Season of summer always comes as treat for everyone. It is the time of the year when you think about spending some days with your friends and family. Schools are off for the summer holidays, colleges get new admission procedure and offices goers are planning to take a leave from their busy schedule. Luckly for us, we have plenty of Public holidays in May when you can actually spend some quality time with your near and dear ones.
- May Day and Maharashtra Day
- Rabindra Jayanti
- Buddha Purnima
- Sikkim State Day
- Nazrul Jayanti
- Maharana Pratap Jayanti
- Guru Arjan Dev Martyr Day
1. May Day and Maharashtra Day
The month of May commence with a happy start, the very first day of the month brings smile to everyone’s face as it is the day of holiday. This is it is special because it brings a long weekend with it. Both the days, Maharashtra Day and May Day is recognized in most of the part of the country. The Maharashtra Day, evident to its name is obviously celebrated in the state only while the May Day is acknowledged as a public holiday in many Indian states such as Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, West Bengal, Assam and Bihar. People of Maharashtra on this day can spend exploring the nearest and exotic getaways from the state while people of different states can off to some off-beat locations which can help in making some unforgettable memories of your life. If you are in Maharashtra and in Mumbai, then Mumbai Day tours can be a best option. You can explore places like Bhandardara, Tadoba and Chikhaldara, Assam and Majuli and Manas National Park and many more.
2. Rabindra Jayanti
Rabindranath Tagore, an iconic poet and a literature giant, a great personality who has established his name in the golden words in the world of literature and art. On 9th May, we all celebrate his birthday with all zeal and enthusiasm. But this celebration is mostly seen in the state of West Bengal, India. Famous as Rabindra Jayanti, this event is recognized as the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The interesting part of this day is that, it is celebrate typically on the 25th day of the first month of Bengali calendar. As the event is falling on Tuesday, you can arrange your prior weekend off in a way to enjoy the four days of long holidays. If you are on your Kolkata tours you can witness the great cultural program that inspire from the work of Tagore. Jorasanko Thakurbai, the ancestral house of Tagore throws special charm on this day which could be a pleasing experience for you under your Cultural and Heritage walk in India.
3. Buddha Purnima
Celebrated as the birth of Lord Gautam Buddha, Buddha Purnima is celebrated with through the country with same zeal and enthusiasm. Generally falls on the full moon day according to the Hindu month of Vaisakh the festival is celebrated throughout the country. The interesting part of this festival is that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment (nirvana) on the very same day (the full moon day). This year the festival is falling on Wednesday, so it would be one day celebration however if you are in West Bengal, then there’s a good news for you as this festival is falling right after the Rabindra Jayanti. So if People of Kolkata you just need to take an off on Monday and then you will have a of days long vacation with you. During these five days you can explore nearby locations such as Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Bankura. If you want to spend your holidays at location you can enjoy your day observing celebration of Buddha Purnima in India. The charismatic aura of this festival can be experienced in Buddhist Population areas in India such as Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh. Buddha Purnima in India is a perfect time to visit the Buddhist Monasteries Pilgrim sites in India.
4. Sikkim State Day
It was year 1975 when a small state of Sikkim decided to merge with India and become its’ 22nd state. Located in the lap of huge Kanchenjunga Sikkim, ever since have started celebrating 16th May as Sikkim State Day till now. Clean, Pure and Soothing, the state of Sikkim is a prominent tourist hub that falls under North India tour packages. The state of Sikkim is filled with many tourist attractions which you can explore on your day off. This Second smallest state of India, Sikkim also houses many Ayurveda centres where you can spend your day and gets rejuvenated after a hectic daily schedule. These Ayurveda centers are quite famous among Ayurveda tours in India, which are visited by thousands of travellers from across the world. You can also explore the pristine beauty of this state while visiting the Tsomgo and Changu Lake along with the historical Nathula Pass that have charismatic Himalayas view.
5. Nazrul Jayanti
Kazi Nazrul Islam a great poet who has created wonders in the Bengali literature. He is a writer, poet, musician and also a revolutionary. It’s his birthday that is celebrated on this day. People of Tripura and Bangladesh celebrate this festival specially. This year, the event is falling on Friday that gives you a long weekend to celebrate your Holidays in India. Marked as the birth anniversary of “Rebel Poet”, the day is also celebrated with huge celebration in the neighboring country, Bangladesh. Many parts of West Bengal and Tripura also celebrate this day. Coming with a long weekend, you can take an opportunity to lose yourself in the pristine natural beauty of the state filled with charismatic valleys and green carpeted mountains. Here are some major Tourist attractions in Tripura which you might consider visiting, Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary, Rowa Wildlife Sanctuary, Jampui Hills, Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary, Unakoti, and many more.
6. Maharana Pratap Jayanti
The legendary king of Mewar, Maharana Pratap, was one of those few people who commenced first war against Independence and is one of the greatest kings of Rajasthan. Maharana Pratap Jayanti is considered as the birth anniversary of the king. According to the historians Maharana Pratap was born on May 9th 1540 in the Kumbhalgarh in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. According to Hindu calendar it is celebrated on Jyeshtha Shukla. This year we have the event falls on Sunday and is recognized as the public holidays in Haryana, Himachal and Rajasthan. So if you are planning for Day tours in India, start your tour by visiting Haryana, Himachal or Rajasthan. Trip to Himachal will definitely be a treat for your Summer holidays in India.
7. Guru Arjan Dev Martyr Day
A prominent Sikh day mostly famous in Punjab, Guru Arjan Dev Martyr Day is a tribute to the first martyr of the Sikkhism, Guru Arjan. Guru Arjan was the fifth Sikh Guru among the ten gurus. The is observed with devotion and visit Golden Temple in India. People of Sikh faith recite Gurubani in the temple, organize Bhog, akhand Paath or Guru Granth Sahib and serve the poor. Tales of his torture and execution by Jahangir is a major part of Sikh Narative. Amritsar is a prominent place in Temple tours of India because of the Golden Temple presence. You can spend your day at your nearest gurudwara, listen kirtans and hear the kathas recited from Guru Granth Sahib. If you get time explore the beauty of Punjab by visiting the plush paddy fields or by visiting Tourist attractions in Amritsar such as Jallianwala Bagh, Wagh Border and many more.
May is here, holidays are upon us and you are all ready to explore India in many unexpected way which you might have never imagined. We have tried to cover all the holidays which covers all the destinations of the country that will offer you a memorable India tours experience.