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Holidays in February 2023

Holidays bring a must-needed respite to everyone. These are days of leisure that everyone wants to relax and get away from their daily routines. Some people use this time to travel and create memories, while others spend time at home with their loved ones. In India, the major holidays comprise different religious festivals and other national events due to its rich cultural diversity. This article lists down the holidays in February 2023 in India, along with popular destinations you can visit during this time. 

List of Holidays in February 2023

The table given below contains the details of the holidays in February 2023:

Date

Day

Holiday

Celebrated In

3rd Feb

Friday

Hazarat Ali's Birthday

Uttar Pradesh

5th Feb

Sunday

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab

15th Feb

Wednesday

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

Across India 

18th Feb

Saturday

Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri

Across India 

19th Feb

Sunday

Shivaji Jayanti

Maharashtra

Bank Holidays in February 2023

Date 

Day

Holiday

Type of Holiday

Celebrated in

3rd Feb

Friday

Hazarat Ali's Birthday

Restricted Holiday

Uttar Pradesh

5th Feb

Sunday

Guru Ravidas Jayanti

Restricted Holiday

Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab

18th Feb

Saturday

Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri

Restricted Holiday

Across India 

 

19th Feb

Sunday

Shivaji Jayanti

Restricted Holiday

Maharashtra

There are no national public holidays in February 2023. However, the standard bank holidays are 

  • 11 February 2023 – 2nd Saturday

  • 25 February 2023 – 4th Saturday

Descriptions of Holidays in February 2023

  • Hazarat Ali Jayanti

Hazrat Ali's birth anniversary is a public holiday in Uttar Pradesh. He was the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, born in the holy site of Mecca, Kaaba. Hazarat Ali is also known to be the first male to convert to Islam other than Muhammad.

  • Guru Ravidas Jayanti

On Magh Purnima (Full moon in the month of Magh), the birthday of Guru Ravidas is observed in India. It is the most celebrated annual event for the Ravidassia religion but is also celebrated by many others across the country.

  • Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

The birth anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati is observed on the 15th of February in several states of India. He was the founder of Arya Samaj and one of the most prominent social leaders of the 19th century, fighting against inequality and various discriminations against women. 

  • Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri

Maha Shivratri is a public holiday in India celebrated in most states. On this day, Indians worship lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati throughout the day and night. Shiv Ratri translates to "the night of Shiva". This day signifies “overcoming darkness and ignorance”.

  • Shivaji Jayanti

This holiday celebrates the great Maratha emperor and his grand feats. It is a public holiday in Maharashtra. However, people across the country observe this day through organised events, keeping his memories alive.

Destination to Visit during February 2023 Holidays

Each holiday in India has a cultural or historical significance. To observe them closely, you can visit the places that celebrate these festivals more widely. Here are a few destinations you can visit during public holidays February 2023:

  • Uttar Pradesh: 

The state of Uttar Pradesh, particularly in Lucknow, Aligarh, and Azamgarh, celebrates the birth anniversary of Hazarat Ali as Hazarat Ali Jayanti. On this day, offices, schools, colleges and other institutions remain closed in Uttar Pradesh. You can find the mosques around the state decorated beautifully, along with organised community feasts. The streets of Uttar Pradesh remain lit with colourful lights, with sweets distributed among these communities. Apart from these, traditional dishes are prepared at homes and community areas. 

  • Maharashtra: 

Maharashtra is known for its festive grandeur and grand celebrations. Shivaji Jayanti is one of those occasions that celebrate the legacy of historical leader Chhatrapati Shivaji. You can take a trip to Mumbai to witness colourful processions, traditional music, and dance organised all over the state. Moreover, people also offer floral tributes to Shivaji’s statue to honour his bravery and leadership.

  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: 

Varanasi celebrates Guru Ravidas Jayanti with great grandeur. You can visit the Janam Asthan Mandir in Sir Goverdhanpur, the site of this birthplace. Visitors from different parts of the world visit here on this occasion. Moreover, the streets witness large gatherings and processions. Devotees also take a dip in the holy river of the Ganges. Kirtans are conducted locally in different parts of Varanasi.

  • Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Haridwar is the land of Yogis, famous for its ancient temples. You can visit here during Maha Shivratri to witness large flocks of pilgrims gathered at the river bank. Usually devotees observe this day by taking a dip in the holy Har Ki Pauri. You can also visit numerous temples, cafes, or enjoy activities like river rafting in Rishikesh.

Long Weekend Holidays in February 2023

February 2023 has one long weekend on:

  • 3rd February, Friday - Hazarat Ali's Birthday

  • 4th February, Saturday - Take a day off

  • 5th February - Sunday 

This page comprises the list of holidays in February 2023 and an illustration of the events behind them. In addition, February also contains one long weekend holiday. Therefore, if you are thinking of going on a trip during this pleasant time of spring, you can start planning now. In this regard, you can opt for a personal loan for travel from a suitable lender to fund your trip seamlessly. The holiday dates are already in front of you!