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Meghalaya
Public Holidays

Meghalaya Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Meghalaya public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Meghalaya became a state in 1972, formed from the State of Assam. It is bordered by Assam and Bangladesh. Meghalaya has many ethnic communities, each with their own culture and traditions. The Khasis are of Mon-Khmer ancestry, the Garos of Tibeto-Burman ancestry and the Jaintias are believed to be from Southeast Asia. All three communities take family lineage from the mother’s side, a system known as matrilineal.

Like many states in India, public holidays are approved on an annual basis by the Government of Meghalaya. Holidays are divided into three lists known as Annexures. Annexure I lists holidays where the government, courts and schools are closed. These include Republic Day, Holi and Maha Navami. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and December 27 are all holidays, celebrated as Christmas Festival.

Annexure II lists Restricted Holidays and employees are permitted to choose two as paid holidays during the year. In addition, the government permits local Deputy Commissioners to declare a maximum of three local holidays within their jurisdiction, except the East Khasi Hills District as the state declares local holidays in that area.

Annexure III lists holidays conferred under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act 1881. These holidays include Beh Deinkhlam, Kali Puja and Wangala Festival. The Yearly Closing of Bank Account holiday is meant for banks only.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
15 AugTueIndependence Day
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday