The state government has declared government holidays for government offices and institutions the calendar year 2013. As per a notification issued by the General Administration Department following will be the holidays during the calendar year 2013.
General holidays have been declared for Id Milad-un-Nabi 25 January, Republic Day 26 January, Sant Ravidas Jayanti 25 February, Holi March 27, Good Friday 29 March, Gudi Padwa / Cheti Chand 11 April, Ram Navami 19 April, Mahavir Jayanti 23 April, Buddha Purnima 25 May, It-ul-Fitr 9 August, Independence Day 15 August, Raksha Bandhan 21 August, Janmashtami 28 August, Gandhi Jayanti 2 October, Id-uz-Zuha 16 October, Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti on 18 October, Moharram 14 November and Christmas 25 December. The holidays which fall on Sundays include Mahashivratri 10 March, Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti/Vaishakhi 14 April, Dussehra (Vijay Dashmi) 13 October, Deepawali 3 November and Gurunanak Jayanti 17 November. Hence, no separate holiday has been declared for these occasions
Id Milad-un-Nabi 25 January, Republic Day 26 January, Holi March 27, Good Friday 29 March, banks annual account closing 1 April, Ram Navami 19 April, Mahavir Jayanti 23 April, Buddha Purnima 25 May, It-ul-Fitr 9 August, Independence Day 15 August, Raksha Bandhan 21 August, Janmashtami 28 August, banks half-yearly account closing 30 September, Gandhi Jayanti 2 October, Id-uz-Zuha 16 October, Moharram 14 November and Christmas 25 December have been declared as public holidays under the Negotiable Instrument Act. These holidays will be applicable to banks and treasuries under the Negotiable Instruments Act.
The state government has also announced optional holidays during the year 2013. Every government employee can avail a maximum of three of these optional holidays as per his/her choice.
The optional holidays include New Year January 1, Makar Sankranti/Pongal January 14, Guru Govind Singh Ji’s birth anniversary January 18, Hemu Kalani’s martyrdom day January 21, Vasant Panchami February 15, Dev Narayan Jayanti February 16, birthday of Dr. Syedna Saheb March 2, Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati’s birth anniversary March 7, Veerangana Avanitbai’s martyrdom day March 20,
Holi (Holika Dahan) March 26, Bhaidooj March 29, Bhakt Mata Karma Jayanti April 6, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jayanti April 11, Vishu April 13, Nishad Raj Jayanti April 15, Hatkeshwar Jayanti April 24, Sen Jayanti May 6, Parshuram Jayanti/Akshay Tritiya May 13, Shankaracharya Jayanti May 15, Hazrat Ali’s birth anniversary May 24, Chhatrasal Jayanti/Maharana Pratap Jayanti June 11, Mahesh Jayanti June 17, Chhatrasal Jayanti/Maharana Pratap Jayanti June 11, Bada Mahadev Poojan June 21, Veerangana Durgavati’s martyrdom day June 24, Shab-e-Baraat June 25, Guru Purnima July 22, Jumat-ul-Wida August 2, Id-ul-Fitr (exactly one day before) August 7, Goswami Tuslidas Jayanti/Durgadas Rathore Jayanti August 13, Ganesh Chaturthi September 9, Navakhari September 12, Onam September 16, Vishwakarma Jayanti September 17, Raja Shankar Shaj and Raghunath Shah’s martyrdom day/Anant Chaturdashi September 18, Prannath Jayanti October 3, Sarvapitra Moksh Amavasiya October 4, Agrasen Jayanti October 5, Dussehra (Maha Ashtami) October 12, Id-ul-Azha (exactly one day before) October 14, Maharaja Ajmorh Dev Jayanti/Tekchand Ji Maharaj’s Samadhi Utsav October 18, Karwa Chouth Parv/Ghadeer-e-Khum October 22, Deepawali (South Indian) November 2, second day of Deepawali Novmber 4, Bhai Dooj November 5, Bhagwan Sahastrabahu Jayanti November 9, Sant Shri Jin Taran Taaran Jayanti December 9, Dattatreya Jayanti December 16, Guru Ghasidas Jayanti December 18 and Balinath Ji Berwa Jayanti December 31 have been declared as optional holidays.
The optional holidays not included in this list due to their falling on Sundays include, Maharishi Guru Gokul Das Ji Maharaj January 6, Narmada Jayanti February 17, Swami Ramcharan Ji Maharaj birth anniversary/Shabri Jayanti February 24, Vallabhacharya Jayanti May 5, Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti May 12, Birsa Munda martyrdom day June 9, Kabir Jayanti June 23, Nagpanchami August 11 and Guru Teg Bahadur’s martyrdom day November 24. A government servant can available maximum three optional holidays in a year as per his or her wish.