The government of Kerala has declared a holiday on the following days in March. On March 11, on account of Maha Shivaratri; March 13, the second week of Saturday as Bank Holiday; on March 27, the fourth week of Saturday as Bank Holiday.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|March 11||Thursday||Maha Shivaratri|
|March 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
The second week and the fourth week of Saturdays are declared as Bank Holidays.
It is a Central government holiday. All the nationalized banks, public and private sector banks remain closed on those two days across the country.
All the banks including Punjab National Bank, Indian Bank, Dena Bank and UCO Bank will remain closed on the second week and fourth week of Saturday.
Maha Shivratri: In Kerala, the month of Kumbham is noted for the Shivratri festival which falls in February or March. It falls on a moonless night when Hindus offer special prayer to the Lord of Destruction. The festival is observed for one day and one night only.
According to the Shiva Purana, the Maha Shivaratri worship must incorporate six items. The ceremonial offer of cooling bael leaves to the deity - which represents purification of the soul; the vermillion paste applied on the linga after bathing it – represents virtue; food offering – conducive to longevity and gratification of desires; incense – yielding wealth; lightning of lamp – conducive to attainment of knowledge and betel leaves – marking satisfaction and worldly pleasures.
Attukal Pongala Festival: It is a Hindu festival. The festival will be held in Attukal Temple located in Thiruvananthapuram. Here largest congregation of women will get together and prepare sweet payasam known as Pongala made up of rice, jaggery, plantains, coconut which are cooked together and offered to Goddess Attukalamma. The ritual will have to be performed by women and the streets of the city will be fully packed with faithful devotees. The banks will function as usual on Attukal Pongala Festival and there will be no bank holiday on this occassion.