Public and bank holidays 2021: Here’s the full list of holidays for 2021 in India

The Xennial
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Public and bank holidays 2021: Here’s the full list of holidays for 2021 in India
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It’s the first thing you likely look at when the New Year begins. The list of public and bank holidays is one that likely gets you through the first week of January, then the month, and then those really stressful weeks. So here it is: the full list of public and bank holidays for 2021.

Print it out and tape it to your (WFH) desk.

January 2021

The great part about January 2021 is that it begins on a weekend. January 1, 2021 is a Friday. Most organisations and banks in select cities are closed on the day. If you work for a company that has a five-day week, your first three days of the New Year will make your first long weekend of 2021. That’s reason to celebrate right? These are the public and bank holidays for January 2021:

  • Friday, January 1: New Year's Day

  • Thursday, January 14: Makar Sankranti / Pongal

  • Tuesday, January 26: Republic Day

February 2021

February is a month with no holidays. But it’s also not a leap year so all you have to do is get through 28 days and you’ll be fine.

March 2021

You’ll get a mid-week respite in March thanks to Mahashivratri and a long weekend thanks to Holi. The Holi week will also be a particularly short week thanks to Good Friday, making it a four-day week.

  • Thursday, March 11: Mahashivratri

  • Monday, March 29: Holi

April 2021

Good Friday in 2021 falls on the same week as Holi giving you that elusive four-day week. You lose the Mahavir Jayanti holiday because it falls on a Sunday but Ram Navami and Gudi Padva make up for it.

  • Friday, April 2: Good Friday

  • Tuesday, April 13: Gudi Padwa/Ugadi

  • Wednesday, April 21: Ram Navami

  • Sunday, April 25: Mahavir Jayanti

May 2021

You lose the Labour Day holiday because it falls on a Saturday but two mid-week holidays should help you rid your blues in May.

  • Saturday, May 1: Labour Day (in select states) and State Formation Day (in Maharashtra and Gujarat)

  • Thursday, May 13: Eid-ul-Fitar

  • Wednesday, May 26: Budhha Purnima

June 2021

As with most years, no month looks more depressing on a calendar than June. As we hit the half-year mark June with a grand total of zero holidays reminds us to be thankful for the ones we did get and the ones we will in the remainder of the year.

July 2021

July too rarely has any holidays and 2021 is no exception either.

  • Monday, July 12: Rath Yatra (in Odisha)

  • Tuesday, July 20: Bakri Id/Eid ul-Adha

August 2021

The eighth month of the year brings with some relief but that list of holidays could’ve been longer but isn’t because Independence Day, Onam, and Raksha Bandhan fall on weekends.

  • Tuesday, August 10: Muharram

  • Sunday, August 15: Independence Day

  • Monday, August 16: Parsi New Year

  • Saturday, August 21: Onam

  • Sunday, August 22: Raksha Bandhan

  • Monday, August 30: Janmashtami

September 2021

There’s just one bank holiday in September but it will be restricted to select states where Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on a large scale. It does help, though, that the one holiday in September falls on a Friday, making it a long weekend.

  • Friday, September 10: Ganesh Chaturthi

October 2021

The festivities begin in earnest this month with Dussehra though you will lose the Gandhi Jayanti holiday because it falls on a Saturday. Dussehra, however, falls on a Friday giving you yet another long weekend.

  • Saturday, October 2: Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

  • Friday, October 15: Dussehra

November 2021

Festivities continue into November with Diwali followed by Guru Nanak Jayanti.

  • Wednesday, November 3: Diwali

  • Thursday, November 4: Diwali

  • Friday, November 19: Guru Nanak Jayanti

December 2021

Yet another year draws to a close. While all of December typically feels like a long weekend, the one holiday you do get, falls on a Saturday.

  • Saturday, December 25: Christmas

But New Year’s Eve falls on a Friday, which means you also wind up 2021 with a long weekend!