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Public Holidays in India 2021: Check out the complete holiday calendar for 2021 and plan your holidays

The information regarding public holidays becomes really handy on two occasions, when you want to take a quick retreat (in case of long weekends) and when you want to go on planned leave.

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As the year 2020 winds down, we would all be looking forward to 2021. While 2020 was saddled by the burden of COVID-19 pandemic that restricted our travel plans, one hopes that the coming year will be better. 2021 has a long list of holidays that will provide you with a break from the regular routine to accommodate the activities of your choice.

Some are national holidays and apply throughout India, while others are restricted holidays in some states only. Use this holiday calendar to plan your outings, events, pending tasks and others.
Here is the list of Public Holidays for 2021

These holidays are as per the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. The holiday list is categorised on the basis of Gazetted Holidays (denoted by G) as well as some very popular Restricted Holidays.

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This must be noted that the above holiday calendar is by no means an exhaustive list but it gives a glimpse into the most popular public holidays.

DateDayHoliday DescriptionNature of Holiday
January 1, 2021Friday

New Year’s Day

All over India
January 13, 2021Wednesday

Lohri

Restricted Holiday
January 14, 2021Thursday

Pongal / Makar Sankranti

Restricted Holiday
January 20, 2021Wednesday

Guru Govind Singh Jayanti

Restricted Holiday
January 26, 2021Tuesday

Republic Day

All over India
February 16, 2021Tuesday

Vasant Panchami

Restricted Holiday
February 19, 2021Friday

Shivaji Jayanti

Restricted Holiday
February 25, 2021Thursday

Hazarat Ali’s Birthday

Restricted Holiday
February 27, 2021Saturday

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Restricted Holiday
March 8, 2021Monday

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

Restricted Holiday
March 11, 2021Thursday

Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri

Restricted Holiday
March 28, 2021Sunday

Holika Dahana

Restricted Holiday
March 29, 2021Monday

Holi

Restricted Holiday
April 2, 2021Friday

Good Friday

All over India
April 4, 2021Sunday

Easter Day

Restricted Holiday
April 13, 2021Tuesday

Chaitra Sukhladi

Restricted Holiday
April 14, 2021Wednesday

Vaisakhi

Restricted Holiday
April 14, 2021Wednesday

Mesadi/Vaisakhadi

Restricted Holiday
April 14, 2021Wednesday

Ambedkar Jayanti

All over India
April 21, 2021Wednesday

Rama Navami

Restricted Holiday
April 25, 2021Sunday

Mahavir Jayanti

Whole of India
May 7, 2021Friday

Birthday of Ravindranath/ Jamat Ul-Vida

Restricted Holiday
May 13, 2021Thursday

Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar

All over India
May 26, 2021Wednesday

Buddha Purnima/Vesak

Restricted Holiday
July 12, 2021Monday

Rath Yatra

Restricted Holiday
July 20, 2021Tuesday

Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha

All over India
August 15, 2021Sunday

Independence Day

All over India
August 19, 2021Thursday

Muharram/Ashura

All over India
August 21, 2021Saturday

Onam

Restricted Holiday
August 22, 2021Sunday

Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)

Restricted Holiday
August 30, 2021Monday

Janmashtami

All over Holiday
September 10, 2021Friday

Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi

All over India
October 2, 2021Saturday

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

All over India
October 12, 2021Tuesday

Maha Saptami

Restricted Holiday
October 13, 2021Wednesday

Maha Ashtami

Restricted Holiday
October 14, 2021Thursday

Maha Navami

Restricted Holiday
October 15, 2021Friday

Dussehra / Vijayadasami

Restricted Holiday
October 20, 2021Wednesday

Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti

Restricted Holiday
October 24, 2021Sunday

Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)

Restricted Holiday
November 4, 2021November

Naraka Chaturdasi/Diwali

All over India
November 5, 2021Friday

Govardhan Puja

Restricted Holiday
November 6, 2021Saturday

Bhai Duj

Restricted Holiday
November 10, 2021Wednesday

Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)

Restricted Holiday
November 19, 2021Friday

Guru Nanak Jayanti

All over India
November 24, 2021Wednesday

Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day

Restricted Holiday
December 24, 2021Friday

Christmas Eve

Restricted Holiday
December 25, 2021Saturday

Christmas

All over India

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