Isn't it true that everyone enjoys the holidays? We check about holidays every now and again. And, as we all know, India hosts a variety of festivals and celebrations due to its cultural richness and diversity.
Holidays are, without a doubt, a wonderful time for individuals of all social classes to get together with their families and friends to enjoy festivals and plan trips to local attractions.
In addition, we shall discuss the Tamil Nadu vacations for 2022 in this article. The state government of Tamil Nadu has issued a list of public and regional holidays for the year 2022. Let's have a look at the table of contents:
- About Tamil Nadu
- Holidays in Tamil Nadu for the year, 2022
- Learn Tamil Nadu Holidays in Detail:
- Tamil Nadu Bank Holidays 2022
- Tamil Nadu Holidays in 2022: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
About Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu, a southern Indian state, is the country's eleventh-largest by area. Chennai is Tamil Nadu's largest and capital city.
Holidays in Tamil Nadu for the year 2022
Public Holidays in Tamil Nadu for the year 2022, as defined by the Negotiable Instruments Act of 1881, for State Government Offices and all Commercial Banks, including Co-operative Banks.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has issued the following directives for the year 2022 regarding the observance of holidays in the state of Tamil Nadu:
(i) Public Holidays:
The Tamil Nadu Government Gazette will issue the holidays proclaimed under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (Central Act XXVI of 1881) in the notification attached to this order.
(ii) Government Holidays:
The Government of Tamil Nadu has directed that all offices under its authority close on the following dates:
- The dates listed in the notification that was attached to this order (except Annual Closing of Bank Accounts on 01.04.2022)
- In the year 2022, every Saturday and Sunday
*Applicable only to Commercial Banks and Co-operative Banks in Tamil Nadu
Learn Tamil Nadu Holidays in Detail:
Following we have discussed all Tamil Nadu Holidays in detail:
1. New Year’s Day in TN 2022:
Celebrated Date: 1 January 2022 (Saturday)
New Year's Day is celebrated as an international public holiday. Moreover, New Year's Day will be on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
The Julian calendar recognizes 1 January as New Year's Day, however it differs from the Gregorian calendar.
2. Pongal Date in TN 2022:
Celebrated Date: 14 January 2022 (Friday)
Pongal is a four-day harvest festival observed mostly in South Indian states, particularly Tamil Nadu.
It is observed during the winter months, when the sun reaches the southern hemisphere's extremes and begins to return to the northern hemisphere (as per Hindu calendar). The Pongal festival will commence on January 14th.
Pongal symbolizes the beginning of the sun's six-month trek northward. The Indic solstice, when the sun is reported to arrive in Makara, the 10th house of the Indian zodiac, is likewise linked to this. Moreover, the main purpose of the festival is to express appreciation to the Sun God for a plentiful crop.
Furthermore, the Hindu community in Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal Day on the first day of Thai Masam month.
3. Thiruvalluvar Day in TN 2022:
Celebrated Date: 15 January 2022 (Saturday)
Thiruvalluvar Day is observed in Tamil Nadu on the 15th or 16th of January. The occasion is part of the Pongal celebrations and is named after and honors the poet Thiruvalluvar. This day is traditionally observed after the three-day Pongal festival.
Furthermore, Thiruvalluvar was a prominent philosopher and poet who lived in the 4th century BCE, according to legend. His impact on Tamil literature is enormous, as evidenced by his writings, which continue to inspire people today.
Thiruvalluvar is most known for writing Thirukkural, a collection of couplets on ethics, politics, and economics, as well as love. His literary work has left an indelible mark on the people of Tamil Nadu. In the city of Chennai, there is a finely crafted statue of the illustrious scholar.
In Tamil Nadu, honor is paid to the renowned Tamil saint Thiruvalluvar and Mattu Pongal.
4. Uzhavar Thirunal in TN 2022:
Celebrated Date: 16 January 2022 (Sunday)
Uzhavar Thirunal is a farmer's festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu. Uzhavar means "Farmer" in Tamil, and "Thirunal" means "Festival."
In actuality, the Pongal festival is only known as Uzhavar Thirunal because the entire village economy is based on the farmers' output, and all acts of virtue revolve around them. As a result, it evolved into a festival to honor this segment of society on this day.
Also, Uzhavar Thirunal is a unique Tamil Nadu holiday, also known as Thamizharthirunal, which means "Tamil Festival." However, it is primarily a harvest festival observed in South India during the end of the harvest season.
5. Thaipusam Date in TN 2022:
Celebrated Date: 18 January 2022 (Tuesday)
Thaipsam or Thaipoosam is a major celebration honoring Lord Muruga, also known as Kartikeya. Lord Subramanya, which is the original name of Kartikeya, is the destroyer of evil and represents virtue, youth, and might. He is the God who grants wishes.
