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Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri in India

Maha Shivaratri (Maha Shivratri, Maha Sivaratri, Shivaratri, Sivaratri) is a festival that is dedicated to the worship Lord Shiva on the 13th or 14th day of the Hindu month of Maagha or Phalguna. The festival usually occurs in the month of February or March and is observed for one day and night only.

Is Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri a Public Holiday?

Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Goddess Parvati & Lord Shiva

The Hindu god Shiva next to the goddess Parvati.

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About Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri

Read more about Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri.

Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri Observances

Holiday currently only shown for years 2015–2020.

Note: During a gazetted holiday, government offices and most businesses are closed so people have a day off work.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015TueFeb 17Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2016MonMar 7Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2017FriFeb 24Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2018WedFeb 14Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2019MonMar 4Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2020FriFeb 21Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday

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