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Jharkhand Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

Jharkhand, which means “Bushland,” was carved out of the southern part of Bihar. It is located in Eastern India, bordering Utter Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and West Bengal along with Bihar. Like most of India, Hinduism is the most widely practiced religion in the state with almost 68 percent of the population practicing. It is followed by Islam with almost 15 percent and Christianity with just over five percent of the population.

Because Hinduism is so widely practiced in Jharkhand, many of the public holidays approved by the government are related to the religion. Secular holidays of Republic Day Independence Day and Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday are observed throughout India, but most public holidays are celebrated on a regional basis. Government offices, schools and some business close on holidays declared by the Jharkhand government.

Some holidays celebrated in the area are connected to the Muslim religion, although these holidays are timed according to the various phases of the moon. Christmas Day and Good Friday are considered public holidays in Jharkhand. In addition, the Annual Account Closing Day in Jharkhand, which is celebrated throughout India as well, is considered a bank holiday. All banks are closed on that day which is normally celebrated around April 1.

Public Holidays 2016

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Jharkhand government.

26 JanTueRepublic Day
(National Day)
7 MarMonMaha Shivaratri
23 MarWedDoljatra / Holika Dahan
24 MarThuHoli
25 MarFriGood Friday
14 AprThuDr Ambedkar Jayanti
15 AprFriRam Navami
19 AprTueMahavir Jayanti
21 MaySatBuddha Purnima
6 JulWedRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
15 AugMonIndependence Day
25 AugThuJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
12 SepMonBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
2 OctSunMahatma Gandhi's
11 OctTueDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
12 OctWedMuharram
30 OctSunDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
14 NovMonGuru Nanak Jayanti
13 DecTueMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
25 DecSunChristmas Day

Public Holidays 2017

The dates below are not official. We will update this page as soon as the dates are released by the Jharkhand government.

26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri
12 MarSunDoljatra / Holika Dahan
13 MarMonHoli
31 MarFriSarhul
4 AprTueRam Navami
9 AprSunMahavir Jayanti
14 AprFriGood Friday
14 AprFriDr Ambedkar Jayanti
10 MayWedBuddha Purnima
26 JunMonRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
15 AugTueIndependence Day
15 AugTueJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
2 SepSatBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
28 SepThuDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Asthami)
29 SepFriDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Navami)
30 SepSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
1 OctSunMuharram
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
19 OctThuDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
4 NovSatGuru Nanak Jayanti
2 DecSatMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
25 DecMonChristmas Day