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Indian 2020 Central Public Holidays Released

Source: The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (New Delhi)
Posted: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

India's Central Government's Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, has released the Dopt order 10.6.2020 F.No.12/9/2020-JCA-2 containing 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 2021.

Contrary to what is often the case (2019-06-19, 2018-07-11, 2011-07-03, 2010-06-27, 2009-06-13, and 2008-06-15), but not always (2017-06-15, 2016-06-25, 2015-06-11, 2014-06-07 and 2014-07-16, 2013-06-15 and 2012-06-10), the aforementioned list of 2021 public holidays and restricted holidays to be observed by India's Central Government ("Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the 2021 ") mentions a different date for the northern Indian Diwali as opposed to the southern Indian Deepavali ("During 2021, Diwali (Deepavali) falls on Thursday, November 4, 2021 (Kartika 13). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion a day in advance, i.e., on Naraka Chaturdasi Day. In view of this, there is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on Naraka Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government Offices in a State if in that State that day alont: is declared as a compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.").

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