List of Holidays for West Bengal Government Employees 2023

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2023 Holiday Calendar for West Bengal Government Employees

Find below the holiday list for the calendar year 2023 for Government employees of West Bengal.

Find Also: 2022 Holiday Calendar for West Bengal Government Employees

Government of West Bengal
Finance (Audit) Department
325, Sarat Chatterjee Road

No. 4331-F(P2)Howrah, the 21st October, 2022


In exercise of the power conferred by the explanation to Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881 (XXVI of 1881), read with Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Notification No. 20/25/56-pub(l) dated the 8th June, 1957 the Governor is pleased to declare the days as specified at List-1 below to be Public Holidays during the year 2023.

2. The Governor is also pleased to notify that the offices under the Government of West Bengal with the exception of the offices of the Registrar of Assurances, Kolkata and Collector of the Stamp Revenue, Kolkata shall be closed on the days as specified at List-II below which are not declared to be public holidays, during the year 2023.

3. Further, the Governor is pleased to declare that the days as specified at List-III may be observed as Sectional Holidays in the year 2023 for the employees of different communities mentioned against the day.

List-I (Public Holidays in 2023 under the N. I. Act)

Birth Day of Swami Vivekananda12th January, Thursday
Netaji’s Birth Day23rd January, Monday
Republic Day26th January, Thursday
Saraswati Puja [Sree Panchami]26th January, Thursday
Doljatra7th March, Tuesday
Mahavir Jayanti4th April, Tuesday
Good Friday7th April, Friday
Birth Day of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar14th April, Friday
**Bengali New Year’s Day (Nababarsha)15th April, Saturday
**Eid-UI-Fitr22nd April, Saturday
May Day1st May, Monday
Buddha Purnima5th May, Friday
Birth Day of Rabindranath Tagore9th May, Tuesday
Id-Ud-Zoha (Bakrid)29th June, Thursday
**Muharram29th July, Saturday
Independence Day15th August, Tuesday
Birth Day of Gandhiji2nd October, Monday
**Mahalaya14th October, Saturday
**Durga Puja, Maha Saptami21st October, Saturday
Durga Puja, Maha Nabami23rd October, Monday
Durga Puja, Dasami24th October, Tuesday
**Lakshmi Puja28th October, Saturday
Bhratridwitiya15th November, Wednesday
Birth Day of Guru Nanak27th November, Monday
Christmas Day25th December, Monday
Yearly Closing of Bank Account  1st April (Saturday) (for Banks only) (Note: The Government Offices only where Saturdays are not observed as full holiday including Treasuries, Sub-Treasuries shall remain open).

List-II (Holidays under the order of State Government in 2023)

Day before Saraswati Puja25th January, Wednesday
Birth Day of Thakur Panchanan Barma14th February, Tuesday
**Shivaratri18th February, Saturday
Holi (Day after Doljatra)8th March, Wednesday
Day before Eid-UI-Fitr21st April, Friday
Rathayatra20th June, Tuesday
Birth Day of Poet Bhanu Bhakt
(for Darjeeling & Kalimpong District only).
13th July, Thursday
Rakhi Bandhan30th August, Wednesday
Janmastami6th September, Wednesday
Fateha-Dwaz-Daham28th September, Thursday
Durga Puja, Maha Chaturthi18th October, Wednesday
Durga Puja, Maha Panchami19th October, Thursday
Durga Puja, Maha Shashthi20th October, Friday
Additional Day for Durga Puja25th October, Wednesday
Additional Day for Durga Puja26th October, Thursday
Additional Day for Durga Puja27th October, Friday
Additional Day for Kali Puja13th November, Monday
Additional Day for Kali Puja14th November, Tuesday
Birth Day of Birsa Munda15th November, Wednesday
Day after Bhratridwitiya16th November, Thursday
Additional Day for Chhat Puja20th November, Monday

(##) Birth Day of Pandit Raghunath Murmu falls on 5th May, Friday, which is a holiday under N. I. Act and therefore has not been shown separately in List-II.

List-III (Sectional Holidays in 2023)

Easter Saturday8th April (Saturday) [for Christians only]
Hul Diwas30th June (Friday) [for Adivasi (Santhal) only.]
Karam PujaTo be notified later on.

($$) Shab-e-Barat, Sectional Holiday for Muslim Community falls on 8th March, 2023 (Wednesday), which is a Holiday under State Government & therefore has not been shown separately in List-Ill.


1. Sundays are holidays under the Negotiable Instrument Act.

2. In the year 2023, the following festivals/occasions fall on Sundays which are Public Holidays under N. I. Act and hence have not been included in lists:

i) New Year’s Day : 1st January, Sunday

ii) Birth Day of Guru Rabidas (for the followers of Guru Rabidas) : 5th February, Sunday

iii) Birth Day of Shri Shri Harichand Thakur (Madhu Krishna Troyodashi Tithi) : 19th March, Sunday

iv) Durga Puja Maha Ashtami : 22nd October, Sunday

v) Kali Puja : 12th November, Sunday

vi) Chhat Puja : 19th November, Sunday

3. The holiday with double asterisk marks i.e. (**) is applicable to those Government Offices only where Saturdays are not observed as full holiday.

4. General instructions as laid down hereunder are to be followed in case of Muslim festivals.


1) No substitute holiday shall be allowed if any of the festival – holidays initially notified subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festival falling on the same day.

2) If there is any change in the date of Eid-UI-Fitr, Id-Ud-Zoha, Muharram, Fateha-Dwaz-Daham, Shab-e-Barat depending upon the sighting of the moon, holiday will be declared by a separate order for the date on which the festival would be actually observed in lieu of the date originally notified as holiday for this festival.

3) It may happen that the change of date of above mentioned occasions has to be notified at a very short notice. In such a situation, announcement would be made through T.V. / A.I.R. / News Papers and Heads of Department / Offices of the State Government may take action according to such announcements without waiting for formal order about the change of date.

By order of the Governor,

Sd/- Dr. Manoj Pant
Additional Chief Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal


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