September Bank Holidays 2023

Listed below are the bank holidays that fall in September 2023

06 September
JanmashtamiSeveral states in India
20 SeptemberWednesdayNua KhaiOdisha
25 SeptemberMondayRamdev Jayanti/Tejadashmi
29 SeptemberFridaySri Narayana Guru JayantiRajasthan
21 September
Sri Narayana Guru Samadhi
23 September
SaturdayHeroes Martyrdom’s day
28 September
Shahid Bhagat Singh’s Birthday

Brief description of September holidays

Third Onam: The major part of the Onam festival celebrations ends with the Thiruvonam which is followed by another two days as the third and fourth Onam. The third day called the Avittom marks the celebration of King Mahabali’s abode in the heavens. During this celebration, the most important ritual of the day is immersing the Onathappan statue which is placed in the middle of every Pokallam during these 10 days after which the Pokallam is cleaned and removed.

Indra Jatra: Indra Jatra or “Yenya” is the biggest festival for the Nepalese “NEWAR” community in Sikkim and is celebrated with much fanfare throughout the state. Named after the Hindu God of Rain and the King of Heaven, Lord Indra, the festival’s prime objective is to seek his blessings in the form of rains and showers. Huge chariot processions accompanied by eclectic drum beats, masked dance performances, and various classical dance performances are the integral elements of this vibrant festival that takes the streets of Gangtok in great awe of its cultural harmony. 

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti: Sri Narayana Jayanthi marks the birthday of Narayana Guru, the greatest saint and social reformer of India. Communal harmony processions, conferences, floral tributes, community prayers, feeding for the poor, and community feasts mark Jayanthi celebrations. The birthday of this Great Saint/Avathar is celebrated on the Chathayam asterism of the Malayalam month of Chingam (Leo). 

Mahalaya: Mahalaya, which marks the beginning of Devi-Paksha and the end of the Pitri-Paksha (the Shradh or the mourning period) is an auspicious day for Bengalis, who celebrate it with much enthusiasm. Mahalaya is observed seven days before the Durga Puja. This day also holds a special meaning for Hindus, who perform the ritual of Tarpan (offering). Men clad in dhotis go to the banks of the river Ganga and offer prayers to their deceased forefathers and perform pind-daan. While there are one too many folklores associated with the occasion, the most famous is Mahalaya an invitation of sorts to the mother goddess to begin her journey from Kailash to her paternal home (earth), along with her children. This invitation is extended through the chanting of mantras and singing devotional songs.

First Day of Bathukamma: Bathukamma is a floral festival celebrated predominantly by the women of Telangana and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. Every year this festival is celebrated as per the Shathavahana calendar for nine days starting Bhadrapada Pournami (also known as Mahalaya Amavasya or Pitru Amavasya) till Durgashtami, usually in September–October of the Gregorian calendar. 

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi: Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi marks the death ceremony of the Sree Narayana Guru, saint, prophet, and social reformer from Kerala. The great Guru attained Samadhi on September 20, 1928. 

Haryana Heroes’ Martyrdom Day: The day is celebrated to keep alive the memories of the martyrs of the state who had made supreme sacrifices for the nation and to infuse the spirit of patriotism among the people of the state. Floral tributes are paid to the martyrs by organizing public meetings, functions, and seminars at district headquarters. 

S. Bhagat Singh Ji Jayanti: The day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. On the day, heartfelt tributes were paid to the martyr who sacrificed his life for the motherland at a very young age.