India has already entered the mood of festivities with the upcoming celebration of Krishna Janmashtami this weekend. While the major part of the country will celebrate on August 24, a number of cities and states in the country have also declared a holiday on August 23.
Celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, Janmashtami is a major Hindu festival and therefore, a Gazetted holiday in many regions of India. The festival is also known as Gokulashtami or Sreekrishna Jayanthi and is celebrated on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) usually in the month of Bhadrapada.
The Indian states of Bihar, Chandigarah, Chattisgarah, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Miizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand observe Krishna Janmashtami as a gazetted holiday.