Himachal Pradesh Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 HImachal Pradesh public holidays. Please scroll down to view.
The word ‘hima” means snow in Sanskrit which is why Acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, a Sanskrit scholar in the area, chose the name Himachal Pradesh for one of the northern states of India. The state lies close to the Himalaya’s, bordered by Jammu, Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and the Tibet Autonomous Region. The area is known for natural beauty and the temples found throughout the state. Much of Himachal Pradesh is rural and it is a large supplier of hydroelectricity as there are many rivers flowing through the area.
Public holidays in Himachal Pradesh are approved by the government of the state as well as the Indian government. Although there are holidays that are celebrated throughout India, such as Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi’s birthday, other holidays are determined by each state with Himachal Pradesh no exception. In Himachal Pradesh some of these holidays relate to the history and culture of the state while others represent religious celebrations that relate to Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist beliefs.
Himachal Pradesh also recognises three holidays that are specifically for women. On these holidays, all female employees working in government offices, educational institutions and private companies are provided paid holidays. Raksha Bandhan is an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. Karva Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated by Hindu women in which married women fast from sunrise to moonrise in order to promote safety and longevity in their husbands. Bhai Duj is celebrated on the last day of Diwali or Tihar. Women mark the forehead of their brothers and the brothers lavish the sisters with gifts in recognition of brotherly-sisterly love.
Public Holidays 2017
This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Himachal Pradesh government.
|5 Jan||Thu||Guru Govind Singh Birthday|
|25 Jan||Wed||Statehood Day|
|26 Jan||Thu||Republic Day
|10 Feb||Fri||Guru Ravidas Jayanti|
|24 Feb||Fri||Maha Shivaratri|
|4 Apr||Tue||Ram Navami
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|14 Apr||Fri||Dr Ambedkar Jayanti|
|15 Apr||Sat||Himachal Day|
|28 Apr||Fri||Maharshi Parasuram
|10 May||Wed||Buddha Purnima|
|28 May||Sun||Maharana Pratap
|9 Jun||Fri||Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti|
|26 Jun||Mon||Ramazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
|15 Aug||Tue||Independence Day|
|15 Aug||Tue||Janmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti|
|2 Sep||Sat||Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
|30 Sep||Sat||Durga Puja / Dussehra
|2 Oct||Mon||Mahatma Gandhi's
|5 Oct||Thu||Maharishi Valmiki's Birthday|
(Festival of Lights)
|4 Nov||Sat||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|