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India (Puducherry) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

  • Currency: Rupee (INR)
  • Banks are NOT working on 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.
    No alcohol served in shops, restaurants during most holidays
    The nature of holidays in India appeals to culture, national values and religion

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    Friday December 16, 2022Christmas holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Sunday December 25, 2022Christmas DayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Wednesday January 4, 2023Christmas holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday January 14, 2023Makar Sankranti/Pongal/Magh Bihu/Tusu PujaHinduism
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    Sunday January 15, 2023Banks remain openBanks only
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    Sunday January 15, 2023Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja - PongalHinduism
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    Monday January 16, 2023Uzhavar ThirunalHinduism
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    Thursday January 26, 2023Republic DaySecular holiday
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    Friday February 17, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Monday March 6, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Saturday March 18, 2023Francophonies de PondicheryEvents, celebrations...
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    Saturday April 1, 2023Banks Inventory DayBanks only
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    Thursday April 6, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Tuesday April 11, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Friday April 14, 2023Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar's Birthday - Maha Visuv SankratiSecular holiday
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    Saturday April 15, 2023VishuBuddhism (Theravada)
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    Friday April 21, 2023Mid-term holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 8, 2023Mid-term holiday (end)School holidays
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    Thursday June 29, 2023Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Friday June 30, 2023Summer holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Christmas holiday (beginning)

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    Friday December 16, 2022
    School holidays :

    Christmas Day

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    Sunday December 25, 2022
    Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Christmas holiday (end)

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    Wednesday January 4, 2023
    School holidays : Lycée français de Pondichery
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    Puducherry public schools follow a different calendar
    Schooling is mandatory till age 14
    Teaching languages: Tamil, English, Malayalam (in Mahé), Telugu (in Yanam), French
    schools close on Saturday
    school uniforms required

    We carry confirmed dates till July 2023

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    Makar Sankranti/Pongal/Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja

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    Saturday January 14, 2023
    Hinduism : Celebration of the harvest, which is observed for three days: Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal. A colourful and traditional festival with many a ceremony devoted to various deities and cattle races.

    Banks remain open

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    Sunday January 15, 2023
    Banks only :

    Magh Bihu/Tusu Puja - Pongal

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    Sunday January 15, 2023
    Hinduism : Celebration of the harvest, which is observed for three days: Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal and Mattu Pongal. A colourful and traditional festival with many a ceremony devoted to various deities and cattle races.

    Uzhavar Thirunal

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    Monday January 16, 2023
    Hinduism : Also called Thai Pongal (Tamil: தைப்பொங்கல்): a harvest festival celebrated by Tamils Unusually for South Indian Hindu festivals, Thai Pongal is timed by an astronomical event - the winter solstice. Pongal is traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya and marks the beginning of the northward journey of the Sun from its southernmost-limit, a movement traditionally referred to as uttarayana.[Wikipedia]

    Republic Day

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    Thursday January 26, 2023
    Secular holiday : It was the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of December 31, 1929 - January 1, 1930, that the Tri-Colour Flag was unfurled by the nationalists and a pledge taken that every year on January 26, the Independence Day would be celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the establishment of a Sovereign Democratic Republic of India. The professed pledge was successfully redeemed on January 26, 1950, when the Constitution of India framed by the Constituent Assembly of India came into force, although the Independence from the British rule was achieved on August 15, 1947. It is because of this that August 15 is celebrated as Independence Day, while January 26 as Republic Day.

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday February 17, 2023
    School holidays :

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday March 6, 2023
    School holidays :

    Francophonies de Pondichery

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    Saturday March 18, 2023
    Culture : Festival, lasts one week

    Banks Inventory Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    Banks only :

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday April 6, 2023
    School holidays :

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Tuesday April 11, 2023
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    Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar's Birthday - Maha Visuv Sankrati

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    Friday April 14, 2023
    Secular holiday : This lawyer and politician drafted the constitution of India.

    Vishu

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    Saturday April 15, 2023
    Buddhism (Theravada) : Malayalam New Year

    Mid-term holiday (beginning)

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    Friday April 21, 2023
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    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Ends the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. There were 30 days of strict fasting from sunup to sundown in honor of the first revelation to the Prophet Mohammed.

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Mid-term holiday (end)

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    Monday May 8, 2023
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    Eid-ul-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday June 29, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi :

    Summer holiday (beginning)

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    Friday June 30, 2023
    School holidays :