This festival is celebrated as the Tamil month of Tai or Thai (January–February). The date for Thaipusam in 2022 is Tuesday, January 18th.
Furthermore, it is mostly observed by Hindu Tamil speakers in India. It specifically includes Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and other areas of the globe are where it is celebrated.
6. Republic Day in TN 2022:
Celebrated Date: 26 January 2022 (Wednesday)
Republic Day is one of India's three national holidays, commemorating the enactment of the Indian constitution on January 26, 1950.
Although India declared independence from Britain on August 15, 1947. It is however celebrated as a separate national holiday.
The holiday's primary event is a large parade in New Delhi's capital, which features cultural, historical, and military demonstrations. Moreover, Republic Day is being commemorated for the 73rd time this year.
7. Compensation Leave Jan 2022:
Instead of 29.1.2022, a holiday has been declared for the 17th of January 2022. (Saturday)
8. Telugu New Year’s Day
Celebration Date: 2 April 2022 (Saturday)
Detail: According to the Hindu calendar, Ugadi is observed as the New Year's Day in Tamil Nadu (Puthandu), Telangana, Karnataka (also Yugadi), Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra (Gudi Padwa).
9. Tamil New Year’s Day/Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Birthday/ Mahaveer Jayanthi
Celebration Date: 14 April 2022 (Thursday)
(i) Tamil New Year’s Day: Puthandu is another name for this day. In certain parts of India, it is a national holiday. Also, it is a National holiday in Sri Lanka.
Puthandu, though not strictly a religious event. However, it is significant to Hindus since it is supposed to be the day when Lord Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, began creating.
On the first day of Chithirai, Tamil New Year's Day is observed according to the Tamil calendar.
(ii) Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Birthday: Ambedkar Jayanti is a day devoted to Dr. B R Ambedkar, a civil rights campaigner, and a polymath.
Moreover, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar is credited with establishing the Indian Constitution. Also, the day is also known as 'Bhim Jayanti,' and it occurs every year on April 14th.
The day falls on Dr. Ambedkar's birthday, who was born in 1891 and devoted his life to opposing caste injustice and discrimination, raising awareness of the caste system's ills and working to make it more inclusive, principles of which are outlined in detail in the Indian Constitution.
Moreover, the day is observed not only in India but throughout the world. And, it is an authorized national holiday in the country.
(iii) Mahaveer Jayanthi: In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti is the most prominent religious holiday. It is a fasting and prayer-filled occasion.
Government departments and most companies will be closed because it is a gazette holiday.
Mahavira was born near the current town of Patna in the eastern state of Bihar, where the celebration is highly celebrated. Calcutta's Parasnatha temple has a big celebration.
10. Good Friday
Celebration Date: 15 April 2022 (Friday)
Good Friday is a Christian feast commemorating Jesus Christ's crucifixion. Moreover, it is when Jesus died and was resurrected three days later, according to Christianity, which is commemorated on Easter Sunday.
Also, Easter is a Christian celebration that marks the conclusion of Lent and remembers Jesus' resurrection.
Moreover, Good Friday is not a cheerful day because it is the day on which Jesus was killed by the Romans, with Easter Sunday heralding his resurrection.
Instead, "good" originates from the word's previous meaning of "holy" or "pious." Note that the adjective "good" in this case, according to Fiona MacPherson of the Oxford English Dictionary, "demonstrates a day on (or perhaps a season in) which religious observance is conducted."
11. May Day
Celebration Date: 1 May 2022 (Sunday)
On May 1, 1923, the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan held the first May Day celebration in India in Madras (now Chennai). This was also the first moment the red flag was hoisted in India.
Further, the day is associated with socialist/communist political parties' labour unions.
Every year on May 1st, Labour Day or International Workers' Day is commemorated to honor the achievements of the working class. In many nations, May Day, often known as May Day, is honored as a national holiday.
In India, Labor Day is recognized as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas and is a national holiday (International Labour Day).
12. Ramzan (Idu’l Fitr)
Celebration Date: 3 May 2022 (Tuesday)
The Fast-breaking Festival, also known as Eid al-Fitr, is a significant religious holiday. It is further celebrated by Muslims all over the world to represent the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy period of fasting.
The festival marks the end of Ramadan's 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting, which Muslims practice throughout the month.
This event is known by several names in different states in India, with the exception of Goa, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
13. Bakrid (Idul Azha)
Celebration Date: 10 July 2022 (Sunday)
In India, Eid-ul-Adha is known as Bakrid. The sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) is commemorated on this day. By asking him to sacrifice his own son, God is considered to have placed him to the test.
