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 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|January 26||Friday||Republic Day|
|January 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 13||Tuesday||Maha Shivratri|
|February 19||Monday||Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti|
|February 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 29||Thursday||Mahavir Jayanti|
|March 30||Friday||Good Friday|
|April 1||Sunday||To enable Banks to close their Yearly accounts|
|April 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|April 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|April 30||Monday||Buddha Pournima|
|May 1||Tuesday||Maharashtra Din|
|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|
|August 15||Wednesday||Independence Day|
|August 17||Friday||Parsi New Year|
|August 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 13||Thursday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|September 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 2||Tuesday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti|
|October 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 7||Wednesday||Diwali Amavasaya|
|November 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 23||Friday||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
|November 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
In 2017, most of the national holidays in Maharashtra came on Sundays. But this year in 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 for Maharashtra is for Gandhi Jayanthi. Gandhi Jayanthi is a gazetted holiday in Maharashtra. Gandhi Jayanthi in 2018 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 2018 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 2018 for Maharashtra is for Christmas. Christmas is a government holiday in Maharashtra. In 2018 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 2018 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.
There will be a lot of hectic work it will be tough to find some peace of mind in the city. So, than doing something on a bank holiday in Maharashtra locally, you can visit a resort. There are few fabulous resorts in Maharashtra which you may find enjoyable to visit.
The Machan Resort - When planning a holiday the first thing comes to your mind is to leave the city premises and go somewhere there are a lot of trees and more of nature. Machan Resort is located in Lonavala. In Machan Resort, you will be getting three options, one is Forest Machan, Heritage Machan, and the last one is Canopy Machan. You can select which kind of resort you want to stay at.
Della Resorts - Della Resort is also one of the best resorts to visit. Della resort will be apt for those who seek adventure. At Della resorts you can play various games which are there such as flying fox, bungee jumping, paintball, zorbing, etc. This resort is located in Kunegaon. This will also be a great option to visit.
The Dukes Retreat - Dukes Retreat is a hill top resort located on the edge of a hill that is 500 feet above the ground. You visit this resort to see the breath taking sceneries and some tranquilizing attractions. There are many more resorts around which you can visit on a bank holiday in Maharashtra.
In India, each state has its culture and traditions of its own including Maharashtra. Though few festival is celebrated due to the same reason all over India the way, the the festival is celebrated is different from state to state. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the festivals which is celebrated all over India. But in Maharashtra, this festival is celebrated uniquely.
Ganesh Chathurthi is celebrated in almost every state and city in India. This festival is a bank holiday in Maharashtra and also in the other parts of India. But the way Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in Maharashtra is a little different. This festival is celebrated with great grandeur. This is an eleven-day festival and this day starts with the installation of beautifully sculpted Ganesh idols. Though it is an eleven-day festival bank holiday in Maharashtra is only on the first day. Ganesh idols are placed in large pandals with some colorfully decorated, depicting religious and cultural themes.
As the festival day is a bank holiday in Maharashtra, people do visits to friends and family to offer prayers and join the celebrations. On the eleventh or final day is a farewell to Ganesha, People take the idols in a parade with music and dance to do immersion in the sea or the lake nearby.
Health conscious people can indulge in improvising their lifestyle during bank holidays.
Indulging in the serenity of nature: One can spend time by enjoying the beauty of greenery. The fresh air, nature's greenery will soothe the mind and brings calmness and refreshes both body and mind.
Exercise: Practising Yoga or any exercises will increase the physical fitness of the individual. It also helps to keep the diseases at bay.
Cooking: Preparing home made food is another great idea to improve healthy life style during bank holidays. As one gets more time to cook variety of dishes and even to experiment new dishes. Eating freshly cooked home food not only improvises health but also saves money which is spent otherwise on outside food.
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.
Parasi New year is called as Iranian New Year, Nowruz, Persian New Year, etc. this day is observed as a bank holiday in Maharashtra. Not only Maharashtra Nowruz is celebrated in a lot of other countries such as Iran, China, Afghanistan, Russia, Syrian and much more.
Parasi New year is Being celebrated for over past Three thousand years. It marks the first day of the first month of Iranian calendar. This festival has been celebrated by people from different communities from past thousands of years. This festival is a secular holiday.
On this bank holiday in Maharashtra, People do house cleaning, Purchase new clothes and specifically Iran's wear hyacinth and the tulip on this day and also adores their houses with stars, butterflies, birds, fishes, etc. They also decorate the doors and windows with garlands of roses and jasmines and make rangoli.
The celebrations start a day before Nowruz in the evening. Though it is not a bank holiday in Maharashtra people making bonfires and jumps over them which is Persian tradition. Also, sings their traditional songs. Like this, there were some festivals which are celebrated in a grand manner though it is a bank holiday in Maharashtra or not.
This is an era where everything is being online. There are a lot of YouTubers and bloggers who are earning in lakhs monthly by using the creative skills. Few bloggers travel and take few good photos and upload pictures on their blogs and few write about different places and their experiences there.
Few individuals like to dance. There are few youtube channels on which weekly the YouTuber will upload their performances dancing for few new or old dance numbers, and if the number of viewers or subscribers reach a particular point, youtube will start paying them for displaying advertisement on their youtube channel or a specific video. Not only dance there are a number of famous YouTubers who are showcasing their passion and talent using youtube as a platform and earning money as well. All it needs is that your video to trend on youtube.
There are few youtube channels in which they upload cookery videos or some craft works etc. You can use a bank holiday in Maharashtra in this way. By doing such, you can showcase your passion as well as earn some money additional to your regular income.