Planning a Family Holiday to Southeast Asia? 20 Expert Tips for Christmas 2022.
Holidays in India 2024 & 2023, A Full List Is Here!

Holidays in India 2024 & 2023, A Full List Is Here!

By Chris QuanUpdated Dec. 7, 2022

India is country with many holidays and festivals. India’s holidays have two main types: gazetted holidays (mandatory holidays) and restricted holidays (up to the employee to decide whether or not to take leave).

Holidays in India in 2023

2023 Date Holiday/Festival Name Remarks
Jan 1 New Year's Day  
Jan 14 Lohri A winter harvest festival, celebrated primarily in northern India
Jan 14 Makar Sankranti A Hindu harvest festival; flying kites is one of the celebrations
Jan 14 Pongal A popular harvest festival in South India
Jan 20 Guru Govind Singh Jayanti A Sikh festival, birthday of the tenth Guru
Jan 22 Lunar New Year Celebrated by Chinese in India
Jan 26 Republic Day To commemorate the birth of the Indian Constitution
Jan 26 Vasant Panchami A Hindu festival marking the preparation of the coming of spring
Feb 5 Hazarat Ali's Birthday An Islamic holiday
Feb 15 Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Commemoration of the founder of the Vedic dharma reform movement
Feb 16 Guru Ravidas Jayanti In honor of the guru whose efforts aided in eradicating the caste system
Feb 18 Mahavir Jayanti A Jainist festival; to celebrate the birth of Mahavira (the founder of Jainism)
Feb 19 Shivaji Jayanti Birthday of the great Maratha king, Shivaji
Mar 7 Holika Dahan The night before Holi
Mar 7 Dolyatra A festival of colors, like Holi, celebrated in West Bengal
Mar 8 Holi A Hindu festival; to celebrate the victory of good over evil
Mar 22 Ugadi Hindu New Year
Mar 22 Gudi Padwa Traditional new year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus
Mar 30 Rama Navami A Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Rama, a Hindu god
Apr 4 Maha Shivaratri a Hindu festival; in honor of the god Shiva
Apr 6 Maundy Thursday Commemorates the Last Supper
Apr 7 Good Friday A Christian holiday; to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary
Apr 9 Easter Day Commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Apr 14 Vaisakhi  A harvest festival in the Punjab region of northern India
Apr 14 Ambedkar Jayanti To commemorate Ambedkar, ‘father’ of the Constitution of India
Apr 15 Mesadi A festival for the harvest season
Apr 21 Jamat Ul-Vida The last Friday of the month of Ramadan
Apr 22 Eid ul-Fitr An Islamic holiday; marks the end of Ramadan
May 5 Buddha Jayanti A Buddhist holiday; Buddha's birthday
Jun 20 Rath Yatra A Hindu festival; the festival of chariots
Jun 29 Eid ul-Adha An Islamic holiday
Jul 3 Guru Purnima A festival where many Hindus and Buddhists pay respect to their Guru or spiritual guide
Jul 29 Muharram Islamic New Year
Jul 30 Friendship Day Celebrating friendship
Aug 15 Independence Day To celebrate India’s national independence in 1947 
Aug 16 Parsi New Year Zoroastrian New Year
Aug 20 Onam Biggest festival in Kerala; a harvest festival commemorating mythical King Mahabali lasting for ten days
Aug 30 Raksha Bandhan To celebrate the love between brothers and sisters
Sep 7 Krishna Janmashtami A Hindu festival; to celebrate the birth of Krishna
Sep 19 Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrating the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha
Sep 27 Milad un-Nabi An Islamic holiday; Muhammad's birthday
Oct 2 Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday
Oct 15 – 24 Sharad Navratri Honoring the Hindu mother goddess, Durga
Oct 24 Dussehra A Hindu festival; to celebrates the victory of good over evil
Oct 31 Halloween  
Nov 1 Karaka Chaturthi Celebrated by married Hindu women to pray for the well-being and longevity of their husbands
Nov 12 Diwali To celebrate the victory of light over darkness
Nov 14 Govardhan Puja Expressing appreciation and respect towards Mother Nature
Nov 14 Bhai Dooj Brothers give gifts to their sisters; similar to Raksha Bandhan
Nov 19 Chhat Puja For showing gratitude and thankfulness for the bounties of life on earth
Nov 24 Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day A Sikh festival
Nov 27 Guru Nanak Jayanti To commemorate Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism
Dec 25 Christmas  
Dec 31 New Year's Eve  

