Maharashtra is in the western part of India and is among the top industrialised states in the country. Mumbai, which is the capital of the state, attracts migrants from all over India, due to the job opportunities the city offers. In fact, Mumbai is the financial capital of the country with stock exchanges, banks and top financial institutions having their head offices in the city.
|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 24||Friday||Maha Shivaratri|
|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|
|March 28||Tuesday||Gudi Padwa|
|April 1||Saturday||Annual Closing of Bank Accounts|
|April 4||Tuesday||Shri Ram Navami|
|April 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
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 1||Monday||May Day|
|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 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 17||Thursday||Parasi New Year Day|
|August 25||Friday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|August 26||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 2||Saturday||Eid al-Zuha (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.
|October 2||Monday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti|
|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.
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 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
In 2016, most of the national holidays in Maharashtra came on Sundays. But this year in 2017 there are nearly seven public holidays in Maharashtra which came on either Friday or Monday which will give long weekends for the individuals in Maharashtra.
First long weekend in Maharashtra will be for Maha Shivaratri on February 24, which is a public holiday in Maharashtra. Shivaratri is on third Friday of February. So bank employees will not get a long weekend, as it is third Saturday and also, it is not a bank holiday in Maharashtra.
The second long weekend in 2017 for Maharashtra people, will be in March for Holi. Holi is a Government holiday in Maharashtra. Holi is on March 13th which is a Monday and a Bank Holiday in Maharashtra. Bank employees will get a long weekend because 11th March is a second Saturday. March 12th is a Sunday and 13th is Holi.
The Third long weekend in 2017 for Maharashtra is for May Day. May day is a Government holiday in Maharashtra. May day is celebrated on 1st May every year, and it comes on Monday this year. Though may day is a bank holiday in Maharashtra, but bank people won't get a long weekend, as preceding saturday is 5th Saturday of April.
The Fourth long weekend in 2017 for Maharashtra is for Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is a government holiday in Maharashtra. This year Ganesh Chaturthi is coming on August 25th, Friday. Bank employees will get a long weekend, because 26th will be a bank holiday in Maharashtra as it is fourth Saturday of the month of August and 27th is Sunday.
The Fifth long weekend in 2017 for Maharashtra is for Gandhi Jayanthi. Gandhi Jayanthi is a gazetted holiday in Maharashtra. Gandhi Jayanthi in 2017 is coming on Monday. September 30 is the 5th Saturday and it is not a bank holiday in Maharashtra. Anyhow people will get two holidays in a row.
The sixth long weekend in 2017 for Maharashtra is for Eid-e-Milad. Eid-e-Milad is a government holiday in Maharashtra. In 2017, Eid-e-Milad coming on Friday, but it is not a long weekend for bank employees as the banks will be working on 2nd December as it the first Saturday and it is not a bank holiday in Maharashtra.
The seventh and final long weekend this year in 2017 for Maharashtra is for Christmas. Christmas is a government holiday in Maharashtra. In 2017 Christmas comes on Monday and this a long weekend for bank employees in Maharashtra. As the preceding Saturday is a fourth Saturday which is bank holiday in Maharashtra and 24th is a Sunday.
The Individuals in Maharashtra who will get holidays on Saturdays and Sundays can plan trips for these long weekends in 2017 and even Bank employees will get three long weekends out of the seven long weekends.
Not every bank holidays in Maharashtra is a public holiday or a national holiday. There are few holidays, which are national holidays and there are few bank holidays in Maharashtra which are holidays for Maharashtra state only.
As we all know, Indians are following different religions like Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and much more.
In Maharashtra, more than 75 percentage of the population are followers of Hinduism and remaining 25 per cent population are following other religions. So the number of Hindu festival days are more when compared to any other religious state holidays.
Even there are few bank holidays in Maharashtra which is declared as holiday by the state government in the memorial of the leaders of the particular state. The leaders such as who helped in state formation or freedom fighters etc.
