Public holidays in Odisha consists of festivals, national and state-centric holidays. If you are planning a vacation to Odisha, you should plan it according to the corresponding Odisha holidays. In this article, learn about Odisha Public Holiday List in 2021, its unique festivals, and other important holidays that the state observes during 2021.
Public holidays in Odisha are observed during festivals that can be unique to the state or to the entire nation. During these days, most state government offices, banks and certain commercial establishments are closed. Below are the Odisha General Holidays Calendar and 2021 Odisha Public Holidays:
List of Holidays 2021 in Odisha:
Holidays in Odisha During January 2021
Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Jayanti
Holidays in Odisha During February 2021
Holidays in Odisha During March 2021
Panchayati Raj Divas
Holidays in Odisha During April 2021
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti/Maha Vishuba Sankranti
Plan your Odisha vacation alongside some of the popular local festivals or important state holidays to truly enjoy the local tourism, culture and traditions. Below are some of the most important religious and cultural festivals of the state of Odisha:
Jagannath Rath Yatra: Odisha’s most anticipated annual and cultural festival is the Jagannath Rath Yathra. Celebrated in the heritage city of Puri, the festival is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna) alongside Lord Balaram and Goddess Subhadra. A procession is held from Jagannath Temple to Gundicha Temple. The mainstay of the procession is the decorated tall wooden chariots with massive wheels.
Konark Dance Festival: The festival brings together artists from different forms of classical dances on a single platform. The Konark Dance Festival began in 1986 and it has continued to get global attention for its showcase about varied forms of Indian classical dance.
Chhau Festival: During the month of April, a three-day-long festival is celebrated by Odisha’s Bhuiyan tribes. The tribe’s Chhau dance is the centre of attraction which brings tourists from different parts of the country.
Durga Puja: Durga Puja is celebrated across India and Odisha also witnesses a grand celebration of its Goddess Durga. Elaborately decorated idols of Goddess Durga adorn several pandals which is a huge attraction during these days.
International Sand Art Festival: Sand artists from India and across the world to participate in the famous International Sand Art Festival held on the Chandrabhaga beach, situated about 10km from the city of Konark. Sand artists sculpt sand structures and participate in this competition cum festival.
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