The summer season has officially begun! What’s better than planning a holiday with family, friends, or solo? May is the month of new beginnings. So, respond to the wanderlust, the seeker of thrill and good times in you. Check out this detailed list of holidays for the month of May 2023 India and abroad. Plan your vacation this May to create memories you will never forget.
Read here to know more about various holidays in May 2023 and plan your travel accordingly.
Here is a comprehensive list of public holidays for the month of May 2023 in India:
|May Day||1st May||Monday||Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Goa, Manipur, Nadu, Tripura, Puducherry, Tamil and West Bengal.|
|Buddha Purnima||5th May||Friday||Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal|
|Guru Rabindranath Tagore’s Birthday||9th May||Tuesday||West Bengal and Tripura|
|State Day||16th May||Tuesday||Sikkim|
|Maharana Pratap Jayanti||22nd May||Monday||Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan|
|Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji’s Martyrdom Day||23rd May||Tuesday||Punjab|
|Kazi Nazrul Islam Jayanti||24th May||Wednesday||Tripura|
Usually, banks remain shut for the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Apart from this, banks remain closed on public holidays, national holidays and regional holidays. However, public and regional holidays may differ from one state to another. In that case here is a list of bank holidays in May 2023:
|May Day||1st May||Monday||All over the country|
|Buddha Purnima||5th May||Friday||Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar Chandigarh, Haryana, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal|
|Guru Rabindranath Tagore’s Birthday||9th May||Tuesday||West Bengal|
|Second Saturday||13th May||Saturday||All over the country|
|State Day of Sikkim||16th May||Tuesday||Sikkim|
|Maharana Pratap Jayanti||22nd May||Monday||Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan|
|Kazi Nazrul Islam Jayanti||24th May||Wednesday||Tripura|
|Second Saturday||27th May||Saturday||All over the country|
Here is a list of holidays in May 2023 around the world:
May, which is in the middle of the year, provides a great opportunity to unwind and recharge for the rest of the year by going on a short foreign trip. There are different places you can visit and experience its distinct culture and cuisine. Here is a list of global holidays of May 2023:
|International Labour Day||1st May||Monday||Worldwide|
|Constitution Memorial Day||3rd May||Wednesday||Japan|
|Independence Restoration Day||4th May||Thursday||Latvia|
|Cassinga Day||4th May||Thursday||Namibia|
|Coronation Day||4th May||Thursday||Thailand|
|St George’s Day||6th May||Saturday||Bulgaria|
|Victory on Europe Day||8th May||Monday||Czech Republic|
|Europe Day||9th May||Tuesday||Luxemburg|
|Victory and Peace Day||9th May||Tuesday||Armenia|
|Mother’s Day||10th May||Wednesday||El Salvador|
|Independence Day||14th May||Sunday||Paraguay|
|Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq||16th May||Tuesday||Iran|
|Constitution Day||17th May||Wednesday||Norway|
|Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day||19th May||Friday||Turkey|
|Navy Day||21st May||Sunday||Chile|
|Victoria Day||22nd May||Monday||Canada|
|Ascension Day||22nd May||Monday||Colombia|
|National Day||25th May||Thursday||Argentina|
|Independence Day||25th May||Thursday||Jordan|
|Republic Day||28th May||Sunday||Armenia|
India is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world and we experience festival celebrations around the year. Some festivals are celebrated regionally whereas some are celebrated on a national scale. If you are looking to plan a trip in May 2023, here are some major festivals that you can enjoy and get a taste of our rich culture and heritage.
Also known as Shramik Diwas, the main purpose of organising a labour day is to recognise and celebrate the contribution of labourers in nation-building activities. Labour day celebrations occurred in India for the first time on 1st May 1923 at Madras.
Various events are held in different districts and towns where labourers are felicitated. This day is celebrated not only in India but around the world.
Also known as Vaisakhi Purnima or Vesak, this day marks the birth of Lord Gautam Buddha. It is the most important day of the year for believers and followers of Buddha. Grand-scale celebrations occur at various places in India, especially those that have a sizeable Buddhist population. As per the mythical history, Buddha was born in Lumbini in 563 BC during the full moon night of the Vaishak month.
Devotees of Buddha visit Buddhist temples, light candles and incense sticks, and pray for the well being of their families. This day also sees a heavy rush at major Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Gaya, Sanchi, Sarnath, Kushinagar, etc.
