Calender 2018 :- Holiday List for Central Government Employees


Holiday List for Central Government Employees during year 2018 (Calender 2018)

Holiday is the word that everyone wants to hear in their life. Be it a student or a central government employee, holiday cherishes everyone to the core. As far as the central government employees are concerned there are quite a fixed number of days that an employee can expect to be holiday in a whole year. There are some of the compulsory or mandatory holidays, festive holidays and restricted holidays as well. As India is such a country where various religion and caste inhabits the holiday list from place to place is a bit different. Here in this article a holiday list and details are been mentioned for the coming year 2018.

Holiday List for Central Government Employees 2017

Holiday List for Central Government Employees during year 2018 in India Compulsory holidays

Compulsory holidays are those that are common across the nation and each employee irrespective of location, caste or religion get work off on these days. Also if a compulsory holiday falls on Sunday, the employee cannot change the holiday or so. There are 14 numbers of total compulsory holidays in the year 2018. They are:

Sl. No. Holidays Date
1 Republic Day 26th January
2 Mahavir Jayanti 29th March
3 Good Friday 30th March
4 May Day 7th  May
5 Buddha Purnima 30th April
6 Idul Fitr 15th June
7 Independence Day 15th August
8 Idul Zoha 22nd August
9 Muharram 21st September
10 Dusshera 19th October
11 Gandhi Birthday 2nd October
12 Deepawali 7th November
13 Guru Nanak Jayanti 23rd  November
14 Christmas Day 25th December

These mentioned 14 dates will be the compulsory holidays for a central government employee. These holidays cannot be changed or altered due to any reason. If any of them has fallen on any other non-working day like Sunday, then also the holidays cannot be altered.

Festive holidays

As said that the country has immense numbers of religion, caste and communities, there are immense numbers of holidays as well that take place during a year. There are 12 total festive holidays that are granted for the central government employees. These prominent festive holidays are as follows

Sl. No. Holidays Dates
1 Pongal 14th January
2 Makar Sankranti 14th January
3 Vasant Panchami 22ndJanuary
4 Maha Shivaratri 13th February
5 Holi 2nd  March
6 Ram Navami 25th March
7 Vaishakhi 14th April
8 Rath Yatra 14th July
9 Janmashtami 2nd September
10 Ganesh Chaturthi 13th September
11 Onam 24rth  August
12 Additional Day for Dusshera

These Festive holidays are for all the central government employees whether they celebrate it or not. For instance people who celebrate Pongal will get holiday on Maha Shivratri as well though they have nothing to do with it.

Restricted holidays

There are some holidays that are called Restricted Holidays. Restricted holidays are somewhat similar to festival holidays. These are pre-sanctioned holidays that one must know beforehand. The reason why it is called restricted as these holidays cannot be changed or altered beforehand. Just like the national or compulsory holidays. Restricted holidays only depict the auspicious holidays that one has to take whether he / she celebrates it or not.

For instance Dusshera is been celebrated by the Hindus but Muslims in all states will get the holiday on that day. This is what Restricted Holidays are all about under Central Government.

Commercial and Trading establishment Industry – central government

There are many industries and sectors under the central government. Those firms which are dealing with commercial, trading and industrial establishment are eligible to expect 16 holidays in the year 2018 including the main 3 national holidays namely Republic Day, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday and Independence Day.

The organisation can also alter their holiday list a bit according to the festivals and local situations. It is not only for the commercial or trading establishment but for other sectors as well, there is free options available with the organisation that can alter few of the holidays according to the festivals arrive.

Change of Holidays

There is also a rule of change of holidays according to the situation. It can be happened regarding the mandatory holidays or festive holidays. Mostly the change of holidays takes place during the different festivals. Now consider Eid, one of the biggest festivals in India arrives on 22nd September in the year 2018. The festival is been celebrated on the full moon day. So according to the moon’s position the festival will take place. If the moon does not show up on the 21st as per the ritual then the holiday will be changed to either 22nd or 23rd may be.

Regarding this in West Bengal deewali is celebrated a day before when it is Kali Puja in the state of Bengal. So in this case the Bengal people get two days holidays one for the Kali Puja and other for the mandatory Deewali. On the other during Durga Puja, the biggest festival in Bengal, employees get holiday two days prior to the Dusshera i .e. from Ashtami (the 8th day of Durga Puja) till the Dusshera while the other parts of the country enjoy only one day for Dusshera.

Bank Holidays

Bank holidays are not included in the Central Government holiday list. They were set by the Financial Ministry. Every year on 1st of April (starting of new financial year) all the banks remain closed. Again on 30th September the banks remain closed for half yearly service. But none of the days are allotted to any central government employees for holidays.

Casual Leave and Other Leaves

Casual Leave and other leaves are not included in the holiday list for the Central government employees. Many people get confused between the two. But leaves are those which are allotted to each employee apart from the mandatory and festival holidays. If the employees don’t take the leaves they can easily work. But there is no way that employees can work on the holidays set by the government. They are bound to take the day off during holiday but not leave.

Depending on the instruction issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Union Territory Administration decide the holiday list for the Central Government employees every year.

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