Plan your vacations ahead: Know the upcoming holidays of 2024

Interestingly, the holiday season this year would be perfect for those who wish to plan major trips with children as well. Photo: Manorama

If you are a travel enthusiast and have a regular office job, then do not hesitate to mark these holidays to enjoy amazing vacations or long journeys. Interestingly, the holiday season this year would be perfect for those who wish to plan major trips with children as well.
Plan two trips in March
Shivarathri festival and second Saturday falls on and March 8 and 9, respectively. You could extend the weekend and enjoy a fabulous trip if you take a few day's leave. This would be the best time to plan trips with your family. Good Friday, Saturday and Easter are on March 29, 30 and 31. These public holidays are followed by April 1, which is also a holiday. So, if you take two more days off, then you could enjoy a week–long vacation.

Ramadan in April
This year, the Ramadan festival falls on April 10 or 11, concluding the month–long fasting. This would either be on a Wednesday or a Thursday. The week concludes with a second Saturday followed by a Sunday. Besides, Vishu is not far away and falls on a Sunday. You could take a few extra days off and plan an exciting trip.

Long weekends in May
If you take leave on April 29 and 30, you will get a five-day long weekend. April 27 and 28 are Saturday and Sunday. Besides, May 1 is a holiday. As schools will be closed for the summer vacation, utilize this weekend to plan an enjoyable trip with children.

Monsoon in June
Bakrid falls on a Monday, allowing you to make plans for that long-awaited trip. June 15 and 16 are Saturday and Sunday. You could take a day off on Friday or Tuesday after Bakrid. The monsoon in June could make nature look scintillatingly beautiful. Make this long weekend worthwhile by enjoying the rains in a pristine forest, mountains, or even at a swollen waterfall.

The list is long in August!
Interestingly, a Saturday and Sunday falls between two public holidays in August. One of the remaining two days of that week is a working day while the other one is a regional holiday. This year, August 15, the Independence Day, is on a Thursday. Friday is a working day followed by Saturday and Sunday. The Monday that comes after that may be a regional holiday as Avani Avittam is celebrated on that day. Meanwhile, Tuesday too is a holiday due to Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti. So, if you take a day off on Friday, you could enjoy an amazing week–long vacation with your family and friends.

Onam in September
This year, Onnam Onam and Thiruvonam fall on September 14 and 15 respectively, which are Saturday and Sunday. The weekend is followed by Moonam Onam, which is on September 16. Interestingly, the Milad Un Nabi festival too is also celebrated on the same day. The next day, which is Tuesday, is the fourth day of Onam festivities and Vishwakarma Jayanti as well, which is a regional holiday. You could make the Onam season spectacular by enjoying a four–day long weekend.
Navratri takes up Saturday and Sunday in October
October 2 is Gandhi Jayanti which is a public holiday; this is on a Wednesday. You would get a five–day long vacation if you take Thursday and Friday off.

Diwali sparkles in November
This year, Diwali is celebrated on October 31, Thursday. The next day is November 1 or Keralapiravi. You could take the day off to plan a weekend trip to your favourite destination.

Christmas bells in December
The Christmas day is on Wednesday; so, you could plan a five–day–long holiday if you take Thursday and Friday off. However, if you wish to end the year on a grand note by enjoying a vacation, then apply for leave on December 30 and 31 because December 28 ajd 29 fall on Saturday and Sunday. You could return to the office on New Year, refreshed and happy, after a much-needed holiday.

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