The Haryana government has notified the schedule of public holidays for 2018. The government has also notified the holidays to be observed as public holidays in the state (Except Judicial Courts, in Haryana) within the meaning of Section 25 of Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. An official spokesperson said a notification has been issued by General Administration Department.
He said besides all Sundays and Saturdays, the holidays which would be observed as public holidays in public offices include Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday on 5 January, Basant Panchmi and Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti on 22 January, Republic Day on 26 January, Guru Ravidas’s Birthday on 31 January, Maha Shivratri on 14 February, Holi on 2 March, Shaheedi Diwas of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on 23 March, Mahavir Jayanti on 29 March, Lord Parshu Ram Jayanti on 18 April, Sant Kabir Jayanti on 28 June, Shaheed Udham Singh’s Martyrdom Day on 31 July, Independence Day on 15 August, Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) on 22 August, Janmashtami on 3 September, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October, Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti on 10 October, Dussehra on 18 October, Maharishi Valmiki’s birthday on 24 October, Haryana Day on 1 November, Diwali on 7 November, Vishavkarma Day on 9 November, Guru Nanak’s birthday on 23 November and Christmas Day on 25 December.
The festivals and occasions which fall on non-working days and have been excluded from the list include Ram Navami on 25 March, BR Ambedkar’s Jayanti on 14 April, Id-ul-Fitr and Maharana Pratap Jayanti on 16 June, Raksha Bandhan on 26 August and Haryana Heroes’ Martyrdom Day on 23 September, he added.
He said besides these holidays, employees may be allowed any three holidays to be chosen out of the restricted holidays.
These include Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti (with state celebration) on 10 February, Good Friday on 30 March, Budh Purnima on 30 April, Guru Arjan Dev’s Martyrdom Day on 16 June, Hariyali Teej on 13 August, Muharram on 21 September, Karwa Chauth on 27 October, Goverdhan Puja on 8 November, Chhath Puja on 13 November, Milad-un-Nabi or Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) on 21 November, Guru Teg Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day on 24 November and Shaheed Udham Singh’s birthday on 26 December.