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 Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand is a state in the northern part of India. It was earlier known as Uttaranchal. Dehradun is the interim capital city of this state. The state has innumerable temples and Hindu pilgrimages which has earned the state the nickname of Devbhumi which literally translates to "Land of the Gods." Uttarakhand has nearly 10 million residents, who mostly speak in Hindi. The famous pilgrimage of Haridwar is located in this state apart from other popular pilgrim destinations such as Gangotri, Yamunotri, Rudraprayag, Kashi, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Rishikesh. The scenic cities of Dehradun, Mussoorie, and Nainital make this state a haven for non-religion tourism as well. The state oldest national park in the country - Jim Corbett National Park.
|26 Jan||Saturday||Republic Day||Across India|
|4 Mar||Monday||Maha Shivratri||In several states|
|21 Mar||Thursday||Holi||In several states|
|14 Apr||Sunday||Ram Navami||In several states|
|17 Apr||Wednesday||Mahavir Jayanti||In several states|
|19 Apr||Friday||Good Friday||In several states|
|1 Apr||Monday||Annual closing of bank accounts||Bank holiday|
|14 Apr||Sunday||Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti||In several states|
|18 May||Saturday||Buddha Purnima||In several states|
|5 Jun||Wednesday||Eid al-Fitr||In several states|
|15 Aug||Thursday||Independence Day||Across India|
|12 Aug||Monday||Eid al-Adha||In several states|
|23 Aug||Friday||Janmashtami||In several states|
|10 Sep||Tuesday||Muharram||In several states|
|2 Oct||Wednesday||Gandhi Jayanti||Across India|
|8 Oct||Tuesday||Dussehra||In several states|
|13 Oct||Sunday||Maharishi Valmiki's Birthday||In some states|
|27 Oct||Sunday||Diwali||In several states|
|10 Nov||Sunday||Id-e-Milad||In several states|
|12 Nov||Tuesday||Guru Nanak Birthday||In several states|
|25 Dec||Wednesday||Christmas Day||Across India|
|26 Jan||Saturday||Republic Day|
|4 Mar||Monday||Maha Shivratri|
|14 Apr||Sunday||Ram Navami|
|19 Apr||Friday||Good Friday|
|1 Apr||Monday||Annual closing of Bank accounts|
|18 May||Saturday||Buddha Purnima|
|5 Jun||Wednesday||Eid al-Fitr|
|15 Aug||Thursday||Independence Day|
|12 Aug||Monday||Eid al-Adha|
|2 Oct||Wednesday||Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi|
|12 Nov||Tuesday||Guru Nanak's birthday|
Note: Banks have holidays on second and fourth Saturdays too.
Popular Festivals/Holidays in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand mostly celebrates all popular Hindu festivals. It is a haven for Hindu devotees with numerous pilgrimages and temples. The holy Ganges is worshipped grandly at Haridwar and people generally go on the "Chhoti Chaar Dhaam Yatra" to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. Kumbhmela at Haridwar is a great Hindu festival celebrated in Uttarakhand.
The Importance of Knowing the Uttarakhand 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.