If we take bank holiday in Maharashtra specifically, Gudi padwa which is on March 28 Tuesday this year. It is not a holiday all over India. This is a holiday in Maharashtra and few other states. The same festival is celebrated on march 29 in other states such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and etc.
So it is quite clear that depending on the population and religious followers bank holidays from state to state are different.
This year there are plenty of long weekends to enjoy bank holidays in Mumbai and Maharashtra. So you have holidays that are clubbed together with a Friday or Monday as discussed above. These national holidays in Mumbai can be planned accordingly.
Here are the 5 best options enjoy the long weekend this year.
1) Matheran - Matheran is a hill station in Raigad District of Maharashtra State which nearly 60 km's away from the Mumbai. Though it is just 60kms away it is untouched by the busy city life. This is a trekking place so there ideal time to visit, so one can visit here for any of the long weekends. It is advisable to visit here in March. In march, there is a long weekend during Holi where Holi is on Monday which is a public holiday in Mumbai.
2) Lonavala - This a popular hill station in Maharashtra which is closer to Mumbai. Lonavala is nearly 90 km's away from Mumbai and there is no specific season to visit. So one can visit anytime in the year. It is advisable to visit in may. As this year may day is on Monday and may day is a national holiday in Mumbai.
3) Alibag - 100 km's away from mumbai, This is a popular getaway on long weekends in mumbai. Best time to visit here is November to march and one can plan accordingly in December in December there are two long weekends one is for Eid-e-Milad which is on Friday and a public holiday in mumbai. The Other is for Christmas which is on Monday and a national holiday in Mumbai.
4) Kamshet - Kamshet is a hill station in the Western Ghats of India, Kamshet is one of the most places in India for paragliding and flying schools. Excluding rainy season one can visit here anytime. So one can plan according.
5) Kashid - Beach town of Maharashtra famous for white sand and blue sea. Kashid is 130 km's away from and Best season to visit here is summer. So one can plan accordingly.
In Maharashtra, May 1, is celebrated as Maharashtra day or Maharashtra divas. On this day in 1960, the state was divided from Bombay. It is worth watching the parade at Shivaji park on this day. Alcohol sale is not allowed on this day. If you are in Mumbai you should watch the parade st the park. All government establishments are closed on this day.
No, not all bank holidays in Maharashtra are public holidays in India. There will be few regional holidays and few holidays which are holidays only for banks.
Those holidays are as follows.
First, we have taken second and fourth Saturdays into consideration. There are few corporate companies and businesses which gives holiday on every Saturday. But when it comes to government offices and educational institutions,iIt is not a public holiday in Maharashtra on fourth Saturday for government offices and educational institutions., it is a working day.
Up to 2015, Banks used to have holiday for second Saturdays and the remaining Saturdays were half-days. But from September 2015, it was declared by the central government that second and fourth Saturdays are holidays and remaining Saturdays is full day working days.
The other holiday which only banks have is Annual Closing of Bank Accounts day which is on April 1st of every year. Technically this day is not a holiday for bank employees as well. On this day banks will be working, But customers are not allowed to visit the bank and do transactions. Excluding banking by visiting the bank all forms of bankings are possible on this day. So bank holidays in Maharashtra are quite a few.
There is a different set of bank holidays for NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer) and RTGS (Real-time gross settlement) which is released by the RBI (Reserve Bank of India)
every year and one can visit RBI website to have a look at these holidays. These holidays will be different every year. The reason for this is, few festivals which are RTGS holidays don't come on the same date every year. As the festival dates are decided as per their respective religious calendar and the dates differ from the Georgian calendar we generally use. Those bank holidays in Maharashtra are:
1) Republic Day
2) Annual Closing of Banks
3) Good Friday
4) Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Jayanti
5) Ramadan/ Id-Ul-Fitr
6) Independence Day
7) Id-Ul-Zuha (Bakri Id)
8) Dussehra/ Vijaya Dasami
9) Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
1) Republic Day - As Republic Day comes on the same date every year. So January 26 is RTGS holiday every year. This day is a Gazetted Holiday in Maharashtra.
