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Chandigarh Public Holidays 2017

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

Chandigarh was the dream of India’s first Prime Minister, Sh. Jawahar Lal Nehru. The city was planned by renowned French architect, Le Corbusier and has been called the best example of urban planning as well as modern architecture in modern India. The name means “City Beautiful” and is named for the goddess of power, Chandi. It is part of the prosperous Punji Province and was designed to be the capital of East Punjab. It became home to thousands of refugees who had been uprooted from West Punjab.

Public holidays in Chandigarh are determined by the Home Department in the Chandigarh Administration. All holidays are determined based on Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act 1881. Chandigarh declares all Sundays as holidays as well as every second and fourth Saturday. Other holidays are based on the culture, history and religious beliefs of those who reside in the state.

Some of the holidays are known as gazetted holidays, a term remaining from when the country was ruled by Great Britain. Some of these include Republic Day and Independence Day. Like the rest of the country, Chandigarh requires all banks to be closed for the Annual Closing of Bank Accounts. If a holiday falls on Sunday, it is celebrated on that Sunday as a holiday and may be excluded from the official list of holidays.

Public Holidays 2017

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

26 JanThuRepublic Day
(National Day)
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri
13 MarMonHoli
9 AprSunMahavir Jayanti
14 AprFriGood Friday
10 MayWedBuddha Purnima
26 JunMonRamazan / Idu'l Fitr
(End of Ramadan) *
15 AugTueIndependence Day
15 AugTueJanmashtami / Sri Krishna Jayanti
2 SepSatBakri Id / Idu'l Zuha
(Feast of Sacrifice)
30 SepSatDurga Puja / Dussehra
(Vijaya Dashami)
1 OctSunMuharram
2 OctMonMahatma Gandhi's
19 OctThuDiwali
(Festival of Lights)
4 NovSatGuru Nanak Jayanti