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Kerala Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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

Kerala, also known as Keralam, is located on the Malobar coast. Under the States Reorganisation Act which combined Malayaiam-speaking regions in India, Kerala was formed in 1956. It is best known for its spice exportation which attracted the Portuguese during the 15th century. The state boasts very little sectarianism unlike other regions in India. Just under 55 percent of the population is Hindu, almost 27 percent are Muslim and just over 18 percent are Christian. Only in Malappuram are Hindu followers outnumbered by Muslims.

Public holidays in Kerala are determined by Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 and are coordinated with the Government of India by the Kerala government. All Sundays are public holidays in Kerala. Some of the holidays are celebrated throughout India such as Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday. However, other holidays are related to either the Hindu, Muslim or Christian religion. These include Good Friday, Id-ul-Fitr and Thiruvonam.

Holidays that fall on Sunday may be excluded from the official public holiday list. There are also holidays noted on the official list that may change dates depending on the sighting of the moon as is common for Muslims. The state also celebrates the Annual Closing of Accounts of Commercial and Cooperative Banks.

Public Holidays 2016

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

2 JanSatMannam Jayanthi
26 JanTueRepublic Day
(National Day)
7 MarMonMaha Shivaratri
24 MarThuMaundy (Pesaha) Thursday
25 MarFriGood Friday
27 MarSunEaster Sunday
14 AprThuVishu
14 AprThuDr Ambedkar Jayanti
1 MaySunMay Day
6 JulWedRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
2 AugTueKarkkadaka Vavu
15 AugMonIndependence Day
28 AugSunAyyankali Jayanthi
12 SepMonBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
13 SepTueFirst Onam
14 SepWedThiruvonam
15 SepThuThird Onam
16 SepFriFourth Onam / Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi
21 SepWedSree Narayana Guru
Samdhi Day
2 OctSunMahatma Gandhi's
10 OctMonDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Navami)
11 OctTueDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
12 OctWedMuharram
29 OctSatDeepavali
(Festival of Lights)
12 DecMonMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
25 DecSunChristmas Day

Public Holidays 2017

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

2 JanMonMannam Jayanthi
26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri
13 AprThuMaundy (Pesaha) Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
14 AprFriDr Ambedkar Jayanti
14 AprFriVishu
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
1 MayMonMay Day
26 JunMonRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
23 JulSunKarkkadaka Vavu
15 AugTueIndependence Day
15 AugTueJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
28 AugMonAyyankali Jayanthi
2 SepSatBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
3 SepSunFirst Onam
4 SepMonThiruvonam
5 SepTueThird Onam
6 SepWedFourth Onam
21 SepThuSree Narayana Guru
Samdhi Day
29 SepFriDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Navami)
30 SepSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
1 OctSunMuharram
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
18 OctWedDeepavali
(Festival of Lights)
2 DecSatMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)
25 DecMonChristmas Day