I bet you didn't know or realise that we have over 160 Public Holidays in the Calendar Year 2017. And, I am very sure that you probably think this page is a joke or that I am lying to you or kidding with you. If you do feel this is a joke then I suggest you read on....
Well, it's true - India will have more than 160 Public Holidays in the Year 2017. If you do not believe me then continue reading the thoroughly researched facts below....
The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. For China, it is the year of the Rooster or Hen.
Firstly, let us check the official public and bank holidays in India.....
Public and Bank Holidays in India 2017
January 1 - Sunday - New Year's Day
January 5 - Thursday - Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
January 14 - Saturday - Pongal / Makar Sankranti
January 26 - Thursday - Republic Day
January 28 - Saturday - Chinese New Year
February 1 - Wednesday - Vasant Panchami
February 10 - Friday - Guru Ravidas Jayanti
February 14 - Tuesday - Valentine's Day
February 19 - Sunday - Shivaji Jayanti
February 21 - Tuesday - Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
February 24 - Friday - Maha Shivaratri
March 12 - Sunday - Holika Dahana
March 13 - Monday - Dolyatra
March 28 - Tuesday - Chaitra Sukhladi
April 4 - Tuesday - Rama Navami
April 9 - Sunday - Mahavir Jayanti
April 11 - Tuesday - First day of Passover / Hazarat Ali's Birthday
April 13 - Thursday - Maundy Thursday / Vaisakhi
Apr 14 - Friday - Good Friday / Ambedkar Jayanti
Apr 15 - Saturday - Mesadi/Vaisakhadi
Apr 16 - Sunday - Easter Day
May 1 - Monday - May Day / Maharashtra Day
May 10 - Wednesday - Buddha Purnima / Vesak
May 14 - Sunday - Mother's Day
Jun 18 - Sunday - Father's Day
Jun 23 - Friday - Jamat Ul-Vida
Jun 25 - Sunday - Rath Yatra
Jun 26 - Monday - Ramzan Id / Eid-ul-Fitar
Aug 6 - Sunday - Friendship Day
Aug 7 - Monday - Raksha Bandhan
Aug 15 - Tuesday - Independence Day
Aug 15 - Tuesday - Janmashtami
Aug 15 - Tuesday - Thanksgiving Day
Aug 25 - Friday - Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka Chaturthi
Sep 2 - Saturday - Bakr Id / Eid ul-Adha
Sep 4 - Monday - Onam
Sep 27 - Wednesday - Maha Saptami
Sep 29 - Friday - Maha Navami
Sep 30 - Saturday - Dussehra
Oct 1 - Sunday - Muharram / Ashura
Oct 2 - Monday - Gandhi Jayanti
Oct 5 - Thursday - Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
Oct 8 - Sunday - Karaka Chaturthi / Karva Chauth
Oct 18 - Wednesday - Naraka Chaturdasi
Oct 19 - Thursday - Diwali
Oct 20 - Friday - Govardhan Puja
Oct 21 - Saturday - Bhai Duj
Oct 26 - Thursday - Chhat Puja
Oct 31 - Tuesday - Halloween
Nov 4 - Saturday - Guru Nanak Jayanti
Nov 24 - Friday - Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day
Dec 2 - Saturday - Milad un-Nabi / Id-e-Milad
Dec 13 - Wednesday - First Day of Hanukkah
Dec 20 - Wednesday - Last day of Hanukkah
Dec 25 - Monday - Christmas
2017 Public Holidays in USA
International New Year’s Day - January 1
Martin L King’s Day - Monday, 17 January 2017
Presidents’ Day - Monday, 21 February 2017
Memorial Day - Monday, 30 May 2017
Independence Day - Monday, 4 July 2017
Labor Day - Monday, 5 September 2017
Columbus Day - Monday, 10 October 2017
Veteran’s Day - Friday, 11 November 2017
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, 24 November 2017
Christmas Day - Sunday, December 25 & Monday, 26 December 2017
Keep the following event calendar for 2017 holidays and special events in mind when planning and scheduling events:
January 2017 Holidays and Events
* January 1 (Saturday), New Year’s Day
* January 17 (Tuesday), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
* January 17 (Tuesday), Australian Open (through January 30)
* January 28 (Friday), Berlin Six Day Race (through February 2)
February 2017 Holidays and Events
* Black History Month (U.S.)
* February 3 (Thursday), Chinese New Year
* February 6 (Sunday), Super Bowl XLIV (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX)
* February 10 (Thursday), Berlin International Film Festival (through February 20)
* February 12 (Saturday), Lincoln’s Birthday (U.S.)
* February 13 (Sunday), BAFTA Awards (UK)
* February 14 (Monday), Valentine's Day
* February 20 (Sunday), Daytona 500
* February 21 (Monday), President’s Day
* February 27 (Sunday), Academy Awards
March 2017 Holidays and Events
* March 6 (Sunday), Barcelona Marathon
* March 8 (Tuesday), Mardi Gras
* March 9 (Wednesday), Ash Wednesday
* March 13 (Sunday), Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 a.m. (U.S.)
