West Bengal Holidays List 2023: Government, Public, WB Bank Holidays, School Holidays

Religious holidays in West Bengal especially Saraswati Puja, Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Laxmi Puja are celebrated with great enthusiasm. Other than them, there are around 20 public holidays that are observed in the state of West Bengal. Public offices, private offices, banks and schools remain closed on most of these holidays. Holidays like Republic Day, Bose Jayanti, Gandhi Jayanti, etc falls on the same date every year whereas for holidays like Saraswati Puja, Vijaya Dashami, Good Friday, etc keeps on changing every year. In this post, West Bengal Holidays 2023 List has been presented to provide an idea of the holidays that are going to be observed in the upcoming year.

List of WB Government Holidays 2023

There are more than 25 government holidays observed in the state of West Bengal and every public office remains close on these days. Banks, schools and many private offices also observe these holidays. However certain private offices might be open and provide alternate leave or extra pay or anything else as per their own policy. A list of all the West Bengal Government holidays that will be observed in the year 2023 along with their day and date is provided below. These dates are correct for now but if any changes are made by the relevant authority, these dates will be updated accordingly.

Festival Date Day
Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 14 January 2023 Saturday
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti 23 January 2023 Monday
Republic Day 26 January 2023 Thursday
Saraswati Puja 26 January 2023 Thursday
Dolyatra 7 March 2023 Tuesday
Mahavira Jayanti 4 April 2023 Tuesday
Dr B R Ambedkar Jayanti 14 April 2023 Friday
Good Friday 7 April 2023 Friday
Bengali New Year 15 April 2023 Saturday
May Day 1 May 2023 Monday
Eid-al-Fitr 22 April 2023 Saturday
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 9 May 2023 Tuesday
Buddha Purnima 5 May 2023 Friday
Bakrid/ Eid-al-Adha 29 June 2023 Thursday
Muharram 28 July 2023 Friday
Independence Day 15 August 2023 Tuesday
Mahalaya Amavasye 14 October 2023 Saturday
Gandhi Jayanti 2 October 2023 Monday
Maha Saptami 21 October 2023 Saturday
Maha Ashtami 22 October 2023 Sunday
Maha Navami 23 October 2023 Monday
Vijaya Dashami 24 October 2023 Tuesday
Lakshmi Puja 12 November 2023 Sunday
Kali Puja 12 November 2023 Sunday
Guru Nanak Jayanti 27 November 2023 Monday
Christmas 25 December 2023 Monday

List of Bank Holidays in West Bengal in 2023

All the banks remain close on the above-listed Government holidays. Apart from the these, banks also remain close on all Sundays and second and fourth Saturdays. Earlier, banks used to operate for half day on every Saturday but later it was changed to second and fourth Saturdays offs and rest Saturdays on. Presented below is the list of all the second and fourth Saturdays falling in the year 2023 on which banks in West Bengal will remain close.

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

School Holidays in West Bengal 2023

Every school prepares and publishes a list of holidays that will be observed in that school. Other than the government holidays mentioned above, the schools also remain close on every Sunday of the month. The rule for off on a Saturday varies from one school to another. Many schools also mark days like annual function day, teacher’s day, children’s day, etc as holidays. Details of holidays that are observed by a school of WB state can be found from the annual calendar that is present in brochure/ prospectus of the respective school. Other than this, the holiday calendar is also published on the official website of the school.

Where to go on a holiday in West Bengal?

West Bengal perfectly preserves the architectural and cultural remnants of the past. From old bridges to temples and other structural monuments, there are so many things to see in West Bengal. So, you can plan to visit any of these popular places and enjoy a nice holiday with your friends and family. Check out some of the top tourist destinations that can be visited on a holiday in West Bengal.

  1. Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden
  2. Adina Deer Park
  3. Adina Mosque
  4. B B D Bagh (Dalhousie Square)
  5. Belur Math
  6. Bishnupur Terracotta Temples
  7. Cooch Behar Palace
  8. Dakshineswar Kali Temple
  9. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy Train)
  10. Eden Gardens
  11. Gorumara National Park
  12. Hazarduari Palace
  13. Howrah Bridge
  14. Jaldapara National Park
  15. Katra Mosque
  16. Morgan House
  17. Nizamat Imambara
  18. Salt Lake Stadium
  19. Sunderbans Delta of India
  20. Sundarbans National Park
  21. St. Paul’s Cathedral
  22. The Great Banyan Tree
  23. Victoria Memorial

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