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Bank Holidays in Punjab 2018

Punjab bank holidays are quite a few. The state of Punjab has bank holidays on most of the major festivals in India. These include Christmas, Diwali and the many state holidays.  

  • January - 2018

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Republic Day
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Guru Ravidas Jayanti
  • February - 2018

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • March - 2018

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      Holi
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Shri Ram Navami
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  • April - 2018

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      Annual Closing of Bank Accounts
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • May - 2018

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • June - 2018

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Eid al-Fitr
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      Martyr's Day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • July - 2018

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • August - 2018

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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Independence Day
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • September - 2018

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      Shri Krishna Janmashtami
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • October - 2018

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      Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Dussehra
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      Maharishi Valmiki's Birthday
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • November - 2018

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      Deepawali
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      Second Saturday Bank Holiday
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      Parkash Gurpurb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji
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      Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
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  • December - 2018

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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 Punjab

Date & Month Day Holiday
January 13 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
January 26 Friday Republic Day
January 27 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
January 31 Wednesday Guru Ravidas Jayanti
February 10 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
February 24 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
March 2 Friday Holi
March 10 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
March 24 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
March 25 Sunday Shri Ram Navami
April 2 Monday Annual Closing of Bank Accounts
April 14 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
April 28 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
May 12 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
May 26 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
June 9 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
June 16 Saturday Eid al-Fitr
June 17 Sunday Martyr's Day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji
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 25 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
September 3 Monday Shri Krishna Janmashtami
September 8 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
September 22 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
October 2 Tuesday Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
October 13 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
October 19 Friday Dussehra
October 24 Wednesday Maharishi Valmiki's Birthday
October 27 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
November 7 Wednesday Deepawali
November 10 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
November 23 Friday Parkash Gurpurb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji
November 24 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
December 8 Saturday Second Saturday Bank Holiday
December 22 Saturday Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
December 25 Tuesday Christmas
Note: The 2'nd Saturday and 4'th Saturday of every month as public holiday for banks in India.

Spending time on public holidays in Punjab

You can spend your holidays in Punjab in a number of ways. The state is so beautiful there is plenty to see. In fact, the lush greenery in Punjab is a visitors delight. On the popular festivals, the state has no dearth of them. The best part about the bank  holidays in Punjab is that the Punjabis enjoy it to the very hilt, given their jolly nature. In fact, if you have a public holiday the one place that you must not forget to visit is Punjab. There are many popular cities also where you can visit. In fact, if you want you can also spend time in the country side, which is known for its lush greenery. The people are also very hospitable, which means you would enjoy your public holidays a great deal. From the city of Chandigarh you can also visit Shimla and other parts of Himachal Pradesh, if you are planning your holidays. What we suggest is that you travel by road to some of these most beautiful places in the city. This is a great state to be in and has a very rich history and tradition that the entire state is proud about.

Bank Holidays in Punjab

A rich agricultural state

Punjab is a state in the Northern part of India. The state has a very rich cultural tradition, which dates back to several thousand years. Bhangra is a very popular dance of Punjab, which has been popularised throughout the world. Punjab has a very good and delectable cuisine. Among these include sarson ka saag and tandoori chicken and makki di roti.

 Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar are the popular cities in Punjab. Baisakhi, Lohri and Teeyan are the popular festivals of the state. Punjab is very rich in agricultural produce. In fact, due to the high production of wheat it is often called the wheat granary of India. Chandigarh is capital and union territory and also the capital of the neighbouring state of Haryana.

 Punjab also has a host of sporting personalities including the likes of Milkha Singh. It is believed that Kabbadi originated in Punjab. Field Hockey is a popular sport in Punjab and the state has produced many players that have won medals for the country.

Major State Holidays in Punjab

In Punjab most of the population are Sikhs. So there are three public holidays in Punjab which are state holidays, not national holidays. Those three days are:

1. Guru Gobind Singh Birthday
2. Guru Ravidas Jayanti
3. Martyr's Day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji

1. Guru Gobind Singh Birthday
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti is a Sikh festival is celebrated in the memory of the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. This is a government holiday in Punjab. This festival doesn't come on the same date every year. Because this festival is celebrated as per Sikh calendar. This public holiday in Punjab, in 2018 is on January 5, Thursday. This day is a holiday for banks, government offices, educational institutions etc. Some business might open on this day.

2. Guru Ravidas Jayanti
Guru Ravidas Jayanti is a Sikh festival. Magh Purnima is also celebrated on this date. Actually, this festival is celebrated on full moon day of Magh month. This is a government holiday in Punjab. This festival won't come on the same day every year, as this festival is celebrated as per Sikh calendar. In 2017, this public holiday in Punjab is on February 10 which is a Friday. This day is a holiday for banks, government offices, educational institutions etc. Some business might functions on this day.


