India boasts a diverse culture, with each state having their own customs, traditions and festivals. Throughout the year, people enthusiastically come together to celebrate new seasons, gods and goddesses, saints and historical events. But with so many festivals, having a calendar at hand is necessary for holiday planning.Here, we have provided a detailed list of holidays in India in 2023̣. It includes the days, dates and the states that will be observing the holidays to help you formulate better plans.
The following is a list of all public and government holidays in different states for the year 2023:
January 2023 is the first month of the new year. There are quite a few holidays in January 2023 – some are state-specific while some are national holidays – you can mark in your calendar. While Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti calls for a holiday mostly in the eastern states of India, Republic Day (26th January) is a national holiday. So, note down the list of occasions in January 2023 by referring to the table below and plan accordingly.
|January 1||Sunday||New Year’s Day||Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana and Tamil Nadu|
|January 2||Monday||New Year Holiday||Mizoram|
|January 4||Wednesday||Gaan Ngai||Manipur, Assam and Nagaland|
|January 11||Wednesday||Missionary Day||Mizoram|
|January 12||Thursday||Swami Vivekananda Jayanti||West Bengal|
|January 14||Saturday||Makar Sankranti||Gujarat, Karnataka, Sikkim and Telangana|
|January 15||Sunday||Pongal||Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry|
|January 16||Monday||Kanuma Panduga||Andhra Pradesh|
|January 23||Monday||Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti||Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal|
|January 26||Thursday||Republic Day||All over India|
There are quite a few state-specific regional holidays in February 2023. From Guru Ravidas Jayanti to Maha Shiv Ratri, you have some festival or the other to participate in. Refer to the list of holidays in February as given in the table below and plan your trips ahead.
|February 5||Sunday||Hazrat Ali Jayanti||Uttar Pradesh|
|February 5||Sunday||Guru Ravidas Jayanti||Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh|
|February 15||Wednesday||Lui Ngai Ni||Manipur|
|February 18||Saturday||Maha Shiv Ratri||All over India|
|February 19||Sunday||Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti||Maharashtra|
|February 20||Monday||State Day||Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram|
From Holi to Ugadi, there are plenty of festivals and holidays in March 2023. Also, Holi is on a Tuesday (in most parts of India), that means you can enjoy a long weekend if you can manage taking the day off on Monday. We all need a bit of respite from time to time, so why not have the much needed break in March?
|March 7 (only Telangana)March 8||Tuesday (only Telangana) Wednesday||Holi||National holiday|
|March 22||Wednesday||Bihar Day||Bihar|
|March 22||Wednesday||Gudi Padwa||Maharashtra|
|March 22||Wednesday||Ugadi||Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka|
|March 30||Thursday||Ram Navami||Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Tamil Nadu|
April has something for everyone. Participate in Bengali and Malayali New Year festivities or immerse yourself in the unique Bihu festival of Assam. Refer to the April 2023 holiday calendar below and book your trips early. Welcome the onset of summer with some of the biggest cultural festivals. of India.
|April 1||Saturday||Odisha Day||Odisha|
|April 4||Tuesday||Mahavir Jayanti||Bihar, Karnataka, Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu|
|April 7||Friday||Good Friday||Nationwide|
|April 13||Thursday||Bohag Bihu Holiday||Assam|
|April 14||Friday||Dr Ambedkar Jayanti||Regional holiday in all states except Andaman & Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, Lakshadweep|
|April 15||Saturday||Bengali New Year||West Bengal and Tripura|
|April 22||Saturday||Eid Ul Fitr||Regional holidays in all states except Goa, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh|
|April 23||Sunday||Basava Jayanti||Karnataka|
May Day falls on a Monday – that means another long weekend to spend time with your friends and family! If you’re in Kolkata, don’t miss Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary celebrations in Shantiniketan. Check out the list of holidays in May 2023 below to plan your trips better. Bon Voyage!
|May 1||Monday||May Day||Assam, Bihar, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur,Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Tripura & West Bengal|
|May 5||Friday||Buddha Purnima||Andaman & Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh Chandigarh,Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram,Odisha, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal|
|May 9||Tuesday||Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore||West Bengal and Tripura|
|May 16||Tuesday||State Day||Sikkim|
|May 22||Monday||Maharana Pratap Jayanti||Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh & Haryana|
|May 23||Tuesday||Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji’s Martyrdom Day||Punjab|
|May 24||Wednesday||Kazi Nazrul Islam Jayanti||Tripura|
Travelling to Odisha in June? Don’t miss the Rath Yatra celebrations! Other than that, June has a few state-specific holidays and festivals to check out. Refer to the list of holidays in June 2023 as mentioned in the list below and tick the ones that fit your travel plans. On a side note, you have already reached the first half of 2023 – isn’t that awesome?
