Indian Share/Stock Market Holiday Calendar for 2021

If you are a trader, especially a beginner, or someone planning to start an online trading account, you would need to keep an eye on that trading calendar. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) or the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) are two key exchanges you need to keep a watch on. Then there’s the commodities exchange, leading among them is the Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX). These exchanges have a set of holidays that you would need to refer to, so that you can plan your trading on the basis of that.

All the stock exchanges function five days a week, i.e, from Monday to Friday, so if you are a trader with a brand new trading account, it helps to keep this in mind when you plan your strategies.

Muhurat Trading

You would also need to keep in mind the all-important Muhurat trading, which is a special occasion; ie. the day of Diwali, when trading is held for an hour, as it is symbolic of wealth and prosperity. For 2021, this special Muhurat trading will take place on November 04.

Trading Holidays to remember

As someone who has just opened a free trading account, you would need to remember that the stock exchanges are closed on national holidays such as Republic Day and Independence Day, apart from specific festive occasions. Also, there is a variation in the BSE share market list of holidays for different segments, for example, the commodity derivatives segment is different from the equity, SLB and equity derivatives segments.

In the BSE share market list for commodity derivatives, you may find that some evening sessions are open for trading on even certain holidays. This could be the day of Mahashivarathri (March 11, 2021), Ram Navami (April 21, 2021), Ambedkar Jayanti (April 14, 2021), Id-ul-Fitar (May 13, 2021), Balipratipada Diwali (November 05, 2021) and Guru Nanak Jayanti (November 19, 2021).

BSE Share Market Holidays List For Commodity Derivatives Segment

Date Day Holiday Morning Session Evening Session
January 01,2021 Friday New Year Day Open Remains Closed
January 26,2021 Tuesday Republic Day Remains Closed Remains Closed
March 11,2021 Thursday Mahashivratri Remains Closed Open
March 29,2021 Monday Holi Remains Closed Open
April 02,2021 Friday Good Friday Remains Closed Remains Closed
April 14,2021 Wednesday Dr.Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti Remains Closed Open
April 21,2021 Wednesday Ram Navami Remains Closed Open
May 13,2021 Thursday Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramzan Id) Remains Closed Open
July 21,2021 Wednesday Bakri Id Remains Closed Open
August 19,2021 Thursday Muharram Remains Closed Open
September 10,2021 Friday Ganesh Chaturthi Remains Closed Open
October 15,2021 Friday Dussehra Remains Closed Open
November 04,2021 Thursday Diwali - Laxmi Pujan Remains Closed Open
November 05,2021 Friday Diwali - Balipratipada Remains Closed Open
November 19,2021 Friday Gurunanak Jayanti Remains Closed Open

(Source: bseindia.com)

The BSE share market holidays for equity, SLB and equity derivatives segments include occasions like Mahashivarathri, Holi, Ram Navami, Mahavir Jayantu, Good Friday, Ambedkar Jayanti, Maharashtra Day, Id-Ul-Fitr, Gandhi Jayanti, Diwali Balipratipada, Gurunanak Jayanti and Christmas.

BSE Share Market Holidays List For Equity Segment, SLB Segment and Equity Derivatives

Date Day Holidays
January 26,2021 Tuesday Republic Day
March 11,2021ThursdayMahashivratri
March 29,2021Monday Holi
April 02,2021FridayGood Friday
April 14,2021 Wednesday Dr.Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti
April 21,2021 Wednesday Ram Navami
May 13,2021 Thursday Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramzan Id)
July 21,2021 Wednesday Bakri Id
August 19,2021 Thursday Muharram
September 10,2021 Friday Ganesh Chaturthi
October 15,2021 Friday Dussehra
November 04,2021 Thursday Diwali - Laxmi Pujan
November 05,2021 Friday Diwali - Balipratipada
November 19,2021 Friday Gurunanak Jayanti

(Source: bseindia.com)

NSE Holiday List

Similarly, NSE has a list of share market trading holidays and another list of market clearing holidays. Clearing days are those when trading is held but not the settlement of buy/sell orders. Clearing holidays are days when banks have a holiday as well.

