Bank Holidays are enlisted as the Public Holidays. These are the days when the Bank Remains closed for operation. There are different holidays such as National Holiday, Gazetted Holiday, Restricted and Regional. As there are many states so the restricted holidays may differ on different states. However, most of the Gazetted Holidays and all the National Holidays are followed in the country. Here is the list of Bank Holidays in 2016.
Republic Day- January 26
This is a National Holiday and followed in all over the country. The Bank remains closed on this date. This is the day when India started following a constitution and became a Republic country.
Maha Shivratri – March 07
Maha Shivrari is observed in all parts of the country. This is a Bank Holiday and Lord Shiva is worshipped on this day.
Holi – March 23
Holi is generally followed in East, North and West parts of the country. However, the Southern part does not have a holiday on Holi. This is a Gazetted Holiday.
Good Friday – March 25
This is observed in the entire country. This is a Gazetted Holiday.
Ram Navami – April 15
This is the day when different other occasions are also celebrated. Himachal Day in Himachal Pradesh, Bohag Bihu in Assam and Vishu in Kerala are also Restricted Holidays and are given by the state.
Mahavir Jayanthi – April 20
Mahavir Jayanthi is a Gazetted Bank Holiday and is observed in all parts of the country.
Buddha Purnima – May 21
Buddha Purnima is also a Gazetted Holiday and is observed in every part of the country.
Id’ul Fitr – July 06
Id’ul Fitr Bank Holiday is to be observed on July 06. This is Gazetted Holiday and is observed in the county.
Independence Day – August 15
Independence Day is to be celebrated and observed on August 15 and the National Holiday will be observed in every part of the country.
Krishna Janmashtami – August 25
This is a Restricted Holiday but mostly observed in India apart from few parts of the country.
Ganesh Chaturthi – September 05
This is also a Restricted Holiday but shall be mostly observed in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana for Bank Holidays.
Bakri Id – September 12
This is a Gazetted Holiday and generally called Bakra Eid in India. This is observed in all parts of the country.
Vijaya Dashami – October 11
This is also famous as Dasuhrra and should be observed in all parts of the country. This is Gazetted Holiday.
Muharram – October 12
This is also a Gazetted Holiday and should be followed in all or most of the parts of the country.
Diwali – October 30
This is a Gazetted Holiday and is followed and celebrated in everywhere in the country.
Guru Nanak Jayanthi – November 14
This is a Restricted Holiday and may be restricted to different states. This is mainly followed in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi.
Milad-ul-Navi – December 13
The birthday of Prophet Mohammed shall be celebrated on December 13. It is a Gazetted Holiday and the banks are to remain close.
Christmas – December 25
This is also a Gazetted Holiday and the Banks remain close throughout the country.
There are many others Restricted Holidays specific to different states. Here are some of them that may be considered by the Banks for Holidays.
New Years Day – January 01
This would be celebrated in the following states in India. Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Miizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu are the states where this will be followed.
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti – January 05
This would be celebrated for Birthday of Guru Govind Singh Ji on the follow states, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab.
Birthday of Swami Vivekananda – January 12
This would be only celebrated in West Bengal.
Bhogi/Pongal/Makar Sankranti/Lohri/Bihu/Hadage/Poki- January 14
These are different occasions on the same date. The Bank Holidays are observed almost in every part of the country.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti – January 23
Assam, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal
Statehood Day – January 25
Losar – February 08
Tibetan New Year Sikkim
Vasant Panchami – February 12
Haryana, Odisha,Tripura, West Bengal
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti – February 19
Guru Ravidas – February 22
Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab
Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev – March 23
Odisha Day – April 01
Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthda – April 05
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
Ugadi – April 08
Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh
Cheti Chand – April 08
Vaisakhi- April 13
Tamil New Year / Bengali New Year/ Dr Ambedkar Jayanti/ Bohag Bihu – April 14
Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam for their respective New Year and Bank Holiday for all for Dr Ambedkar Jayanti.
Maharana Pratap Jayanti – June 07
Himachal Pradesh and Haryana
Raja Sankranti – June 14
Raksha Bandhan – August 18
Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh
Onam – September 13
The restricted holidays can be altered and every Bank releases own list of Holidays. It depends upon the state and the festivals followed there and Restricted Holidays are thus utilized accordingly.