In October, the Odisha government has announced holidays on the following days. October 2, on account of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti; October 6, on account of Maha Ashtami; October 8, on account of Vijaya Dasami; October 12, the second week of Saturday as Bank Holiday; October 13, on account of Lakshmi Puja; October 26, the fourth week of Saturday as Bank Holiday and October 27, on account of Diwali.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|October 2||Wednesday||Gandhi Jayanti|
|October 5||Saturday||Maha Saptami|
|October 6||Sunday||Maha Ashtami|
|October 7||Monday||Maha Navami|
|October 8||Tuesday||Vijaya Dashami|
|October 12||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 13||Sunday||Lakshmi Puja|
|October 26||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|Month Wise Bank Holiday in Odisha|
All the banks in Odisha will remain closed on the above mentioned days.The banks will not perform the usual functioning on these days. All the banks including Catholic Syrian Bank, Bank of India, Union Bank of India, DCB Bank will remain closed on the bank holidays.
Vijaya Dasami: It is a Hindu festival. It is celebrated after the Dussehra festival. It is the tenth day which falls after the completion of the Navratri festival. Durga Puja is observed for a period of 10 days. The puja is celebrated in two different ways in Odisha. It will be observed over a period of 16 days in Shakti Peethas with proper rituals starting from Krishnapaksha Ashtami till Shukla Paksha Navami known as Shodasa Dinatmak Upachara. Huge pandals will be set up wherein the beautifully decorated idols of Goddess Durga will be placed and special pujas will be performed.
On the last day (10th day), a tearful farewell will be offered to the god. Devotees offer specially prepared food to the goddess. The goddess image will be carried in a procession across the streets before immersing the idol in the water bodies.
Diwali: It is a Hindu festival. The festival of lights is celebrated with a great charm and enthusiasm. People light rows of oil lamps, candles, lanterns placed outside the house to give a charismatic look to the festival. Youngsters burn crackers to celebrate the occasion and delicious sweets like Malpua, Chhena Poda, Kora, Kheeri, Khira Sagara and so on will be prepared at home for relishing as well as distributing it to near and dear ones.
People observe Badabadua Daka on this day and hold a bundle of jute stems in their hands and light them using the flame placed on the rangoli and raise them skywards chanting hymns, this is a unique way to pay obeisance to the departed ancestors. People invite their ancestors to descend from heaven on Diwali to bless them during the auspicious occasion. During Diwali people celebrate Kali puja in a grand manner both at home as well as in public pandals. The goddess will be offered puja during night time with mantras and tantric rites.