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Bank Holidays in Maharashtra 2017

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.

 

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.

  • January - 2017

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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    • 26
      Republic Day
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • February - 2017

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Maha Shivaratri
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • March - 2017

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Holi 2nd Day
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Gudi Padwa
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  • April - 2017

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      Annual Closing of Bank Accounts
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      Shri Ram Navami
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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    • 14
      Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti (Good Friday)
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • May - 2017

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      May Day
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      Buddha Purnima
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • June - 2017

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Eid al-Fitr (Ramzan Eid)
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  • July - 2017

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • August - 2017

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Independence Day
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      Parasi New Year Day
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      Ganesh Chaturthi
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • September - 2017

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      Eid al-Zuha (Bakari Eid)
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Dussehara (Vijaya Dashami)
  • October - 2017

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      Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Diwali Amavasya (Laxmi-Pujan)
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      Diwali (Balipratipada)
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • November - 2017

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      Guru Nanak Jayanti
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • December - 2017

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      Eid-e-Milad
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Christmas
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List of Bank Holidays in Maharashtra

Date & Month Day Holiday
January 14 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
January 26 Thursday
Republic Day +
  • Republic day
    January 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
    March 13 Monday
    Holi 2nd Day +
  • Holi
    It 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
    April 14 Friday
    Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti (Good Friday) +
  • Good Friday
    Christians 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
    June 26 Monday
    Eid al-Fitr (Ramzan Eid) +
  • Ramzan
    As 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
    August 15 Tuesday
    Independence Day +
  • Independence Day
    India 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
    September 30 Saturday
    Dussehara (Vijaya Dashami) +
  • Dussehra
    In 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
    October 19 Thursday
    Diwali Amavasya (Laxmi-Pujan) +
  • Diwali
    On 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 20 Friday
    Diwali (Balipratipada) +
  • Diwali
    On 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 1 Friday Eid-e-Milad
    December 9 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
    December 23 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
    December 25 Monday
    Christmas +
  • Christmas
    Christmas 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
  • Note: The 2'nd Saturday and 4'th Saturday of every month as public holiday for banks in India.

    Bank Holidays in Maharashtra

    Long weekends in Maharashtra in 2017

    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.

    How Bank Holidays In Maharashtra Are Scheduled?

    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.

    Places to visit around Mumbai during long weekends?

    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
    2) Lonavala
    3) Alibag
    4) Kamshet
    5) Kashid


    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.

    Holiday on May 1 for Maharashtra Day

    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. 

    Is all the bank holidays in Maharashtra, public holidays in India?

    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.

    Will NEFT work on Bank Holidays in Maharashtra?

    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
    10) Christmas

    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.

    Which month have highest bank holidays and which has lowest bank holidays in Maharashtra?

    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.

    Why second and fourth Saturday is a bank holiday in Maharashtra?

    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: An Important bank Holiday In Maharahstra.

    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.

     

    Month Wise Bank Holiday in Maharashtra

    January February March
    April May June
    July August September
    October November December

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