Jammu & Kashmir (India) Government – Public Holidays 2012

Public holidays and restricted holidays declared by the  Jammu & Kashmir government for the year 2012.

Government Order No.1391-GAD of 2011. Dated 08.12.2011.
Check dates and more details for Republic Day, Maha Shivratri, Holi, Mahavir Jayanthi, Good Friday, May Day, Buddha Purnima, Krishna Janmastami, Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturthi, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi, Vijaya Dashami, Diwali, Guru Nanak Jayanthi, Christmas and other important holidays.

Jammu & Kashmir – Holidays 2012
Month Day Week Day Name
January 26 Thursday Republic Day
February 5 Sunday Eid-i-Milad-ul-Nabi*
February 10 Friday Friday following Eid-e-Milad-ul-Nabi*
February 20 Monday Maha Shivratri
March 21 Wednesday Nauroz
March 23 Friday 1st Navaratra
April 1 Sunday Ram Navmi
April 13 Friday Baisakhi
April 14 Saturday Birthday of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar
May 6 Sunday Budha Purnima
June 17 Sunday Shab-i-Miraj*
Jully 5 Thursday Guru Hargobind Ji’s Birthday
Jully 13 Friday Martyr’s Day
August 10 Friday Janmashtami
August 15 Wednesday Independence Day
August 15 Wednesday Shab-i-Qadr*
August 17 Friday Jumati-ul-Vida*
August 19 Sunday Eid-ul-Fitr*
October 2 Tuesday Mahatma Gandhiji’s Birthday
October 23 Tuesday Mahanavmi
October 24 Wednesday Dussehra
October 26 Friday Eid-ul-Azha*
November 13 Tuesday Diwali
November 24 Saturday Ashoora*
November 28 Wednesday Guru Nanakji’s Birthday
December 5 Wednesday Birthday of Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah
December 25 Sunday Christmas Day
  • * The holidays subject to appearance of the moon.
Provincial Holidays Kashmir Province
Month Day Week Day Name
May 29 Tuesday Mela Kshir Bhawani
June 22 Friday Friday following Shab – I – Miraj *
October 12 Friday Urs Sheikh Noor-ud din-Sahib*
October 22 Monday Urs Shah-i- Hamdan Sahib*
  • * The holidays subject to appearance of the moon.
Provincial Holidays Jammu Province
Month Day Week Day Name
January 13 Friday Lohri
February 7 Tuesday Guru Ravi Das Birthday
March 7 Wednesday Holi


List of Restriced Holidays For 2012 For GOVT. Of  Jammu & Kashmir.

Month Day Week Day Name
June 5 Tuesday Martyr’s Day Of Guru Arjun Dev Ji
August 2 Thursday Raksha Bhandhan

Holidays in Jammu & Kashmir

Republic Day

The Republic Day of India is a national holiday of India to mark the adoption of the Constitution of India and the transition of India from a British Dominion to a republic on January 26, 1950. It is one of the three national holidays in India.

Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Lord Shiva, occurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna. It falls on a moonless February night, when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction.


Holi, also known as Dhuli Vandana in Sanskrit,also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other.

Mahavir Jayanti

In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday. It celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara. He was born on the 13th day of the rising moon of Chaitra, in either 599 BC or 615 BC (depending on religious tradition).

Good Friday

Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday, Black Friday, Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

May Day

‘May Day’ is commemorated in India as the ‘Labour Day’ which began with the United States Labour Movement on May 1, 1886.

Buddha Purnima

Buddha Jayanti or also known as Buddha Purnima is the most sacred festivals of Buddhist. Buddha Purnima (Buddha Birthday) is celebrated in remembrance Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha is the founder of Buddhism. This day is the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.

Independence Day

India’s Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 to commemorate its independence from British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947. The day is a national holiday in India.

Krishna Janmastami

Krishna Janmashtami , also known as “Krishnashtami”,”Saatam Aatham” ,”Gokulashtami”, “Ashtami Rohini”, “Srikrishna Jayanti”, “Sree Jayanthi” or sometimes merely as “Janmashtami”, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu.


Eid al-Fitr often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).The holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi , also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival of Ganesha. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi

Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. It is celebrated on October 2, every year. It is one of the three official declared National Holidays of India and is observed in all its states and union territories.

Vijaya Dashami

Vijayadashami is a festival celebrated in varying forms across Nepal and India. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu autumn month of Ashvin or Ashwayuja, and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual Navaratri festival. Vijayadashami is also known as Dasara, Dashahara, Navaratri, and Durgotsav. It is celebrated in the lunar month of Ashwin from the Shukla Paksha Pratipada to the Dashami, or the tenth day of Ashwin.


Diwali (often written Deepavali) is a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and an official holiday in India. Adherents of these religions celebrate Diwali as the Festival of Lights. They light diyas—cotton-like string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with coconut oil—to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual.

Guru Nanak Jayanthi

Guru Nanak Jayanti is the birthday of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, and one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. Guru Nanak Dev Ji (the First Guru, the founder of Sikhism) was born on 14 April 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan, now Nankana Sahib.


Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed mostly on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.

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