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Holiday List 2024 – Indian Festivals, Occasions and Long Weekend Ideas

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We are stepping into this new year and it’s time to mark our calendars and plan for the exciting holidays and festivities that lie ahead. This year promises to be a year filled with joy, celebration, and cultural significance for us and people across India. From national holidays that unite the entire nation to regional festivals that showcase the diversity of our country, there is something for everyone to look forward to. In this article, we present to you a curated list of holidays in 2024, ensuring that you never miss an opportunity to celebrate and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Indian culture. Some of these festivals are new-found events considering so many states and regions have their own unique occasion to celebrate. So, get ready to mark your leaves, make travel plans, and embrace the spirit of celebration as we navigate through the year together.

Just to give you a heads up, remember that there are only three national holidays declared by the Government of India: Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August), and Gandhi Jayanti (2 October).

 

Holiday List 2024

 

 

Month

Date

Day

Holiday / Occasion

Details

January

5 January 2024

Friday

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, known for his contributions to Sikhism and valor.

January

11 January 2024

Thursday

Missionary Day

A day dedicated to honoring the work and contributions of missionaries in spreading religious teachings and providing humanitarian aid.

January

12 January 2024

Friday

Swami Vivekananda’s Birthday

Celebration of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.

January

13 January 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

January

14 January 2024

Sunday

Lohri

A Punjabi festival celebrated with bonfires, music, and dance, marking the end of winter and the onset of longer days.

January

14 January 2024

Sunday

Pongal (Bhogi Pongal) First Day / Bhogi

The first day of the Pongal festival, celebrated in Tamil Nadu with the ritualistic disposal of old belongings, symbolizing renewal and purification.

January

15 January 2024

Monday

Makar Sankranti / Uttarayana Punya Kaala Sankranthi Festival

A Hindu festival celebrating the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn, marking the onset of longer days and the harvesting season.

January

15 January 2024

Monday

Maghe Sankranti

A Nepali festival marking the first day of the month of Magh, celebrated with rituals, feasting, and kite flying.

January

16 January 2024

Tuesday

Bhogali Bihu/ Magh Bihu

A harvest festival celebrated in Assam with feasting, traditional dances, and cultural performances.

January

16 January 2024

Tuesday

Thiruvalluvar Day

Commemoration of Thiruvalluvar, a Tamil poet and philosopher known for his work, Thirukkural.

January

17 January 2024

Wednesday

Uzhavar Thirunal

A festival in Tamil Nadu celebrating farmers and agriculture, thanking them for their hard work and the harvest.

January

17 January 2024

Wednesday

Pongal (Kaanum Pongal) Last Day

The final day of the Pongal festival, known for family gatherings, picnics, and outings.

January

22 January 2024

Monday

Imoinu Iratpa

A Manipuri festival celebrating the coming of spring, marked by rituals, dances, and feasting.

January

23 January 2024

Tuesday

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Birthday

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, a prominent figure in the Indian independence movement.

January

23 January 2024

Tuesday

Gaan-Ngai

A festival celebrated by the Zeliangrong people of Manipur and Nagaland, featuring traditional dances, music, and religious ceremonies.

January

25 January 2024

Thursday

Thaipusam/ Thaipoosam

A Tamil Hindu festival observed in honor of Lord Murugan, marked by devotees performing various acts of devotion, including piercing of the body with skewers.

January

26 January 2024

Friday

Republic Day

India’s national holiday commemorating the adoption of the Constitution of India, celebrated with grand parades, cultural events, and patriotic fervor.

January

27 January 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

January

31 January 2024

Wednesday

Me-Dam-Me-Phi

An Assamese festival honoring the departed ancestors, observed by the Tai-Ahom community.

February

7 February 2024

Wednesday

Dosmoche

A Ladakhi festival featuring masked dances and rituals to drive away evil spirits and usher in peace and prosperity.

February

10 February 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

February

14 February 2024

Wednesday

Valentines Day

A global celebration of love and affection, observed on February 14th each year.

February

14 February 2024

Wednesday

Basant Panchami/ Vasant Panchami

A Hindu festival dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and wisdom, celebrated with prayers, rituals, and kite flying.

February

15 February 2024

Thursday

Lui Ngai Ni

A Naga festival celebrated by the Tangkhul Naga tribe of Manipur, marking the arrival of spring.

