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A Review of India’s 2018 Public Holidays

By Dezan Shira & Associates

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions recently announced India’s 2018 holiday schedule. The schedule is divided across three classifications:

  1. Gazetted—mandatory holidays
  2. Non-Gazetted—optional holidays
  3. State and union territory—local holidays

Many foreign human resource managers struggle with India’s holiday schedule. That is no surprise: the federal and state governments have acknowledged a number of holidays every month to accommodate more than 1.3 billion people spread over 36 diverse states and union territories.

Although there are many ways to manage this schedule, many businesses in India close offices on the gazetted holidays and grant employees several optional holidays that they may select to observe a non-gazetted holiday of their choosing. Other businesses simply mirror the holiday schedule observed by the management of their office building.

Gazetted 2018 Holidays

January 26: Republic Day

February 14: Maha Shivaratri

March 2: Holi

March 29: Mahavir Jayanti

March 30: Good Friday

April 30: Buddha Purnima

June 16: Id-ul-Fitr

August 15: Independence Day

August 22: Id-ul-Zuha (Bakri Id)

September 3: Janmashtami

September 21: Muharram

October 2: Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

October 19: Dussehra

November 7: Diwali (Deepavali)

November 21: Id-e-Milad (Prophet Muhammad’s birthday)

November 23: Guru Nanak’s birthday

December 25: Christmas Day

Non-Gazetted 2018 Holidays

January 1: New Year’s Day

January 14: Makar Sankranti/Pongal

January 22: Basant Panchami

January 31: Guru Ravidas’s birthday

February 10: Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

February 19: Shivaji Jayanti

March 1: Holika Dahan/Dolyatra

March 18: Ugadi/Gudi Padava/Chaitra Sukladi/Cheti Chand

March 25: Ram Navami

April 1: Easter Sunday/Hazrat Ali’s birthday

April 14: Vaisakhi/Vishu/Mesadi

April 15: Vaisakhadi (Bengal)/Bahag Bihu (Assam)

May 9: Guru Rabindranath’s birthday

June 15: Jamat-ul-Vida

July 14: Rath Yatra

August 17: Parsi New Year/Nauraj

August 25: Onam

August 26: Raksha Bandhan

September 13: Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi

October 16: Dussehra (Maha Saptami)

October 17: Dussehra (Maha Ashtami)

October 18: Dussehra (Maha Navmi)

October 24: Maharishi Valmiki’s birthday

October 27: Karva Chouth

November 6: Deepavali (South India)/Naraka Chaturdasi

November 8: Govardhan Puja

November 9: Bhai Dhuj

November 13: Chhat Puja

November 24: Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day

December 24: Christmas Eve

State and Union Territory 2018 Holidays

The list of state and union territory holidays is quite large. Please follow the hyperlink to review local holidays that apply to your place of business.

In addition to office closures, governments in state and union territories often observe “dry days,” or days when the sale of alcohol is not permitted, on gazetted and state and union territory holidays. Dry days also routinely occur on local election dates.

This article was first published on India Briefing.Since its establishment in 1992, Dezan Shira & Associates has been guiding foreign clients through Asia’s complex regulatory environment and assisting them with all aspects of legal, accounting, tax, internal control, HR, payroll, and audit matters. As a full-service consultancy with operational offices across China, Hong Kong, India, and ASEAN, we are your reliable partner for business expansion in this region and beyond.

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