Dear All, Just wanted to know is it necessary to give holiday on 15th August, 2014
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it is mandatory to give off on August 15 (any year) since its falls under the category of National hoilday. Pls refer the national and festival holidays act pertaining to your state for better understanding.


Jan 26/Aug 15/Oct 2 are national holidays.------------------------------------------------------------

From India, Lucknow
Raj Kumar Hansdah

Is it a genuine query ??
I am surprised to see such query from the member who professes to be an HR GENERALIST.
Ignorance of Law is not an excuse; especially for a HR professional knowledge of such provisions is a must.
Raising or having such basic queries, question the competence and education of such concerned HR and invite ridicule for the profession.
Warm regards.

From India, Delhi

In India, it is MANDATORY , to give a Holiday(Fully paid leave) on ALL the National Holidays and also on the National / State/ Municipal/ Local Election day.
Mandatory =
required by law or mandate; compulsory.
"wearing helmets was made mandatory for pedal cyclists"
synonyms: obligatory, compulsory, binding, required;
An Indian employee, on work abroad, may be expected to work on these days,with compensatory off in future.
However,in Special Industries like Hospital, hotel, Air transport, Rail transport etc. exceptions may be made WITH a provision for a Compensatory off (fully paid Leave).
Kindly correct me, if needed.
National holidays are observed in all states and union territories.
India has three national days.They are:
Date English name
26 January Republic Day
15 August Independence Day
2 October Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.

From India, Mumbai

There are 4 mandatory holidays in Maharashtra. May 1 being the fourth one.
From India, Mumbai

yes it is mandatory to give off on national holiday but you can take perimission from local labour inspector to work on that particular date, however remeber that you have to pay thrice the wages on that date including c/off
From India, Patiala
Shri.manish guptaji, where it is written to pay thrice wages on National holidays. you are requested to give the reference.
From India, Indore

Dear Sir, the List of Holidays in Maharashtra is more than 4. The List of Govt. Holidays in India,on a STATE level, differs according to the diff states.
I believe they are NOT included under NATIONAL holidays.
May 1 is a Universal Labor day and hence a Holiday, though it also Happens to be THE Maharashtra Day, & that's a different issue.
I am not aware of it being considered as a National holiday in India.
Kindly correct me, if so.

From India, Mumbai


Maharashtra holiday list 2013

The state government has declared government holidays for government offices and institutions the calendar year 2013. As per a notification issued by the General Administration Department following will be the holidays during the calendar year 2013.


Id Milad-un-Nabi 25 January

Republic Day 26 January

Sant Ravidas Jayanti 25 February

Holi March 27

Good Friday 29 March

Gudi Padwa / Cheti Chand 11 April

Ram Navami 19 April

Mahavir Jayanti 23 April

Buddha Purnima 25 May

It-ul-Fitr 9 August

Independence Day 15 August

Raksha Bandhan 21 August

Janmashtami 28 August

Gandhi Jayanti 2 October

Id-uz-Zuha 16 October

Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti on 18 October

Moharram 14 November and Christmas 25 December.

The holidays which fall on SUNDAYS include............

Mahashivratri 10 March

Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti/Vaishakhi 14 April

Dussehra (Vijay Dashmi) 13 October

Deepawali 3 November and Gurunanak Jayanti 17 November.

Hence no separate holiday has been declared for these occasions

Public holidays

Id Milad-un-Nabi 25 January

Republic Day 26 January

Holi March 27

Good Friday 29 March

banks annual account closing 1 April

Ram Navami 19 April

Mahavir Jayanti 23 April

Buddha Purnima 25 May

It-ul-Fitr 9 August

Independence Day 15 August

Raksha Bandhan 21 August

Janmashtami 28 August

banks half-yearly account closing 30 September

Gandhi Jayanti 2 October

Id-uz-Zuha 16 October

Moharram 14 November and Christmas 25 December

have been declared as public holidays under the Negotiable Instrument Act.

These holidays will be applicable to banks and treasuries under the Negotiable Instruments Act.


The state government has also announced optional holidays during the year 2013. Every government employee can avail a maximum of three of these optional holidays as per his/her choice.

The optional holidays include:-

New Year January 1

Makar Sankranti/Pongal January 14

Guru Govind Singh Jiís birth anniversary January 18

Hemu Kalaniís martyrdom day January 21

Vasant Panchami February 15

Dev Narayan Jayanti February 16

birthday of Dr. Syedna Saheb March 2

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswatiís birth anniversary March 7

Veerangana Avanitbaiís martyrdom day March 20

Holi (Holika Dahan) March 26

Bhaidooj March 29

Bhakt Mata Karma Jayanti April 6

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jayanti April 11

Vishu April 13

Nishad Raj Jayanti April 15

Hatkeshwar Jayanti April 24

Sen Jayanti May 6

Parshuram Jayanti/Akshay Tritiya May 13

Shankaracharya Jayanti May 15

Hazrat Aliís birth anniversary May 24

Chhatrasal Jayanti/Maharana Pratap Jayanti June 11

Mahesh Jayanti June 17

Chhatrasal Jayanti/Maharana Pratap Jayanti June 11

Bada Mahadev Poojan June 21

Veerangana Durgavatiís martyrdom day June 24

Shab-e-Baraat June 25

Guru Purnima July 22

Jumat-ul-Wida August 2

Id-ul-Fitr (exactly one day before) August 7

Goswami Tuslidas Jayanti/Durgadas Rathore Jayanti August 13

Ganesh Chaturthi September 9

Navakhari September 12

Onam September 16

Vishwakarma Jayanti September 17

Raja Shankar Shaj and Raghunath Shahís martyrdom day/Anant Chaturdashi September 18

Prannath Jayanti October 3

Sarvapitra Moksh Amavasiya October 4

Agrasen Jayanti October 5

Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) October 12

Id-ul-Azha (exactly one day before) October 14

Maharaja Ajmorh Dev Jayanti/Tekchand Ji Maharajís Samadhi Utsav October 18

Karwa Chouth Parv/Ghadeer-e-Khum October 22

Deepawali (South Indian) November 2

second day of Deepawali Novmber 4

Bhai Dooj November 5

Bhagwan Sahastrabahu Jayanti November 9

Sant Shri Jin Taran Taaran Jayanti December 9

Dattatreya Jayanti December 16

Guru Ghasidas Jayanti December 18 and Balinath Ji Berwa Jayanti December 31 have been declared as optional holidays.


Maharishi Guru Gokul Das Ji Maharaj January 6

Narmada Jayanti February 17

Swami Ramcharan Ji Maharaj birth anniversary/Shabri Jayanti February 24

Vallabhacharya Jayanti May 5

Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti May 12

Birsa Munda martyrdom day June 9

Kabir Jayanti June 23

Nagpanchami August 11 and Guru Teg Bahadurís martyrdom day November 24.

A government servant can available maximum three optional holidays in a year as per his or her wish.

From India, Mumbai

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