February

16 February 2024

Friday

Ratha Saptami

A Hindu festival observed in honor of the Sun God, Surya, celebrated with special rituals and prayers.

February

19 February 2024

Monday

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire.

February

20 February 2024

Tuesday

Mizoram State Day

Commemoration of the establishment of the state of Mizoram on February 20, 1987.

February

20 February 2024

Tuesday

Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Day

Celebration of the formation of the state of Arunachal Pradesh on February 20, 1987.

February

24 February 2024

Saturday

Guru Ravidas Jayanthi

Observance of the birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas, a revered saint and poet in the Bhakti movement.

February

24 February 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

March

1 March 2024

Friday

Chapchar Kut

A Mizo festival celebrated to welcome spring, marked by traditional dances, music, and feasting.

March

8 March 2024

Friday

Maha Shivrathri

A Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva, observed with fasting, night-long vigils, and prayers.

March

9 March 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

March

20 March 2024

Wednesday

Nauroz/ Nowruz/ Navroz

Persian New Year celebrated by various communities, symbolizing rebirth and renewal.

March

22 March 2024

Friday

Bihar Day / Bihar Diwas

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Bihar on March 22, 1912.

March

23 March 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

March

23 March 2024

Saturday

Shaheedi Diwas

A day to honor the sacrifices of martyrs, particularly in the Sikh tradition.

March

24 March 2024

Sunday

Holika Dahan

The eve of Holi, marked by the ritualistic burning of bonfires to symbolize the victory of good over evil.

March

25 March 2024

Monday

Holi / Rang Panchami

A Hindu festival celebrated with vibrant colors, water play, and joyous revelry, marking the arrival of spring.

March

25 March 2024

Monday

Dol Jatra

A Bengali festival celebrating the divine love of Radha and Krishna, observed with the throwing of colored powders and water.

March

25 March 2024

Monday

Yaosang

A Manipuri festival featuring traditional dances, sports, and cultural events, celebrated over five days.

March

27 March 2024

Wednesday

Holi Bhai Dooj

A day to strengthen the bond between brothers and sisters, observed two days after Holi.

March

29 March 2024

Friday

Good Friday

Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

March

31 March 2024

Sunday

Easter

Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

April

1 April 2024

Monday

Odisha Day/ Utkala Dibasa

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Odisha on April 1, 1936.

April

1 April 2024

Monday

Yearly closing of bank accounts

A banking holiday marking the end of the fiscal year for banks.

April

5 April 2024

Friday

Babu Jag Jivan Ram’s Birthday

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Babu Jagjivan Ram, an Indian independence activist and politician.

April

5 April 2024

Friday

Jumat-ul-Vida

The last Friday of Ramadan, observed as a special day of prayer by Muslims.

April

6 April 2024

Saturday

Shab-I-Qadr

A night of great significance in Islam, believed to be when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

April

9 April 2024

Tuesday

Ugadi / Yugadi

The Telugu and Kannada New Year, celebrated with rituals, prayers, and festive meals.

April

9 April 2024

Tuesday

Gudi Padwa

The Marathi New Year, marked by the raising of Gudi (a flag) and traditional rituals.

April

9 April 2024

Tuesday

Cheti Chand

The Sindhi New Year, celebrated with prayers, offerings, and community gatherings.

April

11 April 2024

Wednesday

Eid al-Fitr

Islamic festival marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

April

13 April 2024

Saturday

Baisakhi / Vaisakhi

Sikh and Hindu festival celebrated in Punjab and other regions, marking the harvest season and the Sikh New Year.

April

13 April 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

April

14 April 2024

Sunday

Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution and a social reformer.

April

14 April 2024

Sunday

Vishu

The Malayalam New Year, celebrated with rituals, feasting, and cultural events.

April

14 April 2024

Sunday

Bohag Bihu / Goru Bihu/ Rongali Bihu / Xaat Bihu

Assamese New Year festival, celebrated with cultural events, feasting, and traditional dances.

April

14 April 2024

Sunday

Garia Puja

A tribal festival celebrated by the Garo community in Assam, offering prayers for a good harvest and prosperity.

April

15 April 2024

Monday

Himachal Day

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Himachal Pradesh on April 15, 1948.

April

15 April 2024

Monday

Pohela Boishakh

Bengali New Year, celebrated with cultural events, processions, and traditional foods.

April

17 April 2024

Wednesday

Ram Navami

Hindu festival celebrating the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, marked with prayers and devotional songs.

