Bank employees in India are entitled to bank holidays every year. These holidays are declared by Reserve Bank of India. RBI has announced 2013 bank holidays and the holiday dates might differ from one state to another since festivals are distinct for each state. During 2013 bank holidays, banks will remain closed and no transactions will be carried out. 2013 bank holidays include both gazetted and optional holidays.
Given below are the 2013 bank holidays:
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – New Years Day
Monday, January 14, 2013 – Makar Sankranti (Kite Festival Hobday)
Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Repubbc Day
Makar Sankranti is a traditional festival which signifies the conversion of the Sun into Capricorn or Makara Rashi on its celestial way. Customarily, it is one of the harvest days in India. Republic Day is also one of the most significant bank holidays in India.
10th March, 2013 Mahashivaratri – Mahashivaratri is a festival which is observed on the 13th night or 14th day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Magha/Phalguna as per Hindu calendar. Offerings are made to Lord Shiva in the form of Bilva (Bael) leaves and people abstain from eating and sleeping.
24th of January, 2013 (Thursday) Id-E-Milad – Id-E-Milad is celebrated by Muslims as Prophet Mohammad’s birthday.
27th March, 2013 Holi – Festival of Colors – Holi is a spring festival observed by Hindus, Sikhs and people of other religions in India. It is named as Dol Yatra or Basanta Utsav in West Bengal. People enjoy by throwing colored water and powder at each other. It is celebrated in the month of Phalguna.
20th April, 2013 – Shri Ram Navami – Shri Ram Navami is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Rama. Ram Navami is celebrated in the month of Chaitra according to the Hindu calendar.
23rd April, 2013 – Mahavir Jayanti – Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birth of Mahavir, the last Tirthankara. It is the most significant religious holiday in Jainism.
29th March (Friday), 2013 – Good Friday – Good Friday is also named as Black Friday, Holy Friday or Great Friday. It is mainly observed by Christians to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on the Friday which instantly comes before Easter Sunday.
1st May, 2013 – May Day – May Day is tantamount to Labor Day or International Worker’s Day which is a day of political shows and protests arranged by trade unions and other organizations.
25th May, 2013 – Buddha Purnima – Buddha Purnima is principally celebrated by Buddhists to commemorate the birthday of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
10th July, 2013 – Rath Yatra – Rath Yatra is a Hindu festival related to Lord Jagannath. It is celebrated to remember the yearly visit of Lord Jagannath to the home of his aunt.
15th August, 2013 – Independence Day – Independence Day is one of the most crucial bank holidays in India. It is observed to commemorate India’s independence from the British rule. Private sector banks also remain closed on this day.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan) – Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs to mark the relationship between brothers and sisters in the month of Shravana.
Wednesday 28 August, 2013 – Janmashtami – Janmashtami or Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated by the Hindus to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.
8th August, 2013 – Id ul Fitr (End of Ramadan) – Id ul Fitr is celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, the sacred month of fasting. Special prayers are being offered and everyone wears new clothes.
9th September, 2013 – Ganesh Chaturthi – Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by Hindus to mark the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god.
2nd October, 2013 – Gandhi Jayanti – Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi), the Father of the Nation. It is a National Holiday.
14th October, 2013 – Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) – Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami marks the end of Navaratri where the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura is celebrated. Effigies of Ravana are also burnt. It is observed in the month of Ashwin.
15th October 2013 – Id-ul-Zuha or Bakri Id – Id-ul-Zuha or Bakri Id is the most significant festival celebrated by Muslims to remember the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim.
3rd November to 7th November, 2013 – Deepavali Festival – Deepavali Festival is also known as Diwali or the festival of lights. It is mainly celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and is observed to mark the victory of good over evil.
17th November (Sunday), 2013 – Guru Nanak Jayanti – Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated by Sikhs to mark the birthday of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev.
Sunday, November 3, 2013 – Muharram (Islamic New Year) – Muharram or Islamic New Year is one of the most important festivals of Muslims. It is the first month according to the Muslim calendar.
People in India observe different national festivals, religious festivals and community events. Islamic festivals include Muharram, Bakri Id, Ramzan and Mawlid an-Nab. Hindu festivals include Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Makar Sankranti, Janmashtami and Maha Shivaratri. Jain festivals include Mahavir Jayanti. Sikh festivals include Guru Nanak Jayanti. Christian festivals include Good Friday and Christmas. National festivals include Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti. Banks in India might stay open during regional religious festivals.