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Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) in India

Raksha Bandhan (or Raksha Bandhana) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters, and families, on the full moon of the Hindu month of Shravana (Shravan Poornima), or around July and August. This day is also called Brother and Sister Day.

Is Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) a Public Holiday?

Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) is an optional holiday. Employment and holiday laws in India allow employees to choose a limited number of holidays from a list of optional holidays. Some employees may choose to take the day off on this day, however, most offices and businesses remain open.

A Rakhi is exchanged between brother and sister as a symbol of protection.

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About Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)

Read more about Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi).

Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Observances

Holiday currently only shown for years 2015–2020.

Note: Individuals can take a limited number of restricted holidays but government offices and most businesses remain open. This system gives individuals the flexibility to take time off to celebrate a holiday within India's vast religious and cultural society.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatAug 29Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Restricted Holiday
2016ThuAug 18Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Restricted Holiday
2017MonAug 7Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Restricted Holiday
2018SunAug 26Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Restricted Holiday
2019ThuAug 15Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Restricted Holiday
2020MonAug 3Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Restricted Holiday

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