The government of Odisha has declared holiday during March. March 4, on account of Maha Shivratri; March 5, on account of Panchayatiraj Divas; March 9, on account of the second week of Saturday as Bank Holiday; March 21, on account of Holi; March 23, on account of the fourth week of Saturday as Bank Holiday.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|March 4||Monday||Maha Shivaratri|
|March 5||Tuesday||Panchayatiraj Divas|
|March 9||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 23||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|Month Wise Bank Holiday in Odisha|
All the banks, including nationalized, public and private sector banks will be closed on the above mentioned days in Odisha.All the banks including State Bank of India, HSBC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and Nainital Bank will remain closed on the second week and fourth week of Saturday.
Maha Shivratri: It is one of the most important festivals of Hindus, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It falls on the 14th day of Phalgun; Maha Shivratri is an important festival in Odisha. Mahendragiri, Gupteshwar, Kapilas, Puri, Khiching, Bhibhaneshwar, etc. are some of the places in Orissa where the festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Lingaraj temple and Hakateshwar temple are two major centres of Shivratri celebrations in Orissa. On this day a large number of devotees visit Lord Shiva temples throughout the night.
Holi: Holi assumes the name of Dol Purnima in Odisha. The people place the idol of Lord Jagannath on the swing, because of the famous Jagannath temple at Puri. Besides, Jagannath is a synonym of Krishna. The palanquin with the idol of Lord Jagannath is taken out in procession around the main streets in the city. Devotees take a turn to swing it, while women dance around it and sing devotional songs and men keep spraying coloured water and a colour powder called as abeer at them.
In the evening milkmen, gwalas carry the palanquin on their shoulders, for Lord Krishna belonged to their clan. Games such as Dandi Khela are also played to mark the occasion. A special tent Jhoolan Mandap is erected to place the idol of Lord Jagannath at night. On the next day morning, abeer is applied to the idol of the Lord. In the evening, idols are given a dip in a pond and taken back to the temple.