India Public Holidays 2015

Check 2015 Public Holidays and Restricted holidays list declared by the Central Government of India.
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Check the list of official Indian public holidays 2015 declared by India Government.

  • The following list of general holidays for 2015 is gazetted for public information by the India Government.
  • Check India Public Holidays Calendar 2015.
  • Central Government of India issued Order, F.No.12/5/ 2o1.4-JCA-2 Government of India Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) for holidays to be observed in 2014.
  • Find day and date of holidays like Maha Shivratri, Holi, Ugadi, Good Friday, Sri Krishnashtami, Id-Ul-Fitr, Ganesh Chaturthi, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi, Durga Puja,Vijaya Dashami, Diwali, Christmas and many more.
India – State Government Public Holidays 2015
Andaman & Nicobar Andhra Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh Assam
Bihar Chandigarh Chhattisgarh Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu Delhi Goa Gujarat
Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jammu & Kashmir Jharkhand
Karnataka Kerala Lakshadweep Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra Manipur Meghalaya Mizoram
Nagaland Odisha Puducherry Punjab
Rajasthan Sikkim Tamil Nadu Telangana
Tripura Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand West Bengal

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Holidays List for Offices of Central Government Administrative Offices located at Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to two Restricted Holidays.

India Public Holidays 2015
Sr.No. Month Date Week Day Saka Era Holiday
1 January 4 Sunday Pausha 14 Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad
2 January 26 Monday Magha 6 Republic Day
3 March 6 Friday Phalguna 15 Holi
4 March 28 Saturday Chaitra 7 Ram Navami
5 April 2 Thursday Chaitra 12 Mahavir Jayanti
6 April 3 Friday Chaitra 13 Good Friday
7 May 4 Monday Vaisakha 14 Buddha Purnima
8 July 18 Saturday Ashadha 27 Id u’l Fitr
9 August 15 Saturday Sravana 24 Independence day
10 September 5 Saturday Bhadra 14 Janmashtami
11 September 25 Friday Asvina 3 Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)
12 October 2 Friday Asvina 10 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
13 October 22 Thursday Asvina 30 Dussehra
14 October 24 Saturday Kartika 2 Muharram
15 November 11 Wednesday Kartika 20 Diwali (Deepavali)
16 November 25 Wednesday Agrahayana 4 Guru Nanak’s Birthday
17 December 24 Thursday Pausha 3 Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad
18 December 25 Friday Pausha 4 Christmas Day

* subject to change depending on appearance of moon.

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Holidays List for Offices of Central Government Administrative Offices located outside Delhi / New Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to three Holidays given below.

India Public Holidays 2015
Sr.No. Month Date Week Day Holiday
1 January 4 Sunday Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad
2 January 26 Monday Republic Day
3 April 2 Thursday Mahavir Jayanti
4 April 3 Friday Good Friday
5 May 4 Monday Buddha Purnima
6 July 18 Saturday Id-u’l-Fitr
7 August 15 Saturday Independence day
8 September 25 Friday Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)
9 October 2 Friday Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
10 October 22 Thursday Dussehra
11 October 24 Saturday Muharram
12 November 11 Wednesday Diwali (Deepavali)
13 November 25 Wednesday Guru Nanak’s Birthday
14 December 24 Thursday Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad
15 December 25 Friday Christmas Day
In addition to the above 14 Compulsory holidays mentioned above, three holidays shall be taken from the list given below by the Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State Capitals.
1 January 14 Thursday Makar Sankranti
2 January 15 Wednesday Pongal
3 January 24 Saturday Basant Panchami /Sri Panchami
4 February 17 Tuesday Mahashivratra
5 March 6 Friday Holi
6 March 21 Saturday Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi/Padava/Ugadi/Cheti Chand
7 March 28 Saturday Ram Navami
8 April 15 Wednesday Vaisakhadi(Bengal)/ Bahag/ Bihu (Assam)
9 July 18 Saturday Rath Yatra
10 August 28 Friday Onam
11 September 5 Saturday Janmashtami
12 September 17 Thursday Vinayaka Chaturthi/ Ganesh Chaturthi
13 October 22 Thursday Dussehra (Maha Navmi)
14 October 30 Friday Karva Chouth

* subject to change depending on appearance of moon.
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Each employee will be allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays.

Restricted Holidays 2015
Sr.No. Month Date Week Day Saka Holiday
1 January 1 Thursday Pausha 11 New Year’s Day
2 January 14 Wednesday Pausha 24 Makar Sankranti
3 January 15 Thursday Pausha 25 Pongal
4 January 24 Saturday Magha 04 Basant Panchami /Sri Panchami
5 February 3 Tuesday Magha 14 Guru Ravidas’s Birthday
6 February 14 Saturday Magha 25 Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti
7 February 19 Thursday Magha 30 Shivaji Jayanti
8 March 5 Thursday Phalguna 14 Holika Dahan
9 March 21 Saturday Phalguna 30 Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi/Padava/Ugadi/Cheti Chand
10 April 5 Sunday Chaitra 15 Easter Sunday
11 April 14 Tuesday Chaitra 24 Vaisakhi/Vishu/Masadi
12 April 15 Wednesday Chaitra 25 Vaisakhadi(Bengal)/ Bahag/ Bihu (Assam)
13 May 3 Sunday Vaisakha 13 Hazarat Ali’s Birthday
14 May 9 Saturday Vaisakha 19 Guru Rabindranath’s birthday
15 July 17 Friday Ashadha 26 Jamat-ul-Vida
16 July 18 Saturday Ashadha 27 Rath Yatra
17 August 18 Tuesday Sravana 27 Parsi New Year’s day/Nauroz
18 August 28 Friday Bhadra 06 Onam
19 August 29 Saturday Bhadra 07 Raksha Bandhan
20 September 17 Thursday Bhadra 26 Vinayaka Chaturthi/ Ganesh Chaturthi
21 October 20 Tuesday Asvina 28 Dussehra (Maha Saptami)
22 October 21 Wednesday Asvina 29 Dussehra (Maha Ashtami)
23 October 22 Thursday Asvina 30 Dussehra (Maha Navmi)
24 October 27 Tuesday Kartika 05 Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday
25 October 30 Friday Kartika 08 Karva Chouth
26 November 10 Tuesday Kartika 19 Deepavali (South India)
27 November 10 Tuesday Kartika 19 Naraka Chaturdasi
28 November 12 Thursday Kartika 21 Govardhan Puja
29 November 13 Friday Kartika 22 Bhai Duj
3o November 17 Tuesday Kartika 26 Chhat Puja
31 November 24 Tuesday Agrehayana 03 Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day
32 December 24 Thursday Pausha 03 Christmas Eve

