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Holidays in Punjab in India
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Holidays are happy times that call for relaxation, enjoyment and spending quality time with friends and family. India is known for its multitude of holidays. Being a secular country, India is home to several religions that celebrate different festivals. The holiday structure in government organizations differs from that of private companies. Sunday is a regular holiday for all workplaces. Some private companies have holidays on both Saturday and Sunday, whereas Government organizations are mostly open on Saturdays. Banks usually remain closed on two Saturdays in a month and remain open on the other two. There are three national holidays in India when all organizations remain closed; these are Republic day on 26th January, Independence Day on 15th August and Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October. Apart from these, there are regional and restricted holidays which vary from state to state. This page aims to keep you informed about the different holidays in the state of Punjab.

About Punjab

Punjab is an Indian state in the north-western part of the country. It shares a border with the Pakistani province of Punjab. The region acquired its name from five tributaries of River Indus that flow through the state, namely Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej. These rivers give a fertile soil to the state, which thrives on its agricultural industry for economic growth. Punjab is also a tourism hub. The Golden Temple at Amritsar, the ancient fort of Bathinda, the Wagha Border, the architectural monuments of Kapurthala and Patiala are popular tourist destinations. There are several pilgrimages of Sikhism in this state. The state has a population of around 27 million people, who mostly speak in the Punjabi language.

List of Punjab Holidays in 2019

Holiday Date Day Remarks
Vasant Panchami 10 Feb Sunday Punjab, West Bengal, Haryana
Republic Day 26 Jan Saturday Throughout India
Birthday of Guru Ravidas 19 Feb Tuesday Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh
Maha Shivaratri 4 Mar Monday  
Holi 21 Mar Thursday Rajasthan, Punjab
Ram Navami 14 Apr Sunday Honors the birth of Lord Rama
Mahavir Jayanti 17 Apr Wednesday The important festivals for Jainism community
Good Friday 19 Apr Friday  
Bank Holiday 01 April Monday Year account closing day
Ambedkar Jayanti 14 April Sunday Birthday of Ambedkar
Parashuram Jayanti 7 May Tuesday Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab
May Day 01 May Wednesday Several states
Id ul Fitr 5 Jun Wednesday Many states
Arjun Dev Martyrdom Day 24 May Friday Punjab-specific festival
Sant Kabir Jayanti 17 Jun Monday Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh
Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh 31 July Wednesday Punjab, Haryana
Independence Day 15 Aug Thursday Throughout India
Id ul Juha 12 Aug Monday Bakrid several states
Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji 31 Aug Saturday Punjab-specific holiday
Janmashtami 23 Aug Friday Restricted Holiday (RH)
Birthday of Baba Singh Chand 7 Sep Saturday Punjab-specific holiday
Saragarhi Day 12 Sep Thursday Punjab-specific holiday
Birthday of Bhagat Singh 28 Sep Saturday Punjab-specific holiday
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 02 Oct Wednesday Throughout India
Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti 29 Sept Sunday Punjab, Haryana
Dusshera 8 Oct Tuesday Vijay Dashami,
Birthday of Maharshi Valmiki 13 Oct Sunday Punjab, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana
Diwali 27 Oct Sunday  
Vishwakarma Day 28 Oct Monday  
Guru Nanak Birthday 11 Nov Mon Birthday of the founder of Sikhism
Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur 24 Nov Sunday Punjab-specific holiday
Christmas Day 25 Dec Wednesday All states

Punjab Bank Holidays in 2019

Holiday Day Date
Vasant Panchami Sunday 10 Feb
Republic Day Saturday 26 Jan
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Tuesday 19 Feb
Maha Shivaratri Monday 4 Mar
Holi Thursday 21 Mar
Bhagat Singha's Martyrdom Day Saturday 23 Mar
Ram Navami Sunday 14 Apr
Mahavir Jayanti Wednesday 17 Apr
Good Friday Friday 19 Apr
Ambedkar Jayanti Sunday 14 April
Maharshi Parasuram Jayanti Tuesday 7 May
May Day Wednesday 01 May
Idul Fitr Wednesday 5 Jun
Independence Day Thursday 15 Aug
Parsi New Year Saturday 17 Aug
Bakrid Monday 12 Aug
Janmashtami Friday 23 Aug
Baba Sri Chand Jayanti Saturday 7 Sep
S. Bhagat Singh Jayanti Saturday 28 Sep
Gandhi Jayanti Wednesday 02 Oct
Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti Sunday 29 Sept
Vijaya Dashami Tuesday 8 Oct
Diwali Sunday 27 Oct
Eid e Milad Sunday 10 Nov
Guru Nanak Jayanti Tuesday 12 Nov
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 Dec


Note: Banks have holidays on second and fourth Saturdays too.

Popular Festivals/Holidays in Punjab

Punjab has a majority of Sikh residents followed by the Hindu community. The people of Punjab celebrate all major festivals of India in a very secular spirit. The popular festivals celebrated in the state are Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali, Mela Maghi, Rakhri, Vaisakhi, Lohri, Hola Mohalla, Teeyan and Basant. Most of these festivals are regarded as cultural celebrations by people of all religions.

The Importance of Knowing the Punjab Holidays in 2019

Apart from the three National Holidays, each state has different regional festivals and holidays. It is important to be aware of the holidays of each state as it can help one plan effectively. People living within the state can plan their vacations or travel itineraries ahead if they know about the holiday dates. People living outside the state can accordingly book their travel tickets if they know about the holiday dates of the state where he or she wishes to travel. Residents will get to know when the banks and the government offices will remain closed. Moreover, a little more knowledge is of no harm and it is always good to be enlightened.