Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during the year 2018
Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and
Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training), Establishment (JCA-Q)
Section, North Block, New Delhi vide O.M. No. F.No.12/3/2017-JCA-2 dated
the 14th June, 2017, issued list of Holidays to be observed in
Central Government Offices during the year 2018.
Subject: Holidays to be observed in Central Government Offices during
the year 2018- reg.
this OM will be observed in all the Administrative Offices of the Central
Government located at Delhi/ New Delhi during the year 2018. In addition,
each employee will also be allowed to avail himself / herself of any two
holidays to be chosen by him / her out of the list of Restricted Holidays
in Annexure – II.
Delhi shall observe the following holidays compulsorily in addition to
three holidays as per para 3.1 below:
1. REPUBLIC DAY
2. INDEPENDENCE DAY
3. MAHATMA GANDHI’S BIRTHDAY
4. BUDDHA PURNIMA
5. CHRISTMAS DAY
6. DUSSEHRA (VIJAY DASHMI)
7. DIWALI (DEEPAVALI)
8. GOOD FRIDAY
9. GURU NANAK’S BIRTHDAY
10. IDU’L FITR
1 1 . IDU’L ZUHA
12. MAHAVIR J AYANTI
14. PROPHET MOHAMMAD’S BIRTHDAY (ID-E-MILAD)
three holidays shall be decided from the list indicated below by the
Central Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee in the State
Capitals, if necessary, in consultation with Coordination Committees at
other places in the State. The final list applicable uniformly to all
Central Government offices within the concerned State shall be notified
accordingly and no change can be carried out thereafter. It is also
clarified that no change is permissible in regard to festivals and dates as
1. AN ADDITIONAL DAY FOR DUSSEHRA
3. JANAMASHTAMI (VAISHNAVI)
4. RAM NAVAMI
5. MAHA SHIVRATRI
6. GANESH CHATURTHI / VINAYAK CHATURTHI
7. MAKAR SANKARANTI
8. RATH YATRA
1 1. SRI PANCHAMI / BASANT PANCHAMI
12. VISHU/ VAISAKHI / VAISAKHADI / BHAG BIHU / MASHADI UGADI
CHAITRA SUKLADI / CHETI CHAND / GUDI PADAVA /1ST NAVRATRA
NAORAZ/ CHHATH POOJA/ KARVA CHAUTH.
initially declared subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any
other non-working day or in the event of more than one festival falling on
the same day.
Central Government Offices located in Delhi / New Delhi. The Coordination
Committees at the State Capitals may draw up separate list of Restricted
Holidays keeping in view the occasions of local importance but the 9
occasions left over, after choosing the 3 variable holidays in para 3.1
above, are to be included in the list of restricted holidays.
respect of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad, if necessary,
depending upon sighting of the Moon, would be declared by the Ministry of
Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions after ascertaining the position
from the Govt. of NCT of Delhi (DCP, Special Branch, Delhi Police).
Employees’ Welfare Coordination Committees at the State Capitals are
authorised to change the date of holiday, if necessary, based on the
decision of the concerned State Governments / Union Territories, in respect
of Idu’l Fitr, Idu’l Zuha, Muharram and Id-e-Milad.
5.3 It may happen that the change of date of the above occasions has to be
declared at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement could be
made through P.I.B/T.V./A.I.R./ Newspapers and the Heads of Department /
Offices of the Central Government may take action according to such an
announcement without waiting for a formal order, about the change of date.
(Kartika 16). In certain States, the practice is to celebrate the occasion
a day in advance, i.e., on “Naraka Chaturdasi Day”. In view of this, there
is no objection if holiday on account of Deepavali is observed on “Naraka
Chaturdasi Day (in place of Deepavali Day) for the Central Government
Offices in a State if in that State that day alone is declared as a
compulsory holiday for Diwali for the offices of the State Government.
and trading establishments would observe upto 16 holidays in a year
including three national holidays viz. Republic Day, Independence Day and
Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, as compulsory holidays. The remaining holidays /
occasions may be determined by such establishments organisations themselves
for the year 2018, subject to para 3.2 above.
terms of instructions issued in this regard by the Ministry of Home
notified in accordance With the instructions contained in this Department’s
O.M. No.12/5/2002-JCA dated 171h December, 2002. In other words, they will
have the option to select 16(Sixteen) holidays of their own only after
including in the list, three National Holidays and Idu’l Fitr, in the list
of compulsory holidays with the Idu’l Fitr falling on day of weekly off
extant instructions 1ssued by the Department of Financial Services,
Ministry of Finance.
11. Hindi version will follow.
Encl.: List of holidays