India: a country of holidays welcomes 2016.

Bank Holidays 2016 analysed:

Thanks to the decision of 2nd and 4th Saturdays as Bank holidays from 01/09/2015, we’ve got a wonderful year 2016 ahead, as far as holidays are concerned.

Consisting of a mind boggling 96 holidays excluding the 3 which fall on Sunday.  Most surprisingly and luckily, no holiday falls any of the 24 Saturday offs.

These are the highlights of holidays in 2016…….

A. 4 consecutive holidays once and 3 consecutive holidays 5 times in the year.

March:

24/03-Dhulivandan

25/03-Good Friday

26/03-4th Saturday

27/03-Sunday

April:

08/04-Gudipadwa

09/04-2nd Saturday

10/04-Sunday

August:

13/08-2nd Saturday

14/08-Sunday

15/08-Independence Day

September:

10/09-2nd Saturday

11/09-Sunday

12/09-Bakri Eid

November:

12/11-2nd Saturday

13/11-Sunday

14/11-Guru Nanak Jayanti

December:

10/12-2nd Saturday

11/12-Sunday

12/12-Eid-e-Milad

B.  3 consecutive holidays with the help of 1 Casual Leave sandwiched between the 2 holidays is not a rare thing these days. ut 4 consecutive holidays twice and 5 consecutive holidays twice in an year with the help of only 1 Casual Leave in between is just a real bonus.

January:

23/01-4th Saturday

24/01-Sunday

25/01-CL

26/01-Republic Day

April:

14/04- Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti

15/04-Ram Navami

16/04-CL

17/04-Sunday

August:

13/08-2nd Saturday

14/08-Sunday

15/08-Independence day

16/08-CL

17/08-Parshi New Year

October:

08/10-2nd Saturday

09/10-Sunday

10/10-CL

11/10-Dussehra

12/10-Moharrum

C.  There are 5 Saturdays in Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct, Dec and 5 Sundays in Jan,May, Jul, Oct.

D. Following 3 holidays fall on Sunday ie wasted holidays.

02/10-Gandhi Jayanti

30/10-Lakshmi Pujan

25/12-Christmas

E. A holiday on Monday gives a feeling of what we call as real bonus or “Paisa Vasool” holiday. It happens on 7 occasions:

07/03-Mahashivratri

15/08-Independence day

05/09-Ganesh Chaturthi

12/09-Bakri Eid

31/10-Deepawali Padwa

14/11-Guru Nanak Jayanti

12/12-Eid-e-Milad

F.  Banks are off on 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the month.

A holiday on 3rd Saturday gives 3 consecutive Saturday offs in the month. This occurs only once. On 21/05-Buddha Poornima

But no holiday on any 1st Saturday of any month.

Apart from above 96 holidays, every employee gets 7 days casual leave, 15 days privilege leave and also some days for sick leave. There are also local holidays announced by State Governments.

Welcome to the Paradise of holidays. Public Service of India.

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