3. Martyr's Day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji
Martyr's Day of Guru Arjun Dev Ji is a Sikh festival that is celebrated in the memory of the fifth Guru of the Sikhs. This is a government holiday in Punjab. This festival doesn't come on the same date every year. As this festival is celebrated according to the Sikh calendar. This public holiday in Punjab is on May 29 , which is a Monday this year. This day is a holiday for banks, government offices, educational institutions etc. Some business might open on this day.

Guru Nanak Jayanti is the most important Sikh festival. It is not only a state holiday for Punjab but also a national holiday in India. Guru Nanak Jayanti is the birthday of the first guru of their ten gurus. It is on November 4 in 2017 which is a Saturday. We have provided a list of important bank holidays in Punjab, which investors can go through.

Which are the religious bank holidays in Punjab celebrated all over India?

There are few religious holidays in Punjab, which is not only a bank holiday in Punjab but public holiday all over India. There are seven such holidays. Those religious bank holidays are:

1) Holi
2) Shri Ram Navami
3) Eid al-Fitr
4) Dussehra
5) Diwali
6) Guru Nanak Jayanti
7) Monday Christmas

1) Holi
Holi is celebrated on March 13 which is a Monday this year. Every year the date changes. Holi is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar. Holi is a public Holiday. All educational institutions, government offices, banks will be closed on this holiday.

2) Shri Ram Navami
Shri ram Navami is celebrated on April 4, which is a Tuesday this year. Every year the date and day change. This festival is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar. Shri Ram Navami is a Government Holiday. On Shri ram Navami all educational institutions, government offices banks will be closed.

3) Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on June 26 which is a Monday this year, every year the date changes. This festival is celebrated according to the Islamic calendar. This festival is a national Holiday. On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr all educational institutions, government offices banks etc, will be closed on this day.

4) Dussehra
Dussehra is celebrated on September 30 which is a Saturday this year, every year the date changes. Dussehra is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar. The festival day is a public Holiday. On the occasion of Dussehra, all educational institutions, government offices, banks will remain closed.

5) Diwali
Diwali is celebrated on October 19, which is a Thursday this year, every year the date changes.This festival is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar. Diwali day is a government holiday. On Diwali all educational institutions, Government offices banks will remain closed.

6) Guru Nanak Jayanti
Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated on November 4, which is a Saturday this year, every year the date and day changes. This festival is celebrated according to the Sikh calendar. This festival is a national holiday. On the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti all educational institutions, government offices, and banks will not function.

7) Christmas
Christmas is celebrated on December 25 which is a Monday this year. Every year Christmas comes on the same date. Christmas is celebrated according to the Christian calendar and it is the general calendar in India. This festival is a public holiday. On Christmas all educational institutions, government offices, banks will not function. Of course, it may not be possible to highlight all of the festivals and holidays list in Punjab, but, we have covered a few in the article.

Spend time by reading some goods books during a bank holiday in Punjab?

Some great Punjabi authors wrote books of different genres such as motivational, love, biography, etc. Spending time by reading will refresh you on a bank holiday in Punjab. Of many great authors, Waryam Singh Sandhu is one of those authors. He is famous for his short stories, as he holds a doctorate in philosophy and for one of his short stories Chauthi koot he was awarded Sahitya Akademi Award. Though his writings were in Punjabi, his books get translated into many languages such as English, Hindi, Bengali, and Urdu.
Here is a list of books which may interest yo:.

He wrote a lot of short stories like Chauthi koot, Lohe De hath, Ang sang, Bhajian Bahin, Chonvian Kahanian, Til Phul, etc. As these are short stories together, get printed into one book as Selected Short Stories of Waryam Singh Sandhu. All the stories are in Selected Short Stories of Waryam Singh Sandhu are about philosophy. He wrote few nonfiction stories as well such as Kulwant Singh Virk Da Kahani Sansar, Kushti Da Dhroo Tara-Kartar Singh, Pardesi Panjab, etc. To read books written by Waryam Singh Sandhu will be a great option during a bank holiday in Punjab.

Can you sell or buy Bitcoins on a bank holiday in Punjab?

Before knowing, can you sell or buy Bitcoins on a bank Holiday in Punjab? It is important to know how it works?
Bitcoin is a virtual currency controlled by some anonymous person or a team. This is commonly known as the decentralized digital currency. This is not authorized by Reserve Bank of India. Better not go for these. There are many other options which you can opt such as now in India there are various options such as electronic wallets and much more.

