In my office when the list of holidays for 2015 arrived on my desk, my eyes scrolled to look for Diwali Holidays, particularly when I have changed the job hence list of holidays in new office was all the more important. My joy knew no bounds when I noticed that Diwali starting on Wednesday followed by holiday on Thursday, Friday and weekend. If I take Monday and Tuesday off, I will have full week as holiday. My curiosity grew and I started having complete look on other holidays – festivals, I was astonished to note that most of the holidays of the year are either falling on Fridays or Mondays or worse on Thursdays – Voila! What a year to plan short – breaks, weekend gateways, long-weekends, week-long holidays, that too paid ones.
This is when I started taking one good look at the calendar and here I would like to share with you that calendar reveals that three and four day weekends are spread throughout the year, and if you take couple of days here and there you can enjoy whole week long holiday. For people like us who are working five days a week, there are seven three-day weekends in the year with key holidays and festivals coming at the beginning or end of the week which included Republic Day, Holi, Good Friday, Maharashtra Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Bhau Beej and Christmas.
There is a four-day weekend in December, with Eid-E-Milad and Christmas being celebrated on consecutive days, and at the start of the weekend. If you have holidays on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti and Buddha Poornima, there are two more four-day weekends in the year; with these holidays combining with other common holidays and Saturdays- Sundays sandwitched in between.
Not only this, you can also enjoy extended four-day weekends on seven other occasions by combining a day’s leave from work with New-Year’s day, Mahashivratri, Ambedkar Jayanti, Tamil New year, Parsi New year, Ganesh Chaturthi, Bakri-Eid or Dussehra which either falls on Tuesday or Thursdays.
Those working on 6 days a week also have reason to rejoice with many festivals falling on Saturdays like Gudi Padva, Mahavir Jayanti, Eid-ul-Fitr, Rakshabandhan & Muharram.
Indeed all holiday (holics) who look for excuses to travel, can now plan their travel in advance to avoid last minute rush. If you are very busy, you can contact travel agencies to plan out a few good holidays/ vacations/ outings for you. If you like to do it yourself, then start now and make most of your festivals/ holidays and paid leaves. Can any year be better than this?
May the year 2015 ring in lot of travel for you to your favourite destinations.
Wait for my next post when I will share with you some exotic destinations to which you can plan your holidays.
May year 2015 bring in lot of happiness, blessing & destinations for all my readers.
Season’s Greeting & Happy New Year!!!