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Puducherry
Public Holidays

Puducherry Public Holidays 2017

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

Until 1954, Puducherry, which was formerly known as Pondicherry, was under French rule. Many of the residents still speak French and many of the retail stores have a large inventory of French merchandise. Puducherry is split from north to south by a canal with the French part on the east toward the sea. The Union Territory was formed out of four French exclaves – Puducherry, Karaikai, Yanam and Mahe. The name was changed from Pondicherry in 2006 as part of an effort to return street and territory names to their original Indian versions.

Public holidays are determined by the Government of Puducherry. Holidays are divided into three lists. All government offices and banks are closed on Appendix I and II. Holidays which fall on Sunday are excluded from the list. The holidays listed on Appendix I are conferred under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 and include Thiruvalluvar Day, in remembrance of a renowned poet who is regarded as a saint and philosopher in Puducherry, and De jure Transfer Day, recognising the area’s independence from France. It is important to note that public holidays may be different depending on the region. Appendix II includes holidays such as Tamil New Year’s Day and Deepavali.

Government employees are permitted to choose two listed on Appendix III as paid holidays. These include Bhogi, Ram Navami and Buddha Purnima.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
14 JanSatPongal
15 JanSunThiruvalluvar Day
26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
29 MarWedTelugu New Year
14 AprFriGood Friday
14 AprFriDr Ambedkar Jayanti
14 AprFriTamil New Year
14 AprFriVishu
15 AprSatVishu 2nd Day
26 JunMonRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
15 AugTueIndependence Day
16 AugWedDe jure Transfer Day
25 AugFriGanesh Chaturthi /
Vinayaka Chaturthi
2 SepSatBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
3 SepSunFirst Onam
4 SepMonThiruvonam
29 SepFriDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Maha Navami)
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
18 OctWedDeepavali
(Festival of Lights)
1 NovWedPuducherry Liberation Day
2 DecSatMilad-un-Nabi
(Prophet's Birthday)