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Holidays in March 2023 in India

With a number of holidays in March 2023 in India, this is the month during which you also get the chance to plan a fun trip with family and friends. Knowing the holiday schedule in advance can help you prepare for your vacations and manage your leaves better. 

So, get a sneak peek at the list of holidays in March 2023 in India and start planning! 

List of Holidays in March 2023

Check out this table to know all holidays in March 2023 in India:

Date 

Day 

Holiday 

Celebrated in

5 March 2023

Sunday

Panchayati Raj Divas

Odisha

7 March 2023

(Restricted holiday)

Tuesday

Holika Dahan, Doljatra

Across India

8 March 2023

Wednesday

Doljatra/Holi

Across India

22 March 2023

Wednesday

Bihar Day (Bihar Diwas)

Bihar

23 March 2023

Thursday

Bhagat Singh's Martyrdom Day

Punjab and Haryana

30 March 2023

Thursday

Ram Navami

Across India

Bank Holidays in March 2023

See this list of the bank holidays in March 2023:

Date

Day

Holiday

Celebrated In

5 March 2023

Sunday

Panchayati Raj Divas

Odisha

8 March 2023

Wednesday

Holi

Across India

22 March 2023

Wednesday

Bihar Day (Bihar Diwas)

Bihar

23 March 2023

Thursday

S. Bhagat Singh's Martyrdom Day

Punjab and Haryana

30 March 2023

Thursday

Ram Navami

Across India

Descriptions of Holidays in March 2023 in India

Get a deeper glimpse into the bank and public holidays in March 2023 below.

  • Panchayati Raj Diwas

    This day marks the birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik, the former Odisha CM who was known as a pioneer, leading the development of his home state and contributing to India’s freedom struggle as a pilot. It also marks the occasion of local self-governance that forms the third tier of India’s federal set-up of panchayats, apart from the Union and state governments. He is known to have brought back Panchayati Raj.
  • Chapchar Kut

    This festival is one of the most joyous festivals in Mizoram. It is a spring festival, celebrated after the laborious task of clearing jungles. After cutting bamboo trees, they are left to dry for the purpose of burning to prepare for the harvest.
  • Doljatra

    This festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna. On this day, an idol of Lord Krishna is taken out on a procession in a palanquin. This festival is more significant for Bengalis as it marks the birthday of the great Vaishnava saint, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
  • Hazrat Ali Jayanti

    This day marks the occasion of the birthday of Muhammad’s successor Hazrat Ali, who is held in very high regard by the Islamic community. This day of celebration is a public holiday in UP and usually brings people together with music and a spread of delicacies. 
  • Holi

    Holi is one of the most joyously celebrated festivals in the country. Known as the festival of colours, it brings positivity and play into the lives of the people. The day unites society and strengthens the secular fabric of the country. Holika Dahan marks the first day of the festival of colours and is observed by lighting a bonfire between 8 PM and midnight. Holi signifies the victory of morality and virtue over immorality and evil. This day marks the second day of the festival and is the day when holi is played with colour.
  • Yaosang

    This festival is a unique form of Holi celebrated in Manipur by the local Meitei people. Yaosang was considered as a harvest festival until the 15th century. However, with Hindu preachers, Vaishnavism spread in the state and the festival transformed into a new avatar, celebrating Lord Krishna in a unique style. 
  • Martyr’s Day

    The day is celebrated to remember the sacrifice of Indian revolutionaries namely Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru. These three young freedom fighters were hanged to death by the British. They continue to be a source of inspiration for the young generation.
  • Ugadi

    The Ugadi festival heralds the New Year for predominantly those from Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is regarded as the beginning of the harvest season. Ugadi involves certain observances and customs such as spring cleaning of homes, decoration of temples with flowers and eating food that represents sweet, spicy, pungent, bitter, sour and salt. 
  • Gudi Padwa

    This festival, which falls on the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month Chaitra, celebrates the Marathi New Year. It is considered to be the most powerful day of the year as the universe is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma on this day. People celebrate the festival by decorating their homes, performing rituals, and hoisting the Gudi flag.
  • Sajibu Nongma Panda

    The festival celebrates the New Year of the Manipuri people. The festival marks the beginning of the new cycle of life on the Meitei calendar. The festival is marked by praying, feasting, and climbing nearby hillocks. Sajibu Nongmapanba enhances the spirit of unity, cohesiveness, and brotherhood among various communities.
  • 1st Navratri

    Celebrated on the first day of the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar, the festival is known as Chaitra Navratri. The rituals and customs for 1st Navratri are the same as the ones followed during Shardiya Navratri.
  • Telugu New Year

    Telugu New Year is also known as Ugadi. The day is considered the first day of the Telugu New Year. As part of the celebrations, people take oil baths, decorate their houses, and prepare special dishes like ‘Pachadi’ and ‘Bevu Bella’.
  • Cheti Chand

    Cheti Chand is an important Sindhi festival. It commemorates the birthday of Saint Jhulelal, the Sindhi patron, and also marks the start of the Sindhi New Year. To celebrate this occasion, processions are taken out and the ‘Water God’ is worshipped.
  • Sarhul

    This festival is celebrated during the spring season. It is considered an important festival of the Oraon tribe of Jharkhand. It is believed that after the festival, the earth turns fertile and is able to bear crops. 

Destinations to Visit during the Holidays in March 2023 in India

  • Agra

    Home to the Taj Mahal, it is no surprise that Agra is a world-renowned travel destination. It is known to be one of the oldest cities in the world and is located near the banks of the Yamuna river. Early summer is the best time to enjoy this city to the fullest, which is known for historical monuments and architectural wonders such as Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort as well as a wildlife sanctuary and traditional bazaars that offer marble-inlay and mirror work.  
  • Leh-Ladakh

    Adventure and sheer picturesque charm combine in this popular destination that is a haven for tourists, especially when the heat wave overtakes the rest of the country! You can enjoy a host of scenic places and activities, be it trekking and camping to your heart’s content, visiting Buddhist monasteries, trying out river rafting, visiting local markets, and trying out some delicious local specialities. 
  • Gangtok

    Capital of Sikkim, this city is known for its handicrafts and Tibetan carpets, which reflect its heritage art and culture. Hand-woven jackets and carpets, colourful wall hangings, wooden carvings and masks, beautiful cane baskets and lamps all make for exquisite souvenirs to take back home. This land of monasteries brings scenic beauty to the fore, which is sure to enrich your travel. Its cool climate makes it an ideal vacation spot in the summer.
  • Bangalore

    A must-visit city to explore in March 2023 is Bangalore, India’s very own IT capital or Silicon Valley. Modern yet retaining its traditional cuisine and culture, it is the epicentre of India's high-tech industry and is also known for its temples, parks, and nightlife. Bangalore’s weather is usually pleasant all year round, which makes the city quite favourable to visit in the month of March.
  • Coorg

    Now known as Kodagu, this Karnataka hill station is affectionately called the Scotland of India, thanks to its natural beauty and awe-inspiring views. From its forests to the wildlife that calls it home, from its waterfalls to its coffee plantations, Coorg offers a slice of heaven to travellers, especially during the Indian summers.

Long Weekend Holidays in March 2023 in India

  • Saturday, 4 March

  • Sunday, 5 March

  • Monday, 6 March – Take the day off

  • Tuesday, 7 March – Holika Dahan or take the day off

  • Wednesday, 8 March – Holi

 

  • Thursday, 30 March – Ram Navami

  • Friday, 31 – Take the day off

  • Saturday, 1 April 

  • Sunday, 2 April

This page comprises the list of holidays in March 2023 and an illustration of the events behind them. In addition, March also contains two 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!