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Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad
Mawlid’ is Celebrated by Muslims during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar. Also known to Muslims in Malaysia as Maulud Nabi. This is purely a religious festival and is marked as a public holiday. Prophet Muhammad was born on 12 Rabiulawal in 570 AD. His birthday is celebrated with religious lectures and recitals of verses from the Koran.
Republic Day
Republic Day is one of three national holidays in India and is the celebration of the Constitution of India. Government offices, post offices, schools and most businesses are closed on this day. India became independent from British rule in 1947 but, at that stage, had no formal constitution. On 24 January 1950, after nearly three years of deliberations, the Constitution of India was signed. Two days after this on 26 January the Constitution came into effect across India.
The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. Holi was originally a festival to celebrate
good harvests and fertility of the land, but is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. The story is that there was once
a king who resented his son, Prince Prahlada, worshipping Lord Vishnu. He tries to murder the prince on several occasions but fails each time.
Finally, the king’s sister Holika who is said to be immune to burning, sits with the boy inside a fire. However, the prince emerges unhurt, while his
aunt burns in the fire and dies. Holi remembers this event, and huge bonfires are burnt on the eve of Holi as a symbolic representation.
Ram Navami
A Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. The holiday is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month. It marks the culmination of the spring festival of Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri) which begins on Ugadi. Rama was the 7th incarnation of Vishnu. He was the hero of the Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic.
Mahavir Jayanti
Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday in Jainism.This is a gazetted holiday which means that government offices and most businesses are closed. Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, a contemporary of the Buddha, and the 24th and last Tirthankara.
Good Friday
Good Friday occurs on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus. Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.
Buddha Purnima
Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists. Although Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of the month of Vaisakh has special significance because on this day the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment,
and attained Nirvana when he died.
Idu’l Fitr
In India, this festival is known as Idu’l Fitr and in Singapore and Malaysia, as Hari Raya Puasa, though both mark the end of the fasting period of the Islamic month of Ramadan. The festival is a time for feasting, rejoicing and thankfulness. The preparations for the festival start at the beginning of Ramadan. When the day finally arrives and the period of fasting ends, children receive many gifts, there are fairs with street bazaars selling
festive goods and traditional foods.
Independence day
This holiday is always celebrated on 15 August. It marks the date in 1947, when India became an independent country. It is National Holiday in India.
One of the most important Hindu festivals, Janmashtami (Krishna Jayanti) is the birthday of Lord Krishna. The eighth re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the vital message of the Bhagwat Gita the guiding principles for every Hindu. Across India there will be ceremonies and prayers at temples dedicated to Krishna. The day before may consist of fasting and prayer up to midnight.
It is also Known as Eid al-Adha, Id-ul-Azha, Id-ul-Zuha, Hari Raya Haji or Bakr-id; the Feast of Sacrifice is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibraham’s (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. The feast re-enacts Ibrahim’s obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family eats about a third of the meal and donates the rest to the poor.
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated across India to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. It is celebrated on 2 October every year. It is one of three official declared National Holidays of India and is observed in all its states and territories.
In India, the festival of Dussehra symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. The festival traditionally represents the legend of Rama and Ravana. The Dussehra festival is ten days long, culminating on the tenth day, the Dussehra holiday. On the day of Dussehra, large statues of Ravana are constructed and brought into open fields.These effigies are burned and with them the evil they represent, so that the people are allowed to follow the path of virtue and goodness throughout the year.
The Day of Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. It marks the Remembrance of Muharram but not the Islamic month. A’ashura was an ancient Judaic feast day of celebration and atonement.
Diwali (Deepavali)
The Festival of Lights is known as Deepavali. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, from a fourteen year exile. The Festival of Lights takes place on the first night of the new moon in the month of Kaartik (Kartik) in the Hindu calendar. Across India streets and temples are decorated with spectacular light displays and colorful garlands. In homes, people light small oil lamps called diyas.
Guru Nanak’s Birthday
Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, was born on 15th April, 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present district of Shekhupura (Pakistan), now Nanakana Sahib. The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib falls on Kartik Puranmashi i.e. full moon day of the month Kartik(usually November). The Sikh community celebrates Gurupurav all over India.
Milad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad(Birthday of Prophet Mohammad)
Mawlid’ is Celebrated by Muslims during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar. Also known to Muslims in Malaysia as Maulud Nabi. This is purely a religious festival and is marked as a public holiday. Prophet Muhammad was born on 12 Rabiulawal in 570 AD. His birthday is celebrated with religious lectures and recitals of verses from the Koran.
Christmas Day
On this day, over 2 billion people will celebrate the birth of Christ. The day celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which took place 25 December 1 BC. The celebration of Christmas in late December is certainly as a result of pre-existing celebrations happening at that time, marking the Winter Solstice.

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India Holidays Calendar 2015