Makar Sankranti and Pongal, celebrated with enthusiasm and cultural richness in various states of India, are not only moments of festivity but also occasions that impact the functioning of banks. In January 2024, these festivals coincide, leading to bank closures in specific regions. This article provides a detailed guide to understanding the bank closures on Makar Sankranti and Pongal, highlighting the states affected and additional holidays contributing to an extended weekend.
Key Bank Closures on January 15, 2024: Are Banks Closed on Makar Sankranti, Pongal?
On January 15 (Monday), several states will witness the closure of banks due to the celebration of Uttarayana Punyakala/Makar Sankranti Festival/Maghe Sankranti/Pongal/Magh Bihu. The states where banks will remain closed include Karnataka, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Sikkim, and Assam. This closure is not only influenced by the festivals but is also part of a more extended weekend created by the preceding bank holiday on January 13 (second Saturday) and the subsequent recognized holiday on Sunday.
Extended Weekends in January 2024:
The combination of the second Saturday on January 13 and the recognized holiday on Sunday set the stage for an extended weekend in the aforementioned states. This allows residents to enjoy an extended break as banks remain closed on Monday, January 15, due to the festival celebrations. This confluence of holidays adds to the festive spirit and provides an opportunity for people to engage in cultural activities and celebrations.
Other Holidays in January 2024:
Apart from Makar Sankranti and Pongal, several other holidays contribute to the unique holiday landscape in January 2024. States like Tamil Nadu observe Thiruvalluvar Day on January 16, while Chandigarh and Tamil Nadu mark Uzhavar Thirunal/Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Birthday on January 17. In Manipur, banks are closed on January 22 (Imoinu Iratpa) and January 23 (Gaan-Ngai). Additionally, January 25 witnessed closures in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh due to Thai Poosam/Birthday of Md. Hazrat Ali.
In summary, the celebrations of Makar Sankranti and Pongal bring about bank closures in several states in India on January 15, 2024. Understanding these closures, along with the influence of surrounding holidays, allows residents to plan their activities during this festive season. The diversity of regional celebrations and the varying holiday calendars across states reflect the rich tapestry of cultural traditions in India.