Finance Department of West Bengal (WBFIN), Nabanna published Holiday List for West Bengal Government Employees, 2024. View the official government order for the West Bengal Government holiday list 2024 in this article. You can also download the official government order regarding the West Bengal government holiday list 2024 in PDF format from the download button below.
The government of West Bengal has issued a notification declaring the public holidays, office closures, and sectional holidays for the year 2024. List I includes public holidays under the Negotiable Instrument Act, List II includes holidays under the order of the State Government, and List III includes sectional holidays for specific communities.
The notification also provides general instructions for all types of holidays, including Muslim festivals. It further mentions that Sundays are holidays under the Negotiable Instrument Act and are not included in the lists.
Government Order of Holiday List for West Bengal Government Employees, 2024:
Government of West Bengal
Finance (Audit) Department
325, Sarat Chatterjee Road
Howrah -711 102
Howrah, the 9th November, 2023
In exercise of the power conferred by the explanation to Section 25 of the Negotiable InstrumentAct, 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 I below to be Public Holidays during the year 2024.
- 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 2024.
- Further, the Governor is pleased to declare that the days as specified at List Ill may be observed as Sectional Holidays in the year 2024 for the employees of different communities mentioned against the day.
List-I (Public Holidays in 2024 under the N. I. Act)
|1||Birth Day of Swami Vivekananda||:||12th January, Friday|
|2||Netaji’s Birth Day||:||23th January, Tuesday|
|3||Republic Day||:||26th January, Friday|
|4||Saraswati Puja [Sree Panchami]||:||14th February, Wednesday|
|5||Doljatra||:||25th March, Monday|
|6||Good Friday||:||29th March, Friday|
|7||Eid-UI-Fitr||:||11 April, Thursday|
|8||May Day||:||1st May, Wednesday|
|9||Birth Day of Rabindranath Tagore||:||8th May, Wednesday|
|10||Buddha Purnima||:||23rd May, Thursday|
|11||Id-Ud-Zoha (Bakrid)||:||17th June, Monday|
|12||Muharram||:||17th July, Wednesday|
|13||Independence Day||:||15th August, Thursday|
|14||Birth Day of Gandhiji||:||2nd October, Wednesday|
|15||Mahalaya||:||2nd October, Wednesday|
|16||Durga Puja, Maha Saptami||:||10th October, Thursday|
|17||Durga Puja, Maha Astami and Maha Nabami||:||11th October, Friday|
|18||(**) Durga Puja, Dasami||:||12th October, Saturday|
|19||Lakshmi Puja||:||16th October, Wednesday|
|20||Kali Puja||:||31st October, Thursday|
|21||Birth Day of Guru Nanak||:||15″ November, Friday|
|22||Christmas Day||:||25″ December, Wednesday|
Yearly Closing of Bank Account
1″April (Monday) (for Banks only).
List-II (Holidays under the order of State Government in 2024)
|1||New Year’s Day||:||1st January, Monday|
|2||Day before Saraswati Puja||:||13th February, Tuesday|
|3||Shab-e-Barat||:||26th February, Monday|
|4||Shivaratri||:||8th March, Friday|
|5||Day after Doljatra||:||26th March, Tuesday|
|6||(**)Birth Day of Shri Shri Harichand Thakur(Madhu Krishna Troyodashi Tithi)||:||6th April, Saturday|
|7||Day before Eid-UI-Fitr||:||10th April, Wednesday|
|8||(**)Birth Day of Poet Bhanu Bhakt for Darjeeling & Kalimpong District only||:||13th July, Saturday|
|9||Rakhi Bandhan||:||19th August, Monday|
|10||Janmastami||:||26th August, Monday|
|11||Fateha-Dwaz-Daham||:||16th September, Monday|
|12||Durga Puja, Maha Chaturthi||:||7th October, Monday|
|13||Durga Puja, Maha Panchami||:||8th October, Tuesday|
|14||Durga Puja, Maha Shashthi||:||9th October, Wednesday|
|15||Additional Day for Durga Puja||:||14th October, Monday|
|16||Additional Day for Durga Puja||:||15th October, Tuesday|
|17||Additional Day for Lakshmi Puja||:||17th October, Thursday|
|18||Additional Day for Lakshmi Puja||:||18th October, Friday|
|19||Additional Day for Kali Puja||:||1st November, Friday|
|20||Day after Bhratridwitiya||:||4th November, Monday|
|21||Chhat Puja||:||7th November, Thursday|
|22||Additional Day for Chhat Puja||:||8th November, Friday|
|23||Karam Puja||:||To be notified later on|
(#) Birth Day of Thakur Panchanan Barma falls on 14th February, Wednesday, which is a holiday under N.I. Act and therefore has not been shown separately in List-II.
