Soumya Prakash Pradhan

In just 37 days, the New Year will arrive, and people are eager to embark on new experiences.

Many state governments have unveiled a list of 25 public holidays, with three extra holidays on the second Saturday and Sunday.

Nine holidays conveniently align with weekdays other than Saturdays and Sundays, creating extended weekends to enjoy throughout 2024. 

Noteworthy holidays for the year include Ugadi on January 15, Eid Milad on September 16, and Kanakadasa Jayanti on November 18, all coinciding with Mondays.

On other occasions, holidays fall on Fridays, such as Republic Day on January 26, Maha Shivaratri on March 8, Good Friday on March 29, Akshaya Tritiya on May 10, Ayudha Pooja on October 11, and Kannada Rajyotsava on November 1.

Additionally, Mahavir Jayanti on April 21 and Vijayadashmi on October 12 fall on second Saturdays while Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14 coincides with a Sunday.

In Kodagu district, exclusive holidays are observed for Kali Muhurtha on September 3, Tula Snakramana on October 17, and Huttari on December 14.