Talk:Public holidays in India

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In anticipation to the likely merging of Indian Holidays with this article I added a short intro to the Zoroastrian segment, though it runs counter to the present format. Though I have been interested in Zoroastrianism for many years, the dates and names are a bit tricky. There are three calendars in use, and more than three languages to deal with (Parsi Gujarati, Avestan, Farsi, Pahlavi....). So anyone who knows the "standards" of the Parsi community please correct me where I have used an archaic Avestan, and/or Irani Zartushti name/date. I also left out minor holy days (after all, every day is technically a holy day in the Zoroastrian calendar!) and didn't mention Hamaspathmaidyem is also a Gahambar to limit confusion.

There could be more festivals included from the other religions as well, and the Hindu list is admitedly short itself - depending on how comprehensive the consensus of users think this article should be, that is. I know there have to be more than three Islamic holidays, though they may not be full-blown "festivals." And as mentioned on the other article's discussion page, there might be a caveat on Holi, which though of Hindu origin has become a secular celebration. I also believe India has a Teacher's Day. In addition, the Parsi observances may not technically be considered festivals, for as I mentioned in the intro to the Zoroastrian section, they are fairly private, close-knit affairs. Perhaps Indian Festivals, Holidays & Religious Observances might be a better title? And speaking of titles: the rest of the segments being Hindu, not Indian; Christian, not Portuguese, etc.; Islamic not Arabic; I thought I would use 'Zoroastrian' because Parsi (Persian) is not the religion itself, but the name given to the Zoroastrians who migrated to India from Iran and so on... Just a pet peeve of mine when the distinction isn't clarified. Though it is true unlike the others they are still exclusively of Persian stock, I was merely making a semantic point.

I also gave Sikhism its own segment. Nothing against Christianity, but it is just a little ethnocentric to give it its own segment for 2 holidays and not the others - but I see this often enough in the Wiki World that I try to rectify the bias whenever I can. However; since Jainism and Buddhism only have one each, "Other" is perhaps appropriate for now - if not a "Dharmic" section hehe.

On an æsthetic note, I believe tables should be considered, as suggested in the aforementioned discussion. Khirad 08:44, 11 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Intro to Zoroastrian on this page runs counter to current format which is plain listing of holidays/festivals in India. Would it not be better to move this article to India or Religions of India? Unless objected to, I am planning to move it soon. Ashish G 17:43, 15 February 2006 (UTC)

Just a thought[edit]

It may be helpful for some people, like myself, if the festivals were brought with a timeline. As I understand certain celebrations take place on different dates depending on the calendar, but there a time frame may be helpful.


would indeed be fabulous, if not in a timeline maybe at least displayed in the (sorted) list and on the following pages

should india have the number of public holidays we have currently[edit]

In my opinion,india should not have the number of holidays what we have now because i feel india is a secular country and the religious holidays wouldnt be utilised by all the religious people at the same time.

Gandhiji said "I am a Muslim, I am a Hindu, I am a Christian, I am a Jew - and so are all of you." Hence, making an edit in introductory section as religion is part of cultural diversity. Separate emphasis can be given simply as "religious".

Unofficial Holidays[edit]

Does Valentine's day and April Fool Day qualify as public holidays? I am not sure if any state observes the mentioned days as holidays. This section should be removed.


can u give me a list of Indian festivals .. Giving all the details of different festivals celebrated by the Indians . — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:17, 27 February 2009

Read the article Public holidays in India. Astronaut (talk) 07:19, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

Holi Photo[edit]

Can't we get a photo of people in India celebrating some holiday, instead of some non-Indian university students in the US? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:14, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

National Technology Day[edit]

I just read a new addition in holidays and observation for May 11, somebody put "National Technology Day" and it seems that the observation exists ( Could somebody confirm this and add the observation to a wiki article, perhaps to this article (eventhough it is not a holiday, it is an observation); please leave me a talk back message in my user talk :3 --Rochelimit (talk) 05:21, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

I request to merge National days in India (a stub) with this article as it provides the info of National h'days and there is no need for a seperate article.--WorLD8115 (TalK) 05:07, 14 August 2010 (UTC)

Support: I never new such page existed. Rticle Public holidays in India explicitly discusses holidays listed in article National days in India we even do'nt need to add anything to Public holidays in India.--Sayed Mohammad Faiz Haidertcs 01:26, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

Weekend in India[edit]

What is the offecial weekend day/days in India?--Wisamzaqoot (talk) 17:10, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Maryam vaziri (talkcontribs) 09:47, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Number of national holidays[edit]

It would be good to get some reliable sources for the number (and occurrence) of holidays across India. Specifically, an ip has altered the number to '2' on a number of occasions, removing Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Searching (and that article page) indicates that there are three national holidays, and that Gandhi Jayanti is one of them. Please respond here before editing to remove Gandhi Jayanti and/or reduce the number to '2' again. Sjgknight (talk) 08:29, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

My thought on this article[edit]

The article name is Public holidays. But it gives all details about festivals. I know that festivals in India has got great link with holidays. The Wikipedia definition of Holiday is "A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work, are suspended or reduced". This does not talk about festival.

As per my understanding, holiday is away for work or reduced work. Where as festival is a set of activities which includes many things like people, relatives, various customs, traditions, pooja, celebrations etc.

Can we separate out these two concepts and make 2 different articles? Yogee23 (talk) 08:16, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

A note on homonyms[edit]

This shouldn't explaining, but "Template:Main/Hindu holidays", which this article now features, is extremely different from "Template:Maine/Hindu holidays", which was the way I found it. Please: don't drink and type.PacificBoy 03:08, 16 November 2015 (UTC)