The 2012 has 17 holidays for the central government employees. How ever three of these holidays fall on Sundays and one on a Saturday and hence the effective number of holidays for central government employees is only 13. Employees can avail of two more holidays on their own from the list of 36 restricted holidays that have been notified.
- Republic Day (January 26)
- Id-e-Milad-un-Nabi (February 5)
- Maha Shivratri (February 20)
- Holi (March 8)
- Mahavir Jayanti (April 5)
- Good Friday (April 6)
- Buddha Purnima (May 6)
- Janmashtami (August 10)
- Independence Day (August 15)
- Id-ul-Fitr (August 20)
- Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary (October 2)
- Dussehra (October) 24
- Id-ul-Zuha/Bakr Id (October 27)
- Diwali (November 13)
- Muharram (November 25)
- Guru Nanak birth anniversary (November 28)
- Christmas (December 25)
Two holidays fall in a row mid-week on April 5 and April 6 (Thursday and Friday) -- and hence it will be extended holiday of four days for the central staff that week.
Bunching of holidays with two-day weekly offs occurs four times in 2012 when the central staff will be off work for three days in a row. These are: February 18, 19 and 20; August 10, 11 and 12; and August 18, 19 and 20.
Six other holidays are so placed on Thursdays and Tuesdays that an employee can be off work for four days by taking a day's leave.