Holidays in India in 2024

2024 Date Holiday/Festival Name Remarks
Jan 1 New Year's Day  
Jan 5 Guru Govind Singh Jayanti A Sikh festival, birthday of the tenth Guru
Jan 13 Lohri A winter harvest festival, celebrated primarily in northern India
Jan 15 Pongal A popular harvest festival in South India
Jan 15 Makar Sankranti A Hindu harvest festival; flying kites is one of the celebrations
Jan 24 Hazarat Ali's Birthday An Islamic holiday
Jan 26 Republic Day To commemorate the birth of the Indian Constitution
Feb 10 Lunar New Year Celebrated by Chinese in India
Feb 14 Vasant Panchami A Hindu festival marking the preparation of the coming of spring
Feb 19 Shivaji Jayanti Birthday of the great Maratha king, Shivaji
Feb 24 Guru Ravidas Jayanti In honor of the guru whose efforts aided in eradicating the caste system
Mar 5 Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Commemoration of the founder of the Vedic dharma reform movement
March 8 Maha Shivaratri a Hindu festival; in honor of the god Shiva
Mar 17 Holika Dahan The night before Holi
Mar 25 Dolyatra A festival of colors, like Holi, celebrated in West Bengal
Mar 25 Holi A Hindu festival; to celebrate the victory of good over evil
Mar 28 Maundy Thursday Commemorates the Last Supper
March 29 Good Friday A Christian holiday; to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary
Mar 31 Easter Day Commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
Apr 5 Jamat Ul-Vida The last Friday of the month of Ramadan
Apr 9 Ugadi Hindu New Year
Apr 9 Gudi Padwa Traditional new year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus
Apr 10 Eid ul-Fitr An Islamic holiday; marks the end of Ramadan
Apr 13 Vaisakhi  A harvest festival in the Punjab region of northern India
Apr 14 Mesadi A festival for the harvest season
Apr 14 Ambedkar Jayanti To commemorate Ambedkar, ‘father’ of the Constitution of India
Apr 17 Rama Navami A Hindu festival that celebrates the birthday of Rama, a Hindu god
Apr 21 Mahavir Jayanti A Jainist festival; to celebrate the birth of Mahavira (the founder of Jainism)
May 23 Buddha Jayanti A Buddhist holiday; Buddha's birthday
Jun 17 Eid ul-Adha An Islamic holiday
Jul 8 Rath Yatra A Hindu festival; the festival of chariots
Jul 17 Muharram Islamic New Year
Jul 21 Guru Purnima A festival where many Hindus and Buddhists pay respect to their Guru or spiritual guide
Jul 30 Friendship Day Celebrating friendship
Aug 15 Independence Day To celebrate India’s national independence in 1947 
Aug 15 Parsi New Year Zoroastrian New Year
Aug 19 Raksha Bandhan To celebrate the love between brothers and sisters
Aug 26 Krishna Janmashtami A Hindu festival; to celebrate the birth of Krishna
Sep 5 –17 Onam Biggest festival in Kerala; a harvest festival commemorating mythical King Mahabali lasting for ten days
Sep 7 Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrating the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha
Sep 16 Milad un-Nabi An Islamic holiday; Muhammad's birthday
Oct 2 Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday
Oct 3 – 12 Sharad Navratri Honoring the Hindu mother goddess, Durga
Oct 12 Dussehra A Hindu festival; to celebrates the victory of good over evil
Oct 20 Karaka Chaturthi Celebrated by married Hindu women to pray for the well-being and longevity of their husbands
Oct 31 Halloween  
Nov 1 Diwali To celebrate the victory of light over darkness
Nov 2 Govardhan Puja Expressing appreciation and respect towards Mother Nature
Nov 3 Bhai Dooj Brothers give gifts to their sisters; similar to Raksha Bandhan
Nov 7 –10 Chhat Puja For showing gratitude and thankfulness for the bounties of life on earth
Nov 15 Guru Nanak Jayanti To commemorate Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism
Nov 24 Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day A Sikh festival
Dec 25 Christmas  
Dec 31 New Year's Eve  

Travel Tips for the India Holidays

India Holidays fireworks in Delhi during the India Holidays

Indian festivals and holidays are always loud, intense, colorful, chaotic, and exciting. During India’s public holidays, tourist attractions, hotels, and transportation are at their most crowded. 

  • Plan and book your trip at least 2 months in advance to avoid hotels, flights, and tourist attractions being fully booked. You can contact our travel advisors for assistance with your planning.
  • Prepare yourself for massive crowds. Popular attractions are much busier than usual during the public holidays.
  • Cover yourself and dress appropriately to show respect, as most holidays in India have historical or religious significance.
  • Use a professional travel agency and travel advisors to help you plan an India trip during India public holidays to avoid any potential set backs.

See more on How to Plan an India Trip.

Touring India with Us

We can help, whether you would like to visit India to experience traditional Indian festivals or you would prefer to avoid the holiday crowds.

All our tours can be customized. We can create a trip for your vacation according to your group size, time, budget, interests, and other requirements. 

Why Travel with Asia Highlights During the Pandemic

  • Tailor-made experience: All of your ideas/needs will be carefully considered to create your ideal trip.
  • Worry-free planning: Your 1:1 travel consultant in Asia will take all the uncertainty out of your planning, helping you navigate any travel restrictions. 
  • No-risk booking: 100% refund policy! (up to 14 days before departure)
Asia Tours Inquiry

Get Inspired with Our Sample Itineraries

At Asia Highlights, we create your kind of journey — your dates, your destinations, at your pace. You can have any trip tailor made for your travel.

More Travel Ideas and Inspiration

We are here to help you...
Start planning your tailor-made tour with 1-1 help from our travel advisors. Create My Trip
4.9 ExcellentTrustPilot rating TrustPilot Logo

The Asia Highlights Experience

1-to-1 Expert Planning

1-to-1 Expert Planning

Your tour will be tailor-made to suit you by a destination expert. Your personal travel advisor will always reply within 24 hours.

Personal Journeys

Personal Journeys

Enjoy having your own personal local guide and ride. Explore destinations at your own pace. Have as much flexibility as possible.

Authentic Experiences

Authentic Experiences

Go beyond the sightseeing. Understand the destinations by practicing the local culture and interacting with local people.

One-Stop Service

One-Stop Service

Leave all the booking work to us, including international and internal transportation, visas, hotels, meals, and activities.

About Us
At Asia Highlights, we create your kind of journey — your dates, your destinations, at your pace. Not just any journey, but the unique trip with the exceptional experiences you're looking for — whether it's a family vacation, a honeymoon, or your annual break. more ...
Rated 4.9 out of 5 | Excellent
Featured on
Medias