The state of Madhya Pradesh is right in the middle of the country, which is why it is called "Madhya", which means central. It is the second largest state in India, in terms of land area. The state is of great historical importance as it was the seat for the Mauryas, Guptas and a host of other Rajput kings. In terms of development significant strides need to be made, as the state still has to match-up in certain areas.
The government has been focusing on tourism and promoting industrial development of Madhya Pradesh. The capital of Madhya Pradesh is Bhopal. Madhya Pradesh has a number of national parks. These include the popular Kanha National Park, Van Vihar National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park. Indore, jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain are some of the major cities of Madhya Pradesh. Hindi is the official language of the state, though there is a significant number of people who also speak Marathi.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|January 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
Republic dayJanuary 26 is not only republic day it is also Purna Swaraj Day. In 1950 when India's constitution came into effect this date was chosen as it was the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day, which was held on January 26, 1930. Republic day means means the constitution will give the power to the citizens to govern themselves by choosing their own government.
|January 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 11||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 11||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
HoliIt was believed Hiranyakashipu a hard hearted and evil King decided to kill his own son as he refused to worship him. He asked his sister 'Holika', who was immune to fire, to sit on a pyre of fire with Prahalad in her lap. Actually they plan to burn Prahalad. But their plan did not go through as Prahalad who was reciting the name of Lord Vishnu throughout was safe, but Holika got burnt to ashes. The defeat of Holika signifies the burning of all that is bad. After this, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu. It is actually the death of Holika that is associated with Holi.
|March 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|April 1||Saturday||Annual Closing of Bank Accounts|
|April 5||Wednesday||Shri Ram Navami|
|April 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|April 9||Sunday||Mahavir Jayanti|
Good FridayChristians all over the world Mourn Jesus Christ's crucifixion and death on Friday before Easter Sunday. Many church services are held in the afternoon, usually around noon or midday to 3 pm, to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. Handmade Kites are often are flown in Bermuda on Good Friday to symbolize the cross that Jesus died on, as well as his ascending into heaven.
|April 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|May 10||Wednesday||Buddha Purnima|
|May 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|May 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
RamzanAs per Muslim's Ramadan is a holy month and the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is a month of blessing marked by prayer, fasting, and charity.
|July 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|July 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|August 7||Monday||Raksha Bandhan|
|August 12||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
Independence DayIndia got Independence on August 15, 1947. India's independence from Britain ended 200 years of British rule. Much of the efforts for this should be given to our Indian independence leaders Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
|August 26||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 2||Saturday||Eid al-Adha (Bakari Eid)|
|September 9||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 23||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
DussehraIn most of northern India and some parts of Maharashtra, Dussehra is celebrated to honor Lord Rama for the victory Ravana.
In West Bengal and the east of India, Durga Puja takes center stage of Dussehra festivities. They celebrate the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura in Dvapara yuga. Ashok Vijaya Dashmi is celebrated by Dalit Buddhists as the day Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism.
Gandhi Jayanti2nd October is a national holiday in India to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti. This day is celebrated in the honor of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapuji.
|October 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
DiwaliOn this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against Ravana.Hindu's light their houses to celebrate his victory over Demon King.
|October 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 4||Saturday||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
|November 11||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 2||Saturday||Id-e-Milad (Milad-Un-Nabi )|
|December 9||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 23||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
ChristmasChristmas marks the birth Jesus Christ. Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life. He was resurrected from the dead on Easter day