Palolem in Goa

Palolem in Goa

December is a great month to take short trips all across India. One reason is that it is winter and the weather is extremely beautiful in most parts of the country which are otherwise quite hot. The other reason of course is that it is the end of the year and a great time to take a break from the daily routine to spend some quality time with family, friends or partners. And then of course, there is the festive season which makes several places all the more worth visiting. Getting leaves in December may sometimes be difficult but mercifully, December 2017 comes with a fair number of public holidays that can come to your rescue. Here is the list of public holidays in December 2017 that you can use for embarking upon long peaceful and joyous holidays. Also Read - Alert! All Banks to Remain Closed For Nine Days This December

December 1 and 2 – Friday and Saturday – Milad-un-Nabi

Milad un Nabi is observed to celebrate the advent of the Prophet Muhammad’s birth and his teachings. Muslims celebrate the day by sending cards to their friends and relatives and also by conducting processions, attending all-night prayer sessions and organizing meals. For those not celebrating the festival, it is a gazetted holiday which can be used to go on a long weekend trip. Places like the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat are all delightful to visit during this time. Also Read - Best Places to Visit in December 2017 in India

December 18 – Monday – Guru Ghasidas Jayanti (Chhattisgarh)

Guru Ghasidas was a 19th century advocate of the Satnami sect of Hinduism. Born on December 18, 1756 and this day is marked to commemorate his birth. He holds particular significance in Chhattisgarh where he preached. It’s a gazetted holiday in the state and can be combined with the weekend for a pleasant trip to nearby destinations.

December 19 – Tuesday – Goa Liberation Day

Goa celebrates its Liberation Day on December 19. It was on this day in 1961 that the Portuguese colony became part of India. It falls right in the middle of tourist season in the state. Locals can use the day off to take a break and explore other nearby places like Mumbai and Gokarna.

December 25 – Monday – Christmas

Christmas Decorations

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Perhaps the most festive time of the year all across the globe, Christmas falls on Monday this year giving you a long weekend to visit your favourite holiday destinations. From Goa to Kerala to Rajasthan, every part of India is spectacular during this time and has its own allure.

December 25 – Monday – Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (Haryana)

Golden temple in Amritsar

Golden temple in Amritsar

December 25 is also Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, a Sikh festival celebrates especially in Haryana. People conduct large processions and feasts on this day in memory of the great tenth Guru of the Sikhs. It is a great day to visit gurudwaras like the Golden temple in Amritsar. It is a restricted holiday though with government institutions and offices remaining open.

December 26 – Tuesday – Shaheed Udham Singh’s Birthday (Haryana)

December 26 is a restricted holiday in Haryana to mark the birth of Shaheed Udham Singh, the revolutionary who assassinated Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab. December 26 falls on a Tuesday so those who want to convert the weekend into a long one can take an off on Monday and go on a nice 4-day family vacation.

December 26 – Tuesday – Boxing Day (Mizoram and Telangana)

Named after the practice of getting rid of empty boxes of Christmas gifts after Christmas, Boxing Day is a restricted holiday in Mizoram and Telangana. Those who do get this day off can use the 4-day weekend for a holiday to any of the amazing nearby destinations like Kodaikanal, Munnar, Araku Valley or Bandipur National Park.

So, there you have it. Use these long weekends to plan some exciting trips with your family to end the year on a happy note.