Tuesday, February 21, 2012

National public holidays of India in 2012

National and Public holidays in India National public holidays of India in 2012

2012 Date Name Remarks
January 26 Republic Day
January 30 Public Holiday Punjab Only. For assembly elections.
February 5 Milad-un-Nabi Birthday of Prophet Muhammad
February 7 Guru Ravidas Jayanti Restricted Holiday. Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab only.
February 20 Maha Shivratri Celebrated on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha
March 8 Holi
April 1 Ram Navami
April 5 Mahavir Jayanti
April 6 Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
May 28 Buddha Purnima Birth of Buddha
August 10 Janmashtami Restricted Holiday. Bangalore, Delhi. Celebrates the birth of Lord Shri Krishna
August 15 Independence Day
August 19 Idul Fitr
August 20 Parsi New Year Mumbai Only
September 19 Ganesh Chaturthi Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu only
October 2 Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Gandhi Jayanti
October 24 Dussehra Vijaya Dashami
October 26 Idul Juha Bakrid
November 1 Kannada Rajyothsava Bangalore Only
November 2 Guru Nanak Birthday
November 13 Deewali Deepawali
November 15 Muharram Observed mainly by the Shia Muslim community
November 24 Muharram (10th Day) Day of Ashurah
December 25 Christmas day
National Holiday
Regional Holiday
Information. Not a holiday

Other Years


  • Only the secular holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday are observed nationally.
  • Public holidays in India tend to be observed on a strictly regional basis. The above dates are Government of India holidays, when government offices will be closed nationwide. In addition, there are numerous festivals and fairs which are also observed in some states as holidays, the dates of which change from year to year.
  • Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are the latest known dates.
  • Although not government official holidays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day are observed nationally.

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