West Bengal Public Holidays 2017
This page contains a calendar of all 2017 West Bengal public holidays. Please scroll down to view.
Located between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal, West Bengal contains architectural remnants of the East India Company culture. The capital is Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta. It is religiously diverse, although Hinduism is the most practiced religion. Many of the public holidays celebrated in West Bengal are related to religious and cultural beliefs.
Public holidays are approved by the Government of West Bengal Finance Department under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act 1881. Sundays are holidays under the Negotiable Instrument Act as well. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, they are not listed as a public holiday. There are holidays in West Bengal when only banks are closed.
Government offices are closed on certain holidays each year, including the birthday of the Poet Bhanu Bhakt and Bhatridwitiya. Banks are closed on the Yearly Closing of Bank Accounts on April 1 each year as well. Independence Day, Republic Day and the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi are celebrated throughout India as national holidays. Government employees are permitted to choose two restricted holidays each year in addition to public holidays. These may include Easter Sunday, Baisakhi or Sab-e-Barat. Because many Muslim holidays are based on the sighting of the moon, dates may change from the officially released public holidays. If this should happen, the date changes are announced under separate order.
Public Holidays 2017
|12 Jan||Thu||Birthday of Swami Vivekananda|
|23 Jan||Mon||Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanati|
|26 Jan||Thu||Republic Day
|1 Feb||Wed||Basant Panchami / Sri Panchami|
|12 Mar||Sun||Doljatra / Holika Dahan|
|14 Apr||Fri||Good Friday|
|14 Apr||Fri||Dr Ambedkar Jayanti|
|14 Apr||Fri||Bengali New Year's Day|
|1 May||Mon||May Day|
|8 May||Mon||Guru Rabindranath's Birthday|
|26 Jun||Mon||Ramazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
|15 Aug||Tue||Independence Day|
|2 Sep||Sat||Bakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
|27 Sep||Wed||Durga Puja / Dussehra
|28 Sep||Thu||Durga Puja / Dussehra
|29 Sep||Fri||Durga Puja / Dussehra
|30 Sep||Sat||Durga Puja / Dussehra
|2 Oct||Mon||Mahatma Gandhi's
|5 Oct||Thu||Lakshmi Puja|
|18 Oct||Wed||Naraka Chaturdashi / Kali Puja|
|4 Nov||Sat||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
|25 Dec||Mon||Christmas Day|