NSE Share Market Trading Holidays 2021

Date Day Holiday
January 26,2021TuesdayRepublic Day
March 11,2021ThursdayMahashivratri
March 29,2021 Monday Holi
April 2,2021FridayGood Friday
April 14,2021WednesdayDr.Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti
April 21,2021WednesdayRam Navami
May 13,2021Thursday Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramzan ID)
July 21,2021WednesdayBakri Id
August 19,2021 Thursday Muharram
September 10,2021 Friday Ganesh Chaturthi
October 15,2021 Friday Dussehra
November 5,2021 Friday Diwali-Balipratipada
November 19,2021 Friday Gurunanak Jayanti

(Source: nseindia.com)

NSE Share Market Clearing Holidays 2021

Date Day Holiday
January 26,2021TuesdayRepublic Day
February 19,2021 Friday Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti
March 11,2021ThursdayMahashivratri
March 29,2021MondayHoli
April 1,2021ThursdayAnnual Bank Closing
April 2,2021FridayGood Friday
April 13,2021Tuesday Gudi Padwa
April 14,2021WednesdayDr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti
April 21,2021 Wednesday Ram Navami
May 13,2021 Thursday Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramzan ID)
May 26,2021 Wednesday Buddha Pournima
July 21,2021 Wednesday Bakri Id
August 16,2021 Monday Parsi New Year
August 19,2021 Thursday Moharram
September 10,2021 Friday Ganesh Chaturthi
October 15,2021 Friday Dusshera
October 19,2021 Tuesday Id-E-Milad
November 4,2021 Thursday Diwali- Laxmi Pujan
November 5,2021 Friday Diwali-Balipratipada
November 19,2021 Friday Gurunanak Jayanti

(Source: nseindia.com)

Similarly, the MCX also has a list of holidays for commodity trading. There are certain days when the morning sessions are closed but the evening sessions are open for trading on the MCX. For instance, although October 15 is closed for morning session on the occasion of Dussehra, it is open for the evening session. The same is true of May 13, when the morning session is closed for Id, while the evening session is open. You would need to keep track of these variations when you have just started to trade. This list below may come in handy for a beginner who seeks to trade on the MCX:

Commodity Market Holiday List(MCX/NCDEX)

Date Day Holidays Morning Session Evening Session
January 01,2021FridayNew Year Day Open Remains Closed
January 26,2021 Tuesday Republic DayRemains Closed Remains Closed
March 11,2021ThursdayMahashivratri Remains Closed Open
March 29,2021 Monday HoliRemains Closed Open
April 2,2021 Friday Good FridayRemains Closed Remains Closed
April 14,2021 Wednesday Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar JayantiRemains Closed Closed
April 21,2021Wednesday Ram Navmi Remains Closed Open
May 13,2021 Thursday Ramzan Id (Id-Ul-Fitr) Remains Closed Open
July 21,2021 Wednesday Bakri IdRemains Closed Open
August 19,2021 Thursday Moharram Remains Closed Closed
September 10,2021 Friday Ganesh ChaturthiRemains Closed Open
October 15,2021 Friday DussehraRemains Closed Open
November 4,2021 Thursday Diwali - Laxmi Pujan Remains Closed Closed
November 5,2021 Friday Diwali - BalipratipadaRemains Closed Open
November 19,2021 Friday Guru Nanak Jayanti Remains Closed Closed

(Source: commoditytrademantra.com)

There may be times when these holiday lists could change, depending on events and their impact. Next, the question is what to do on market holidays if you are a trader? The answer is to keep doing the research and watch how certain stocks are behaving, and make plans for what you could likely trade in. If you have an online trading account, chances are you have access to research reports, blogs and advisories as well. Get a picture of your performance, and see how you can improve. Exchange holidays are a good opportunity to relearn and review certain basics of trading, before the bell rings the next morning, and you are all set. It may also be time to print that list of holidays and keep it handy for use. Or set up an online calendar to make things easier when you begin the next morning.

Now that you know all about trading holidays on the different exchanges, it is time you put your free trading account to good use, and learn to trade. Still don’t have a trading account? How about opening an online trading account? It is a simple process, and all you have to do is input your basic details, such as mobile number and name, and keep documents handy. These usually include your PAN card, a cancelled cheque and a GST registration proof wherever applicable. You can apply online and get yourself a free trading account to get going.

Conclusion

Much like every other institution or body, the exchanges such as NSE, BSE or MCX all have their own holiday calendar. Before you begin using your trading account, you should keep a close watch on the list of holidays as it helps you plan your trading strategies.

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