* March 13 (Sunday), Mothering Day, UK
* March 15 (Tuesday), Las Fellas (Valencia, Spain; ends March 19)
* March 17 (Thursday), St. Patrick’s Day
* March 17 (Thursday), Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship
April 2017 Holidays and Events
* April 2, 4 (Saturday, Monday), Final Four (Houston, TX)
* April 4 (Monday), Masters Tournament (Georgia, USA, through April 10)
* April 15 (Friday), Semana Santa (Holy Week)
* April 18 (Monday), Passover (through April 25)
* April 18 (Monday), Boston Marathon
* April 21 (Thursday), Holy Thursday
* April 22 (Friday), Good Friday
* April 24 (Sunday), Easter
* April 25 (Monday), Easter Monday (UK, Canada)
* April 27 (Wednesday), Administrative Professionals Day
* April 29 (Friday), Golden Week (Japan, through May 5)
May 2017 Holidays and Events
* May 1 (Sunday), Holocaust Remembrance Day
* May 1 (Sunday), May Day Holiday, Bank Holiday Observed May 2 (UK)
* May 5 (Thursday), Cinco de Mayo
* May 7 (Saturday), Kentucky Derby
* May 8 (Sunday), Mother’s Day
* May 11 (Wednesday), Cannes Film Festival (through May 22)
* May 17 (Tuesday), French Open (through June 5)
* May 23 (Monday), Victoria Day (Canada, Scotland)
* May 29 (Sunday), Indianpolis 500
* May 30 (Monday), Memorial Day (U.S.)
June 2017 Holidays and Events
* June 19 (Sunday), Father’s Day
* June 20 (Monday), Wimbledon 2010 (through July 3)
July 2017 Holidays and Events
* July 1 (Friday), Canada Day (Canada)
* July 4 (Monday), Independence Day (U.S.)
* July 6 (Wednesday), Running of the Bulls in Pamplona (through July 14)
* July 12 (Tuesday), 2017 MLB All Star Game (Chase Field, Phoenix)
* July 14 (Thursday), British Open 2010 (through July 17)
* July 14 (Thursday), Bastille Day (France)
August 2017 Holidays and Events
* August 1 (Monday), Ramadan (through October 30)
* August 14 (Sunday) Ferragosto, (Italy)
* August 30 (Tuesday), Summer Bank Holiday (UK, Ireland)
September 2017 Holidays and Events
* September 4 (Sunday), Father’s Day (Australia, New Zealand)
* September 5 (Monday), Labor Day (U.S.)
* September 5 (Monday), Labour Day (Canada)
* Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15 (U.S.)
* September 17 (Sunday), Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany (ends Oct 3)
* September 24 (Saturday), La Mercé (Barcelona, Spain)
* September 28 (Thursday), Rosh Hashanah
October 2017 Holidays and Events
* October 7 (Friday), Yom Kippur
* October 10 (Monday), Columbus Day
* October 10 (Monday), Thanksgiving (Canada)
* October 31 (Monday), Halloween
November 2017 Holidays and Events
* November 6 (Sunday), Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m.
* November 8 (Tuesday), Election Day (U.S.)
* November 11 (Friday), Veterans Day (U.S.)
* November 11 (Friday), Remembrance Day (UK, Canada)
* November 24 (Thursday), Thanksgiving (U.S.)
* November 27 (Sunday), 2010 Grey Cup (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
December 2017 Holidays and Events
* December 20 (Tuesday), Hanukkah (begins at sundown the previous day)
* December 25 (Sunday), Christmas
* December 26 (Monday), Kwanzaa
* December 26 (Monday), Boxing Day (UK, Canada, Ireland)
Major holidays in 2017
January 1 – New Year's Day.
January 7 (6 in Armenia) – Orthodox Christmas.
January 14 – Makar Sankranti, Hinduism & Pongal, Tamil.
February 2 – Imbolc, a Cross-quarter day.
February 3 – Chinese New Year.
March 8 – Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras, end of Mardi Gras / Carnival season.
March 9 – Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent).
March 20 – Holi.
March 21 – (Northern hemisphere) Vernal equinox, also known as Ostara.
April 18 – Passover begins at sundown.
April 24 – Easter (Western and Orthodox).
May 1 – Beltane, a Cross-quarter day.
June 7 – Shavuot begins.
June 21 – Summer solstice (northern), Winter solstice (southern).
August 1 – Ramadhan Begins — Islam.
August 1 – Lammas, a Cross-quarter day.
August 31 – Eid al-Fitr.
September 23 – (Northern hemisphere) Autumnal equinox, known as Mabon.
September 28 – Rosh Hashana begins at sundown.
October 7 – Yom Kippur begins at sundown.
October 26 – Diwali, a religious holiday in India.
