The list below will showcase all holidays for India in 2019. Keep in mind that as India is a diverse country, not all of the holidays listed below would be celebrated all over India. I have attempted to mark the holidays as to the location, ethnicity that tends to celebrate this holiday. It’s important to remember that just because a holiday may not be local to the area of your team in India, it doesn’t mean some of your team members may not celebrate it. For instance, Pongal tends to be a holiday in Tamil Nadu. However, if your team is in Delhi, and your team has a few team members originally from Tamil Nadu, they may opt to take a day off for this holiday. Of course, taking days off for holidays not native to the area would be noted in the days off policy of your company in India. Some companies may allow employees to take off other regional holidays as floating holidays or as personal days.
Let’s look at the holiday and observances calendar for India in 2019:
*The holidays marked with an asterisks fall on a different date every year. Double check a few days in advance of the holiday to assure the date hasn’t changed.
1 – New Year’s Day (limited)
13 – Guru Gobindsingh’s Birthday (Sikh)*
14 – Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival)
20 – Sabarimala Makaravilakku/Makara Jyothi (Kerala)*
26 – Republic Day (National Holiday)
10 – Vasant Panchami* (Hindus in the states of Bihar, Haryana, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal worship Saraswati Devi, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music, art and culture.)
19 – Shivaji Jayanti (Maharasthra) (Same day every year)
20 – Attukal Pongala (Kerala)*
28 – Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
4 – Mahashivarathri*
21 – Holi* (Traditionally a holiday/day off in North India. Some companies in South India celebrate at work, but do not have a day off.)
1 – 13 – Onam* (Kerala, Actual day off may be Sept 10 or 11.)
2 – Ganesh Chathurthi*
9-10 – Ashura* (Muslim holiday)
28 – Muhharam* (Islamic new year) ends
29 – Navarathri* Starts
2 – Gandhi Jayanthi (National Holiday)
8 – Navarathri ends*
8 – Vijaya Dashami, Vidhyarmbam* (end of Navarathri)
27 – 31 – Diwali / Deepawali* (See this site for Diwali dates until 2040) (Oct. 27 may be the day off.)
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