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My holiday calendar 2017 for best long weekends

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The year 2016 is just about to end! And for all those who have already started thinking of their travel plans for the coming year, here is my holiday calendar 2017 for best long weekends. An interesting thing about this year is the high number of long weekends. I have compiled a list of public holidays in 2017 in such a manner that it becomes easy for you to choose from them to make the most of these long weekend.  

I have not mentioned about the holidays which are falling on Sundays. My focus was only on finding the possibility of long weekends in 2017. So, besides holidays on Mondays, Saturdays and Fridays, I have also taken Tuesdays and Thursdays into account. You just have to fall ‘sick’ for one working day in between to enjoy these long weekends ;)

Holidays in January 2017

  • Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday – 5 January – Thursday (RH)
  • Vivekanand Jayanti – 12 January, Thursday
  • Makar Sankranti / Pongal – 14 January, Saturday
  • Republic Day – 26 January, Thursday

Holidays in February 2017

  • Maha Shivratri – 24 February, Friday

Holidays in March 2017

  • Holi – 13 March, Monday
  • Chaitra Sukladi/Gudi Padava/Ugadi/Cheti Chand – 28 March, Tuesday

Visiting Bangladesh can also be a better option in March. Indians can get the Bangladeshi visa for free. Check my backpacking trip to Bangladesh which I did in March 2015

 


3 reasons to plan a trip in advance :

  1. You get ample time to do proper pre-trip research (This helped me to travel Europe in just Rs 10,000)
  2. Save on discounted airfares by booking them well in advance.
  3. Better chances of getting leaves approved at your office if applied in advance.


Holidays in April 2017

  • Ram Navami – 4 April, Tuesday
  • Hazrat Ali’s birthday – 11 April, Tuesday (RH)
  • Baisakhi/Vishu – 13 April, Thursday (RH)
  • Ambedkar Jayanti / Good Friday – 14 April, Friday
  • Vaisakhadi / Bahag Bihu- 15 April, Saturday (RH)

Holidays in May 2017

  • Labour Day or May day – 1 May, Monday
  • Rabindranath Jayanti – 9 May, Tuesday (RH)
  • Buddha Poornima – 10 May, Wednesday

Holidays in June 2017

  • Jamat-Ul-Vida – 23 June, Friday (RH)
  • Idu’l Fitr – 26 June, Monday
Do mention in the comments section, if I have missed any holiday. I’ll add them to this list. 

Holidays in August 2017

  • RakshaBandhan – 7 August, Monday (RH)
  • Independence Day – 15 August, Tuesday
  • Ganesh Chaturthi – 25 August, Friday (RH)

Holidays in September 2017

  • Id-ul-Zuha/Bakr-Id – 2 September, Saturday
  • Onam – 4 September, Monday (RH)
  • Dussehra / Durga pooja, Saptami – 27 September, Wednesday (RH)
  • Dussehra / Durga pooja, Ashtami – 28 September, Thursday (RH)
  • Dussehra / Durga pooja, Navami – 29 September, Friday (RH)
  • Dussehra, Vijay Dashami – 30 September, Saturday

Visiting Europe in September is a good Idea. Check my backpacking trip to Europe which I did in September 2016


*RH = Restricted Holiday

Holidays declared by Government of India on certain occasions having religious and cultural importance. Unlike Gazetted holiday, the government offices remain open and keep functioning normally. You may choose such holidays only in a limited number as per the rules of your office.


Holidays in October 2017

  • Gandhi Jayanti – 2 October, Monday
  • Valmiki Jayanti – 5 October, Thursday
  • Kali Pooja / Diwali (South India) – 18 October, Wednesday (RH)
  • Diwali – 19 October, Thursday
  • Govardhan Puja – 20 October, Friday
  • Bhai Dooj – 21 October, Saturday
  • Chhat Pooja – 26 October, Thursday

Holidays in November 2017

  • Guru Nanak Jayanti – 4 November, Saturday
  • Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day – 24 November, Friday

Holidays in December 2017

  • Id-e-Milad – 2 December, Saturday
  • Christmas – 25 December, Monday

So folks, let’s start making your travel plans for the year 2017.

Do mention in the comments section, if I have missed any holiday. I’ll add them to this list. 

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