India National Holidays

[caption id="attachment_697" align="alignleft" width="227" caption="Mahatma Gandhi on Juhu Beach, Mumbai, May 1944. Gandhi’s Birthday on 2nd October is celebrated as a national holiday in India."]Mahatma Gandhi on Juhu in May 1944[/caption]

India is a land of different religions and communities where people celebrate a number of festivals. There are national holidays and varied state holidays that are governed by the particular state’s religious and linguistic demographics.

The national holiday celebrations consists of the Republic Day on 26th January when the Constitution of India came into force, the Independence Day on 15th August when the country got independence from British and the one being the Gandhi’s Jayanti on 2nd October celebrated as the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Many different holidays comes as on the days of celebrating the religious festivals like the Diwali or Deepawali, Id, Christmas etc.
List of Indian govt. holidays for the year 2012

  • Republic Day - 26th January 2012

  • Maha Shivratri - 20th Feburary 2012

  • Prophet Mohammad's Birthday
    (Id-E-Milad or Milad-Un-Nabi) - 04th Feburary, 2012(09th Feburary, 2012-Shia)

  • Mahavir Jayanti - 5th April, 2012

  • Good Friday - 6th April, 2012

  • Budha Purnima - 6th May, 2012

  • Independence Day - 15th August 2012

  • Idu'l Fitr - 19th August, 2012

  • Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday - 2nd October, 2012

  • Dussehra (Vijaya Dashmi) - 24th October, 2012

  • Idu'l Zuha(Bakrid) - 26th October, 2012

  • Diwali (Deepavali) - 13th November, 2012

  • Muharram - 15th November, 2012

  • Guru Nanak's Birthday - 28th November, 2012

  • Christmas - 25th December, 2012