New Year 2017 has arrived with a bang. The year of 2017 has started with a lot of hopes as people are finally happy and hopeful to have a better year than the disastrous 2016. As Indians, we look forward to all the bazillion festivals that take place throughout the year. While 2016 made us curse the timing of the festivals, which mainly fell on the weekends and made us miss out on long weekend vacations, 2017 is a brighter year with more holidays. The happiest part of the festivities this year is how the majority of them fall on a Monday, making the Monday Blues disappear. As we begin this first Monday of 2017 with a little blues and some hangover from all the partying, here is a look at the coming holidays as per the Indian calendar to help you plan out your vacations and trips. So check out the brand new 2017 calendar list of holidays and Indian festivals and plan your New Year well ahead. ALSO READ: Bollywood Movies to be released in 2017: Raees, Kaabil, Padmavati, Jolly LLB2, and 28 more films to watch out for in New Year 2017.

The first month of the New Year, January does not boast of many festivals and weekends are the only good part about the start of the month! However, there are at least two things that every Indian can look up to in this first month of the year. The strategic placement of January 26, Republic Day, on a Thursday, which gives you a prospective long weekend, (Take a leave on Friday, 27 January!) and the release for Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees! February also has one long weekend with Maharashtra falling on a Friday (February 24). The month of March which marks the end of our financial year has an incredible long weekend opportunity. The colourful festival of Holi has fallen on a Monday, making our normally blue Mondays filled with colours! The strategic holiday towards the month end comes in the form of Gudi Padwa or Telugu New Year on March 29 and gives us a much-needed break from the month-end stress.

As per the ritual of 2017, April also brings with it a long weekend which can be transformed into a vacation in mid-month. Good Friday and the Tamil and Keralite New year falls on April 14 and gives us a perfect long weekend to plan and enjoy with family and friends. The Month of May begins with a bang as May 1, which falls on a Monday also gives us a long weekend. However, there is only one other holiday in this summer month which is Buddha Purnima, on May 10. June brings with it the auspicious month of Ramadaan which will most probably end on a Monday. The holiday calendar has prescribed June 26 to be Eid-ul-Fitr. However, it may change as per the appearance of the moon (Eid Ka Chand).

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July, which brings in the full-fledged monsoon, will also be a work month with one holiday for Nagpanchami which falls on a Thursday, July 27. However August will bring with it the magic of long weekends and hopeful vacations. The month’s festivities begin with Raksha Bandhan, which falls on Monday, August 7 and ends with Ganesh Chaturthi on August 25. The festival of Janmashtami (August 14) and Parsi New year (August 17), clubbed with our 70th Independence Day gives us an incredibly long weekend.

The month of September begins with Eid-ul-Adha on Friday, September 1 which is followed by Anant Chaturthi on September 5, Tuesday. This can also be transformed into another long weekend. The jazz filled festival of Navratri will begin on September 21, which also condemns the day of Muharram and end on September 30 (Saturday) as we celebrate Dussehra.

October brings with it a celebratory month full of holidays. The month begins on a Sunday and is followed by a national holiday on Monday, October 2, to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This is followed by the festival of Karwa Chauth on October 8, and the jolly, and enlightening festivities of Diwali begin from Tuesday, October 17 and go on until October 21, Saturday. This action packed year will end on a high note as Christmas day falls on a Monday, giving us the opportunity to plan some unique vacations to celebrate the birth of Christ.

With this list giving you an idea of your holidays and long weekends, we hope you have the energy to get past this first gloomy Monday and begin planning the long weekends and vacations that can be taken throughout the year. You can download the free Calendar 2017: New Year 2017 Calendar with List of all Indian Holidays & Festivals PDF or Image.