State of Tamil Nadu (India) – Public Holidays 2012

Public Holidays under Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 for the State Government Offices and all Commercial Banks including Co-operative Banks in Tamil Nadu for the year 2012.

Check dates in 2012 for Pongal, Thiruvalluvar Day, Uzhavar Thirunal, Meelad-un-Nabi, Telugu New Year’s Day, Mahaveer Jayanthi, Ramzan, Krishna Jayanthi, Vinayakar Chathurthi, Gandhi Jayanthi, Ayutha Pooja, Vijaya Dasami, Bakrid, Deepavali, Muharram.

The Government of Tamil Nadu had passed the following orders in regard to the observance of Holidays in the State of Tamil Nadu for the year 2012:-

  • Public Holidays: The Holidays declared under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (Central Act XXVI of 1881), indicated in the notification appended to this order will be published in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette.
  • Government Holidays: The Government direct that all the offices under the control of the Government of Tamil Nadu be closed on:-
    • (a) The dates specified in the notification appended to this order (except Annual Closing of Bank Accounts on 02.04.2012 and Half Yearly Closing of Bank Accounts on 29.09.2012).
    • (b) All Saturdays and Sundays in the year 2012.
  • The above Public Holidays notified shall also apply to all State Government Undertakings / Corporations / Boards, etc.
Month Day Week Day Name
January 1 Sunday New Year’s Day
January 15 Sunday Pongal
January 16 Monday Thiruvalluvar day
January 17 Tuesday Uzhavar Thirunal
January 26 Thursday Republic Day
februvary 5 Sunday Meelad un Nabi
March 23 Friday Telugu New Year Day
April 2 Monday Annual bank closeing day *
April 5 Thursday Mahaveer Jayanti
April 6 Friday Good Friday
April 13 Friday Tamil New Year’s Day
April 14 Saturday Dr B.R.Ambedkar Birthday
May 1 Tuesday May Day
August 15 Wednesday Independence Day
August 20 Monday Ramzan
September 8 Saturday Krishna Jayanthi
September 19 Wednesday Vinayak Chathurthi
September 29 Saturday Half annual bank closeing day *
Octomber 2 Tuesday Gandhi Jayanthi
December 23 Tuesday Ayutha Pooja
Octomber 24 Wednesday Vijaya Dasami
Octomber 27 Saturday Bakri Ed
November 13 Tuesday Deepavali
November 25 Sunday Muharam
December 25 Tuesday Christmas
* Applicable only to Commercial Banks and Co-operative Banks in

Tamil Nadu.

Under the “Explanation” to section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act,

1881 (Central Act XXVI of 1881) read with Notification of the Government of

India, Ministry of Home Affairs, No.20-25-26, Public-1, dated the 8th June,

1957, the Government of Tamil Nadu hereby declares, that in addition to

“Sundays” expressly defined as Public Holidays in the said “Explanation” thefollowing days shall be Public Holidays for the year 2012.

Holidays in India

Republic Day

The Republic Day of India is a national holiday of India to mark the adoption of the Constitution of India and the transition of India from a British Dominion to a republic on January 26, 1950. It is one of the three national holidays in India.

Maha Shivratri

Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Lord Shiva, occurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna. It falls on a moonless February night, when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction.


Holi, also known as Dhuli Vandana in Sanskrit,also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other.

Mahavir Jayanti

In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious holiday. It celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara. He was born on the 13th day of the rising moon of Chaitra, in either 599 BC or 615 BC (depending on religious tradition).

Good Friday

Good Friday, also known as Holy Friday, Black Friday, Great Friday, is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

May Day

‘May Day’ is commemorated in India as the ‘Labour Day’ which began with the United States Labour Movement on May 1, 1886.

Buddha Purnima

Buddha Jayanti or also known as Buddha Purnima is the most sacred festivals of Buddhist. Buddha Purnima (Buddha Birthday) is celebrated in remembrance Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha is the founder of Buddhism. This day is the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha.

Independence Day

India’s Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 to commemorate its independence from British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation on that day in 1947. The day is a national holiday in India.

Krishna Janmastami

Krishna Janmashtami , also known as “Krishnashtami”,”Saatam Aatham” ,”Gokulashtami”, “Ashtami Rohini”, “Srikrishna Jayanti”, “Sree Jayanthi” or sometimes merely as “Janmashtami”, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu.


Eid al-Fitr often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).The holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesha Chaturthi , also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival of Ganesha. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha who is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi

Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. It is celebrated on October 2, every year. It is one of the three official declared National Holidays of India and is observed in all its states and union territories.

Vijaya Dashami

Vijayadashami is a festival celebrated in varying forms across Nepal and India. It is celebrated on the tenth day of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu autumn month of Ashvin or Ashwayuja, and is the grand culmination of the 10-day annual Navaratri festival. Vijayadashami is also known as Dasara, Dashahara, Navaratri, and Durgotsav. It is celebrated in the lunar month of Ashwin from the Shukla Paksha Pratipada to the Dashami, or the tenth day of Ashwin.


Diwali (often written Deepavali) is a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and an official holiday in India. Adherents of these religions celebrate Diwali as the Festival of Lights. They light diyas—cotton-like string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with coconut oil—to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual.

Guru Nanak Jayanthi

Guru Nanak Jayanti is the birthday of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, and one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. Guru Nanak Dev Ji (the First Guru, the founder of Sikhism) was born on 14 April 1469 in Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan, now Nankana Sahib.


Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed mostly on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.

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