Public Holidays 2014 in India

The fact that India is home to a number of cultures as well as religions, the public holidays in the nation are divided in to a category of national and state holidays. There are holidays that are observed in a particular state only, while the others are observed in general throughout the country. Here is a list of the holidays that will be celebrated in India in 2014.

  • New Year’s Day  Celebrated on January 1, the day is celebrated as the first day of the new with zest and zeal, colourful displays and much enthusiasm.
  • Pongal – Falling on January 14, it is an important religious festival of the southern Indian states, and is celebrated as a thanksgiving of sorts by the people to the Almighty for the harvest in the previous year.
  • Republic Day – Falling on January 26, the day is one of the most significant political holidays on the nation as the day marks the adoption of the Constitution in the year 1950 for the country’s governance.
  • Maha Shivratri – Celebrated on February 28, the festival is observed the Hindus of the country. The day is generally celebrated on the day of the New Moon in the month of February, and is held in the honour of Lord Shiva as prayers and offerings are made to him.
  • Holi Falling on March 16 and 17, this is a Hindu festival also known as the Festival of Colours, as it is celebrated by throwing coloured powder as well as water on each other.
  • Good Friday – Falling on April 18, also known as Black Friday or Holy Friday amongst the Christians the day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the Cross and is observed as a National Holiday.  On this day churches all over the country arrange feasts, prayers and other offerings to commemorate this occasion.
  • Mahavir Jayanti – Falling on April 13, the day is commemorated as the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira the patron of the Jain community of India.
  • May Day – Also known as Labour Day, the day falls on May 1 and commemorates the contributions and achievements of the working class of the country.
  • Buddha Purnima – Celebrated on May 6, the day is also known as Buddha Jayanti, and is a major festival for the Buddhist community. The day is commemorated as the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha and his contributions to the causes of world peace and religion.
  • Eid ul Fitr – Falling on July 28, this is a major festival of the Muslim community and marks the end of the month of Ramadan, and also of the fasting that is taken under the occasion.
  • Independence Day Celebrated on August 15, the day marks the day when the country was declared a sovereign nation, thus marking the end of British dominion on the country.
  • Gandhi Jayanti – Celebrated on October 2, the day is dedicated to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, whose birthday is commemorated on this day.
  • Durga Puja Celebrated from September 30 to 4 October, the festival is a significant religious festival for the people of West Bengal, as the rest of the country commemorates only the last day of the puja, which is known as Dusshera in the rest of the nation. The people of West Bengal celebrate the festival by decorating pandals in which the statue of the goddess Durga is placed and worshipped.
  • Diwali – Falling on October 24, this is a Hindu festival  is also known as the festival of lights, as the nation is adorned with light as fire-crackers being lit, also the goddess and her various forms is worshipped and adorned on this day.
  • Muharram – Falling on October 25 this year, the festival is an important religious festival of the Muslims and a public holiday is enjoyed by the religious community only.
  • Guru Nanak Jayanti – Falling on November 6, the occasion is commemorated as the day when the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak was born.
  • Christmas Day – Celebrated on December 25, the day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Jesus Christ and is celebrated with much fanfare amongst the Christian communities of India.


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