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Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti: Date, Significance, Celebration

Published Date: 08-Nov-2022

Rabindra Jayanti is an annual cultural festival celebrated in remembrance of the birth anniversary of the great Indian poet, novelist and scholar, Rabindranath Tagore. Prevalent among the people from the Bengali community, this public holiday falls on the 25th day of Baisakh as per the Hindu calendar i.e. on or near 7 May on the Gregorian calendar. In 2023, the festival will be observed on 9th May (Tuesday).

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Rabindra Jayanti History and Significance

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Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta on 7 May, 1981. He started to write poetries when he was 8 and by the age of 16, he was publishing his work with his own name. An eminent poet, visual artist, novelist, composer and playwright, Rabindranath Tagore is one of the biggest literary figures in India and the first Asian laureate to win the prestigious Nobel Prize in 1913. For his contributions to Indian literature and music, his life is celebrated with much fervour on the occasion of Rabindra Jayanti.

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Rabindra Jayanti Celebrations across India

Guru Rabindranath’s birthday is celebrated ceremoniously by Bengalis across the world by holding a number of cultural programs in his memory. Plays, dance dramas, poetries and songs, all written and composed by the legend himself, are performed in various institutes and theatres on this day.

In Kolkata, the festival is celebrated as Poncheeshe Boishakh and all the cultural activities are held at Jorasanko Thakurbari (Tagore’s ancestral home) and Rabindra Sadan (cultural centre). Shantiniketan in Birbhum, West Bengal also hosts grand celebrations to celebrate the birthday of its founder.

Best Places to Observe Rabindra Jayanti

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in India Day Date Holiday Type
New Year Sunday 1 January Public
Lohri Saturday 14 January Restricted
Makar Sankranti Saturday 14 January Restricted
Pongal Sunday 15 January Restricted
Basant Panchmi Thursday 26 January Restricted
Republic Day Thursday 26 January Public
Guru Ravidass Jayanti Sunday 5 February Restricted
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wednesday 15 February Restricted
Mahashivratri Saturday 18 February Restricted
Losar Tuesday 21 February Restricted
Holi Wednesday 8 March Public
Ram Navami Thursday 30 March Restricted
Mahavir Jayanti Tuesday 4 April Restricted
Good Friday Friday 7 April Public
Easter Sunday 9 April Restricted
Vaisakhi Friday 14 April Restricted
Eid Ul Fitr Saturday 22 April Public
Buddha Purnima Friday 5 May Public
Rabindra Jayanti Tuesday 9 May Restricted
Rath Yatra Tuesday 20 June Restricted
Eid Al Adha Thursday 29 June Restricted
Muharram Saturday 29 July Public
Independence Day Tuesday 15 August Public
Parsi New Year Navroz Wednesday 16 August Restricted
Onam Tuesday 29 August Restricted
Raksha Bandhan Wednesday 30 August Restricted
Janmashtami Thursday 7 September Restricted
Ganesh Chaturthi Tuesday 19 September Restricted
Id E Milad Thursday 28 September Public
Gandhi Jayanti Monday 2 October Public
Shardiya Navratri Sunday 15 October No Holiday
Durga Puja Friday 20 October No Holiday
Dussehra Tuesday 24 October Public
Valmiki Jayanti Saturday 28 October Restricted
Halloween Day Tuesday 31 October No Holiday
Karva Chauth Tuesday 1 November Restricted
Karnataka Rajyotsava Tuesday 1 November Restricted
Kerala Piravi Tuesday 1 November Restricted
Ahoi Ashtami Sunday 5 November No Holiday
Dhanteras Saturday 11 November No Holiday
Diwali Sunday 12 November Public
Kali Puja Sunday 12 November No Holiday
Lakshmi Puja Sunday 12 November No Holiday
Govardhan Puja Monday 13 November Public
Bhai Dooj Tuesday 14 November Restricted
Chhath Puja Sunday 19 November Restricted
Guru Nanak Jayanti Monday 27 November Public
Kartik Purnima Monday 27 November No Holiday
Christmas Monday 25 December Public

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Year-Wise Rabindra Jayanti Observances

YEAR DAY DATE Event/Festival
2015 Sat 9-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2016 Sun 8-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2017 Tue 9-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2018 Wed 9-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2019 Thu 9-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2020 Fri 8-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2021 Sun 9-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2022 Mon 9-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2023 Tue 9-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2024 Wed 8-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
2025 Wed 7-May  Rabindranath Jayanti
Sargun Preet Kaur
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