Bank holidays in Odisha are plenty. In fact, in the year 2018, we have many public holidays in Odisha that are clubbed together. Call them public holidays, government holidays in Odisha or simply bank holidays.
|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 1||Wednesday||Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Puja)|
|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|
|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 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|May 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 15||Thursday||Raja Sankranti|
|June 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 25||Sunday||Ratha Yatra|
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|
|August 14||Monday||Shri Krishna Janmashtami|
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||Friday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|August 26||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 2||Saturday||Eid al-Adha (Bakari Eid)|
|September 9||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 23||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 28||Thursday||Maha Astami|
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 5||Thursday||Laxmi Puja|
|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.
|October 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|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
You can also combine the host of bank holidays that you have. Do check our list of the bank holidays in the state of Odisha, before you deciding on planning your holidays in the state. The goverment holidays in 2017, fall in such a way where you have bank holidays on a Friday as well as a Monday. What this means is that you get an opportunity to utilize the Saturday or the Sunday in the city to have a good time with friends and your well wishers. It is a good idea to hence check the list of bank holidays in Odisha, before you plan your holidays. You can club your public and government holidays accordingly in India.
There are many ways to spend the lesiure time in Odisha on a government or a bank holiday. You can go around with folks visiting the popular places of interest in the state of Odisha. On the other hand you can also spend the bank holidays in Odisha with family and friends. This is an excellent way to burst stress on a public holiday in Odisha. Most of these days people also go and watch cinema, especially if there is a new film that is release nearer the government holiday. Also, look for places to chill out during the government holidays, so you can have great leisure time iin Odisha. There are many places of interest to visit in Odisha.
Odisha is a state in the Eastern part of the country. Bhubhaneshwar is the capital of the state. It is surrounded by Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Odia is the official language of the state. A large number of industrial units are found in the State of Odisha. These include ones catering to steel, aluminum and various other public sector enterprises. Puri, Konark, Cuttack are some of the major cities of Odisha.
The state also has a number of top educational institutes in the country, including the likes of Indian Institute of Technology at Bhubhaneswar; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar and National Law University among others are just a few of the famous educational institutes in the country. Odisha has a rich cultural heritage and a majority of the population is Hindu.
Either it is a week off or a bank Holiday in Odhisa, you don’t need to be with a lot of people to spend a great holiday. You can enjoy Being Alone as well. You can do things which you can not do on a working day due to your busy shedule.
Relax - Relaxing does not mean to sleep for more time than you normally sleep. Instead of sleeping extra you can use your time scrolling through your phone or making a healthy breakfast which you can not do on a normal working day or you can visit your nearby restaurant where some good and tasty food is available and you have good breakfast.
It may be tempting to spend time on social media on a bank holiday in Odisha. Than spending time on social media. You can call up your near and dear and can have a long conversation. You can also use your bank holiday by doing few things such as going for a haircut, massage or coloring your hair etc. Reading a book peacefully is also a good option to consider. Than taking suggestions, it will be good if you do things depending on your taste and mood during a bank holiday in Odisha.
Odisha, a land of various religions, you will find various festivals being celebrated by the people throughout the year in Odisha grandly. Here are the two most famous festivals of Odisha.
Kalinga Mahotsav - This festival is one of the best-celebrated festivals in Odisha and on this day it is a bank holiday in Odisha. Once a major part of Odisha is called as the Kalinga, this is the place where the great king Ashoka decided to live a peaceful and non-violent life. This festival is celebrated in the joy of the victory of peace over war. This day is celebrated by performing Martial art acts at the outskirts of Bhubaneswar at Dhauli Shanti Stupa.
Chandan Yatra - This festival is one of the longest celebrated festivals of Odisha. This festival is a forty-two-day long festival but only one day is a bank holiday in Odisha. This day is celebrated by worshipping idols with sandal mixed water. During the festival, the idols in the temples are taken out for a holy patron in water and are carried in traditional boats called Chapa. The boats will be decorated beautifully in red and white color. Pople from various parts of the world comes to take part in the celebration.