Welcome to 2019! It is full of public holidays that makes your weekend turn into vacations to maximize your work-life balance. For your benefit and reference, here is the annual list of holidays in India for 2019. Avoid taking your paid leaves for granted instead my recommendation is to add your public holidays and weekends to treat yourself over the vacation at your favorite locations.
Firstly, there will be long weekends in 9 out of 12 months and the exceptions are February, May and July. The below list doesn’t include the state and religious holidays. This means if you can manage to avail leaves for 1-2-3 days then you can enjoy elongated weekends as vacations. Ironically, you still get to relish one vacation per month on an average to relieve your stress. Indeed a splendid year!
1. January 2019 Long Weekend Calendar
12th January – Saturday
13th January – Sunday
14th January – Monday – Pongal / Sankaranti / Bhogi
26th January – Republic Day – Saturday
27th January – Sunday
January is a good time to plan your road trips to Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh amongst others in the 2019 long weekend calendar!
2. March 2019 Long Weekend Calendar
2nd March – Saturday
3rd March – Sunday
4th March – Monday – Maha Shivratri (Holiday in most Indian states)
21st March – Thursday – Holi
22nd March – Friday – Take Leave
23rd March – Saturday
24th March – Sunday
March is a good time to go to Kashmir.
3. April 2019 Long Weekend Calendar
17th April – Wednesday – Mahavir Jayanti – (Holiday in most Indian states)
18th April – Thursday – Take Leave
19th April – Friday – Good Friday – (Holiday in most Indian states)
20th April – Saturday
21st April – Sunday
April is sweltering hot but is a good time to head to the coastal part of Maharashtra. This is also when the Olive Ridley turtles start hatching.
Try the hill stations for respite from the sweltering heat!
4. June 2019 Long Weekend Calendar
5th June – Wednesday – Idul Fitr
6th June – Thursday – Take Leave
7th June – Friday – Take leave.
8th June – Saturday
9th June – Sunday
Another time-off before the rains settle-in.
5. August 2019 long Weekend Calendar
10th August – Saturday
11th August – Sunday
12th August – Monday -Bakr Id / Eid ul-Adha
13th August – Tuesday – Take Leave
14th August – Wednesday – Take Leave
15th August – Independance Day
16th August – Friday – Take Leave
17th August – Saturday
18th August – Sunday
August scrapes through this time too with a long weekend like 2018, and it’s a good time to make a road trip to Ladakh since you need those many days.
6. September long weekends in 2019
31st August – Saturday
1st September – Sunday
2nd September – Monday – Ganesh Chaturthi
7th September – Saturday
8th September – Sunday
9th September – Monday – Take Leave
10th September – Tuesday – Muharram
Monsoon can also bring out some of the best colors of heritage sites.
7. October 2019 Long Weekend Calendar
2nd October – Wednesday – Gandhi Jayanti
3rd October – Thursday – Take Leave
4th October – Friday – Take Leave
5th October – Saturday
6th October – Sunday
7th October – Monday – Take Leave
8th October – Tuesday – Dussera
October might be a good time to head for some treks.
8. November 2019 long Weekend Calendar
9th November – Saturday
10th November – Sunday
11th November – Monday – Take Leave
12th November – Tuesday – Guru Nanak Jayanti
This would also be a good time to check out places in the North East.
9. December 2019 long Weekend Calendar
25th December – Wednesday – Christmas
26th December – Thursday – Take Leave
27th December – Friday – Take Leave
28th December – Saturday
29th December – Sunday
5 days long holiday will be great to enjoy the year end.