(##) Birth Day of Pandit Raghunath Murmu falls on 23″ May, Thursday, which is a holiday under N. I. Act and therefore has not been shown separately in List-II.
(###) Birth Day of Birsa Munda falls on 15″ November, Friday which is a holiday under N.I. Act and therefore has not been shown separately in List-II.
(####)Parshwanath’s Rathajatra falls on 15″ November, Friday which is a holiday under N. I. Act and therefore has not been shown separately in List-II.
(#####) This year Doljatra and Holi fall on same day so ‘Holi’ is not shown separately in List II.
List-Ill (Sectional Holidays in 2024)
|1||(**)Birthday of Guru Rabidas(for the followers of Guru Rabidas)||:||24″ February, Saturday|
|2||(**)Easter Saturday||:||30″ March (Saturday) [for Christians only]|
($$) Hul Diwas, Sectional Holiday [for Adivasi (Santhal) only] on 30″June falls on Sunday which is a holiday under N.I. Act & therefore not shown separately in List Ill.
- Sundays are holidays underthe Negotiable Instrument Act.
- In the year 2024, the following festivals/occasions fall on Sundays which are public Holidays under N. I. Act and hence have not been included in lists:
|i)||Bengali New Year’s Day (Nababarsha)||:||14th April, Sunday|
|ii)||Birth Day of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar||:||14″April, Sunday|
|iii)||Mahavir Jayanti||:||21April, Sunday|
|iv)||Rathayatra||:||7″ July, Sunday|
|v)||Bhratridwitiya||:||3″ November, Sunday|
- The holiday with double asterisk marks i.e. (**) is applicable to those Government Offices only where Saturdays are not observed as full holiday.
- General instructions as laid down hereunder are to be followed in case of Muslim festivals.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO BE FOLLOWED IN ALL TYPES OF HOLIDAYS INCLUDING HOLIDAYS FOR THE 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, Shabe-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 abovementioned 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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Source: West Bengal Finance Department
Which government offices in West Bengal will be closed on specific days in 2024?
The government 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, will be closed on specific days in 2024. The specific days are mentioned in List II of the notification.
Are there any sectional holidays mentioned in the notification?
Yes, there are sectional holidays mentioned in the notification. These holidays are listed under List III and are designated for specific communities. Some examples of sectional holidays mentioned in the document are the Birthday of Guru Rabidas for the followers of Guru Rabidas, Easter Saturday for Christians, and Hul Diwas for Adivasi (Santhal) community.
What is the significance of double asterisk marks in List II?
The double asterisk marks (**), as mentioned in List II, indicate that the holidays marked with these symbols are applicable only to those government offices where Saturdays are not observed as a full holiday. In other words, these holidays may not be observed by all government offices, but only by those where Saturdays are not considered as non-working days.
What are the general instructions for all types of holidays, including Muslim festivals?
The general instructions for all types of holidays, including Muslim festivals, are as follows:
1. No substitute holiday will be given if any festival holiday initially notified subsequently falls on a weekly off or any other non-working day, or if multiple festivals fall on the same day.
2. If there is a change in the date of Eid-UI-Fitr, Id-Ud-Zoha, Muharram, Fateha-Dwaz-Daham, or Shab e-Barat based on the sighting of the moon, a separate order will be issued to declare the holiday for the actual observed date instead of the originally notified date.
These instructions ensure that there is clarity regarding the holidays and any changes in dates are communicated effectively to the concerned authorities and employees.