Public Holiday Upheld (The Times of India-Gauhati) The High Court of India's State of Assam has rejected the Assam state government's order cancelling the upcoming, October 2nd, public holiday on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti (Gandhi's Birthday).  28 Sep 2013 Indian Bank Holiday Cancelled in Jammu and Kashmir (General Administration Department Government of Jammu and Kashmir-Srinagar) The Government of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir has announced that the upcoming, September 30, bank holiday, would not be observed as a bank holiday on account of the "Mid-Year Accounts Closing".  29 Aug 2013 Indian BJP Promises Chhath Public Holiday (The Times of India-Delhi) The former President and leader in charge of Delhi for Assembly elections of India's BJP Party, Nitin Gadkari, has promised to declare "Chhath", a key festival of the Poorvanchali community, a new annual non-working public holiday, if it wins the coming Assembly elections in Delhi.  15 Jun 2013 Indian 2014 Public Holidays Released (The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions-New Delhi) India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has released its annual list of public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government of India, for the upcoming calendar year 2014.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the India public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

Full national public holidays: There are many festivals and special events in India, but only three of these are full national public holidays. They are Republic Day on January 26, Independence Day on August 15, and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday on October 2.  In India General Holidays usually mean Government Holidays, and Public Holidays or Gazetted or Compulsory holidays are holidays that are usually observed by everyone in the area, banks, government, and schools included.  Other than the first three national public holidays, all others are either regional or religious holidays and not recognized as national public holidays. In some areas workers have the option of choosing from a list of possible public holidays. In most areas, depending on the industry or company, employees may choose at least 2 other holidays (and sometimes up to 6 or 9) from a list that is usually referred to as Restricted Holidays.  Indian States and Territories: There are 28 Indian States and 7 Union Territories (denoted by an asterisk). Their 2-letter codes are: •AN* Andaman/Nicobar, •AP Andhra Pradesh, •AR Arunachal Pradesh, •AS Assam, •BR Bihar, •CG Chattisgarh, •CH* Chandigarh, •DD* Daman/Diu, •DL* Delhi, •DN* Dadra and Nagar Haveli, •GA Goa, •GJ Gujarat, •HP Himachal Pradesh, •HR Haryana, •JH Jharkhand, •JK Jammu/Kashmir, •KA Karnataka, •KL Kerala, •LD* Lakshadweep, •MH Maharashtra, •ML Meghalaya, •MN Manipur, •MP Madhya Pradesh, •MZ Mizoram, •NL Nagaland, •OR Orissa, •PB Punjab, •PY* Puducherry, •RJ Rajasthan, •SK Sikkim, •TN Tamil Nadu, •TR Tripura, •UK Uttarakhand (formerly UA-Uttaranchal), •UP Uttar Pradesh, •WB West Bengal.  Bank Holidays: Banks are not governed by the list of gazette holidays put out by the Centre every year, but instead have to depend on state governments, which have powers under the Negotiable Instruments Act to declare local holidays based on festivals and important regional events.  Regional and Restricted Holidays: In addition to the above three national public holidays, the other ones that tend to be observed by most, among the ones listed, are (note that Jayanti means birthday): Islamic New Year (Muharram), Maha Shivaratri, Ram Navami, Mahavir Jayanti, Milad un Nabi (The Prophet's Birthday), Good Friday, Buddha Purnima (Buddha Day), Janmashtami, Ramazan (End of Ramadan), Guru Nanak Jayanti, Bakrid (Feast of Sacrifice), andChristmas Day.  There are currently 17 compulsory public holidays; five are Muslim celebrations, five Hindu, two Christian and one each is Buddhist, Jain and Sikh. In addition, there is a list of around 35 festivals (the number varies from state to state),  As an historical aside, in 1924, there were 18 public holidays in India, of which Diwali, Easter and Christmas were allotted three days each, and the New Year holiday spanned the last day of the present year as well as the first day of the coming year. The list contained only one Muslim celebration (although Pakistan and Bangladesh were part of India at the time), in contrast to seven Hindu ones, including Mahashivaratri, Holi, Coconut Day, and Ganesh Chaturthi. Two days in the year were also dedicated to the celebration of empire: Empire Day in May and the King’s Birthday in June.  Some holidays are celebrated a day earlier in some areas. This happens usually more in the south but isn't limited to that area.  For example, Diwali (or Deepevali, as it is more likely to be called in Southern India and overseas communities that hail from Southern India) is often celebrated on a different day in the south and in southern expatriates .  Despite the great number of public holidays, the work ethic in India is such that business meetings may be scheduled during a holiday if needed.  India International Codes IN and IND (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .in (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of India information and news: Reserve Bank of India (India central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (India maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in India), and Wikipedia (includes India commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in India, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. For more information, see our pages on the religious calendars of the world.


Religious Holidays : Public holidays in India that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.


Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays, for India, were calculated using a mathematical model that is based on Sufist lunar visibility criteria. For Salat (prayer times) calculations, see our Freeware page.


Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For India, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.


Solar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, equinoxes, solstices, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict solar bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for India are based on the geographical location of New Delhi (latitude 28,6°N, longitude 77,2°E, GMT+5,5 hours, no summer time rules). Note that many countries in South-East Asia are progressively changing the recurrence rule of some of their lunar/solar holidays to rules based on fixed dates of the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Therefore, while the dates predicted above for 2015 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years. For more details on lunar and solar holidays, see the Lunisolar Footnotes.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for India, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of India, before planning any trip to India. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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