Travel buffs and leisure hunters in the state will be in for a treat in 2018 as they will get seven extended weekends in the new year. An analysis of the official holiday list released by the Maharashtra government for the year 2018 shows seven instances where people will get an additional holiday either before or after the usual two-day weekend. On two occasions, in March and then in April, people will get an extended treat of a four-day weekend as government holidays will fall before and after the weekend.
As per the dates released by the state government, holidays that will precede or succeed weekend holidays would be Republic Day on January 26, which will be on Monday, giving people a three-day weekend. The other days include February 19 Shivaji Jayanti (Monday), Holi March 2 (Friday), Parsi New year August 17 (Friday) and Gurunanak Jayanti November 23 (Friday). An extended four-day-long weekend will fall twice in 2018. First in March with a Mahavir Jayanti holiday on March 29, which falls on Thursday, followed by Good Friday holiday on March 30.
The other occasion will be the Buddha Purnima holiday of April 30 (Monday) and Maharashtra Day holiday of May 1 (Tuesday). People will also get to enjoy seven more extended weekends provided they opt to take an official leave for one of the days in between. The longest could be of five days if a person takes a holiday on August 16 following the Independence Day holiday, which can be clubbed with the August 17 Parsi new year holiday on Friday, which could then stretch into the weekend.
Diwali holiday can also run into five days if a person decides to take a holiday on November 9 (Friday) after the November 7 and 8.
The other extended holidays which will have to be coupled with leave include Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti October 2 (Tuesday), Dussehra October 18 (Thursday), Christmas December 25 (Tuesday) and Mahashivratri February 13 (Tuesday). Two public holidays will get wasted as they are on Saturdays. In 2018, including the weekends, there will be a total of 126 holidays.