Another big festival in the eastern part of India is the birth anniversary of the great literary poet, novelist, scholar and India’s first Noble prize winner Rabindranath Tagore. The birth anniversary is celebrated on the 25th day of Boishakh month as per the Bengali calendar. He was born in 1861 on the 25th day of Boisakh as per DrikPanchang.
He was widely considered as one of the leading figures who revolutionised Bengali literature. Rabindranath Tagore combined modernism and traditional overtones in his work. His writings became a huge success in a very short span of time. Moreover, he motivated youths to join India’s freedom struggle through his writing.
Several events are held in Jorasanko Thakurbari which is the birthplace of a great literary icon. Furthermore, local and state governments and the general public organise different cultural programmes, to pay homage to Rabindranath Tagore. Educational institutions also organise cultural programmes in which students participate to perform in memory of Rabindranath Tagore.
Indo-Gangetic plains experience this festival to pay obeisance and worship India’s lifeline i.e., River Ganga. As per mythical sayings, Goddess Ganga came down on Earth from heaven to free the soul of Bhagirathi’s forefathers from a curse.
Devotees believe that the purification of the earth occurred after Goddess Ganga descended on it and it achieved heavenly status. Celebration of this festival involves taking a dip in Ganges to rid yourself of all sins. Aarti is also carried out by devotees on the banks of the Ganga at major centres like Haridwar, Prayagraj, Varanasi, etc.
During the month of May, temperatures start rising and it becomes hot and humid in various parts of the country. This gives an excellent opportunity to go on a short vacation away from the searing heat. Schools and colleges remain closed in May for summer vacation, and therefore it is a great time to check out for a holiday with your family. Here are some places that you can consider visiting during holidays in May 2023:
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations during the month of May. Located in Himachal Pradesh, it is a serene valley with panoramic landscapes, the oldest Buddhist monasteries, and rugged motorable roads. There is an abundance of natural beauty in this place.
Famous for its backwaters, Kerala is another popular tourist destination in May. It comes with a perfect blend of natural beauties and you can find mountains, beaches lined up with scenic palm trees, and backwaters. All these make it an ideal spot for enjoying your summer vacation.
Famous for being the home of the Dalai Lama. This place is a must-visit place on your travel bucket list, especially in the summers. Scenic mountains and valleys prove to be a great escape from stressing urban life.
Attractions: Namgyal Monastery, Bhagsu Nag temple, Tibetan Museum, Triund and Dal Lake.
Things to Do: Sightseeing in the city, boat ride in Dal Lake and trekking in Triund.
How to Reach: Pathankot Junction is the nearest railway station at a distance of 90 kms. Apart from this, you can also reach this place by the air route. Gaggal airport is located close to this place at a distance of 18 kms.
Festivals: Buddha Purnima celebration
Located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, it is one of the most pristine and scenic hill stations of North India. The charm and peaceful nature of this place will make your trip an unforgettable one.
Offering a panoramic and picturesque view of Nanda Devi hills. Witnessing the sunrise in Kausani will be a lifetime experience. Located in the state of Uttarakhand at a height of 1800 m from sea levels.
Here are some of the most happening places that you can consider visiting to relieve yourself from stressful daily life and the raging summer of India:
Italy always ranks higher for travellers due to the amalgamation of history, art and culture in its atmosphere. Situated in southern Europe and can be an ideal place for visiting in May.
Another European country with a rich ancient history. It offers a perfect place for any traveller as it houses ancient sites, mountains, beaches, and significant cultural places.
Paris, the capital of France is one of the most romantic places in the world. Moderate spring weather and sparse crowds make it an ideal place for travellers in May.
England is an island nation with some of the most beautiful valleys and countryside.
It is an island nation located on the eastern coast of Africa. It is a top draw for travellers from India due to its calm and serene environment. Its natural beauty, resorts and beautiful beaches are a major draw.
May is one of the best times to take some time off and plan trips with your friends and family. There are great vacationing options both in India and abroad, and you can use this article to identify holidays in May and plan vacations accordingly.
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Ans: Some of the major awareness campaigns of May are World Immunisation Week, skin cancer awareness week, global intergenerational week, etc.
Ans: Kodaikanal, Darjeeling, Manali, Mussoorie, Ooty, etc are some of the most pleasant and cool places during the month of May in India.
Ans: Observances are remembrance, celebration or awareness days in which there is no day off for work. On the other hand, holidays mean a day off at work in which we celebrate our religious and national festivals.
Ans: Sriganganagar in Rajasthan is the hottest place in India during the time of May. Temperatures may cross 50 degrees on a regular basis.
Ans: There are 20 working days in banks for the month of May in 2023.
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