Good Friday Holiday In India

Good Friday Holiday In India

Good Friday is a gazetted holiday in India. It commemorates the final hours of Jesus’ life, his crucifixion, and death, as described in the Christian bible.

Is Good Friday a Public Holiday?

Good Friday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.


Christians during an Easter play to mark Good Friday in Guwahati, India.

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What Do People Do?

Many Christians in India attend special church services or pray on Good Friday. Some people also fast or abstain from meat on this day. Many Christians hold parades or open air plays to portray the last days and hours of Jesus’ life in some areas of India.

Good Friday is a day of sadness, in which churches are empty and dark. Services are held in the afternoon. Many churches have a bitter drink prepared from leaves, vinegar, and other ingredients. This drink is for everyone to taste after the service.

Public Life

National, state and local government offices, post offices and banks are closed on Good Friday. Christian stores, businesses and other organizations may be closed or have reduced opening hours. Those wishing to use public transport on the day may need to contact the local transport authorities to check on timetables.

Large prayer meetings and parades may cause local disruption to traffic. This is particularly true in areas with a large Christian population.


Good Friday is the day when Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This is an important event in Christianity, as it represents the sacrifices and suffering in Jesus’ life. The crucifixion was the culmination of a number of events in Holy Week, including: Jesus’ triumphal return to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; Jesus washing his disciples’ feet; and Jesus’ last supper on Maundy Thursday. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.

About Good Friday in Other Countries

Read more about Good Friday.

Good Friday Observances

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

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2017 Fri 14 Apr Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2018 Fri 30 Mar Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2019 Fri 19 Apr Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2020 Fri 10 Apr Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2021 Fri 2 Apr Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2022 Fri 15 Apr Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2023 Fri 7 Apr Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2024 Fri 29 Mar Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2025 Fri 18 Apr Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2026 Fri 3 Apr Good Friday Gazetted Holiday
2027 Fri 26 Mar Good Friday Gazetted Holiday

When is Good Friday?

Many countries observe Good Friday as a national holiday on the Friday before Easter. The day commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

Some countries observe the Orthodox calendar in which Good Friday may occur on a different date.

What is Good Friday?

The most important events in Christianity are the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God, and whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity.

After the last supper, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, put on trial, sentenced to death. He was then tied and nailed by the wrists and feet to a large wooden cross and left to die. This is why the cross is used as a symbol of the Christian faith.

Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.

Why is it called ‘Good Friday’?

At first glance, it seems a strange name for a day that marked such a terrible event as a crucifixion, but when we look at the origin of the name it becomes clearer… or it would if there was one origin that people could agree on. As it stands, you can take your pick from the following:

  • Some say it comes from the use of “Good” as an adjective applied to the day, which is an Old English synonym for “holy.”
  • Others believe it stems from a corruption of the word “God,” in much the same way that “Good Bye” comes from the phrase “God be with ye.” So the name may be derived from ‘God’s Friday’.
  • Undoubtedly most Christians perceive the day as “good” because the message of Easter is of Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil. Indeed, the New Testament is also known as the Gospel, which is Greek for ‘Good News’.

Also, it also worth noting that this confusion over the name is mainly confined to Western European and North American Christians. Eastern Orthodox Christians call it “Great and Holy Friday. Around the rest of the world, it’s known as Holy Friday in most Latin nations, ‘Great Friday’ by the Slavic peoples, “Friday of Mourning” in Germany and “Long Friday” in Norway.

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Good Friday Traditions

Many Church services are held in the afternoon, usually between noon to 3pm, to remember the hours when Jesus was crucified on the cross.

Some churches observe the day by re-enacting the process of the cross in the rituals of stations of the cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus’ life. Other churches may participate in Veneration of the Cross, a short ceremony in which Christians kneel before the cross and affirm their faith.

In Jerusalem, Christians follow in Jesus’ footsteps and walk Via Dolorosa, the traditional path that led to the site of the crucifixion. Many who participate try to ritually bear the same weight Jesus did by carrying crosses on their backs.

Though it’s not a public holiday in the Vatican or Italy, the Pope will say a mass at the Vatican before leads an annual public prayer of the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome. A procession is then made to the Palatine Hill, accompanied by a huge cross covered in burning torches.

Alfombras in Central America

In some Central American countries, including Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the streets are decorated with vividly hued designs along the route of Good Friday processions. The tradition of creating these “alfombras,” Spanish for carpet or rug, originated in Spain’s Andalusia region. The practice crossed the pond with missionaries more than 400 years ago. The patterns often depict religious or natural images, created from brightly coloured sawdust. Alfombras are not meant to endure. The patterns disappear beneath the feet of the marchers and spectators.

Hot Cross Buns

A traditional Good Friday treat in the UK, Canada and Australia. Only available at this time of year, these sweet buns are made from a yeast dough augmented with raisins, currants and sometimes a little citron. They’re decorated with a cross made of light frosting, two strips of plain dough, or just a knife imprint. The hot cross buns tradition is savoured by cultures around the world, going back to at least the 16th century when Queen Elizabeth I is said to have forbidden their sale except on Good Friday, Christmas or for burials. The last two occasions have fallen by the wayside: Once Good Friday is over, you’re unlikely to see the treats until next year.


Banks in India are usually shut on public holidays. There are certain bank holidays that are state-specific and some where banks throughout the country are shut. All-India holidays include Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15), and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). Festivals like Diwali, Christmas, Eidh, Guru Nanak Jayanthi, Good Friday, and so on are also bank holidays. Further, second and fourth Saturdays of the month are holidays.

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List of Bank Holidays

  • Himachal Pradesh
    • DateDayHoliday
    • January 08SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • January 22SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • January 26WednesdayRepublic Day
    • February 12SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • February 26SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • March 01TuesdayMahashivratri (Maha Vad-14)
    • March 12SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • March 18FridayHoli/Holi 2nd Day – Dhuleti/Dol Jatra
    • March 26SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • April 09SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • April 15FridayGood Friday/Himachal Day/Bengali New Year?s Day (Nababarsha)/Bohag Bihu/Vishu
    • April 23SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • May 03TuesdayBhagvan Shree Parshuram Jayanti/Ramjan-Eid (Eid-UI-Fitra)/Basava Jayanti/Akshaya Tritiya
    • May 14SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • May 16MondayBuddha Purnima
    • May 28SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • June 02ThursdayMaharana Pratap Jayanti
    • June 11SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • June 25SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • July 09SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • July 23SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • August 11ThursdayRaksha Bandhan
    • August 13SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • August 15MondayIndependence Day
    • August 19FridayJanmashtami (Shravan Vad-8)/Krishna Jayanthi
    • August 27SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • September 10SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • September 24SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • October 05WednesdayDurga Puja/Dusshera (Vijaya Dashmi)/Janmotsav of Srimanta Sankardeva
    • October 08SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • October 13ThursdayKarva Chauth
    • October 22SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • October 24MondayDiwali (Laxmi Pujan)/Deepavali/Kali Puja/Naraka Chaturdashi
    • October 26WednesdayGovardhan Pooja/Vikram Samvant New Year Day/Bhai Bij/Bhai Duj/Diwali (Bali Pratipada)/Laxmi Puja/Accession Day
    • November 08TuesdayGuru Nanak Jayanti/Kartika Purnima/Rahas Purnima
    • November 12SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • November 26SaturdayFourth Saturday
    • December 10SaturdaySecond Saturday
    • December 24SaturdayFourth Saturday

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