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Holidays in Mumbai, India

Mumbai is one of the few truly cosmopolitan cities in India, and a melting pot for all the different ethnic cultures and religions that India has. As such, the city tends to celebrate pretty much any holiday or festival from every remote corner of the country. Public and school holidays are mostly limited to the central government holidays that are in effect all over India.

This list of public holidays when schools, banks, post offices and other government services will be closed include Independence Day and Republic Day, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, and all the major festivals of all the religions (Diwali, Ram Navmi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Eid, Christmas, Gurunanak Jayanti, Parsi New Year, Mahavir Jayanti, etc.).

Maharashtra and Mumbai additionally have their own set of state and local holidays. This includes Maharashtra Day, the birthday of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti, Buddha Purnima, etc.

Diwali, Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi are the festivals that you want to watch out for as a tourist or visitor in Mumbai. It’s a whole lot of fun or a complete screw-up, depending on how you see it. If you like exchanging gifts and sweets and deafening the whole street with holiday firecrackers all day and all night, then Diwali is your kind of festival.

If you like throwing colors and water balloons at friends, family and strangers alike, then you might enjoy Holi a lot. If you want to take a large clay statue of the Lord Ganesha and dance all day long in a procession of trucks that crawls through Mumbai towards the ocean, then Ganesh Chaturthi will be a lot of fun.

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Holiday calendar in Mumbai, India

  • The first holiday of the year is Id-e-Milad, a Muslim holiday celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. The next big one is Jan 26 – Republic Day.
  • February sbrings Chhatrapati Shivaji’s birthday (state holiday) and then Maha Shivratri, which is a public holiday in India.
  • Colorful March has Holi and Gudi Padwa. The latter is a festival celebrated by Mahastratrians to mark the beginning of the New Year.
  • April is a slew of public holidays that includes Ram Navmi, Mahavir Jayanti, Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti and then Good Friday.
  • May begins with Maharashtra Day on May 1, followed by Buddha Purnima in the middle of the month.
  • June is a sleepy month in Mumbai, with incessant rains, all work and no holidays.
  • July has Eid al-Fitr as its sole claim to holiday fun
  • August is where the holiday fun takes off big time, with Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day, Janmashtami, Parsi New Year and then Ganesh Chaturthi at the end of the month.
  • September, no cause to skip school or work, unless you count the spillover of Ganesh Chaturthi that typically begins at the end of August and continues on into September.
  • October 2 is Gandhiji’s birthday, and then it’s Dussehra, Bakri EId, and then Diwali.
  • November – There’s a public holiday for Muharram, and another one for Gurunanak Jayanti.
  • December – Christmas is a public holiday, and New Year’s Eve on Dec 31 is as good as one since everyone spends the gearing up to party and countdown to midnight.

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