2) Annual Closing of Banks - Annual Closing of Banks comes on the same date every year. So it is clear that April 1st is RTGS holiday every year.
3) Good Friday - Good Friday date is decided as per some guidelines in Christianity so date changes every year. So RTGS holiday is on the different date every year.
4) Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Jayanti - Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Jayanti is on April 14th. So on this, it is a RTGS holiday every year.
5) Ramadan/ Id-Ul-Fitr - Ramadan is celebrated as per the Islamic calendar and the date changes every year. This RTGS holiday is on a different date every year.
6) Independence Day - Every year August 15th is a RTGS holiday. This day is a Gazetted Holiday in Maharashtra.
7) Id-Ul-Zuha (Bakri Id) - Id-Ul-Zuha is celebrated as per the Islamic calendar and the date changes every year. This RTGS holiday is on a different date every year.
8) Dussehra - Dussehra is celebrated as per Hindu calendar. This RTGS holiday comes on a different date every year.
9) Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti - Every year October 2 is a RTGS holiday. This day is a Gazetted Bank Holiday in Maharashtra.
10) Christmas - Christmas date is decided as per some guidelines in Christianity so date changes every year. So RTGS holiday is on the different date every year.
The month which has the highest number of bank holidays in Maharashtra is April and the month which have the lowest number of bank holidays is July.
Every year in April including Sunday's second and fourth Saturday there will be four more bank holidays those are Annual Closing of Bank Accounts, Shri Ram Navami, Good Friday, and Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Jayanthi. As we all know that few festivals such as good Friday and Shri Rama Navami are as per their religious calendar. But mostly these two public holidays in Maharashtra comes in April. Constituting all these holidays banks will be closed for nearly nine days in this thirty days Month.
Also one of the main reason for having the most number of bank holidays in Maharashtra in April is there are two days in the month which are mandatory bank holidays in Maharashtra those two days are Annual Closing of Bank Accounts day and B.R Ambedkar Jayanthi.
The month in which there are very fewer bank holidays is July because excluding Sunday second Saturday and fourth Saturday there is no other bank holiday in the month of July. The number of holidays may actcually differ every month and you should keep a watch for the holidays on these days.
From September 2015, it is a bank holiday in Maharashtra on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. So normally we have four Saturdays in every month of which two Saturdays banks will be closed. if there are five Saturdays in a month then the bank will be working on the fifth Saturday.
Before September 2015, it was a holiday on second Saturdays and remaining Saturdays were half days. There was a raging debate on which is the best option to have banks working half days on Saturdays or keeping second and fourth Saturday as holiday and remaining two days as full day working.
If we see clearly holidays on second and fourth Saturdays is better because anyhow banks will be closed on second Saturdays and working a half day on remaining days, which is not so flexible for the customers. If a customer is a little late to the bank or if the bank is crowded the chance for the transaction may miss. But if the bank is open for full day then there will be chances high to do a transaction. If the month have five saturdays then the bank will be full day working for three days in that specfic month.
Technology is taking over these days. Almost we can do everything online. Even we have ATM option. If we take ATM option into consideration one can check the balance, mini-statement, money-transfer, Check status, Donations etc. Almost everything we can do at an ATM. Though second and fourth saturdays are bank holidays in Maharashtra or not it dosen't matter because of the technology. In all cases look for the list of bank holidays, before you go about planning for the bank holidays in Maharashtra.
Gudi Padwa which is also called Ugadi is south Indian states is a major festival in Maharashtra. This day is a bank holiday in Maharashtra. Here are few facts about Gudi Padwa which you may find Interesting.
Gudi Padwa is the new year day as per the Hindu Calendar. The first month of Hindu Calendar is Chaitra month. Gudi Padwa is the first day of this month. This is a public holiday in Maharashtra, so most of the offices and businesses will be closed on this day.
