Almost all private companies & government offices provide a set number of earned & sick leaves to their employees. However, they always look forward to other national & restricted holidays. Why? Because everybody loves to have some extra time on their hands to enjoy their personal life.
India is a land of culture and diversity and we Indians love to celebrate. Therefore, we as a country are blessed with festivals of different types, each having its own significance and importance. We have festivals for different seasons of the year and holidays for festivals are different from national holidays in India. Therefore, this makes it a complex task for HR professionals to plan the holiday calendar for their employees.
It is part of the HR duty to make yearly holiday policies for companies in the start of a financial year. Therefore, while setting these holiday policies for companies, referring to the respective year’s holiday calendar released by the government is imperative.
HR professionals can check the list of national holidays in India 2021 and plan the leave policies well in advance. Besides central government gazetted holidays, you may also check the compulsory holidays for private companies in India before releasing the leave policy on your HR software portal.
Moreover, let’s talk about the difference between restricted and national holidays.
What Is A National Holiday?
A national holiday is a day on which a country, whether sovereign or not, commemorates its independence, establishment, or other significant event. There are three national holidays in India. Therefore, annually, the country commemorates Republic Day on January 26th, Independence Day on August 15th, and Gandhi Jayanti on October 2nd.
All national holidays are compulsory holidays for private companies in India.
What Is A Restricted Holiday?
A restricted holiday is one that is discretionary, and it is up to the employee to decide whether or not to take leave on that specific day.
Restricted holidays are also called ‘Optional Holidays’ and are not compulsory holidays for private companies in India. In general, holiday policies for companies may include a number of restricted holidays. However, employees are only permitted to choose from a list of optional holidays (with a maximum limit).
For instance, Sri Ram Navami is a Hindu festival, while Eid is a Muslim festival, so it is up to the employees to take time off during these holidays.
Difference Between Restricted and National Holidays
The key difference between restricted and national holidays is that national holidays are compulsory holidays for private companies in India (or any other office) whereas restricted holidays are at the discretion of the employee.
List Of National & Restricted Holidays In India 2021
Before framing holiday policies for companies, let’s take a look at this list of national and restricted holidays in India 2021.