April

19 April 2024

Friday

Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram is an annual Hindu temple festival held in Thrissur, Kerala, India

April

21 April 2024

Sunday

Mahavir Jayanthi

Jain festival commemorating the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankara.

April

23 April 2024

Tuesday

Basava Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Basavanna, a 12th-century philosopher and social reformer.

April

23 April 2024

Tuesday

Hanuman Jayanti

Hindu festival celebrating the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman, known for his devotion and strength.

April

27 April 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

May

1 May 2024

Wednesday

Labour Day/ May Day

International Workers’ Day, honoring the contributions of workers and advocating for labor rights.

May

1 May 2024

Wednesday

Maharashtra Day

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Maharashtra on May 1, 1960.

May

1 May 2024

Wednesday

Gujarat Day

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Gujarat on May 1, 1960.

May

7 May 2024

Tuesday

Rabindranath Tagore’s Birthday

Celebration of the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, a renowned poet, and Nobel laureate.

May

9 May 2024

Thursday

Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap, a Rajput king known for his valor and resistance against Mughal rule.

May

10 May 2024

Friday

Akshaya Tritiya

Hindu festival observed for prosperity and success, considered auspicious for starting new ventures.

May

10 May 2024

Friday

Maharshi Parasuram Jayanti

Celebration of the birth anniversary of Maharshi Parasuram, one of the Dashavatara of Lord Vishnu.

May

11 May 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

May

16 May 2024

Thursday

Sikkim State Day

A recurring observance, typically a day off work or school on the second Saturday of each month.

May

23 May 2024

Thursday

Buddha Purnima

A festival that celebrates Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death (c. 563-483 BC). It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaisakha month of the Buddhist calendar.

May

25 May 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

May

25 May 2024

Saturday

Kazi Nazrul Islam Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, a Bengali poet, musician, and revolutionary.

June

2 June 2024

Sunday

Telangana Formation Day

Celebration of the formation of the state of Telangana on June 2, 2014.

June

3 June 2024

Monday

Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji’s Martyrdom Day

Commemoration of the martyrdom of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji, the fifth Sikh Guru.

June

4 June 2024

Tuesday

Kabir Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Sant Kabir, a mystic poet and saint, known for his devotional poetry.

June

8 June 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

June

14 June 2024

Friday

Raja Parba / Mithuna Sankranti

A festival celebrated in Odisha to honor womanhood, fertility, and menstruation, with rituals and cultural events.

June

17 June 2024

Monday

Eid al-Adha

Islamic festival commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

June

19 June 2024

Wednesday

Guru Hargobind Ji’s birthday

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Hargobind Ji, the sixth Sikh Guru known for his valor and military leadership.

June

22 June 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

June

30 June 2024

Sunday

Behdienkhlam

A festival celebrated by the Pnar people of Meghalaya, featuring traditional dances, music, and rituals to ward off evil spirits.

July

7 July 2024

Sunday

Rath Yatra / Rath Jatra

Hindu festival celebrated with grand processions, particularly in Puri, Odisha, to honor Lord Jagannath.

July

7 July 2024

Sunday

Bonalu

Telugu festival celebrated in honor of the goddess Mahakali, featuring colorful processions and offerings.

July

9 July 2024

Tuesday

Drukpa Teshi / Drukpa Tshechi

Bhutanese festival commemorating the first teaching given by Buddha Shakyamuni in the human realm.

July

13 July 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

July

13 July 2024

Saturday

Bhanu Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Bhanubhakta Acharya, the first poet of Nepal and the writer of Nepal’s national anthem.

July

13 July 2024

Saturday

Martyrs’ Day

A day to honor those who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence or security.

July

14 July 2024

Sunday

Kharchi Puja

A Hindu festival celebrated in Tripura, dedicated to the worship of the fourteen gods.

July

17 July 2024

Wednesday

Muharram

Islamic New Year and remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

July

17 July 2024

Wednesday

U Tirot Sing Day

Commemoration of the death anniversary of U Tirot Sing, a Khasi leader known for his resistance against British rule.

July

27 July 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

July

29 July 2024

Monday

Ker Puja

A tribal festival celebrated by the Pnar people of Meghalaya, dedicated to the worship of the god Ker.