November 1 – Samhain, a Cross-quarter day and Neopagan new year.
November 6 – Eid al-Adha.
November 26 – Islamic New Year.
December 20 – Chanukah.
December 22 – Winter solstice (northern), Summer solstice (southern).
December 25 – Christmas.
2017 (MMXI) will be a common year starting on Saturday. In the Gregorian calendar, it is the 2017th year of the Common Era or the Anno Domini designation; the 11th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 2nd of the 2010s decade.
2017 Public Holidays in India FactsThere are 15 Bank Holidays in India in 2017.
2 Bank Holidays on Mondays makes it 2 long weekends (for those that have an off on Saturdays as well).
2 Holidays on Tuesdays & 2 on Wednesdays makes Mid-Week working days a real bore.
1 Holidays on Thursdays makes Thursdays boring as well. Of course, shop owners in some parts of the western suburbs are closed on Thursdays. But, we cannot take them into consideration as they form a tiny amount of the working class population of India.
1 Holiday on Fridays makes the weekends in India longer on 1 fantastic Friday.
7 Holidays on Saturdays and Sundays in a single year is like a curse. That’s 7 extra working days technically speaking, and no time to attend online courses on Enoma.net.
Avoid major plans for 26 & 11 numbered days every month in the year 2017 as most terror attacks, accidents, disasters, etc. take place on 26 or 11 numbered days. And, of course 8 is supposedly another unlucky number for Mumbai city, India.
June is the most boring month of 2017 with no Bank Holidays.
July is the next boring month. However, with rainy days & floods we usually get 4 extra holidays in July.
Add another 2 holidays in June, another 2 in August, another 2 in September thanks to Floods in major parts of India (and the poor muncipal workers have to sometimes work on double shifts to clear the water up at some places). Mr. Minister please consider giving the poor workers more public holidays and leaves in 2017 and the future years.
Most "smart Indians" makes full use of these flood holidays by going on a picnic. Some even go to Goa and if you are one of them then you are probably my friend.
December also makes it to the boring month list with just 2 bank holidays.
Of course, nobody in their right mind works on 31st December (atleast not for the whole day anyway). So, we can count 31st as a half working day.
Diwali comes on a Wednesday which means 1 less weekend of Bank Holidays for all of us in 2017. But, remember we still have over 159 public holidays in 2017 to make up for it.
Gandhi Jayanti also comes on a Sunday which means 1 more Public & Bank Holiday comes on a lovely Sunday in India in the year 2017.
Expect another 4 Holidays for weird reasons in your personal life in 2017.
Add another 47 Holidays on Sundays (unless You work like me on Sundays and have holidays the rest of the week).
Add another 24 Days (48 Half Working Days or 48 Full Holidays for most people) on Saturdays.
Add another 40 odd days of Paid Leaves for all those who belong to the Public Sector (30 Days for some unlucky souls and those that work in the Private Sector).
Add another 4 days for forced or unfortunate public holidays in 2017 due to flu epidemics, major terror attacks, bomb blasts, political disasters, VIPs dying, India bandhs, etc.
Add another 3 fortunate holidays due to family commitments such as weddings, births, funerals (of relatives you are happy to see pass away), other family and friends functions, etc.
The biggest excuses for reaching 1/2 an hour late to work are road traffic and trains being late. Indians are late to work more than 60 days per year. That's another 1 day Holiday. Your boss cannot complain as he is often more than 1 hour late himself.
Add another 1 hour for lunch and tea breaks per working day. That's another 225 odd Hours or 9 more Public Holidays in 2017 (Unless you are one of those silly bank clerks who works at his desk during lunch breaks).
Even if we cut down 5 of these holidays due to miscalculations we still end up with over 160 public holidays in India in 2017.
That’s over 160 Public Holidays for working people in India
150 Holidays for almost everyone else in INDIA.
Which Means We Work less than 200 Days in 2017!
and the REST OF THE WORLD works 250 days in 2017!
And, people say Indians are among the hardest working people on Earth!
What Are You Planning To Do On These 160 Public Holidays- 80 % of Indians will sit at home, watch TV and do nothing much.
- Another 15 % go visiting friends, family members, socializing, etc.
- The remaining 5% are people like you who will be working on their laptops or PCs at their Desks in their compact offices in posh office districts of Mumbai and reading stuff like this (and wishing that you had more than 26 Public Holidays in 2017)!
In life, those that get what they really want and those that are truly happy live on their own terms and spend more time on recreation, creative hobbies, family time and pure fun.
And, those that don't get what they want in life spend all their free time at home watching live (and relayed) cricket matches, re-runs of Bollywood movies and 'Breaking' NEWS channels.
And, most of their free time in the office is spent on Facebook or trying to chat up a 65 year old guy online. People who don't get what they want in their lives or aren't happy usually don't read good books, haven't watched the right stuff on TV, and nor have they attended a good soft skills course (such as personality development) in India.