Festivals form an integral part of the Indian culture and varies from state to state, with each state or city having its own set of customs and traditions of celebrating a particular festival. Here’s a complete list of government, private holidays in 2022.
National Holidays in India 2022
India has three national holidays. The country celebrates Republic Day on 26 January , Independence Day on 15 August and Gandhi Jayanti on 02 October every year.
List of Public and Government Holidays in 2022
India has an extensive list of Public and Government holidays. These holidays range from religious festivals to birthdays of individuals with historical significance as well as the foundation days of the different states. Here is a list of the major Public and Government holidays in India in 2022.
Holidays and Observances in India in 2022
|1 Jan||Saturday||New Year’s Day||Restricted Holiday|
|9 Jan||Sunday||Guru Govind Singh Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|13 Jan||Thursday||Lohri||Restricted Holiday|
|14 Jan||Friday||Pongal||Restricted Holiday|
|14 Jan||Friday||Makar Sankranti||Restricted Holiday|
|26 Jan||Wednesday||Republic Day||Gazetted Holiday|
|1 Feb||Tuesday||Lunar New Year||Observance|
|5 Feb||Saturday||Vasant Panchami||Restricted Holiday|
|14 Feb||Monday||Valentine’s Day||Observance|
|15 Feb||Tuesday||Hazarat Ali’s Birthday||Restricted Holiday|
|16 Feb||Wednesday||Guru Ravidas Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|19 Feb||Saturday||Shivaji Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|26 Feb||Saturday||Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|1 Mar||Tuesday||Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri||Gazetted Holiday|
|17 Mar||Thursday||Holika Dahana||Restricted Holiday|
|18 Mar||Friday||Holi||Gazetted Holiday|
|18 Mar||Friday||Dolyatra||Restricted Holiday|
|20 Mar||Sunday||March Equinox||Season|
|2 Apr||Saturday||Chaitra Sukhladi||Restricted Holiday|
|2 Apr||Saturday||Ugadi||Restricted Holiday|
|2 Apr||Saturday||Gudi Padwa||Restricted Holiday|
|10 Apr||Sunday||Rama Navami||Restricted Holiday|
|14 Apr||Thursday||Maundy Thursday||Observance, Christian|
|14 Apr||Thursday||Mahavir Jayanti||Gazetted Holiday|
|14 Apr||Thursday||Vaisakhi||Restricted Holiday|
|14 Apr||Thursday||Mesadi / Vaisakhadi||Restricted Holiday|
|14 Apr||Thursday||Ambedkar Jayanti||Observance|
|15 Apr||Friday||Good Friday||Gazetted Holiday|
|16 Apr||Saturday||First day of Passover||Observance|
|17 Apr||Sunday||Easter Day||Restricted Holiday|
|29 Apr||Friday||Jamat Ul-Vida (Tentative Date)||Restricted Holiday|
|1 May||Sunday||International Worker’s Day||Observance|
|3 May||Tuesday||Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar (Tentative Date)||Gazetted Holiday|
|3 May||Tuesday||Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar (Tentative Date)||Muslim, Common local holiday|
|8 May||Sunday||Mother’s Day||Observance|
|9 May||Monday||Birthday of Ravindranath||Restricted Holiday|
|16 May||Monday||Buddha Purnima/Vesak||Gazetted Holiday|
|19 Jun||Sunday||Father’s Day||Observance|
|21 Jun||Tuesday||June Solstice||Season|
|1 Jul||Friday||Rath Yatra||Restricted Holiday|
|10 Jul||Sunday||Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha (Tentative Date)||Gazetted Holiday|
|13 Jul||Wednesday||Guru Purnima||Observance|
|7 Aug||Sunday||Friendship Day||Observance|
|9 Aug||Tuesday||Muharram/Ashura (Tentative Date)||Gazetted Holiday|
|11 Aug||Thursday||Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)||Restricted Holiday|
|15 Aug||Monday||Independence Day||Gazetted Holiday|
|16 Aug||Tuesday||Parsi New Year||Restricted Holiday|
|18 Aug||Thursday||Janmashtami (Smarta)||Restricted Holiday|
|19 Aug||Friday||Janmashtami||Gazetted Holiday|
|31 Aug||Wednesday||Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi||Restricted Holiday|
|8 Sep||Thursday||Onam||Restricted Holiday|
|23 Sep||Friday||September Equinox||Season|
|26 Sep||Monday||First Day of Sharad Navratri||Observance, Hinduism|
|1 Oct||Saturday||First Day of Durga Puja Festivities||Observance, Hinduism|
|2 Oct||Sunday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti||Gazetted Holiday|
|2 Oct||Sunday||Maha Saptami||Restricted Holiday|
|3 Oct||Monday||Maha Ashtami||Restricted Holiday|