|June 4||Sunday||Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti||Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh|
|June 14||Wednesday||Pahili Raja||Odisha|
|June 15||Thursday||Raja Sankranti||Odisha|
|June 20||Tuesday||Ratha Yatra||Odisha|
|June 29||Thursday||Eid Al Adha (Bakrid)||National holiday|
July has a lesser number of holidays compared to other months. But there are state-specific holidays worth checking out. In case you are getting restless for a mid-year trip, travel irrespective of the holidays. Anyway, we have listed down holidays in July 2023. Check if any of the dates or festivals interest you.
|July 5||Wednesday||Guru Hargobind Ji’s Birthday||Jammu and Kashmir|
|July 8||Saturday||Behdienkhlam Festival||Meghalaya|
|July 13||Thursday||Bhanu Jayanti||Sikkim|
|July 29||Saturday||Muharram||Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra|
|July 31||Monday||Shaheed Udham Singh’s Martyrdom Day||Haryana|
It’s our Independence Day month and this time 15th August is on Tuesday. This means you can take Monday off and make it a long weekend so that you can travel or spend time with your friends and families. Monsoons are a great time to visit South India. Plan and book your tickets early to avoid the rush.
|August 8||Tuesday||Tendong Lho Rum Faat||Sikkim|
|August 13||Sunday||Patriots Day||Manipur|
|August 15||Tuesday||Independence Day||National holiday|
|August 16||Wednesday||Parsi New Year||Maharashtra, Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli|
|August 19||Saturday||Hariyali Teej||Haryana|
|August 28||Monday||First Onam||Kerala|
|August 31||Thursday||Raksha Bandhan||Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.|
The holiday season is almost here. September is the time when people go out shopping because the next few months are when celebrations galore all over India. We have listed down holidays in September 2023 so that you can mark the dates and go out shopping with your friends or family.
|September 7||Thursday||Janmashtami||National except in the following states: Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala|
|September 19||Tuesday||Ganesh Chaturthi||Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka|
|September 21||Thursday||Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi||Kerala|
|September 23||Saturday||Heroes’ Martyrdom Day||Haryana|
|September 25||Monday||Ramdev Jayanti||Rajasthan|
Well, this time Gandhi Jayanti is on a Monday – another long weekend! What better way to welcome the season of festivities? Also, it’s Durga Puja time! Relish Bengali cuisines and delectables and watch people celebrate the month with pomp and gusto. One tip: if you are planning to travel to Kolkata to witness the celebrations, book your flight tickets early!
|October 2||Monday||Gandhi Jayanti||National holiday|
|October 14||Saturday||Beginning of Bathukamma||Telangana|
|October 14||Saturday||Mahalaya Amavasya||Karnataka, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal|
|October 15||Sunday||Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti||Haryana|
|October 21||Saturday||Maha Saptami||Tripura, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha and Meghalaya|
|October 22||Sunday||Maha Ashtami||Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Manipur, Odisha,Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura & West Bengal|
|October 23||Monday||Maha Navami||Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Meghalaya,Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura,Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal|
|October 24||Tuesday||Vijaya Dashami||National holiday|
|October 28||Saturday||Lakshmi Puja||Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal|
|October 31||Tuesday||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti||Gujarat|
Diwali is finally here! Shop, travel and enjoy the festival of lights with your friends and family. We have listed the holidays in November 2023 for your reference. Also, it’s the 11th month of the year, just one more month and we would be bidding goodbye to 2023. Surreal!
|November 1||Wednesday||Haryana Day||Haryana|
|November 4||Saturday||Lhabab Duchen||Sikkim|
|November 12||Sunday||Deepavali/Diwali||National holiday|
|November 15||Wednesday||Bhai Dooj||Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand|
|November 19||Sunday||Chhat Puja||Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand|
|November 27||Monday||Guru Nanak Jayanti||National holiday|
|November 30||Thursday||Kanakadasa Jayanti||Karnataka|
The month when Santa Claus comes to town. This is the month to reflect, introspect and ponder so that you can make the next year even better. Millions of Indians travel during this time of the year, so book your tickets and plan your trip early to avoid the rush. Hope to see you in the same joyous mood in the next year too!
|December 1||Friday||Indigenous Faith Day||Arunachal Pradesh|
|December 3||Sunday||Feast of St Francis Xavier||Goa|
|December 12||Tuesday||Pa Togan Nengminza Sangma||Meghalaya|
|December 18||Monday||Guru Ghasidas Jayanti||Chattisgarh|
|December 19||Tuesday||Liberation Day||Goa, Daman & Diu|
|December 25||Monday||Christmas||National holiday|
|December 30||Saturday||Tamu Lhosar||Sikkim|
The table below provides a list of gazetted holidays in India in 2023:
|January 26||Thursday||Republic Day|
|March 8||Wednesday||Ram Navami|
|April 4||Tuesday||Mahavir Jayanti|
|April 7||Friday||Good Friday|
|April 22||Saturday||Eid- ul-fitr|
|May 5||Friday||Buddha Purnima|
|August 15||Tuesday||Independence Day|
|October 2||Monday||Gandhi Jayanti|
|November 27||Monday||Guru Nanak’s Birthday|
Provided below are the details of the most popular festivals in India:
Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is celebrated across India. Initially, it was a Hindu festival with people celebrating the divine love of Radha and Krishna. Holika Dahan, or the burning of the demoness Holika also occupies an important position in this festival. It signifies the victory of good over evil.
