List of Public and bank holidays in West Bengal 2016

India is a diverse country with a number of religions, languages and cultures. Except the three national holidays festival, religious and cultural holidays differ from state to state. No two states have the same list of holidays. The following is the list of public and bank holidays in 2016 declared by the West Bengal  government under the negotiable instruments act. This will help you to  plan your holidays and government engagements  in the year 2016 in Kolkatta and West Bengal.

Celebrations of  Durga Puja in West Bengal and particularly in Kolkatta are the most famous.

S. NoMonth in 2016DateDayPublic / Bank Holiday name
1January12TuesdaySwami Vivekanand Jayanti
2January23SaturdaySubhash Chandra bose jayanti
3January26TuesdayRepublic Day
4February13SaturdaySaraswati Puja (Sree Panchami)
6March25FridayGood Friday
7April1FridayAnnual closing of Banks*
8April14ThursdayDr. BR Ambedkar Birthday / Bengali new year
9July6WednesdayRamazan (Id-ul-Fitr)
10August15MondayIndependence Day
11September12MondayBakr eid
12September30FridayMahalaya Amavasya
13October8SaturdayDurga Puja Saptami
14October10MondayMaha Navami
15October11TuesdayVijaya Dashahmi
17October15SaturdayLakshmi Puja
19November14MondayGuru Nanak Jayanti
Festivals on Sunday
1May1SundayMay Day
2May8SundayRabindra Nath Tagore Birthday
3October2SundayMahatma Gandhi Jayanti
4October9SundayAshtami of Durga Puja

* these yearly and half yearly account closing days of commercial and cooperative banks are applicable for banks and banking customers only.

Government offices in West Bengal will also remain closed on the following  with the exception of the offices of the Registrar of Assurances,Kolkata and Collector of the Stamp Revenue, Kolkata

  1. New Year’s Day (2016 A.D) 1st Jan Friday
  2. Day after Doljatra (Holi) 24th March Thursday
  3. Birth day of Poet Bhanu Bhakt 13th July Wednesday ( for Darjeeling district only)
  4. Janmastami 25th August Thursday
  5. Mahasasthi of Durgapuja 7th October Friday
  6. Additional day in connection with Durga Puja 13th October Thursday and 14th October Friday
  7. Additional day in connection with Kali Puja 31st October Monday
  8. Bhatridwitiya 1st November Tuesday
  9. Fateha- Dwaz- Daham 13th December tuesday

Holidays on Sunday

  1. Additional day in connection with Laxmi Puja 16th October Sunday
  2. Additional day in connection with kali puja 30th October Sunday

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