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Here is a useful tool to help plan your work schedules, meetings and travel to India. (See “Navigating India’s Holidays” for a more in-depth treatment, with many useful tips.) See below for "Print" and "Email" instructions. These are the principal Indian public holidays for 2015. Not all of them are observed in every state, or in every company. Also, the names differ a bit from state to state. Those in bold and marked "(C)" are the 14 public holidays observed universally throughout India. 

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Jan 1 New Year's Day Secular
Jan 4 Id-e-Milad / Milad-un-Nabhi (Prophet Muhammad's Birthday)  Muslim (C)
Jan 14 Makara Sankranthi (Sun entering Capricorn) - celebrated as Pongal winter harvest festival in Tamilnadu Hindu
Jan 26 REPUBLIC DAY (Celebrates the adoption of India's Constitution in 1950) NATIONAL (C)
Feb 17 Mahashivaratri (Celebration of Lord Shiva) Hindu
Mar 6 Holi (Festival of Colors) - especially important in North India Hindu
Mar 21 Ugadi / Gudi Padwa / Chaitra Purnima (Hindu Lunar New Year) - especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra Hindu
March 28 Ram Nawami (Birth of Lord Ram) Hindu
Apr 2 Mahavir Jayanti (Birth of Lord Mahavira) Jain (C)
Apr 3 Good Friday (Crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ) Christian (C)
Apr 14 Birthday of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar (Architect of India's Constitution and leader of the Dalits) Secular
May 1 May Day (Labor Day) 

May 4 Buddha Purnima (Birth of Lord Bddha) Buddhist (C)
Jul 18 Id-ul-Fitr / Ramzan Id (End of Ramadan Fast) Muslim (C)
Aug 15 INDEPENDENCE DAY (Celebrates India's independence from Great Britain in 1947) NATIONAL (C)
Aug 17 Ganesh Chaturthi (Birth of Lord Ganesh) - especially popular in Maharashtra Hindu
Aug 18

Parsee New Year (Celebrated in Mumbai and cities of Gujarat) Zoroastrian
Aug 29 Raksha Bandhan (Brother-Sister Holiday) Hindu
Sept 5 Shrikrishna Jayanti / Janmashtami (Birth of Lord Krishna) Hindu
Sept 25 Id-ul-Zuha / Bakrid (Feast of Sacrifice) Muslim
Oct 2 MAHATMA GANDHI'S BIRTHDAY (Mahatma Gandhi is considered "The Father of the Nation") NATIONAL (C)
Oct 22 Dussehra / Vijaya Dashami (Lord Ram's Triump and Celebration of the Goddess Durga) - one of the main all-India Hindu festivals Hindu (C)
Oct 24 Muharram / Ashura (Martyrdom of Imam Hussain) - especially important to Shia Muslims Muslim
Nov 11 Diwali / Deepawali (Festival of LIghts) - the main and most popular all-India Hindu festival

Hindu (C)

Nov 25

Guru Nanak Jayanti (Birth of Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism) Sikh (C)
Dec 25

 Christmas (Birth of Lord Jesus Christ) Christian (C)





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