July

31 July 2024

Wednesday

Shaheed Udham Singh Martyrdom day

Commemoration of the death anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh, an Indian freedom fighter known for his assassination of Michael O’Dwyer.

August

7 August 2024

Wednesday

Haryali Teej

A Hindu festival celebrated by married women, marked by fasting, prayers, and rituals for marital bliss.

August

8 August 2024

Thursday

Tendong Lho Rumfaat

A festival celebrated by the Lepcha community of Sikkim, honoring Mount Tendong and seeking protection from natural calamities.

August

9 August 2024

Friday

Nag Panchami

Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of snakes, particularly the cobra, with offerings and prayers.

August

10 August 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

August

15 August 2024

Thursday

Independence Day

National holiday commemorating India’s independence from British rule on August 15, 1947.

August

16 August 2024

Friday

Puducherry De Jure Transfer Day

Commemoration of the transfer of Pondicherry (now Puducherry) to India from French rule on August 16, 1962.

August

19 August 2024

Monday

Raksha Bandhan

Hindu festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters, marked by the tying of a protective thread (rakhi) and exchange of gifts.

August

19 August 2024

Monday

Jhulan Purnima

A Vaishnavite festival celebrated with swinging deities, particularly Lord Krishna and Radha, marking the divine couple’s playful pastimes.

August

20 August 2024

Tuesday

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Sree Narayana Guru, a social reformer and spiritual leader in Kerala.

August

24 August 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

August

25 August 2024

Sunday

Chehlum

A Shia Muslim observance marking the end of the 40-day mourning period following the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.

August

26 August 2024

Monday

Krishna Janmashtami/ Krishnashtami /Janmashtami/ Gokulashtami

Hindu festival celebrating the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, marked with fasting, singing, and reenactments of his life events.

August

28 August 2024

Wednesday

Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Sikh festival commemorating the first installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of Sikhism.

September

5 September 2024

Thursday

Onam (Atham) First Day

A harvest festival celebrated in Kerala, beginning with the Atham star, featuring boat races, dances, and floral decorations (pookalam).

September

6 September 2024

Friday

Hartalika Teej

A Hindu festival observed by women seeking marital bliss and longevity for their husbands, marked by fasting, prayers, and rituals.

September

7 September 2024

Saturday

Ganesh Chaturthi

Festival as a tribute to celebrate Lord Ganesha (Ganpati).

September

7 September 2024

Saturday

Samvatsari

A Jain festival of forgiveness and spiritual reflection observed on the last day of Paryushana, the holy period of fasting and repentance.

September

8 September 2024

Sunday

Nuakhai

A harvest festival celebrated in Western Odisha, marked by rituals, feasting, and community gatherings.

September

13 September 2024

Friday

Teja Dashmi

A Hindu festival celebrated in Rajasthan, commemorating the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Jalandhara.

September

14 September 2024

Saturday

Onam (Thiruvonam) Last Day

The final day of the Onam festival in Kerala, featuring grand feasts, cultural performances, and boat races.

September

14 September 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

September

15 September 2024

Sunday

Mawlid/ Eid-e-Milad an-Nabi

Islamic festival commemorating the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, marked with prayers, processions, and charity.

September

17 September 2024

Tuesday

Vishwakarma Puja

Hindu festival honoring Vishwakarma, the divine architect, celebrated by artisans, craftsmen, and industrial workers.

September

17 September 2024

Tuesday

Indrajatra/ Yenya

A Newar festival celebrated in Kathmandu, Nepal, featuring chariot processions, mask dances, and religious rituals.

September

17 September 2024

Tuesday

Pitri Paksha/Pitr-Paksha, Pitri Pokkho, Sorah Shraddha, Kanagat, Jitiya, Mahalaya, Apara Paksha, Akhadpak

A sixteen-day period in Hindu lunar month of Bhadrapada dedicated to honoring and appeasing the spirits of ancestors through rituals and offerings. Till 2nd October, 2024 Wednesday.

September

18 September 2024

Wednesday

Pang-Lhabsol

A festival celebrated by the Lepcha community of Sikkim, honoring Mount Kanchenjunga and seeking protection from natural calamities.

September

20 September 2024

Friday

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

Commemoration of the death anniversary of Sree Narayana Guru, a social reformer and spiritual leader in Kerala.

September

23 September 2024

Monday

Heroes’ Martyrdom Day

A day to honor the sacrifices of freedom fighters and martyrs, particularly in the context of India’s struggle for independence.

