2024 Public Holidays in Bangladesh

Public Holidays in Bangladesh 2024

Bangladesh observes several public holidays throughout the year, each with its own cultural, historical, and religious significance. These holidays are celebrated with various traditions, ceremonies, and festivities, reflecting the diverse heritage of the country. In this guide, we will explore the public holidays in Bangladesh for the year 2024, providing detailed descriptions of each holiday along with information on the groups entitled to days off.

Eid-ul-Fitr (Rojar Eid) – April 20-21, 2024 (tentative)

Eid-ul-Fitr, also known as Rojar Eid, marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a joyous occasion celebrated with prayers, feasting, and acts of charity. Muslims in Bangladesh gather in mosques for special prayers, exchange greetings, and share meals with family and friends. The date of Eid-ul-Fitr varies each year based on the Islamic lunar calendar and the sighting of the moon.

Days off: Eid-ul-Fitr is a public holiday in Bangladesh, observed for several days, providing time off for government offices, businesses, and schools.

Independence Day (Shadhinota Dibosh) – March 26, 2024

Independence Day in Bangladesh commemorates the declaration of independence from Pakistan on March 26, 1971. It is a day of national pride and remembrance, marked by flag-raising ceremonies, parades, cultural programs, and tributes to the martyrs of the Bangladesh Liberation War. Bangladeshis across the country come together to honor their freedom and celebrate the achievements of the nation.

Days off: Independence Day is a public holiday in Bangladesh, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Bengali New Year (Pohela Boishakh) – April 14, 2024

Bengali New Year, also known as Pohela Boishakh, marks the beginning of the Bengali calendar year. It is celebrated with colorful processions, traditional music and dance performances, and fairs known as “Boishakhi Mela.” People dress in traditional attire, enjoy special foods, and exchange greetings and gifts with family and friends. Pohela Boishakh is a time for renewal, cultural pride, and community bonding.

Days off: Bengali New Year is a public holiday in Bangladesh, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Eid-ul-Adha (Korbani Eid) – August 9-10, 2024 (tentative)

Eid-ul-Adha, also known as Korbani Eid or the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. It is celebrated with prayers, the sacrifice of livestock, and the distribution of meat to the needy. Muslims in Bangladesh gather with family and friends to share in the joyous festivities.

Days off: Eid-ul-Adha is a public holiday in Bangladesh, observed for several days, providing time off for government offices, businesses, and schools.

Victory Day (Bijoy Dibosh) – December 16, 2024

Victory Day in Bangladesh commemorates the victory of the Allied Forces over Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War on December 16, 1971. It is a day to honor the sacrifices of the freedom fighters and celebrate the independence of Bangladesh. Victory Day is marked by flag-raising ceremonies, parades, cultural programs, and tributes to the martyrs.

Days off: Victory Day is a public holiday in Bangladesh, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Language Martyrs’ Day (Shaheed Dibosh) – February 21, 2024

Language Martyrs’ Day, also known as Shaheed Dibosh or International Mother Language Day, commemorates the sacrifices of the Bengali language martyrs who were killed during the Bengali Language Movement protests in 1952. It is a day to honor linguistic diversity and promote cultural tolerance and harmony. Language Martyrs’ Day is marked by wreath-laying ceremonies, cultural programs, and discussions on the importance of language rights.

Days off: Language Martyrs’ Day is a public holiday in Bangladesh, observed by government offices, businesses, and schools, providing a day off for employees and students.

Shab-e-Barat – March 29-30, 2024 (tentative)

Shab-e-Barat, also known as the Night of Forgiveness, is observed by Muslims in Bangladesh with prayers, recitations from the Quran, and acts of charity. It is believed to be a night when Allah determines the destiny of individuals for the coming year and forgives the sins of believers who seek repentance. Many Muslims spend the night in prayer and reflection.

Days off: Shab-e-Barat is not a public holiday in Bangladesh.

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday) – October 2, 2024 (tentative)

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, also known as Mawlid al-Nabi, commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. It is observed with prayers, recitations of poetry and hymns praising the Prophet, and charitable acts. Muslims in Bangladesh gather in mosques and community centers to honor the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.

Days off: Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is not a public holiday in Bangladesh.

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday) – October 2, 2024 (tentative)

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, also known as Mawlid al-Nabi, commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. It is observed with prayers, recitations of poetry and hymns praising the Prophet, and charitable acts. Muslims in Bangladesh gather in mosques and community centers to honor the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.

Days off: Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is not a public holiday in Bangladesh.

Ashura – August 29, 2024 (tentative)

Ashura is a significant religious holiday observed by Muslims worldwide, including those in Bangladesh. It commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. Ashura is a day of mourning and reflection, with many Bangladeshis participating in processions, religious rituals, and charitable activities.

Days off: Ashura is not a public holiday in Bangladesh.

Table: Summary of Public Holidays in Bangladesh 2024

Holiday Date Description Days Off for Groups
Eid-ul-Fitr April 20-21 Celebration marking the end of Ramadan Nationwide
Independence Day March 26 Celebration of Bangladesh’s independence Nationwide
Bengali New Year April 14 Celebration marking the beginning of the Bengali calendar year Nationwide
Eid-ul-Adha August 9-10 Celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice Nationwide
Victory Day December 16 Commemoration of victory in the Bangladesh Liberation War Nationwide
Language Martyrs’ Day February 21 Commemoration of the Bengali Language Movement martyrs Nationwide
Shab-e-Barat March 29-30 Night of forgiveness Not applicable
Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi October 2 Commemoration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad Not applicable
Ashura August 29 Commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein Not applicable

 

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