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West Bengal 2021 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Government of West Bengal (Kolkata)
Posted: Friday, November 6, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: March 21, 2021


The government of India's state of West Bengal has announced the days which shall be non-working public holidays in India's state of West Bengal for the calendar year 2021, in the Department Notification No. 3100 -F(P2), signed by order of the Governor, by D. K. Mahapatra, OSD and E.O. Special Secretary to the Government of West Bengal.

As per the aforementioned notification, "In exercise of the power conferred by the explanation to Section 25 of the Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881 (XXVI of 1881), read with Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Notification No. 20/25/56-pub(I) dated the 8th June, 1957 the Governor is pleased to declare the days as specified at List I below to be Public Holidays during the year 2021.".

The aforementioned list of non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2021 in the Indian state of West Bengal (Government Notice No. 3100 -F(P2), dated, 5th November, 2020), as usual, is noteworthy for the dates on which it declares Muslim non-working public holidays in India's state of West Bengal (2019-11-01, 2018-11-06, 2017-11-20 and 2016-11-01).

However, later change to the initially-released list of 2021 West Bengal public holidays, are always a possibility, usually for Muslim public holidays in West Bengal (2016-07-05), but not always (2020-01-28, 2019-10-17, 2019-09-12, 2019-09-02, 2018-11-12, 2018-09-13, 2018-04-01, 2017-04-27 and 2017-02-16).

Finally, the Government Notice No. 3100 -F(P2) contains the usual mentions/footnotes about public holidays falling on a Sunday, 4 in 2021 ("Sundays are holidays under the Negotiable Instrument Act. In the year 2021, the following festivals/occasions fall on Sundays which are public Holidays under N.I Act and hence have not been included in lists"), public holidays whose date may later be amended to fall on a weekend ("No substitute holiday shall be allowed if any of the festival -holidays initially notified subsequently happens to fall on a weekly off or any other non-working day or in the event of more than one festival falling on the same day."), and the possibility of changes in the date of Muslim public holidays ("If there is any change in the date of ld-UI-Fitre, ld-Ud-Zoha, Muharram, Fateha-Duaz­Daham, Sab-e-Barat depending upon the sighting of the moon, holiday will be declared by a separate order for the date on which the festival would be actually observed in lieu of the date originally notified as holiday for this festival").



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