September

23 September 2024

Monday

Maharaja Hari Singh Ji’s Birthday

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir.

September

26 September 2024

Thursday

Ramdev Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Ramdev Pir, a Hindu folk deity revered as a saint and miracle worker.

September

28 September 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

A floral festival celebrated by the women of Telangana, featuring the arrangement of colorful flowers in the form of a conical shape.

October

1 October 2024

Tuesday

Bathukamma

A floral festival celebrated by the women of Telangana, featuring the arrangement of colorful flowers in the form of a conical shape.

October

2 October 2024

Wednesday

Gandhi Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian independence movement.

October

3 October 2024

Thursday

Navratri

till 12th October, 2024, Saturday.

October

3 October 2024

Thursday

Ghatasthapana

The first day of Navratri, marking the beginning of the nine-day festival dedicated to Goddess Durga.

October

9 October 2024

Wednesday

Durga Puja

A major Hindu festival celebrating the victory of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura, marked with elaborate pandals and cultural events.

October

10 October 2024

Thursday

Maha Saptami

The seventh day of Durga Puja, dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga and marked with elaborate rituals.

October

11 October 2024

Friday

Durga Ashtami/ Maha Navami / Maha Ashtami

The eighth or ninth day of Durga Puja, dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga and marked with special rituals and offerings.

October

12 October 2024

Saturday

Vijaya Dashami / Dussehra

Hindu festival celebrating the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, marked with effigy burning (Ravana Dahan) and processions.

October

12 October 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

October

12 October 2024

Saturday

Ayudha Puja

A Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of tools, weapons, and vehicles, observed on the ninth day of Navratri.

October

15 October 2024

Tuesday

Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Maharaja Agrasen, a legendary king and the progenitor of the Agarwal community.

October

17 October 2024

Thursday

Kati Bihu

A festival celebrated in Assam during the month of Kartik, marking the completion of paddy transplantation and seeking blessings for a good harvest.

October

17 October 2024

Thursday

Pargat Diwas/ Valmiki Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki, the author of the Hindu epic Ramayana.

October

20 October 2024

Sunday

Karwa Chauth

Hindu festival observed by married women, marked by fasting and prayers for the long life and well-being of their husbands.

October

26 October 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

October

26 October 2024

Saturday

Jammu and Kashmir Accession day

Commemoration of the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India on October 26, 1947.

October

29 October 2024

Tuesday

Dhanteras

Hindu festival marking the beginning of the five-day Diwali festival, dedicated to wealth and prosperity.

October

31 October 2024

Thursday

Narak Chaturdashi (Choti Diwali)

The second day of Diwali, observed by lighting lamps to drive away darkness and evil spirits.

October

31 October 2024

Thursday

Kali Puja

Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Kali, celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik.

October

31 October 2024

Thursday

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Birthday

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a key figure in the Indian independence movement and the integration of princely states.

November

1 November 2024

Friday

Diwali (Laxmi Pooja) / Lakshmi Puja

Hindu festival of lights, celebrated with the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

November

1 November 2024

Friday

Andhra Pradesh Statehood Day

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Chhattisgarh on November 1, 2000.

November

1 November 2024

Friday

Chhattisgarh Rajyotsava

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Chhattisgarh on November 1, 2000.

November

1 November 2024

Friday

Haryana Day

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Haryana on November 1, 1966.

November

1 November 2024

Friday

Kannada Rajyothsava

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Karnataka on November 1, 1956.

November

1 November 2024

Friday

Puducherry Liberation Day

Commemoration of the liberation of Puducherry from French rule on November 1, 1954.

November

2 November 2024

Saturday

Govardhan Puja

Hindu festival celebrated on the fourth day of Diwali, dedicated to the worship of Lord Krishna and the Govardhan Hill.

November

3 November 2024

Sunday

Bhai Dooj/ Bhai Tika/ Bhaubeej/ Bhai Beej/ Bhai Phonta/ Bhratri Dwitiya

Hindu festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters, marked by rituals, prayers, and the exchange of gifts.

November

3 November 2024

Sunday

Ningol Chakouba

A Manipuri festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters, marked by gifts and feasting.

November

7 November 2024

Thursday

Chhath Puja (Sandhya Arghya)

Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, Surya, observed with fasting, prayers, and rituals performed near water bodies.

