Most offices in Delhi observe a five-day or six-day work week, with Sundays off. All though the year, there are many holidays, more than are common in most Western countries. Some of the bank holidays in India are fixed while others, specifically for Indian festivals, vary every year as they are calculated according to the Indian (lunar-based) calendar.Fixed date holidays followed in Delhi are:

  • Republic Day: 26th January (India become a democratic republic on this day in 1950)
  • Independence Day: 15th August (India attained freedom from the British Rule on this day in 1947)
  • Gandhi Jayanti: 2nd October (Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi-the Father of the Nation)

Holidays (based on Lunar/Indian calendar):

  • Dussehra: In October or November, Dussehra or Vijayadashmi is a Hindu festival to celebrate victory of goodness over evil.
  • Diwali: Festival of lights, celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the Ravana, the evil king of Lanka, and is sometime in October or November

Bank Holiday Schedule

Banks and public institutions, as well as some schools, are closed on the following holidays, although offices may choose to remain open on most of these days (with the exception of Republic Day, Independence Day, and Gandhi Jayanti, on which most offices are required to close for business). If a holiday falls on a Sunday, you will not normally get the following Monday off en lieu.

Hoiday 2013 2014
Milad-un-Nabi (Birthday of Prophet Muhammad) Friday, 25 January Monday, 13 January
Republic Day* Saturday, 26 January Sunday, 26 January
Holi Wednesday, 27 March Monday, 17 March
Good Friday Friday, 29 March Friday, 18 April
Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti Sunday, 14 April Monday, 24 April
Ram Navami (Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya) Friday, 19 April Tuesday, 8 April
Mahavir Jayanti (One of the biggest Jain festivals in India) Wednesday, 24 April Sunday, 13 April
Buddha Purnima (Celebration of the Buddha’s birth) Saturday, 25 May Tuesday, 13 May
Ramazan/Idu’l Fitr (End of Ramadan) Friday, 9 August Monday, 28 July
Independence Day* Thursday, 15 August Friday, 15 August
Janmashtami (Celebrates the birth of Lord Shri Krishna) Wednesday, 28 August Sunday, 17 August
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday* Wednesday, 2 October Thursday, 2 October
Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami)* Monday, 14 October Monday, 6 October
Bakri Id/Idu’l Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice) Wednesday, 16 October Saturday, 4 October
Deepavali/Diwali (Festival of Lights)* Saturday, 2 November Thursday, 23 October
Muharram (Marks the first month of Muslim calendar) Thursday, 14 November Saturday, 25 October
Guru Nanak Jayati (Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith) Sunday, 17 November Thursday, 6 November
Christmas Day Wednesday, 25 December

*See explanation above

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