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Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri in India

Maha Shivratri is an annual festival honoring Shiva, the Hindu God of destruction. People celebrate by fasting for a whole day and staying awake all night. They also chant hymns and sing devotional songs, called bhajans.

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 is one of the three main gods in Hindu mythology.

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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
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/ShivaratriRestricted Holiday
2024FriMar 8Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2025WedFeb 26Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2026SunFeb 15Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday
2027SatMar 6Maha Shivaratri/ShivaratriGazetted Holiday

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