Ibrahim obeyed the command and prepared to offer his son as a sacrifice. During the ritual, however, God intervened and a lamb was slaughtered instead of Ibrahim's son.
Celebration Date: 09 August 2022 (Tuesday)
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, and it is the most religious of the Islamic months, coming only after Ramadan.
Muharram, which means ‘Forbidden’ in Arabic. It is a holy month for Muslims. Moreover, it is a time of prayer and introspection for many Muslims.
During the holy month of Muharram, it is customary for members of the community to fast.
15. Independence Day
Celebration Date: 15 August 2022 (Monday)
Independence Day is a national holiday in India that is observed every year on August 15. Further, it is also referred to as ‘I-Day.’ Independence Day symbolizes the end of British rule in India in 1947 and the birth of a free and independent country.
Moreover, it also commemorates the partition of the Indian subcontinent into two countries, India and Pakistan, on August 14–15, 1947, at 12 a.m. As a result, Pakistan celebrates its Independence day on the 14th of August.
Moreover, this occasion is recognized in India as a Dry Day.’ It is simply that alcohol will not be sold.
16. Krishna Jayanthi
Celebration Date: 19 August 2022 (Friday)
Janmashtami is a famous and widely known Hindu festival. Also, it is a government-sanctioned holiday in several parts of India.
This festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna (the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu).
Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami (eighth day) of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadra or Shravana, according to the Hindu calendar. Moreover, it is known as Sreekrishna Jayanthi or Gokulashtami in some parts.
India has announced a holiday in Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Orissa, Punjab, Mizoram, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.
17. Vinayakar Chathurthi
Celebration Date: 31 August 2022 (Wednesday)
Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival where everyone respects and offers prayers to Lord Ganesha. Moreover, Vinayakar Chathurthi is also called 'Vinayaka Chavithi', or 'Vinayak Chaturthi.’
The festival begins in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada's Shukla Chaturthi. It is the fourth day of the waxing moon. Moreover, Lord Ganesh also has some other names that include Pillaiyar, Ganapati, Ekadanta, Vinayaka, and Heramba.
18. Gandhi Jayanthi
Celebration Date: 2 October 2022 (Sunday)
Gandhi Jayanti, which takes place every year on October 2nd, marks the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He is widely regarded as Mahatma Gandhi.
He led India's independence campaign alongside many other country leaders against British authority as the "Father of the Nation." Moreover, his nonviolent attitude impacted many civil rights campaigns around the world.
A national holiday is commemorated every year on October 2nd to honour his achievements to the country. Interestingly, the day is also known as the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations.
19. Ayutha Pooja
Celebration Date: 4 October 2022 (Tuesday)
Ayutha Puja is the day on which we thank and appreciate all of the tools, equipment, and instruments that make our life meaningful.
On this day, people worship by bringing out their equipment of the trade. It takes into account minor and major tools that help to earn a living. These equipment and tools include knives, musical instruments, stationery, spanners, scissors.
Further, it also includes larger instruments and devices such as farming instruments, automobiles, buses, computers, and other factory machineries.
20. Vijaya Dasami
Celebration Date: 5 October 2022 (Wednesday)
It symbolizes Lord Rama's victory over Ravana, Lanka's ten-headed evil monarch. This day also marks the assassination of Mahishasur, the demon king, on this day by Goddess Durga.
According to tradition, the Gods created Durga by merging their spiritual powers to create a supreme shakti capable of annihilating Mahishasur.
Celebration Date: 9 October 2022 (Sunday)
The Mawlid or Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi commemorates Prophet Muhammad's birth anniversary. Moreover, the popular Islamic festival is observed all around the world in the third month in accordance with the Muslim lunar calendar.
Milad-un-Nabi will be celebrated in India, Pakistan, and other parts of the Indian region on 9 October 2022.
On distinct days, the Sunni and Shia sects celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. For Muslims, Milad Un Nabi Mubarak is a significant day. They mark the occasion with lights, decorations, special food, and greetings.
22. Diwali/Dev Deepawali
Celebration Date: 24 October 2022 (Monday)
Diwali is the most important festival of Hindu culture. It is known as 'Festival of Lights.' It represents the victory of good over evil.
According to Ramayana, Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and brother Laxman returned back to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years in the forest.
Furthermore, the event – Dev Deepawali commemorates the day when Lord Shiva conquered the asuras and the devas celebrated Deepawali on that day. As a result of Lord Shiva's victory over the asura Tripurasura, Dev Deepawali is also known as Tripurotsav.
Dev Deepawali is celebrated with great magnificence and happiness all throughout the country. The sacred city of Varanasi celebrates Dev Deepawali by lighting diyas in the sacred river Ganges.
