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Punjab

Punjab Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

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

As a result of changing borders, Punjab recognises fewer holidays than other Indian states and territories. Each Sunday is considered a holiday in Punjab. Under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881, the Government of Punjab, Department of Personnel, determines each year what holidays are considered public.

Punjab celebrates Republic Day, Independence Day and the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi as these are public holidays throughout India. Government offices, banks and many businesses are closed on other public holidays as well. A large percentage of Punjab’s population are Sikh. Therefore, many of the holidays celebrated are related to the Sikh religion. Those who practice Sikhism believe in “One Immortal Being,” ten Gurus, the teachings of the Gurus and “baptism bequeathed by the tenth Guru.”

Public Holidays 2016

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

DateDayHoliday
16 JanSatGuru Govind Singh Birthday
26 JanTueRepublic Day
(National Day)
12 FebFriBasant Panchami / Sri Panchami
22 FebMonGuru Ravidas Jayanti
7 MarMonMaha Shivaratri
23 MarWedShaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhedev
24 MarThuHoli
25 MarFriGood Friday
13 AprWedVaisakh / Baisakhi /
Masadi
14 AprThuDr Ambedkar Jayanti
15 AprFriRam Navami
(Vaishnava)
20 AprWedMahavir Jayanti
1 MaySunMay Day
9 MayMonLord Parshu Ram Jayanti
8 JunWedMartyrdom Day of Sri Guru
Arjun Dev Ji
20 JunMonSant Kabir Jayanti
6 JulWedRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
31 JulSunShaheed Udham Singh's Martyrdom Day
15 AugMonIndependence Day
25 AugThuJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
2 SepFriParkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
10 SepSatBirthday of Baba Sri Chand Ji
12 SepMonBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
28 SepWedBirthday of S. Bhagat Singh JI
1 OctSatMaharaja Agrasen Jayanti
2 OctSunMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
11 OctTueDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
16 OctSunMaharishi Valmiki's Birthday
17 OctMonParkash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji
30 OctSunDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
31 OctMonVishavakarma Day
14 NovMonGuru Nanak Jayanti
4 DecSunMartyrdom Day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur JI
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 Punjab government.

DateDayHoliday
5 JanThuGuru Govind Singh Birthday
26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
1 FebWedBasant Panchami / Sri Panchami
10 FebFriGuru Ravidas Jayanti
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri
13 MarMonHoli
23 MarThuShaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhedev
4 AprTueRam Navami
(Vaishnava)
9 AprSunMahavir Jayanti
13 AprThuVaisakh / Baisakhi /
Masadi
14 AprFriGood Friday
14 AprFriDr Ambedkar Jayanti
28 AprFriMaharshi Parasuram
Jayanti
1 MayMonMay Day
29 MayMonMartyrdom Day of Sri Guru
Arjun Dev Ji
9 JunFriSant Guru Kabir Jayanti
26 JunMonRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
31 JulMonShaheed Udham Singh's Martyrdom Day
15 AugTueIndependence Day
15 AugTueJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
30 AugWedBirthday of Baba Sri Chand Ji
2 SepSatBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
2 SepSatParkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
21 SepThuMaharaja Agrasen Jayanti
28 SepThuBirthday of S. Bhagat Singh JI
30 SepSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
Birthday
19 OctThuDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
4 NovSatGuru Nanak Jayanti
5 DecTueMartyrdom Day of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur JI
25 DecMonChristmas Day
25 DecMonGuru Govind Singh Birthday