2016’s List of Holidays in India

List of Indian Holidays in 2016

Holiday Name

Day & Date

Holiday Type

Observance/ Importance

New Year’s DayFriday, January 1, 2016Restricted HolidayNew Year’s Day according to the Gregorian calendar celebrated throughout India
Makar SankrantiThursday, January 14, 2016Restricted HolidayCelebrated in AP & Telangana. Also known as Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Bihu, Hadaga, Poki
Pongal/SankrantiFriday, January 15, 2016Restricted HolidayPongal celebrated in Tamil Nadu. Sankranti celebrated in Karnataka
Guru Govind Singh JayantiSaturday, January 16, 2016Restricted HolidayBirthday of the 10th and final Sikh prophet-teacher. Celebrated in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab only.
Republic DayTuesday, January 26, 2016Gazetted HolidayIt is a day to remember when India’s constitution came into force on January 26, 1950.
Vasant PanchamiFriday, February 12, 2016Restricted HolidayHindu festival usually celebrated in Magh that highlights the coming of spring.
Valentine’s DaySunday, February 14, 2016ObservanceCelebrates love mainly between couples and friends.
Shivaji JayantiFriday, February 19, 2016Restricted HolidayBirthday of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Celebrated in Maharashtra
Guru Ravidas JayantiMonday, February 22, 2016Restricted HolidayGuru Ravidas Birthday. Celebrated in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab.
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati JayantiFriday, March 4, 2016Restricted HolidayBirthday of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati. Haryana only
Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriMonday, March 7, 2016Gazetted HolidayCelebrated on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha
Holika DahanWednesday, March 23, 2016Restricted HolidayHolika Dahan also Kamudu pyre is celebrated by burning Holika, the devil.
Maundy ThursdayThursday, March 24, 2016Observance, ChristianMaundy Thursday commemorates Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper.
Dolyatra/HoliThursday, March 24, 2016Restricted HolidayHoli is marked by colourful parades accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of relaxed fun
Good FridayFriday, March 25, 2016Gazetted HolidayIt commemorates the final hours of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, and death
Easter DaySunday, March 27, 2016Restricted HolidayIt commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death
Ugadi/Cheti ChandFriday, April 8, 2016Restricted HolidayYugadi or Ugadi is the Telegu/Kannada New Year’s Day. Celebrated as Gudipadawa in Maharashtra and Cheti Chand in Gujarat
VaisakhiWednesday, April 13, 2016Restricted HolidayHarvest Celebration in Haryana
Tamil New year/Bengal New year/Vishu/Assamese New YearThursday, April 14, 2016Restricted HolidayCelebrated as New year in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Tripura, Kerala and Assam
Ambedkar JayantiThursday, April 14, 2016ObservanceBirthday of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedekar
Rama NavamiFriday, April 15, 2016Gazetted HolidayHindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya.
Mahavir JayantiWednesday, April 20, 2016Gazetted HolidayMahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, and the 24th and last Tirthankara
Hazarat Ali’s BirthdayThursday, April 21, 2016Restricted HolidayHazrat Ali’s Birthday – Son in law of Prophet Muhammad.
May DaySunday, May 1, 2016ObservanceInternational Workers’ Day/Labour Day
Mother’s DaySunday, May 8, 2016ObservanceMother’s Day is a day for many people to show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures worldwide.
Birthday of RavindranathSunday, May 8, 2016Restricted HolidayBirthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore, A Bengali polymath who reshaped literature and music.
Buddha Purnima/VesakSaturday, May 21, 2016Gazetted HolidayBirth of Buddha, most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar
Father’s DaySunday, June 19, 2016ObservanceThis day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting.
Jamat Ul-VidaFriday, July 1, 2016Restricted HolidayIts observed as an auspicious day with devotion by the Muslims and marks the last Friday of Ramzan
Rath YatraWednesday, July 6, 2016Restricted HolidayChariot Festival originated in Puri, Odisha
Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-FitarFriday, July 8, 2016Muslim, Common Local holidaysIdu’l Fitr and marks the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Friendship DaySunday, August 7, 2016ObservanceA day for celebrating friendship.
Independence DayMonday, August 15, 2016Gazetted HolidayIndia became an independent nation on August 15, 1947, so a gazetted holiday is held annually to remember this date.
Parsi New YearWednesday, August 17, 2016Restricted HolidayA regional holiday celebrated in Maharashtra
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Thursday, August 18, 2016Restricted HolidayHindu festival and is also a secular festival which celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.
JanmashtamiThursday, August 25, 2016Gazetted HolidayThe birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the guiding principles for every Hindu.
Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka ChaturthiMonday, September 5, 2016Restricted HolidayThe day when all Hindus celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh.
Bakr Id/Eid ul-AdhaMonday, September 12, 2016Gazetted HolidayThe Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar.
OnamWednesday, September 14, 2016Restricted HolidayHarvest Festival in Kerala
Mahatma Gandhi JayantiSunday, October 2, 2016Gazetted HolidayAnniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth on October 2, 1869. Gandhi is remembered for his contributions to the Indian freedom struggle
Dussehra (Maha Navami)Tuesday, October 11, 2016Gazetted HolidayDussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil.
Muharram/AshuraWednesday, October 12, 2016Gazetted HolidayMuharram is a gazetted holiday in India, marking the start of the Islamic year.
Maharishi Valmiki JayantiSunday, October 16, 2016Restricted HolidayMaharishi Valmiki Birthday
Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)Wednesday, October 19, 2016Restricted HolidayKarwa Chauth is very popular and significant day among Hindu women especially in North India.
Naraka ChaturdasiSaturday, October 29, 2016Restricted HolidaySecond day of the five-day-long festival of Diwali. Narakasura was killed on this day by Krishna, Satyabhama and Kali
Diwali/DeepavaliSunday, October 30, 2016Gazetted HolidayThe Festival of Lights is known as Deepavali. Across India streets and temples are decorated with spectacular light displays and colorful garlands.
Bhai DujTuesday, November 1, 2016Restricted HolidayA festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal on the last day of the five-day-long Diwali or Tihar festival.
Kannada RajyothsavaTuesday, November 1, 2016Restricted HolidayKarnataka Formation Day
Haryana Day/Vishavkarma dayTuesday, November 1, 2016Restricted HolidayHaryana only
Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)Sunday, November 6, 2016Restricted HolidayPerformed in order to thank Surya for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.
Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom DayThursday, November 24, 2016Restricted HolidayThis day commemorates the death anniversary of the ninth Guru of the Sikhs – Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-MiladTuesday, December 13, 2016Gazetted HolidayCommemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s (or Mohammad’s) birthday.
Christmas EveSaturday, December 24, 2016Restricted HolidayThe day before Christmas Day, is celebrated in many countries worldwide.
ChristmasSunday, December 25, 2016Gazetted HolidayMany Christians in India celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth on on Christmas Day, which is annually held on December 25.
New Year’s EveSaturday, December 31, 2016Observance, ChristianNew Year’s Eve is one of the largest global celebrations because it marks the last day of the year