Moreover, devotees of Lord Shiva travel from all over the world to Varanasi to bathe in the Ganges' sacred water and adore the lord.
Celebration Date: 25 December 2022 (Sunday)
Christmas festival commemorating the birth of Lord Jesus. Further, this festival is celebrated around the world by both Christians and non-Christians equally.
Santa Claus, the mythical figure, plays an important role in the Christmas festival holiday.
Tamil Nadu Bank Holidays 2022
The following is a list of bank holidays in Tamil Nadu in 2022, including the second and fourth Saturdays:
Tamil Nadu Holidays in 2022: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Following we have discussed some crucial frequently asked questions below:
Que 1: In Tamil Nadu, what are the necessary public holidays?
In India, there are just three mandatory holidays:
- Republic Day (January 26)
- Independence Day (August 15)
- Gandhi Jayanti (October 2)
Que 2: Will bank ATMs in Tamil Nadu remain open during the holidays?
Bank ATMs will be operational during the holidays, but bank branches will be closed.
Que 3: Are the public holidays declared by Tamil Nadu's state government applies to all of the state's cities and villages?
Yes, the state government of Tamil Nadu has declared public holidays, which must be observed by all villages and cities in the state.
Que 4: In Tamil Nadu, how many days off are there for Pongal?
Pongal is celebrated throughout Tamil Nadu, with a one-day public holiday declared on the day of Pongal.
Que 5: In Tamil Nadu, which month has the highest public holidays?
With five holidays, October month has the highest public holidays in Tamil Nadu.
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As we have reached the end section of this detailed article, let’s cover some important aspects of each holiday:
- On the first day of the Tamil month of Chitterai, Puthandu, or Tamil New Year's Day, is observed.
- Pongal is a four-day harvest festival observed mostly in South Indian states, particularly Tamil Nadu.
- Thiruvalluvar Day is observed in Tamil Nadu on the 15th or 16th of January. The occasion is part of the Pongal celebrations and is named after and honors the poet Thiruvalluvar.
- Uzhavar Thirunal is a farmer's festival celebrated in Tamilnadu. Uzhavar means "farmer" in Tamil, and "Thirunal" means "festival."
- Thaipoosam is a major celebration honoring Lord Muruga, also known as Kartikeya. It is celebrated as the Tamil month of Tai or Thai (January–February).
- Republic Day is one of India's three national holidays, commemorating the enactment of the Indian constitution on January 26, 1950.
- According to the Hindu calendar, Ugadi is observed as the New Year's Day in Tamil Nadu (Puthandu)
- Puthandu, though not strictly a religious event, is significant to Hindus since it is supposed to be the day when Lord Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, began creating.
- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar is credited with establishing the Indian Constitution. Also, the day is also known as 'Bhim Jayanti,' and it occurs every year on April 14th.
- In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti is the most prominent religious holiday. It is a fasting and prayer-filled occasion.
- Good Friday is a Christian feast commemorating Jesus Christ's crucifixion.
- On May 1, 1923, the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan held the first May Day celebration in India in Madras (now Chennai). This was also the first moment the red flag was hoisted in India.
- The Fast-breaking Festival, also known as Eid al-Fitr, is a significant religious holiday. It is further celebrated by Muslims all over the world to represent the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy period of fasting.
- In India, Eid-ul-Adha is known as Bakrid. The sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) is commemorated on this day.
- Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, and it is the most religious of the Islamic months, coming only after Ramadan.
- Independence Day is a national holiday in India that is observed every year on August 15. Further, it is also referred to as ‘I-Day.’
- Janmashtami festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna (the eight avatar of Lord Vishnu).
- Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival where everyone respects and offers prayers to Lord Ganesha. Moreover, Vinayakar Chathurthi is also called 'Vinayaka Chavithi', or 'Vinayak Chaturthi.’
- Gandhi Jayanti, which takes place every year on October 2nd, marks the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He is widely regarded as Mahatma Gandhi.
- Ayudha Puja is the day on which we thank and appreciate all of the tools and instruments that make our life meaningful.
- Vijaya Dasami symbolizes Lord Rama's victory over Ravana, Lanka's ten-headed evil monarch. This day also marks the assassination of Mahishasur, the demon king, on this day by Goddess Durga.
- The Mawlid or Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi commemorates Prophet Muhammad's birth anniversary.
- The event is known as Dev Deepawali because it commemorates the day when Lord Shiva conquered the asuras and the devas celebrated Deepawali on that day.
- Christian festival commemorating the birth of Lord Jesus. Further, this festival is celebrated around the world by both Christians and non-Christians equally.