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Because of the slew of cultures and religions in India, celebrating all occasions and festivals would make most days holidays. Publicly recognized holidays vary from state to state, and the company you work for will probably have a say in which days you have off. Republic Day and Independence Day are definite vacation days.

Fixed date holidays followed in Mumbai 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 holi…

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