Dry Days in India 2024: Know the Full List of All No-liquor Days This Year

Do you know about the upcoming dry day in India in 2024. Those who drink regularly might know what a dry day is. In case, you don’t know please note that it is illegal to sell or deliver Alcohol on a dry day.

The sale of Liquor is allowed in most states and union territories of India except Lakshadweep, Nagaland, Gujarat, Bihar, and Mizoram. There are many dry days in 2024 that you should know if you buy liquor regularly.

Generally, dry days in India are observed on national holidays. However, many states also have their own rules for observing these days.

Check Full List of Dry Days in India 2024

Let’s go through the complete list of month-wise dry days this year:

DateDaysOccasion
Dry Days in January
15th JanuaryMondayMakar Sankranti
26th JanuaryFridayRepublic Day
30th JanuaryWednesdayShaheed Diwas
List of Dry Days in February
19thFebruaryMondayChhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti
Dry Day in March 2024
5th MarchTuesdaySwami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
8th MarchFridayMaha shivratri
25th MarchMondayHoli
29th MarchFridayGood Friday
Dry Days in April
10th AprilWednesdayEid al-Fitr
14th AprilFridayAmbedkar Jayanti
17th AprilWednesdayRama Navami
21st AprilSundayMahavir Jayanti
Dry Days in May
1st MayMonday Maharashtra Day
Dry Days in June
No Dry Day
Dry Days in July
17th JulyWednesdayMuharram
21st JulySundayGuru Purnima
Dry Days in August
15th AugustWednesdayIndependence day
26th AugustMondayJanmashtami
Dry Days in September
7th SeptemberSaturdayGanesh Chaturthi
17th SeptemberTuesdayAnant Chaturdashi and Eid-e-Milad
Dry Days in October
2nd OctoberTuesdayGandhi Jayanti
8th OctoberMondayProhibition Week
12th OctoberSaturdayDussehra
17th OctoberThursdayMaharishi Valmiki Jayanti
Dry Days in November
1st NovemberFridayDiwali
12th NovemberTuesdayKartiki Ekadashi
15th NovemberFridayGuru Nanak Jayanti
Dry Days in December
25th DecemberTuesdayChristmas

Dry Days in States of India

Not all states in India follow the same policy for Dry Days. In fact, almost every state has its own policy for observing dry days. Generally, it depends upon the tradition and culture of a particular state. Let’s have a look at dry days in different states in India.

Dry Days in Andaman and Nicobar Island

  • You will not be able to buy Alcohol on the 7th date of every month as per the alcohol policy of UT.
  • In addition to this, liquor shops will also remain closed on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.
  • Dry Days will also be observed on the National Holidays.
    • 26th January – Republic Day, 15th August – Independence Day
    • 2nd October – Gandhi Jayanti

Dry Days in Delhi

  • Every year, the government of Delhi releases its excise calendar on 1st July.
  • The dry days will always be the following days.
    • 26th January – Republic Day, 15th August – Independence Day
    • 2nd October – Gandhi Jayanti

Dry Days in Jammu

  • In Jammu, the dry day is observed on all national holidays. Apart from the national holidays, the shops will remain closed on the following days.
    • MahaShivratri – 8th March; Ram Navami –  17th April; Krishna Janmashtami – 26th August
    • Guru Nanak Jayanti –  15th November

Dry Days in Kashmir

  • Kashmir has a different policy regarding dry days from Jammu. The dry days are observed on the following days apart from the national holidays.
    • MahaShivratri – 8th March; Eid-Ul-Fitr – 10th April; Krishna Janmashtami – 26th August
    • Eid-e-Milad – 17th September

Dry Days in Karnataka

  • The dry days in Karnataka are observed on the following days
    • 2nd October – Gandhi Jayanti, 26th January – Republic Day

Dry Days in Kerala

  • According to the latest updates, Sundays are no longer dry days in Kerala.
  • The government also observes dry days on the 1st day of the English Calendar every month. It is so because it is the salary day in most organizations.
  • There are dry days in Kerala on the day of polling and the previous day.
  • In addition to the dates mentioned above, there are dry days in the state on the following dates.
    • 1st January – New Year Day; 26th January – Republic Day; 15th August – Independence Day; 29th September – Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti
    • 2nd October – Gandhi Jayanti

Dry Days in Maharashtra

  • In Maharashtra, the district collector has the power to designate any day as a Prohibited day by giving seven days’ notice.
  • The following days always remain dry days in the state.
    • 26th January – Republic Day; 30th January – Martyr’s Day; 1st May – Maharashtra Day; 17th July – Ashadi Ekadashi; 15th August– Independence Day; 28th September – Anant Chaturdashi; 2nd October to 9th October – Gandhi Week

Dry Days in Rajasthan

  • Republic Day – 26th January
  • Martyrs’ Day – 30th January
  • Maha Shivaratri – 8th March
  • Rajasthan Formation Day – 30th March
  • Independence Day – 15th August
  • Gandhi Jayanti – 2nd October
  • Harijan Day – 30th October

Dry Days in Tamil Nadu

  • Thiruvalluvar Day – 16th January
  • Republic Day – 26th January
  • Vadalur Ramalinga Adikalar Jothi – 31st March  
  • Maha Shivaratri – 18th February
  • May Day – 1st May
  • Independence Day – 15th August
  • Gandhi Jayanti – 2nd October
  • Eid al-Mawlid (Milad-un-Nabi) – 28th September 28

Dry Days in West Bengal

  • Makar Sankranti – 14th January
  • Republic Day – 15th January
  • Maha Shivratri – 8th March
  • Holi – 25th March
  • Ram Navami – 17th April
  • Independence Day – 15th August
  • Raksha Bandhan – 19th August
  • Janmashtami – 26th August
  • Ganesh Chaturthi – 7th September
  • Muharram – 17th July
  • Eid-e-Milad–17th September
  • Gandhi Jayanti – 2nd October
  • Dussehra – 12th October
  • Diwali – 1st November
  • Christmas – 25th December

Note – Please note the consumption of Alcohol is completely banned in the following states and UT – Bihar, Gujarat, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Lakshadweep. There is also a partial ban on the same in a few districts of Manipur.

FAQs

What do you mean by a Dry Day?

It is a day when sale of alcoholic beverages is restricted.

Are dry days in all states same?

No, few days are same, others may vary.

Is Makar Sankranti a dry day?

Yes

Is Shaheed Diwas a dry day?

Yes, it is a dry day in India.

How many dry states and union territory of India?

4 states and 1 union territory- Lakshadweep, Nagaland, Gujarat, Bihar, Mizoram

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