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State Holidays in India: List Of State Holidays

State Holidays 2020Holidays give people a chance to rejuvenate their mind and body, and allow them to take part in their hobbies and pastimes. In India, various states and union territories observe their own regional and religious festivals and holidays. However, there is a list of gazetted and national holidays applicable for all states. Every holiday holds high significance and commemorates the importance of cultures, beliefs and traditions. We have provided you with a list of holidays for different states of India below. We have also mentioned the types of holidays observed by all the states and union territories along with their significance.

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Types of Holidays In India

Below we are mentioning the types of holidays and festivals observed in India, and how significant they are for the nation.

National Holidays in India

National holidays in India are issued by the Central and State Government and observed all over the nation in 29 states and 7 union territories. There are three national holidays celebrated in India:

  • Republic Day: 26 January
  • Independence Day: 15 August
  • Gandhi Jayanti: 02 October

There are two types of holidays announced by the government, i.e. restricted and gazetted holidays.

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Religious Holidays in India

India is a hub of religion and various cultures coexisting together. People celebrate various festivals as per their cultural and religious beliefs and make merriment. All throughout the year, India witnesses multiple chances of grand festivities and celebrations. Below is a quick list of religious holidays observed by natives of India with great enthusiasm:

  • Hindu Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Hinduism and based on Luni-Solar Calendar.
  • Islamic Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Islam and based on the Lunar Calendar.
  • Sikh Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Sikhism.
  • Christian Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Christianity.
  • Buddhist Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Buddhism.
  • Jain Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Jainism.
  • Parsi Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Zorastrian.
  • Ravidassia Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Guru Ravidas.
  • Ayyavazhi Holidays: These holidays are observed by the followers of Ayyavazhi.

Bank Holidays in India

Bank holidays in India comprise a list of holidays observed by the banks under the supervision of Reserve Bank of India. Apart from Banks being closed on the second and fourth Saturdays, these institutions observe holidays on some selected festivals and days announced by the government such as Dussehra, Christmas, Guruparv, Maharaja Agresen Jayanti, Easter, Mahavir Jayanti etc.

Traditional Holidays in India

Adding to the list of holidays in different states, there are various traditional occasions observed as holidays in specific regions of different states. However, they can be tagged as restricted holidays and rarely observed by public, private and government sectors.

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