India 2012 Public Holidays & Bank Holidays

As a multicultural and multi-religious country, India celebrates holidays and festivals of various religions. Most of the India 2012 public holidays and 2012 bank holidays are religious holidays, with only three nationally celebrated secular public holidays: Republic Day, Independence Day, and the Gandhi Jayanti.

Each state and region has local festivals depending on prevalent religious and linguistic demographics of the population in that region.

Popular religious festivals which are celebrated almost across all parts of India include Hindu festivals of Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Dussehra and the Islamic festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Mawlid an-Nab.

Holi, a popular Indian holiday

Sikh festivals such as Guru Nanak Jayanti, the Christian festivals such as Christmas, Good Friday and Jain festivals like Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan are celebrated in many areas where these religions have a significant followings.

Please note the following list of holidays 2012 are estimates only. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the holiday calendar. If you find any error or updated information, kindly let us know via the comment box below. We appreciate your help in making this India holiday calendar more useful.

List of India Public Holidays 2012 & Bank Holidays 2012
Here is list of holidays 2012 in India

New Year’s Day
International New Year Day
Sunday, 1 January 2012

Pongal
Harvest Festival of South India
Saturday, 14 January 2012

India Republic Day^
Commemorates Constitution of India replacing the Government of India Act 1935. India Republic Day 2012.
Thursday, 26 January 2012

Milad-Un-Nabi
Mawlid an-Nabi – Birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
Saturday, 4 February 2012

Mahashivratri / Maha Sivaratri
Great Night of Shiva – offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves to the Lord Shiva, a Hindu festival
Monday, 20 February 2012

Holika Dahan
Holika Dahan is eve of Holi
Thursday, 8 March 2012

Holi
Holi 2012 – Hindu festival of colours
Friday, 9 March 2012

Mahavir Jayanthi
Birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara. Mahavir Jayanti 2012 is the most important religious holiday in Jainism.
Thursday, 5 April 2012

Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday to commemorate death of Jesus
Friday, 6 April 2012

Easter Monday
Easter celebrates resurrection of Jesus – Christian holiday
Monday, 9 April 2012

Buddha Purnima
Vesak Day celebrates birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha
Saturday, 5 May 2012

Krishna Janmashtami / Srikrishna Jayanti
Birth of Krishna – a Hindu festival celebrating birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of god Vishnu
Friday, 10 August 2012

India Independence Day^
Celebrates India Independence
Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Id ul Fitr
Eid ul-Fitr 2012 – End of Ramadan, according to Islamic Calendar
Sunday, 19 August 2012

Ganesh Chaturthi
Hindu Festival to celebrate the birthday of Lord Ganesh (Ganesha). Anant Chaturdashi will be celebrated on the last day of Ganesh Chaturthi, Wednesday, 19 September 2012.
Sunday, 9 September 2012 – Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Gandhi Jayanti^
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday
Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Dussehra
Vijaya Dashami – Hindu festival
Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Idul Zuha/Bakrid
Eid al-Adha 2012 ? Feast of the Sacrifice, according to Islamic Calendar
Friday, 26 October 2012

Deepavali / Diwali
Diwali or Festival of Lights is a very important Hindu festival
Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Muharram / Day of Ashura
Ashura Day – mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali / Imam Hussain, 10th day of Muharram month in Islamic lunar calendar. (Also often called as Moharram)
Saturday, 24 November 2012

Guru Nanak Jayanti
Guru Nanak’s Birthday – Sikh Festival
Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Christmas Day
Birth of Jesus – one of Christian most important holidays. Christmas 2012
Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Boxing Day
The day after Christmas – Christian Holiday. Boxing Day 2012
Wednesday, 26 December 2012

^Denotes India 2012 National Holidays

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