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 13||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 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 14||Wednesday||Maha Shivratri|
|February 24||Saturday||Fourth 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 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 29||Thursday||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 2||Monday||Annual Closing of Bank Accounts|
|April 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|April 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|April 30||Monday||Buddha Purnima|
|May 12||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|May 26||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 9||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 23||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|July 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|July 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|August 11||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 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 2||Tuesday||Gandhi Jayanti|
|October 13||Saturday||Second 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 27||Saturday||Fourth 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.
|November 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 22||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
There will be a bank holiday in Madhya Pradesh majorly because of three reasons one is on a national holiday or gazetted holiday, festival holiday or a public holiday.
National holidays are holidays which are declared by the central government. There are such holidays which are given by the central government those are
1) Republic Day
2) Independence day
3) Gandhi Jayanthi
1) Republic day - Republic day is a National holiday in Madhya Pradesh and the reason for this is India's constitution came into effect on Republic Day, January 26, 1950. This date was chosen as it was the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day. So on this day all the bank's government offices and educational institutions will be closed on this day.
2) Independence day - Independence day is a public holiday in Madhya Pradesh and the reason for this gazetted holiday is this is the day when India got Independence after struggling for 200 years.
3) Gandhi Jayanthi - Gandhi Jayanti is also a national holiday and a bank holiday in Madhya Pradesh. This day is a holiday in the memorial of mahatma Gandhi. He is one of the big contributors in Indian Independence. He is referred as the father of our nation.
Even few festivals are national holidays in India such as Holi, Christmas, Ramzan etc., which resembles the Unity of Indians though they belong diverse religions.
Many top writers in India are from Madhya Pradesh, and you can plan to read a book written by them on a bank Holiday in Madhya Pradesh. Of the top writers of Madhya Pradesh Atal Bihari Vajpayee is one of them.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the 10th Prime Minister of India. first for 13 days in 1996 and then from 1998 to 2004. He is the first Prime Minister of India from outside the Indian National Congress party to serve for a full five-year term. He is not only the Prime Minister but also he is a great writer. He is known more for his love for literature and his skills in the art. He wrote many books on social and political issues. There are nearly seven books of poetry by Vajpayee, You can plan to read his poems as well during a bank holiday in Uttar Pradesh.
Here is a list of books which you can try. Bindu, Decisive Days, Heal the Wounds: Vajpayee’s Appeal on Assam Tragedy to the Parliament.
India’s foreign policy: New dimensions, Assam problem: Repression no solution, Atal Bihari Vaj mem tina dasaka, Pradhanamantri Atala Bihari Vajapeyi, chune hue bhashana, and Values, vision & verses of Vajpayee: India’s man of destiny.