When you think of Goa, you think of beaches, fun and frolic. The state is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, thanks to acres of beaches and coconut trees. Goa is known for cashew plantations and also mangoes.
The state was a Portuguese colony and was discovered by Vasco De Gama. In terms of GDP per capita the state is the richest in the country. The contribution of tourism to the state government coffers has also helped in the rapid development of the state of Goa. The capital of Goa is Panaji.
The state is also very rich in minerals, with significant amounts of iron ore being mined. Apart from that it is also known for quality bauxite deposits and manganese deposits. A lot of large industries including pharma, steel rolling and footwear are found. The climate of the state can be quite humid at times and hence the best time to visit would be the winter months from Nov to Feb.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|January 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
Republic dayJanuary 26 is not only republic day it is also Purna Swaraj Day. In 1950 when India's constitution came into effect this date was chosen as it was the anniversary of Purna Swaraj Day, which was held on January 26, 1930. Republic day means means the constitution will give the power to the citizens to govern themselves by choosing their own government.
|January 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
HoliIt was believed Hiranyakashipu a hard hearted and evil King decided to kill his own son as he refused to worship him. He asked his sister 'Holika', who was immune to fire, to sit on a pyre of fire with Prahalad in her lap. Actually they plan to burn Prahalad. But their plan did not go through as Prahalad who was reciting the name of Lord Vishnu throughout was safe, but Holika got burnt to ashes. The defeat of Holika signifies the burning of all that is bad. After this, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu. It is actually the death of Holika that is associated with Holi.
|March 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 18||Sunday||Gudi Padava|
|March 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
Good FridayChristians all over the world Mourn Jesus Christ's crucifixion and death on Friday before Easter Sunday. Many church services are held in the afternoon, usually around noon or midday to 3 pm, to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. Handmade Kites are often are flown in Bermuda on Good Friday to symbolize the cross that Jesus died on, as well as his ascending into heaven.
|April 1||Sunday||Yearly Closing of Bank Account|
|April 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|April 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|May 1||Tuesday||May Day|
|May 12||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|May 26||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 9||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
RamzanAs per Muslim's Ramadan is a holy month and the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is a month of blessing marked by prayer, fasting, and charity.
|June 23||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|July 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|July 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|August 11||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
Independence DayIndia got Independence on August 15, 1947. India's independence from Britain ended 200 years of British rule. Much of the efforts for this should be given to our Indian independence leaders Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
|August 22||Wednesday||Eid al-Zuha|
|August 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 13||Thursday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|September 14||Friday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|September 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 2||Tuesday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti|
|October 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
DussehraIn most of northern India and some parts of Maharashtra, Dussehra is celebrated to honor Lord Rama for the victory Ravana.
In West Bengal and the east of India, Durga Puja takes center stage of Dussehra festivities. They celebrate the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura in Dvapara yuga. Ashok Vijaya Dashmi is celebrated by Dalit Buddhists as the day Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism.
|October 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
DiwaliOn this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against Ravana.Hindu's light their houses to celebrate his victory over Demon King.
|November 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 3||Monday||Feast of St. Francis Xavier|
|December 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 19||Wednesday||Goa Liberation Day|
|December 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
ChristmasChristmas marks the birth Jesus Christ. Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life. He was resurrected from the dead on Easter day
Month Wise Bank Holiday in Goa