Gudi Padwa is called with different names in different parts of India. Samvatsar Padvo, Yugadi, Ugadi, Cheti Chand and etc. This festival is celebrated in a different way in different parts of India. In Manipur, on this day people prepare a variety of cuisines and later climb a nearby hillock by end of the day.
Most of the Indian population is dependent on Agriculture. Gudi Padwa is one of the festivals famous for harvesting as this festival marks the end of one season and beginning of a new one.
Maharashtra's hero Chhatrapati Shivaji, was the person who started the Gudi Padwa celebrations. He started a tradition of raising the Gudi and then on has been followed by every Marathi household to welcome the New Year.
On this day Konkanis make a special dish called Kanangachi Kheer which is a sweet made of sweet potato, coconut milk, jaggery, and rice. It is good that the government of Maharashtra has declared a bank holiday in Maharahstra on this day.
There are a few things that you should do ahead of the bank holidays in Maharashtra. Among these include not keeping pending work ahead of these holidays. In fact if you want to have things like huge cash withdrawals you should do it way ahead of the bank holidays in India. This would hold you in good stead just in case you do not want some emergency cash. However, with the demonetization it is advisable not to store large amounts of cash at home. Maharashtra's holidays list is almost the same as that of most other states. In fact, it is not advisable to give a large number of public holidays in India, largely on account of the fact that it could well result in disruption of the usual work that one does. So, one need not demand a holiday at all times and in every possible way as this would lead to an economic loss for the country. In any case visit and check the list of bank holidays in Maharashtra at goodreturns.in
Popular cities in Maharashtra
Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Solapur are some of the major cities of Maharashtra. In fact, a significant amount of savings in various financial instruments comes from the state. It is believed that 7 per cent of the transactions into the stock market emanate from the state. The state also attracts a significant amount of Foreign Direct Investment into India.
Maharashtra also has a strong presence in agriculture. Almost half the population is engaged in agriculture. It has important cash crops such as sugarcane, vegetables, spices etc.
Mobile Wallet is a payment service operated under financial regulations and performed from or via a mobile device. The usage of this service is a prepaid method where first we need to recharge the wallet using a credit card, debit Card or net Banking, after which we can use the money in the wallet to make payments. After Demonetization, people who use mobile Wallet has increased. So the services regularly were given by the mobile wallet companies also increased. The services provided by this mobile wallets are also useful during a bank holiday in Maharashtra.
Few services which will be very helpful during a bank holiday in Maharashtra are:
Utility Bills - We can pay Utility bills such as electricity bill during a bank holiday in Maharashtra. The method is also very simple. All you need is to enter your consumer number then it will automatically show up the details such as the bill amount. All you need to have is sufficient funds in the wallet.
Municipal Payments - Usually one cannot make municipal payments such as property tax and water bill during a public holiday in Maharashtra. By using a mobile wallet, we can make such payments, and the process is similar to the electricity bill payment process. Not only these there are many services which you can avail such as water bill DTH Recharge and much more. So, go ahead and use the same, so you do not have disruptive bank holidays in Maharashtra.
There are some bank holidays in Maharashtra every year. There are many ways to use these holidays of which spending with a book is an option. Some reasons prove a book is better than watching Television. Here are few advantages of reading book.
Reading books helps you to increase your creativity. If we take a novel as an example. Everybody portraits the characters and environment in novel differently depending upon their thinking which helps in increasing creativity.
Reading is peaceful. While reading a book, nobody needs to make noise or listen to any sound. This release stress helps you to refresh yourself.
You can read books anywhere including places with no cell signal, electricity, wifi, or satellite transmission. You can carry book anywhere and read which is not possible with other electronic devices.
There are many more advantages which you will get such as no one will get disturbed because of you. So it is advisable to spend with books during a bank holiday in Maharashtra.
Selecting a book depends on your taste and mind. There are a lot of novels and books written by great authors. There are books with genres such as philosophy, fiction, non-fiction, much more. It depends completely on you. Which one you want to go for.