What Is a Restricted Holiday?

A restricted holiday, also known as an optional holiday, is a sort of leave that is optional for an employee whether they avail or leave it. Employees are allowed to select a specific number of restricted holidays. These holidays are for particular employees only and therefore don’t require the entire office to be shut down.

Another thing to keep in mind with restricted holidays is that there is a maximum limit attached to such holidays for the employee. 

Example of a Restricted Holiday

For example, Diwali is a festival that is celebrated by Hindus. If an employee wishes to take a leave to celebrate that festival, it’s up to them. In this case, the holiday is only applicable to Hindus and not other religions. Therefore making it a restricted holiday to Hindus only.

Restricted Holidays in 2021

  • New Year’s Day – 01 January 2021 – Friday
  • Lohri – 13 January 2021 – Wednesday
  • Makar Sankranti/Magha Bihu/ Pongal – 14 January 2021 – Thursday
  • Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday – 20 January 2021 – Wednesday
  • Basant Panchami /Sri Panchami – 16 February 2021 – Tuesday
  • Shivaji Jayanti – 19 February 2021 – Friday
  • Hazarat Ali’s Birthday – 26 February 2021 – Friday
  • Guru Ravi Das’s Birthday – 27 February 2021 – Saturday
  • Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti – 08 March 2021 – Monday
  • Maha Shivaratri – 11 March 2021 – Thursday
  • Holika Dahan/Dolyatra – 28 March 2021 – Sunday
  • Easter Sunday – 04 April 2021 – Sunday
  • (Jhaitra Sukladi / Gudi Padava / Ugadi / Cheti Chand / Vaisakhi /Vishu – 13 April 2021 – Tuesday
  • Mesadi Tamil New Year’s Day – 14 April 2021 – Wednesday
  • Vaisakhadi (Bengal) / Bahag Bihu (Assam) – 15 April 2021 – Thursday
  • Jamat-Ul-Vida – 07 May 2021 – Friday
  • Guru Rabindranath’s birthday – 09 May 2021 – Sunday
  • Eid-ul-Fitr – 14 May 2021 – Friday
  • Rath Yatra – 12 July 2021 – Monday
  • Eid-ul-Adha –  21 July 2021 –  Wednesday 
  • Parsi New Year’s day/Nauraj – 16 August 2021 – Monday
  • Onam or Thiru Onam Day – 21 August 2021 – Saturday
  • Raksha Bandhan – 22 August 2021 – Sunday
  • Janmashtami (Smarta) – 30 August 2021 – Monday
  • Vinayaka Chaturthi/ Ganesh Chaturthi – 10 September 2021 – Friday
  • Dussehra (Saptami) – 12 October 2021 – Tuesday
  • Dussehra (Mahashtami) – 13 October 2021 – Wednesday
  • Dussehra (Mahanavmi) – 14 October 2021 – Thursday
  • Maharishi Valmiki’s Birthday – 20 October 2021 – Wednesday
  • Karaka Chaturthi (Karwa Chouth) – 24 October 2021 – Sunday
  • Naraka Chaturdasi – 03 November 2021 – Wednesday
  • Govardhan Puja – 05 November 2021 – Friday
  • Bhai Duj – 06 November 2021 – Saturday
  • Pratihar Shashthi or Surya Shashthi (Chhat Puja) – 10 November 2021 – Wednesday
  • Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day – 24 November 2021 – Wednesday
  • Christmas Eve – 24 December 2021 – Friday