India Public Holidays 2013 Calendar

India is one of the popular tourist destinations. Apart from its rich culture it has many wonderful sights to offer. Not only does it have renowned beaches, but it has beautiful mountains as well as lush jungles for a safari. Its historical past has many beautiful palaces and temples and is the place of the world famous Taj Mahal. If you plan on visiting India as a tourist, you should take into consideration the public holidays where most of the government and businesses are closed for the holiday. Here is a list of the most popular India public holidays for 2013.

Republic Day 2013 (January 26th)

This a national holiday in celebration of the republic day. This was the day that India adopted its constitution and became a republic from a British Dominion.

Maha Shivratri 2013 (March 10th)

This is a Hindu festival in honour of Lord Shiva. It is also known as the great night of Lord Shiva and it celebrated with prayers and offerings to Lord Shiva.

Holi 2013 (March 27th)

This is a Hindu Festival, celebrating the coming of spring and is celebrated by playing with powdered colors and colored water.

Mahavir Jayanthi 2013 (April 23rd)

This is a holiday in celebration of the birth of Mahavira the founder of the Jain religion. This one of the religions founded in India.

May Day 2013, (May 1st)

Also known as Labour Day, it is a holiday in keeping with the labour movement as India is a socialist republic.

Buddha Purnima 2013 (May 25th)

This day is observed as a holiday to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is the most important day for the people who follow the Buddhist religion.

India Independence Day 2013 (August 15th)

This is the day on which India regained its independence from the British. India is one of the few countries which regained its independence without a revolution or bloodshed. It was led by Mahatma Gandhi who believed in non violence and achieved independence for his country through his policy of non violence and non co-operation.

Krishna Janmashtami 2013 (August 28th)

This is a holiday in celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. He gained international recognition through the ‘Hare Krishna’ movement which has many branches throughout the world.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2013 (September 9th)

This is a very popular festival in the western part of the country. It is celebrated in honour of the birth of Lord Ganesh. It is usually celebrated through religious ceremonies for three days.

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi 2013 (October 2nd)

This is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, also known as the father of the nation. He was the person who led the movement that won India its independence from the British.

Diwali 2013, (November 3rd)

This is known as the festival of lights and is also the beginning of the Hindu calendar year.

Guru Nanak Jayanthi 2013 (November 17th)

This is the birthday of the founder of the Sikh religion and the first of the ten Sikh gurus.

Christmas 2013 (December 25th)

This is a holiday that is celebrated in almost all parts of the world and it is the birthday of Lord Jesus Christ.

The above list is of the most common public holidays in India, though each region or state may celebrate other holidays. This is due to the complexity of the religions and diversity of the people in India.

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