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It is vital to unwind and rejuvenate by going on a holiday with your near and dear ones, considering today’s hectic and monotonous schedule. With lots of festivals around the corner, October is the perfect time to create cherished memories with your loved ones. Knowing the holiday schedule in advance can help you plan your vacation better.

 

Here is a small glimpse of the October 2023 holiday list to start planning your trip!

List of Holidays in October 2023

Check out the table to learn more about public holidays in October 2023.

Date 

Day 

Holiday 

Celebrated in

2 October 2023

(National Holiday)

Monday

Gandhi Jayanti

Across India

14 October 2023

Saturday

First Day of Bathukamma

Telangana

14 October 2023

Saturday

Mahalaya Amavasya

Across India

21 October 2023

Saturday

Maha Saptami

Across India

22 October 2023

Sunday

Maha Ashtami

Across India

23 October 2023

Monday

Maha Navami

Across India

24 October 2023

Tuesday

Dussehra/Vijaya Dashami

Across India

28 October 2023

Saturday

Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti

Across India

31 October 2023 

Tuesday

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti

Gujarat

List of Bank Holidays in October 2023

Here is a list of bank holidays in October 2023:

Date

Day

Holiday

Celebrated In

2 October 2023

(National Holiday)

Monday

Gandhi Jayanti

Across India

23 October 2023

Monday

Maha Navami

Across India

24 October 2023

Tuesday

Dussehra/Vijaya Dashami

Across India

31 October 2023 

Tuesday

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti

Gujarat

Descriptions of Holidays in October 2023 in India

Read on for a brief overview of public and bank holidays in October 2023.

  • Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

This day is observed as a national holiday in India. It marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who is called the ‘Father of Nation.’ On this day, people from all over the country light candles as a tribute to the honorary leader who played a crucial role in India’s freedom struggle. Statues of Mahatma Gandhi are also decorated with garlands on this day.

  • First Day of Bathukamma

This vibrant festival is celebrated mainly in Telangana state to mark the beginning of the autumn season. People seek blessings from Goddess Parvathi for providing a good harvest season. Delicacies with rice flour, sesame seeds and rice are prepared as offerings to the Goddess. By creating flower stacks resembling a temple’s gopuram, this festival symbolises the beginning of a new phase.

  • Mahalaya Amavasya

It symbolises a new moon day that marks the onset of the Dussehra festival. On this day, special obeisance is paid to our ancestors to express our gratitude. The fact that we are because of our ancestors is reinforced by observing this festival. Rather than take things for granted, we should express gratitude to our ancestors. This day is regarded as a ritual in which we pay homage to all our ancestors who have lived for generations before us.

  • Maha Saptami

The seventh day of the 10-day-long Dussehra festival is marked as Saptami. While this word implies seven, it is celebrated across India with great joy and enthusiasm. It is believed that the main battle between Goddess Durga and Demon King Mahishasura began on this day. In West Bengal, pandals are erected and the idol of the Goddess is dressed in a Mahishasuramardini avatar. People visit these pandals with their loved ones and enjoy the delicacies prepared.

  • Maha Ashtami

The eighth day of the Navaratri festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country. Also called Durgashtami, it is one of the most important days in Navratri. Many people perform Kanya puja, wherein they worship eight girls and offer them sweets and other delicacies. The young girls are believed to represent the Goddess Durga’s energy on Earth.

  • Maha Navami

Also known as Ayudha Puja in some parts of India, this marks the ninth day of Navaratri. It is the last day of worship of the Goddess before Dussehra. The battle between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura continued when she finally wounded him on this ninth day. In many parts of India, machines, vehicles and other tools are worshipped. In addition, sweets are distributed among the family members.

  • Dussehra/Vijayadashami

This marks the end of the ten-day-long Navratri festival. Goddess Durga won the battle and killed the Demon King on this day. Another popular belief is that Lord Rama defeated the Asura King Ravana, who had kidnapped Goddess Sita. 

 

This festival also symbolises the victory of good over evil. On this day, the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhakarna and his son Meghanath are burnt. This festival is celebrated with great zeal across the country.

  • Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti

It is a Hindu festival celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Valmiki. Valmiki was a famous poet who was instrumental in writing one of India’s main epics, Ramayana.

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India, played a crucial role in India’s freedom struggle. He was well-known for his constructive leadership and firmness. To pay homage to his life and his contribution to the nation, this day is celebrated with full enthusiasm across the country. His birthday is also celebrated as National Unity Day in India.

Destinations to visit during October Holidays 2023

  • Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi is one of the prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. Known to be the capital of Vijayanagar, Hampi is home to extraordinary temples and exotic architectural wonders. With popular attractions like the Krishna temple complex, Tungabhadra river, Lotus Mahal complex and mandapas, it is certainly one of the fascinating places to visit in India. So, if you are planning a short trip this month, Hampi is an ideal destination for you.

  • Kutch, Gujarat

The Great Rann of Kutch is certainly one of the most surreal places in the country. Also known as the White Desert, its awe-inspiring views can transport you to a different world. Deserts, beaches, heritages, temples, etc., along with pleasant weather, make Kutch one of the finest places to visit during the October holidays of 2023.

  • Agra, Uttar Pradesh

The historical city of Agra is known worldwide as it is home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna river, Agra experiences a scorching summer; hence the best time to visit this place is in October. Apart from the Taj Mahal, a few other historical attractions in Agra include Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad-ud-daulah’s Tomb, etc.

  • Mysore, Karnataka

Mysore is one of the most travelled destinations during the month of October. Known as the city of palaces, Mysore is home to various popular tourist attractions such as Mysore Palace, Chamundeshwari temple, Somnathpur temple, Mysore zoo, etc. The Dussehra celebration in Mysore palace is a treat to the eyes and so, October is the perfect time to visit this place and witness the beautiful festivities.

Long Weekend Holidays in October 2023 in India

  • Saturday, 30 September

  • Sunday, 1 October

  • Monday, 2 October – Gandhi Jayanthi

 

  • Friday, 20 October– Take the day off

  • Saturday, 21 October

  • Sunday, 22 October 

  • Monday, 23 October–Maha Navami

  • Tuesday, 24 October –Dussehra

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