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Public Holidays

India is a society of multiculture and multireligion. Different parts of India celebrate holidays and festivals having various faiths and special interest groups. The table shows the standard holiday list with three national holidays: Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti. Abreast to it, depending on the prevailing religion and linguistic demographics, many states have local festival's holiday.

Festival Date
New Year's Day January 01
Idu's Zuha/ Bakrid (Feast of the Sacrifice) Date Varies
Republic Day January 26
Muharram (Islamic New Year) Date Varies (the lunar calendar is shorter by 11 to 12 days than the solar year so Muharram migrates throughout the season)
Mahavir Jayanthi Date Varies
Holi (Festival of Colors) In the month of March, but date varies.
Good Friday On the Friday before Easter, but date varies.
Buddha Purnima or Visakah (Vesak) Puja First full moon day in May or first full moon day in June if it is a leap year; Date Varies.
Independence Day August 15
Vijaya Dasami - Dussera In the month of September or October, but date varies.
Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) October 02
Deepavali (Hindu Festival of Light) In the month of October or November, but date varies.
Id-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Date Varies
Guru Nanak's Birthday (Guru Nanak Jayanti) Date Varies
Christmas Day December 25

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