India Announces 2014 Holiday Schedule
DELHI – The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has announced the official holiday schedule for 2014.
It has been announced that the following holidays will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central Government located at Delhi/New Delhi (restricted holidays included) during the 2014 calendar year:
- Jan 14th
Eid-E-Milad is also known as Nabi Day, which commemorates Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.
- Jan 26
Republic day is a national holiday commemorating the 1950 promulgation of the country’s Declaration of Independence Constitution of India.
Holi (Restricted Holiday)
- March 17
Holi is also called the festival of colors.
Ram Navami (Restricted Holiday)
- April 8
Ram Navami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. The festival commemorates the birth of Rama, who is remembered for his prosperous and righteous reign.
- April 13
Mahavir Jayanti is an auspicious occasion for the Jain community. Followers visit the temples and offer a ceremonial bath, known as ‘abhishek’, to Mahavira’s idol. The temples are lavishly decorated with flags to mark the anniversary of Lord Mahavira’s birth.
- April 18
Many Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Good Friday is one of the major days of the Christian season.
- May 14
Buddha Purnima (Buddha Jayanti) is a Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha’s birth. It falls on the day of the full moon in May.
- July 29
Eidu’l-Fitr (Eid) is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal.
- August 15
India celebrates Independence Day on August 15 every year. India became an independent nation on August 15, 1947.
Janmashtami (Restricted Holiday)
- August 18
Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm. According to the Hindu calendar, this religious festival is celebrated on the Ashtami (the 8th day of the dark fortnight) of Krishna Paksh.
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
- October 2
Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday is a national Holiday in India. This year marks the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation.
- October 3
Dussehra is celebrated as victory of Lord Rama over evil Ravana and also triumph of Goddess Durga over the evil Mahishasura.
- October 6
Ied-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) is observed by Muslims around the world. During this festival they make special efforts to pray and attend a sermon at their mosque.
- October 23
Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights. It is common for people to light small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil within an individual. Several Indian businesses may start their financial year by opening new accounting books on the day of Diwali for good luck.
- November 4
Muharram refers to the first month of the Islamic Calendar. The complete month of Muharram is sacred according to the Muslims. They visit mosques and shrines and offer their condolences to the martyr Imam Hussain.
Guru Nanak’s Birthday
- November 6
Guru Nanak’s Birthday is extensively celebrated as Gurpurab across India and is an auspicious festival in Sikhism and celebrated to remember the philosophy of Guru Nanak.
- December 25
Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world.
In India, each employee is allowed to avail himself/herself of any two holidays to be chosen by him/her out of the list of Restricted Holidays. The List of Restricted holidays is as follows:
New Year’s Day
- January 1
Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday
- January 7
- January 14
- February 4
Guru Ravidas’s Birthday
- February 14
- February 19
Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
- February 24
- February 27
- March 16
- March 31
- April 14
Guru Rabindranath’s Birthday
- May 9
Hazarat Ali’s Birthday
- May 13
- June 29
- July 25
- August 10
Parasi New year
- August 18
- August 29
- September 7
Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday
- October 8
- October 11
- October 24
- October 25
- October 29
Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day
- November 24
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