Holiday Calendar

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Let’s look at them successively, one at a time.

Holiday Calendar- Meaning

Holiday calendar consists of a list of holidays in a given year. It comprises national holidays, religious holidays or any other permanent date marked as a holiday.  In the calendar, holidays are classified  into restricted, floating, observance, season and gazetted holidays.

Holiday Calendar Importance

It is part of the HR duty to make a yearly holiday calendar during the start of a financial year. It is mandatory for the employer to give its employees off days on national holidays that may or may not fall on a weekend. Every company irrespective of their industry type  has to grant specified holiday’s ordered by the government except for media, news and healthcare.

2021 Holiday Calendar

While setting your leave policy or releasing the holiday calendar, referring to the respective year’s holiday calendar released by the government is imperative. This 2021 holiday calendar consists of all the holidays in India classified into Restricted, Gazetted, Observance, and season, and central government holiday. So, make sure you look at this 2021 calendar with holidays before releasing the same on your HR software portal.

    Holidays in India 2021

    Date NameType
    1 JanFridayNew Year's DayRestricted Holiday
    13 JanWednesdayLohriRestricted Holiday
    14 JanThursdayPongalRestricted Holiday
    14 JanThursdayMakar SankrantiRestricted Holiday
    20 JanWednesdayGuru Govind Singh JayantiRestricted Holiday
    26 JanTuesdayRepublic DayGazetted Holiday
    12 FebFridayChinese New YearObservance
    14 FebSundayValentine's DayObservance
    16 FebTuesdayVasant PanchamiRestricted Holiday
    19 FebFridayShivaji JayantiRestricted Holiday
    26 FebFridayHazarat Ali's BirthdayRestricted Holiday
    27 FebSaturdayGuru Ravidas JayantiRestricted Holiday
    8 MarMondayMaharishi Dayanand Saraswati JayantiRestricted Holiday
    11 MarThursdayMaha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
    20 MarSaturdayMarch EquinoxSeason
    28 MarSundayFirst day of PassoverObservance
    28 MarSundayHolika DahanaRestricted Holiday
    29 MarMondayHoliGazetted Holiday
    1 AprThursdayMaundy ThursdayObservance, Christian
    2 AprFridayGood FridayGazetted Holiday
    4 AprSundayEaster DayRestricted Holiday
    13 AprTuesdayChaitra SukhladiRestricted Holiday
    13 AprTuesdayUgadiRestricted Holiday
    13 AprTuesdayGudi PadwaRestricted Holiday
    14 AprWednesdayVaisakhiRestricted Holiday
    14 AprWednesdayMesadiRestricted Holiday
    14 AprWednesdayAmbedkar JayantiCentral Government Holiday
    15 AprThursdayBahag Bihu/VaisakhadiRestricted Holiday
    21 AprWednesdayRama NavamiGazetted Holiday
    25 AprSundayMahavir JayantiGazetted Holiday
    1 MaySaturdayMay DayObservance
    7 MayFridayJamat Ul-VidaRestricted Holiday
    9 MaySundayMother's DayObservance
    9 MaySundayBirthday of RavindranathRestricted Holiday
    14 MayFridayRamzan Id/Eid-ul-FitarGazetted Holiday
    14 MayFridayRamzan Id/Eid-ul-FitarMuslim, Common local holiday
    26 MayWednesdayBuddha Purnima/VesakGazetted Holiday
    20 JunSundayFather's DayObservance
    21 JunMondayJune SolsticeSeason
    12 JulMondayRath YatraRestricted Holiday
    21 JulWednesdayBakr Id/Eid ul-Adha (Tentative Date)Gazetted Holiday
    24 JulSaturdayGuru PurnimaObservance
    1 AugSundayFriendship DayObservance
    15 AugSundayIndependence DayGazetted Holiday
    16 AugMondayParsi New YearRestricted Holiday
    19 AugThursdayMuharram/Ashura (Tentative Date)Gazetted Holiday
    21 AugSaturdayOnamRestricted Holiday
    22 AugSundayRaksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Restricted Holiday
    30 AugMondayJanmashtamiGazetted Holiday
    30 AugMondayJanmashtami (Smarta)Restricted Holiday
    10 SepFridayGanesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka ChaturthiRestricted Holiday
    23 SepThursdaySeptember EquinoxSeason
    2 OctSaturdayMahatma Gandhi JayantiGazetted Holiday
    7 OctThursdayFirst Day of Sharad NavratriObservance, Hinduism
    11 OctMondayFirst Day of Durga Puja FestivitiesObservance, Hinduism
    12 OctTuesdayMaha SaptamiRestricted Holiday
    13 OctWednesdayMaha AshtamiRestricted Holiday
    14 OctThursdayMaha NavamiRestricted Holiday
    15 OctFridayDussehraGazetted Holiday
    19 OctTuesdayMilad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad (Tentative Date)Gazetted Holiday
    20 OctWednesdayMaharishi Valmiki JayantiRestricted Holiday
    24 OctSundayKaraka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)Restricted Holiday
    31 OctSundayHalloweenObservance
    4 NovThursdayNaraka ChaturdasRestricted Holiday
    4 NovThursdayDiwali/DeepavaliGazetted Holiday
    5 NovFridayGovardhan PujaRestricted Holiday
    6 NovSaturdayBhai DujRestricted Holiday
    10 NovWednesdayChhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)Restricted Holiday
    19 NovFridayGuru Nanak JayantiGazetted Holiday
    24 NovWednesdayGuru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom DayRestricted Holiday
    29 NovMondayFirst Day of HanukkahObservance
    6 DecMondayLast day of HanukkahObservance
    21 DecTuesdayDecember SolsticeSeason
    24 DecFridayChristmas EveRestricted Holiday
    25 DecSaturdayChristmasGazetted Holiday
    31 DecFridayNew Year's EveObservance