September 2017 is coming to an end and it has been a great month, starting with the Ganesh Visarjan and ending with Dussehra, with other festivals like Onam, Navratri and Durga Puja in between. But there are some holidays coming up in October 2017 too. The month starts with Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, a Monday, which means that you get a nice long weekend right off the bat. Here’s a look at all the public holidays in October 2017 so you can plan out your escapades with ease. ALSO READ: Best Places to Visit in India on Gandhi Jayanti 2017 Long Weekend

Muharram – Sunday, October 1, 2017

Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, where Muharram is a major event

Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, where Muharram is a major event

Observed as a day of mourning by many Shia Muslims, Muharram this year falls on a Sunday. It is a day marked by fasting and special prayers at mosques and in private. Different communities observe the event in different ways, though, and it is not uncommon to see people from other religions also observe Muharram.

Gandhi Jayanti – Monday, October 2, 2017

Gandhi statue in Geneva

Gandhi statue in Geneva

The first long weekend of October is Gandhi Jayanti, marking the birth anniversary of Indian freedom fighter and political leader Mahatma Gandhi. The holiday is observed throughout India, given how prominent Gandhi was in India’s long struggle for independence and in the global movement for non-violence.

Puja Holiday – Tuesday and Wednesday, October 3 and 4, 2017

Tripura State Museum

Tripura State Museum

Observed only in the state of Tripura, the two days of Puja holidays are dedicated to the goddess Durga. It is said that in the month of Ashwin in the Hindu calendar, under the light of the waxing moon, the goddess returns to her father’s home. This is when the white Kaash flowers bloom in Tripura and the people get to see the goddess after a year.

Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti – Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Poet Valmiki, teaching Ramayana to Kusa and Lava, Photograph Courtesy: Kangra School/Wikimedia Commons

The Poet Valmiki, teaching Ramayana to Kusa and Lava, Photograph Courtesy: Kangra School/Wikimedia Commons

The states of Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Karnataka will be observing Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti on October 5, a Thursday. Also called Pargat Diwas, the festival commemorates the birth of the legendary philosopher and poet Valmiki. Catch the Shobha Yatra processions during this day. Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura also celebrate Lakshmi Puja on the same day.

Parkash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Das – Saturday, October 7, 2017

Amritsar, founded by Guru Ram Das

Amritsar, founded by Guru Ram Das

Punjab will observe the Parkash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Das, the fourth of the ten holy gurus of Sikhism, on October 7, 2017. Guru Ram Das, who led the Sikh religion for seven years from 1574 to 1581, until his death, founded the city of Amritsar. Every subsequent Guru was a descendant of Guru Ram Das, as opposed to the three that came before him. CHECK OUT: List of long weekends in India in 2017: Escape to these amazing holiday destinations this year

Diwali (Lakshmi Puja), Kati Bihu and Narak Chaturdashi – Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Diwali in Chennai

Diwali in Chennai

October 18, a Wednesday, will be a public holiday in Maharashtra, West Bengal and Odisha, though for two different reasons. In Maharashtra, this will be the day of Lakshmi Puja, an important ritual of the Diwali festival. In West Bengal and Odisha, another form of the mother goddess will be worshiped on this day: Kali. The two states will observe Kali Puja, connected closely to Durga Puja.

Diwali, Vishwakarma Puja, Vikram Samvat New Year and Govardhan Puja – Friday, October 20, 2017

Diwali fireworks in Delhi

Diwali fireworks in Delhi

Friday, October 20 will be jam-packed with festivals and events in different parts of India, but the end result is a public holiday for almost everyone and a second long weekend in the month. Maharashtra and Karnataka will celebrate Diwali on this day, while Haryana and Punjab will have the Vishwakarma Puja. Gujarat has its Vikram Samvat New Year and Uttar Pradesh has Govardhan Puja on the same day as well.

Bhai Beej – Saturday, October 21, 2017

Indian brother and sister sharing a laddu, a festive sweet

Indian brother and sister sharing a laddu, a festive sweet

Speaking Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, the two states will also be observing Bhai Beej the next day on October 21. The festival is also called Bhai Dooj, Bhai Tika or Bhai Phonta, and as its name suggests, it celebrates the bond between brother and sister similar to Raksha Bandhan. Although more famously celebrated in the north, parts of south India celebrates the occasion as Yama Dwitiya. NOW READ: Festivals and Events in India in October 2017 That Promise an Unforgettable Experience

Sardar Patel Jayanti – Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Public monument of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel beside a main road in Hyderabad, India

Public monument of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel beside a main road in Hyderabad, India

Sardar Patel Jayanti, also called Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day, is a relatively new public holiday that celebrates an oft-forgotten but important figure in the Indian freedom struggle: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The first Deputy Prime Minister of India, Patel played a major role in leading India to independence and forging the identity and workings of democratic India.