Sikkim Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Sikkim public holidays. Please scroll down to view.
The last state in India to give up its monarchy, Sikkim fully integrated into the country in 1975. It is located in the Himalayan Mountains and is bordered by Nepal, China, Bhutan and West Bengal. It is the least populated state in India and is the second smallest in area. Although there is a large population of citizens who practice Hinduism in Sikkim, the state does have a fairly diverse religious makeup with over 27 percent practicing Buddhism and ten percent practicing Christianity. There is also a very small percentage of Muslim citizens. As a result, public holidays in Sikkim are based on the Hindu and Buddhist calendar, although there are some Islamic holidays included as well.
Public holidays are determined each year by the Government of Sikkim Department of Information Technology. Like all other states and union territories in India, Sikkim celebrates Republic Day, Independence Day and the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi. They also celebrate Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Maghe Sankranti is a festival observed on the first of Magh in the Bikram Samwal Neapli calendar, often around January 14. It brings to end the month of Poush when religious ceremonies are forbidden. It is similar to solstice festivals in other religions. Saga Dawa is a Tibetan Buddhist celebration and is designed to bring good karma through merits.
Public Holidays 2017
Date Day Holiday
26 Jan Thu Republic Day
15 Aug Tue Independence Day
2 Oct Mon Mahatma Gandhi's