2018India

India is only one among many destinations for sourcing and off-shoring, best known for its information technology services provided by such powerhouses such as TCS/Tata, Wipro, HCL, Infosys, and U.S. headquartered Cognizant. Dealing with India is easy because the entire country is one time zone. On the other, there are quite a few holidays which can vary by region. In the list below, "gazetted" holidays are mandatory. Additionally, individual employees can choose two "restricted" holidays a year, however, they must be observed on the intended day—for example, a holiday falling on a Sunday in a particular year can not be used to take off the following Monday.

Our experience with India and elsewhere is that recognition of their holidays when planning work is one of the easiest paths to garnering good will and fostering a closer partnership. We offer India only as an example—there is no substitute for getting to know your supplier beyond the contract.

Following are the "gazetted" and "restricted" holidays for 2018 in India. Government of India document available HERE PDF

GazettedMandatory Days Off

DateDayHoliday
January 26FridayRepublic Day 
February 14 WednesdayMaha Shivratri  ***
March 02 FridayHoli  ***
March 29ThursdayMahavir Jayanti 
March 30FridayGood Friday 
April 30MondayBuddha Purnima 
June 16SaturdayIdu'l Fitr *
August 15WednesdayIndependence Day 
August 22WednesdayId-ul-Zuha(Bakrid) *
September 3MondayJanmashtami ***
September 21FridayMuharram *
October 2TuesdayMahatma Gandhi's Birthday 
October 19FridayDussehra 
November 07WednesdayDiwali (Deepavali) **
November 21WednesdayMilad-Un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) *
November 23FridayGuru Nanak's Birthday 
December 25Tuesday Christmas 

*May be adjusted depending on sighting of the moon
**May be observed a day in advance on "Naraka Chaturdasi Day" by choice of a State
***  Three of the additional holidays may be declared as Gazetted in States other than Delhi:
An additional day for Dussehra
Holi
Janamashtami (Vaishnavi)
Ram Navami
Maha Shivratri
Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayak Chaturthi
Makar Sankaranti
Rath Yatra
Onam
Pongal
Sri Panchami | Basanta Panchami
Vishu / Vaisakhi / Vaisakhadi / Bhag Bihu / Mashadi Ugadi / Chaitra Sakladi / Cheti Chand / Gudi Pada 1st Navratra / Nauraj / Chhath Pooja / Karva Chauth

RestrictedEmployee-Selected Days Off, Two of the Following

DateDayHoliday
January 1MondayNew Year's Day
January 14SundayMakar Sankranti
January 14SundayPongal
January 22MondayBasant Panchami/ Sri Panchami
January 31WednesdayGuru Ravidas's Birthday
February 10SaturdaySwami Dayananda Sarswati Jayanti
February 19MondayShivaji Jayanti
March 1ThursdayHolika Dahan / Dolyatra
March 18SundayChaitra Sukladi / Gudi Padava / Ugadi / Cheti Chand
March 25SundayRam Navami
April 1SundayEaster Sunday
April 01SundayHazarat Ali' Birthday
April 14SaturdayVaisakhi/Vishu/Mesadi
April 15SundayVaisakhadi (Bengal) / Bahag Bihu (Assam)
May 9WednesdayGuru Rabindranath's Birthday
June 15FridayJamat-Ul-Vida
July 14SaturdayRath Yatra
August 17FridayParsi New Year's Day / Nauraj
August 25SaturdayOnam or Thiru Onam Day
August 26SundayRaksha Bandhan
September 13ThursdayVinayaka Chaturthi / Ganesh Chaturthi
October 16TuesdayDussehra (Maha Saptami) (Additional)
October 17WednesdayDussehra (Maha Ashtami) (Additional)
October 18ThursdayDussehra (Maha Navmi)
October 24WednesdayMaharishi Valmiki's Birthday
October 27SaturdayKaraka Chaturthi (Karva Chouth)
November 06TuesdayDeepavali (South India)
November 06TuesdayNaraka Chaturdasi
November 08ThursdayGovardhan Puja
November 09FridayBhai Duj
November 13TuesdayPratihar Sashthi or Surya Sashthi (Chhat Puja)
November 24SaturdayGuru Teg Bahadur's Martyrdom Day
December 24MondayChristmas Eve
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