Kerala Holidays 2023 List

To take a break form the boredom of daily life, people look forward to holidays. There are many places to visit in Kerala ranging from beaches, national parks, lake houses, waterfalls,  temples and many more. Once it is known about the upcoming holidays, it becomes convenient for people to plan them. With this in mind, below presented is the Kerala Holidays 2023 list which consists of all major holidays along with the dates and days on which they are going to fall.

List of Government Holidays in Kerala 2023

Below here the table presents the list of holidays as decided by the Government on which all public offices under the Government of Kerala will remain close. These are called as Government holidays and there are a total of around 25 such holidays in Kerala. Other than this, most of these holidays will be observed by banks, schools and private offices as well. The list here is updated for now, but in case any changes are announced by the Government, the list will be modified accordingly.

Check whether tomorrow is holiday in Kerala 2023:

Festival Date Day
Mannam Jayanti 2 January 2023 Monday
Republic Day 26 January 2023 Thursday
Maha Shivaratri 18 February 2023 Saturday
Vishu 15 April 2023 Saturday
Dr B R Ambedkar Jayanti 14 April 2023 Friday
Maundy Thursday 6 April 2023 Thursday
Good Friday 7 April 2023 Friday
Easter 9 April 2023 Sunday
May Day 1 May 2023 Monday
Eid-al-Fitr 22 April 2023 Saturday
Bakrid/ Eid-al-Adha 29th June to 30th June 2023 Thursday to Friday
Independence Day 15 August 2023 Tuesday
Ayyankali Jayanthi 28 August 2023 Monday
First Onam 29 August 2023 Tuesday
Thiruvonam 20 August 2023 Sunday
Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti 29 September 2023 Friday
Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi Day 21 September 2023 Thursday
Gandhi Jayanti 2 October 2023 Monday
Maha Navami 23 October 2023 Monday
Vijaya Dashami 24 October 2023 Tuesday
Eid-e-Milad 28 September 2023 Thursday
Diwali 12 November 2023 Sunday
Christmas 25 December 2023 Monday

Kerala Bank Holidays 2023 List

Almost all Government holidays are observed by the banks of Kerala state, with a few exceptions. Other than this, holidays are also observed on Sundays and second & fourth Saturdays of every month. On the day of holidays, banks do remain close but their services like online payment service (NEFT/ IMPS/ RTGS) and ATM service remain functional. A list of all the second & fourth Saturdays falling in the year 2023 on which banks will remain close is provided below.

January 2023

  • 14th January : Second Saturday
  • 28th January : Fourth Saturday

February 2023

  • 11th February : Second Saturday
  • 25th February : Fourth Saturday

March 2023

  • 11th March : Second Saturday
  • 25th March : Fourth Saturday

April 2023

  • 8th April : Second Saturday
  • 22nd April : Fourth Saturday

May 2023

  • 13th May : Second Saturday
  • 27th May : Fourth Saturday

June 2023

  • 10th June : Second Saturday
  • 24th June : Fourth Saturday

July 2023

  • 8th July : Second Saturday
  • 22nd July : Fourth Saturday

August 2023

  • 12th August : Second Saturday
  • 26th August : Fourth Saturday

September 2023

  • 9th September : Second Saturday
  • 23rd September : Fourth Saturday

October 2023

  • 14th October : Second Saturday
  • 28th October : Fourth Saturday

November 2023

  • 11th November : Second Saturday
  • 25th November : Fourth Saturday

December 2023

  • 9th December : Second Saturday
  • 23rd December : Fourth Saturday

Schools Holidays in Kerala in 2023

Like the banks, the Government holidays with few exceptions are observed in the schools of Kerala state as well. Apart from this Sundays are also off in the schools. Some schools provide off on Saturday while some other don’t. Days like annual function day, teacher’s day, children’s day, etc might also be provided as off in schools. Each school has it own rules and according to that an annual school calendar is prepared and published by every school. Details about the holidays can be found in the calendar and the calendar can be found in brochure or official website of the concerned school.

Some Major Festivals of Kerala

Festivals in Kerala are celebrated with full excitement and every tradition is followed culturally. Let us know a little bit about some major festivals celebrated in the state of Kerala.

  1. Onam– Onam is a Hindu festival celebrated only in the state of Kerala and generally falls in the month of August or September. Some celebratory traditions of Onam are boat races, tiger dances, flower rangoli, women’s dance, mask dance, martial arts, etc. This festival commemorates King Mahabali and it is believed that on the day of Onam his soul visits Kerala.
  2. Vishu– Vishu marks the beginning of new year in the state of Kerala and is celebrated in some other states too but with different names. On the day of Vishu, people wear new clothes (tradition called as Vishukodi) and elders give money to younger family members (tradition called as Vishukkaineetam. Lord Krishna is worshiped on the occasion of Vishu who is believed to be the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
  3. Thiruvathira– Thiruvathira or Thiruvathirai (celebrated as Arudhra Darisanam in Tamil Nadu) is a major Hindu festival. It is believed that on this day Goddess Parvathi met Lord Shiva after her long penance and Lord Shiva took her as his equal partner. People normally observe a fast on this day and abstain from rice-based food. Those who do not observe a fast also abstain from rice-based food.
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