List of Restricted & National Holidays In India

Almost all private companies and government offices provide a set number of earned and sick leaves to their employees. However, they always look forward to other national and 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 at 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 2022 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 another 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 as well as national holidays in India. 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 in India 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 Restricted and National Holidays In India 2022

Before framing holiday policies for companies, let’s take a look at this list of restricted and national holidays in India 2022. January 2022
Event/Occassion Date Holiday Type
New Year 1 Jan 2022 Restricted
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Lohri 9 Jan 2022 Restricted
Lohri 13 Jan 2022 Restricted
Pongal 14 Jan 2022 Restricted
Makar Sakranti 14 Jan 2022 Restricted
Republic Day 26 Jan 2022 Restricted
February 2022
Event/Occassion Date Holiday Type
Basant Panchmi 5 Feb 2022 Restricted
Guru Ravidas Jayanti 16 Feb 2022 Restricted
March 2022
Event/Occassion Date    Holiday Type      
Mahashivratri 1 Mar 2022 Restricted
Losar 3 Mar 2022 Gazetted
Holi 18 Mar 2022 Gazetted
April 2022
Event/Occassion Date            Holiday Type      
Ram Navami 10 Apr 2022 Gazetted
Mahavir Jayanti 14 Apr 2022 Restricted
Vaisakhi 14 Apr 2022 Restricted
Good Friday 15 Apr 2022 Public
Easter Day 17 Apr 2022 Restricted
May 2022
Event/Occassion Date Holiday Type
Eid-Ul-Fitr 3 May 2022 Restricted
Guru Rabindranath Jayanti 9 May 2022 Gazetted
Buddha Purnima 16 May 2022 Gazetted
July 2022
Event/Occassion Date   Holiday Type  
Ratha Yatra 1 July 2022 Gazetted
Id-Ul-Zuha 9 July 2022 Restricted
August 2022


Event/Occassion Date Holiday Type
Muharram 9 Aug 2022 Gazetted
Raksha Bandhan 12 Aug 2022 Restricted
Independence Day 15 Aug 2022 National
Parsi New Year 16 Aug 2022 Public Holiday
Janmashtmi 19 Aug 2022 Gazetted
Onam 30 Aug 2022 Restricted
September 2022


Event/Occassion Date Holiday Type
Ganesh Chaturthi 10 Sept 2022 Restricted
National Holidays in India- October 2022


Event/Occassion Date Holiday Type
Gandhi Jayanti 2 Oct 2022 National
Dussehra 5 Oct 2022 Gazetted
Milad-Un-Nabi 9 Oct 2022 Gazetted
Valmiki Jayanti 9 Oct 2022 Restricted
Karva Chauth 13 Oct 2022 Restricted
Diwali 24 Oct 2022 Gazetted
Govardhan Puja 26 Oct 2022 Restricted
Bhai Dooj 27 Oct 2022 Gazetted
Chhath Pooja 30 Oct 2022 Restricted
November 2022


Event/Occassion Date Holiday Type
Guru Nanak Jayanti 8 Nov 2022 Gazetted
December 2022


Event/Occassion Date Holiday Type
Christmas 25 Dec 2022 Public

Bottom line

So these are the restricted and national holidays in India which gives some extra time off to employees all around the country. Festivals are meant to be celebrated together and just imagine how pointless it will be to not able to attend these celebrations. This is why every organization must try to implement these leaves in their holiday calendar and put a smile on their employees’ faces by giving them time off during these national holidays.

FAQs on Restricted and National Holidays in India

1️⃣How many national holidays are there in India which are applicable in every state and union territory of the country? 
There are 3 national holidays in India that are observed in every part of the country. These holidays are Republic Day- 26th January, Independence Day- 15th August, and Gandhi Jayanti- 2 October.
2️⃣Are government holidays the same across all the states in India? 
No, the public or government holidays differ from state to state. There might be some common holidays, but there are some holidays that are specific to the culture and history of each state.
3️⃣Can I take the public or government holiday of one state in another state?
No, you can’t, until you are currently residing in that state.
4️⃣Is New Year a public holiday in any state in India?
Yes, there are several states which allow their employees to enjoy New Year by making it a public holiday.

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