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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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!