November

8 November 2024

Friday

Chhath Puja (Usha Arghya)

The concluding day of Chhath Puja, marked by offering prayers to the rising sun and breaking the fast.

November

8 November 2024

Friday

Wangala

A Garo tribal festival celebrated in Meghalaya, marking the end of the agricultural season with music, dance, and merrymaking.

November

9 November 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

November

15 November 2024

Friday

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Sikh festival celebrating the birth of the first Sikh Guru

November

15 November 2024

Friday

Kanakadasa Jayanthi

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Kanakadasa, a poet, philosopher, and devotee of Lord Krishna.

November

15 November 2024

Friday

Kartika Purnima

Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Kartika, marked with rituals and bathing in holy rivers.

November

15 November 2024

Friday

Rasa Purnima / Rahasa Purnima

A Vaishnavite festival celebrating the divine love of Radha and Krishna, observed with singing, dancing, and offering of special dishes.

November

22 November 2024

Friday

Lhabab Duchen

Buddhist festival commemorating significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha, observed on the 22nd day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar.

November

23 November 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

November

28 November 2024

Thursday

Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji’s Martyrdom Day

Commemoration of the martyrdom of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, the ninth Sikh Guru, known for his defense of religious freedom and martyrdom.

December

1 December 2024

Sunday

Nagaland State Inauguration Day

Commemoration of the inauguration of the state of Nagaland on December 1, 1963.

December

1 December 2024

Sunday

Indigenous Faith Day

A day to promote and celebrate the indigenous religions and cultures of India.

December

2 December 2024

Monday

Asom Day

Commemoration of the formation of the state of Assam on December 2, 1963.

December

3 December 2024

Tuesday

Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Commemoration of the death anniversary of St. Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

December

14 December 2024

Saturday

Second Saturday

 

December

18 December 2024

Wednesday

Guru Ghasidas Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Ghasidas, a saint, social reformer, and founder of the Satnami sect in central India.

December

19 December 2024

Thursday

Goa Liberation Day

Commemoration of the liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule on December 19, 1961.

December

25 December 2024

Wednesday

Christmas Day

A day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

December

26 December 2024

Thursday

Shaheed Udham Singh Jayanti

Commemoration of the birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh, an Indian revolutionary known for avenging the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

December

28 December 2024

Saturday

Fourth Saturday

 

December

31 December 2024

Saturday

Losoong / Namsoong

A Sikkimese festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the new year, celebrated with traditional dances and feasting.



Long weekend holidays in 2024

 

Here’s a combination of consecutive long weekend holidays consisting of Fridays and Mondays, considering Saturdays off for you and some of these regional festivals or occasions might be applicable to you. Some of these days are not a holiday in other parts of the country. Also, please check some of these unique festivals in the table above to see what those festivals are about.

 

January 5, 6, and 7 – Friday (Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti), Saturday, and Sunday

 

January 13, 14, and 15 – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday ( Makar Sankranti / Uttarayana Punya Kaala Sankranthi Festival)

 

January 26, 27, and 28 – Friday (Republic day), Saturday, and Sunday

 

March 8,9 and 10 – Friday (Maha Shivratri), Saturday, and Sunday

 

March 22, 23, and 24 – Friday (Bihar Diwas), Saturday, and Sunday

 

March 23, 24, and 25 – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Holi / Rang Panchami)

 

March 29, 30 and 31 – Friday (good Friday), Saturday and Sunday

 

March 30, 31, and April 1 – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Odisha Day/ Utkala Dibasa)

 

May 10, 11, and 12 – Friday (Akshaya Tritiya), Saturday, and Sunday

 

June 15, 16, and 17 – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Eid-al-Adha / Bakri Eid)

 

June 17,18, and 19 – Friday (Eid-ul Zuha/ Bakri Id), Saturday, and Sunday

 

July 27, 28, and 29 – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Ker Puja)

 

August 9,10, and 11 – Friday (Nag Panchami), Saturday, and Sunday

 

August 16, 17, and 18 – Friday ( Puducherry De Jure Transfer Day), Saturday, and Sunday

 

August 17, 18 and 19 – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Raksha Bandhan)

 

August 24, 25, and 26 – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Krishna Janmashtami/ Krishnashtami /Janmashtami/ Gokulashtami)

 

October 11, 12, and 13 – Friday (Maha Navami), Saturday, and Sunday

 

