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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.

The Hindu god Shiva next to the goddess Parvati.

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About Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri

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Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri Observances

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016MonMar 7Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2017FriFeb 24Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2018TueFeb 13Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2019MonMar 4Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2020FriFeb 21Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2021ThuMar 11Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2022TueMar 1Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2023SatFeb 18Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2024FriMar 8Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2025WedFeb 26Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2026SunFeb 15Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday

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