On the eve of Holi, people light a bonfire and pray for the destruction of evil. They play with colours, water guns and water-filled balloons on the following day. In 2023, people will celebrate this joyous occasion on March 30.
Durga Puja and Navratri is an important Hindu festival that celebrates Goddess Durga in all her forms and her victory against the demon Mahishasura. Though both Durga Puja and Navratri celebrate Goddess Durga, they have differences. While Navratri is mainly celebrated in northern and western parts of India, Durga Puja is the most important festival in the eastern states.
Devotees wear new clothes, offer prayers and greet others to mark the occasion. In 2023, this festival will commence in the third week of October.
Diwali is an important Hindu festival which signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. People offer special prayers, illuminate their homes with diyas and candles and burst firecrackers to mark the occasion. While many people in north India worship Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity, in many parts of east India, Goddess Kali is worshipped on this day.
Diwali is a public holiday in most parts of India. The celebrations will take place on November 12.
Lord Krishna’s birth is celebrated as Janmashtami, a major Hindu festival where devotees fast, offer prayers and sing bhajans in praise of the Lord. Temples are decorated with flowers, and children are dressed up as Krishna and Radha to participate in spiritual dance dramas.
Dahi handi is an entertaining competition associated with Janmashtami. A clay pot is filled with curd, butter, ghee and nuts and hung on a rope at a certain height. Young people form human pyramids, and one person reaches the top to break the clay pot. Janmashtami will be celebrated on September 7 this year.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as a public holiday in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka, and it is also referred to as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Devotees believe that worshipping Lord Ganesha will remove obstacles in their lives, and thus, His name is invoked before beginning any important work.
Though this festival has been celebrated since the time of Shivaji, the freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak converted this private event into a grand public festival where people of all castes join in. This year, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on September 19.
Eid-ul-Fitr is an important Muslim holiday which marks the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan. Muslims believe that the holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan. Muslims hold a fast from dusk to dawn during this period and get together with their friends and family to break their fast with a sumptuous meal after sunset.
On Eid-ul-Fitr, people offer special prayers, wear new clothes and greet others. Special dishes are prepared in every Muslim household. In 2023, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on April 22.
Christmas is the most important festival of Christians, and it is celebrated by people worldwide with equal excitement on December 25. It marks the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe to be the Son of God. ‘Christmas’ comes from the phrase ‘Mass of Christ’. People celebrate Christmas by decorating a Christmas tree and illuminating their homes with special Christmas lights.
Some of the delicacies people consume during Christmas in India are plum cakes and marzipan. In 2023, Christmas falls on a Monday.
Guruparb is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev. People offer special prayers at gurdwaras, exchange greetings with others and decorate their homes. Two days before the Guruparb, Akhand Path takes place at gurdwaras. It is a 48-hour continuous recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Devotees also carry out processions and conduct langars (free food service) as a part of the festivities. In 2023, Guruparb will be celebrated on Monday, November 27.
India is a highly diverse country, there are numerous holidays throughout the year in the event of various major festivals of different cultures, religions and states. If you are looking to learn about the upcoming public holidays, make sure to refer to the 2023 holiday calendar stated above.
Ans: No, the list of government or public holidays is not similar across all the states of the country. There are, however, some holidays that are common for all states. But some holidays are exclusive to a particular state or culture.
Ans: There are a total of three national holidays in India. National holidays are observed throughout the nation irrespective of state, religion or culture. There are three national holidays: Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2).
Ans: Depending on the type of holiday, you may or may not take a public holiday of one state in a different state. If the state you live in has a public holiday on the same day as another state, then only you can take a leave.
Ans: Yes, many Indian states have declared New Year Day as a public holiday. Moreover, it is also observed as a bank holiday in the country. Some states also observe a holiday on New Year’s Eve as well.
Ans: Since India is home to people belonging to different cultures, languages and religions, the top 10 festivals include those from various communities of the country. These include Holi, Diwali, Maha Shivratri, Raksha Bandhan, Navaratri, Ramadan, Dussehra, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Janmashtami.
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