The Maharashtra state government has taken an unprecedented step to mark the simultaneous occurrence of Anant Chaturdashi and Eid-e-Milad by declaring Friday, September 29, as an official government holiday. This decision comes as a measure to facilitate the smooth management of crowds and processions during the Ganesha immersion and Eid-e-Milad celebrations, which fall on the same day.
The announcement follows a meeting between the executive committee of the All India Khilafat Committee and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The committee, represented by prominent members including Rahul Shevale, MLA Abu Azmi, MLA Raees Khan, Naseem Khan, and others, advocated for the government holiday on September 29 to ensure peace and effective coordination of the police force for crowd control and procession management.
The decision to declare Friday a holiday has been met with widespread approval, offering a rare 5-day weekend for office-goers in Maharashtra:
- September 28, Thursday: Anant Chaturdashi
- September 29, Friday: Eid (Government-declared holiday)
- September 30, Saturday
- October 1, Sunday
- October 2, Monday: Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
This extended weekend provides an excellent opportunity for residents of Maharashtra to participate in festivities, celebrate religious and cultural events, and spend quality time with their families. The government’s move reflects its commitment to ensuring the convenience and safety of its citizens during this unique confluence of celebrations.