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Indian Holidays 2013

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India has so many traditions, religions and cultures, that it can sometimes be hard to track whether a certain festival is a holiday or not.  

Below is a list of official holidays for 2013 (as published by the Government of India), observed nationally.  

Date National Holidays in India Day of Week
January 25 Id-E-Milad Friday
January 26 Republic Day Saturday
March 27 Holi Wednesday
March 29 Good Friday Friday
April 19 Ram Navmi Friday
April 24 Mahavir Jayanti Wednesday
May 25 Buddha Purnima Saturday
August 9 Id-Ul-Fitr Friday
August 15 Independence Day Thursday
August 28 Krishna Janmastami Wednesday
October 2 Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti Wednesday
October 13 Dussera/ Vijaya Dashami (Maha Navmi) Sunday
October 16 Bakri Id (Id-ul-zuha) Wednesday
November 3 Diwali Sunday
November 14 Muharram Thursday
November 17 Guru Nanak Jayanti Sunday
December 25 Christmas


In addition, individual states/ regions may have additional holidays for festivals and local celebrations.  Key regional holidays and festivals are listed below.  

Date Other regional holidays/ major festivals in India Day of week
January 1 New Year’s Day Tuesday
January 13 Makar Sankaranti Sunday
January 14 Pongal Monday
January 18 Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Friday
February 14 Shree Panchami Thursday
February 15 Vasant Panchami Friday
February 19 Shivaji Jayanti Tuesday
February 25 Guru Ravidas Jayanti Monday
March 7 Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti Thursday
March 10 Maha Shivratri Sunday
March 26 Holika Dahan Tuesday
March 31 Easter Sunday
April 11 Chaitra Sukladi/ GudiPadava/ Ugadi/ Cheti Chand Thursday
April 13 Vaisakhi/ Vishu Saturday
April 14 Mesadi/ Mashadi Uczadi Sunday
April 15 Vaisakhadi(Bengal)/ Bahag Bihu (Assam) Monday
May 9 Guru Rabindranath’s birthday Thursday
May 24 Hazarat Ali’s Birthday Friday
July 10 Rath Yatra Wednesday
August 2 Jamat-Ul-Vida Friday
August 18 Parsi New Year’s day Sunday
August 20 Raksha Bandhan Tuesday
September 9 Vinayaka Chaturthi/ Ganesh Chaturthi Monday
September 16 Onam Monday
October 11 Dussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional) Friday
October 12 Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional) Saturday
October 18 Maharishi Valmiki’s birthday Friday
October 22 Karva Chauth (Karaka Chaturthi) Tuesday
November 2 Narak Chaturdashi/ Deepavali – South India Saturday
November 5 Bhai Duj Tuesday
November 8 Pratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja) Friday
November 24 Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day Sunday


A great way to introduce festivals of India to young minds is “Tell me about: Festivals of India

PS: Local names/ spellings of these holidays/festivals may differ.  


Written by Redpatang

December 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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  1. […] This year Diwali (the third and main day) falls on Sunday November 3rd.  For a full list of Indian festivals and holidays check out our blog post Indian festival list 2013 […]

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