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National public holidays in India in 2023

National public holidays in India in 2023
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Every new year brings with it a bundle of experiences. Right now, the world is gearing up to experience 2023. While people plan for events differently, it is important that we stay prepared so that we can effectively balance our personal, familial, social, and professional lives. And knowing in advance about upcoming holidays is essential to plan our vacations, celebrations, work and other interests.

Here is a list of the most important public holidays in 2023. This list covers only important festivals and days. For a detailed list pertaining to your state, consult your state holiday gazette.

List of Important Public Holidays in 2023

Date

Day

Holiday

Applicable In

1 January

Sunday

New Year’s Day

All States

14 January

Saturday

Makar Sankranti

Many States

26 January

Thursday

Republic Day

All States

18 February

Saturday

Maha Shivaratri

Many States

8 March

Wednesday

Holi

Many States

22 March

Wednesday

Ugadi

Many States

30 March

Thursday

Ram Navami

Many States

4 April

Tuesday

Mahavir Jayanti

All States

7 April

Friday

Good Friday

All States

9 April

Sunday

Easter

All States

14 April

Friday

Ambedkar Jayanti

All States

22 April

Saturday

Eid-ul-Fitr

All States

1 May

Monday

May Day

All States

5 May

Friday

Buddha Purnima

All States

29 June

Thursday

Bakrid / Eid al-Adha

All States

29 July

Saturday

Muharram

All States

15 August

Tuesday

Independence day

All States

31 August

Thursday

Raksha Bandhan

Many States

7 September

Thursday

Janmashtami

All States

19 September

Tuesday

Ganesh Chaturthi

All States

28 September

Thursday

Eid e Milad

All States

2 October

Monday

Gandhi Jayanti

All States

24 October

Tuesday

Vijayadashami

All States

12 November

Sunday

Deepavali

All States

27 November

Monday

Guru Nanak Jayanti

All States

25 December

Monday

Christmas

All States



The Indian holiday system is a bit complex to understand. India is a secular nation. The Indian constitution gives equal importance to all religions, social groups and languages. Therefore, there are different kinds of holidays we find in the national holiday gazette.

A few national holidays commemorating the events of national importance are Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti.

Major festivals for Hindus include Makar Sankranti, Maha Shivaratri, Holi, Ram Navami, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Vijaya Dashami, and Diwali. Major celebrations for Christians include Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. Important events for Muslims include Eid-ul-Fitr, Bakrid / Eid al Adha, Muharram, and Eid e Milad. The other important holidays for the people of other religions include Buddha Purnima for Buddhists, Mahavir Jayanti for Jains, and Gurunanak Jayanti for Sikhs.

India’s weekend holidays are on Sundays, when many businesses and institutions close for the week. Banks remain closed on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. Many institutions choose not to work on the second Saturday of every month.

There are state specific holidays for some special events and festivals connected to each state. The list of these holidays will be published in the state holiday gazette.

With so many holidays to plan your interests, work and vacations, prepare your year planner in advance to get the most of the year in 2023.


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