November 1, 2, and 3 – Friday (Diwali (Laxmi Pooja) / Lakshmi Puja, Andhra Pradesh Statehood Day, Chhattisgarh Rajyotsava, Haryana Day, Kannada Rajyothsava, Puducherry Liberation Day), Saturday, and Sunday

 

November 8,9, and 10 – Friday(Chhath Pooja), Saturday, and Sunday

 

November 15,16, and 17 – Friday (Guru Nanak Jayanti), Saturday, and Sunday

 

November 30, December 1, and 2 – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Asom Day)

 

Top celebrated festivals in India

 

Diwali (Deepavali): Known as the Festival of Lights, it symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and is celebrated with fireworks, lighting oil lamps, exchanging sweets, and family gatherings.

 

Holi: The Festival of Colors, celebrated by throwing colored powders and water at each other, symbolizing the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil.

 

Durga Puja: A major Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga, featuring elaborate pandals (temporary structures), cultural performances, and rituals.

 

Navratri: A nine-night Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga in her various forms, celebrated with fasting, prayers, and traditional dance forms like Garba and Dandiya Raas.

 

Eid al-Fitr: A Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, celebrated with prayers, feasting, and the giving of gifts and charity.

 

Christmas: Celebrated by Christians across India, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, featuring church services, carol singing, exchanging gifts, and festive meals.

 

Ganesh Chaturthi: A Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, marked by the installation of clay idols, prayers, rituals, and colorful processions before immersion in water bodies.

 

Eid al-Adha: Also known as Bakrid, it’s a Muslim festival commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, celebrated with prayers, feasting, and the sacrifice of animals.

 

Makar Sankranti / Pongal / Lohri: Celebrated under different names in various parts of India, it marks the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of longer days, celebrated with kite flying, bonfires, traditional sweets, and harvest rituals.

 

Raksha Bandhan: A Hindu festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters, marked by the tying of a protective thread (rakhi) by sisters on their brothers’ wrists, symbolizing love and protection.

 

Ten unique festivals that are celebrated in India that you might not have heard of

 

Hornbill Festival: This festival is celebrated by the Nagaland tribes, it showcases the cultural heritage of the Naga people through traditional dances, music, and crafts.

 

Ziro Festival of Music: Held in the Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh, it’s an outdoor music festival featuring indie, folk, and electronic music amid stunning natural surroundings.

 

Hemis Tsechu: A Buddhist festival celebrated in the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, featuring masked dances, prayers, and rituals to honor Guru Padmasambhava.

 

Tuluni Festival: Observed by the Sumi Naga tribe of Nagaland, it’s a post-harvest festival marked by feasting, singing, dancing, and traditional games.

 

Shoton Festival: Celebrated in Ladakh, it marks the end of the monks’ retreat during the Tibetan month of Sho, featuring the unveiling of giant thangkas (religious paintings) and cultural performances.

 

Kalpathi Ratholsavam: A chariot festival held in Kalpathi, Kerala, featuring decorated temple chariots pulled through the streets amidst traditional music and rituals.

 

Kila Raipur Sports Festival: Also known as the Rural Olympics, it’s held in Punjab and features traditional rural sports like bullock cart racing, tug-of-war, and wrestling.

 

Chapchar Kut: Celebrated by the Mizos in Mizoram, it’s a harvest festival featuring traditional dances, music, and feasting.

 

Onam (Thrikarthika): A lesser-known aspect of the Onam festival celebrated in Kerala, it involves lighting lamps and arranging them in intricate patterns in homes and temples.

 

Poush Mela: Held in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, it’s a fair celebrating the winter harvest season with folk music, dance performances, and traditional arts and crafts.

Other famous occasions that are well known amongst public are Thrissur Pooram and Rann Utsav (Rann of Kutch Festival)

 

For Rann Utsav

 

Currently available date for Rann Utsav in 2024

JANUARY 2024

24-25-26 January 2024 – Full Moon

 

FEBRUARY 2024

23-24-25 February 2024 – Full Moon

 

March 2024

23-24-25-26 March 2024 – Holi and Full Moon

 

April 2024

23-24-25 April 2024 – Full Moon

For Thrissur Pooram

 

2024 April 13 – Thrissur Pooram Kodiyettam
2024 April 17 – Sample Fireworks

2024 April 19 – Thrissur Pooram

2024 April 20 – Morning Fireworks & Noon Farewell

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