|4 Oct||Tuesday||Maha Navami||Restricted Holiday|
|5 Oct||Wednesday||Dussehra||Gazetted Holiday|
|9 Oct||Sunday||Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|9 Oct||Sunday||Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad (Tentative Date)||Gazetted Holiday|
|13 Oct||Thursday||Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)||Restricted Holiday|
|24 Oct||Monday||Naraka Chaturdasi||Restricted Holiday|
|24 Oct||Monday||Diwali/Deepavali||Gazetted Holiday|
|25 Oct||Tuesday||Govardhan Puja||Restricted Holiday|
|26 Oct||Wednesday||Bhai Duj||Restricted Holiday|
|30 Oct||Sunday||Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)||Restricted Holiday|
|8 Nov||Tuesday||Guru Nanak Jayanti||Gazetted Holiday|
|24 Nov||Thursday||Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day||Restricted Holiday|
|19 Dec||Monday||First Day of Hanukkah||Observance|
|22 Dec||Thursday||December Solstice||Season|
|24 Dec||Saturday||Christmas Eve||Restricted Holiday|
|25 Dec||Sunday||Christmas||Gazetted Holiday|
|26 Dec||Monday||Last day of Hanukkah||Observance|
|29 Dec||Thursday||Guru Govind Singh Jayanti||Restricted Holiday|
|31 Dec||Saturday||New Year’s Eve||Observance|
10 Popular Festivals of India 2022
India, the second most popular country in the world, has many religions, festivals and customs. A majority of festivals across the country are common among all communities. The 10 biggest festivals of the country include Diwali, Holi, Maha Shivaratri, Ramadan, Raksha Bandhan, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Krishna Janmastami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Baisakhi.
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is normally celebrated in the month of October or November every year. It is a 5-day Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Diwali, in North India, is celebrated to honor the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after beating Ravana.
Holi, the Festival of Colors, is normally celebrated in the month of March every year. During this festival, people burn figurines, light beacons and drench each other with water billons and water.
Maha Shivatri means the night of Lord Shiva. Devotees across the country flock to Shiva temples and offer Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva. Extensive dancing and singing takes place to make people stay awake all night.
Ramadan is the month of fasting for the Islamic community. During the month, Muslims refrain from drinking, eating and smoking. The festival is intended to teach the community of Islam about humility, patience and spirituality to God.
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love, bond and affection between sisters and brothers. The festival is usually celebrated in the month of August every year. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of brothers.
Navaratri is celebrated for nine days with three each dedicated to worship of Ma Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, Ma Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge and Ma Durga, the Goddess of Valor.
Dussehra, a Hindu festival, celebrates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana. The festival also signifies the triumph of Goddess Durga over Mahishasur. Mysore is the famous destination to celebrate this festival with friends and families.
Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival, marks the birthday of Lord Ganesh or Lord Ganapati. The festival is celebrated by the worshippers of Lord Shiva and the worshipers of Lord Vishnu. Baisakhi, a primordial harvest festival, celebrates the New Year for the Sikh community.
Bank holidays in May 2022: Full list here
1 May 2022: Weekly off (Sunday)
2 May 2022: Ramjan-Eid (Eid-UI-Fitra) (Monday)
3 May 2022: Bhagvan Shree Parshuram Jayanti/Ramjan-Eid (Eid-UI-Fitra)/Basava Jayanti/Akshaya Tritiya (Tuesday)
8 May 2022: Weekly off (Sunday)
9 May 2022: Birthday of Rabindranath Tagore (Monday)
14 May 2022: Second Saturday
15 May 2022: Weekly off (Sunday)
19 May 2022: Buddha Purnima (Thursday)
22 May 2022: Weekly off (Sunday)
28 May 2022: Fourth Saturday
29 May 2022: Weekly off (Sunday)
While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.