If we take electronic wallets as an example, you can add money send and receive money into your electronic wallet. There are many options in electronic wallets now a days. You can pay bills such as electricity bills, telephone bills, DTH bill. Recently few payments banks have launched such as Paytm payment banks. You can open account in such banks and can do transactions anytime. There are options in electronic wallets such as you can shop as well with the money you have in your electronic wallets. There is an option where you can buy gold as well in Paytm wallet. If you are an investor, you can invest in gold here than buying gold bonds or ETF's.

Why religious festival dates changes year to year?

There are many religious festivals in Punjab. The date for which changes year to year. Every other religion is having a calendar of their own and the dates are considered as per their calendar.

If we consider top 5 Religious holidays in Punjab, they are:

1. Dusshera
2. Diwali
3. Eid-ul-Fitr
4. Guru Nanak Jayanti
5. Good Friday

1. Dusshera - Every year Dusshera festival comes on a different date because the date is considered as per Hindu calendar, not the general Georgian calendar. There is a difference of 11 days between the two calendars, the festivals fall at a time gap of 11–12 days.

2. Diwali - Similar to Dusshera festival Diwali comes on a different date because the date is considered as per Hindu calendar, not the general Georgian calendar. So Diwali comes 11- 12 days prior to the past year date.

3. Eid-ul-Fitr - Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated as per the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and georgian calendar is a solar calendar. So Ramadan comes on a different date every year.

4. Guru Nanak Jayanti - Guru Nanak jayanthi which is sacred and the most important festival in Punjab is also celebrated as per the lunar Calendar. Guru Nanak Jayanthi is celebrated on the full moon day of Kartik month.

5. Good Friday - Good Friday is celebrated on the basis of easter and easter is celebrated on First sunday after the first full moon in the northern hemisphere’s Spring time and the very next Friday will be the Good Friday.

Spending your bank holidays in Punjab

It is time that you spend your bank holidays in Punjab, with the family or doing any activity or work that has long been pending. For example, you may have wanted to repair your car or do a spring cleaning of the house. Why only work, it maybe like you always wanted to read a novel and never got an opportunity, due to the hectic work schedule. It is very important to give yourself the opportunity to spend time to do just that. Also if you have nott gone for an outing for a long time, it would be nice to catch-up on that outing with the family and the kids. In short, there are a plethora of things to do during the public or government holidays in Punjab. You can enjoy to the hilt, be a little conscious and do exercise, but do not laze around doing nothing during the holidays. that is not a good idea.

Plan a one day trip during a bank Holiday in Jalandhar?

There are more than 90 bank holidays in Punjab. For the people living in Jalandhar, there are options which they can plan a one a trip during a bank holiday in Punjab. As Jalandhar is near to Himachal Pradesh, you can visit these places.

Nalagarh Hill Station - Nalagarh hill station is Solan district of Uttar Pradesh. In this hill station most attractive to see is Fort Nalagarh. Here you can do hiking, Nature walks and much more. This place is nearly 120 km away from Jalandhar.

Dharamshala Hill Station - This hill station is approximately 200 km away from Jalandhar. In this place, you can do activities such as rock climbing, trekking, etc. The main attractions in this location are the cricket stadium which is the highest cricket stadium in the world. This place is adopted home of the 14th Dalai Lama. Not only there are many more attractions in Dharamshala. It is advisable to plan to visit this place during a bank holiday in Punjab.

Naldehra Hill Station - The home to the India's nine-hole golf course. Lord Curzon built this golf course during a British rule. By visiting this place, you can do river rafting, Camping and can visit Nag Temple as well.

For the people living in Jalandhar, these Hill station's are advisable to visit during a bank holiday in Punjab.

How Guru Nanak Jayanthi is celebrated in Punjab?

Guru Nanak Jayanthi is celebrated in a splendid way in Punjab. Most of the population in Punjab follow Sikhism, and Guru Nanak Jayanti is the birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. This day is a bank holiday in Punjab.

The celebrations in Guru Nanak Jayanthi starts two days in advance. They start this holy festival with the reading of the Guru Granth Sahib. The holy book of Sikh community. A procession will be organized with panj pyaras which mean five beloved ones. In a palanquin, they will carry a Sikh flag and the holy book Guru Granth Sahib. This palanquin will be followed by singers who will be singing hymns. This procession will be going all around the city, and the whole city will be decorated with Sikh flags and flowers.

There will be few groups following with this procession. They will be performing various martial arts and mock battles. The main agenda of the procession will be to make people aware of Guru Nanak's contribution to the Sikh community.

After this, There will be some programs at Gurudwara where devotees sing songs praise of Guru Nanak. After that their will be a community feast called langar. Everyone who comes to the Gurudwara irrespective of their caste, creed or religion are served with food. As it is a bank holiday in Punjab, most of the people visits Gurudwara irrespective of their religion.

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