What is Dry Day, Why Liquor Shops are Closed on Certain Days?

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Dry Day

In India, the government often declares dry days in the states on certain special days such as festivals and national holidays. What is this dry day? What is the purpose behind implementing this? Know everything in detail.

What is dry day?

The day when the government bans the sale of liquor in the entire state on any special festival or occasion is called dry day. Recently, Delhi government had declared 24th November as dry day on the occasion of martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur. There is no sale of liquor on this day under any circumstances. Legal action is taken against the shopkeeper or owner who does not follow the rules. Dry days vary from state to state. This completely depends on the special festivals and special occasions of the states. Let us tell you that in Punjab, dry day was mentioned in the Excise Law in 1962 and later the Center implemented it all over India in 1950.

What is the purpose of dry day?

Dry day is kept on special religious festivals to avoid hurting religious sentiments. On national festivals, liquor shops are stopped in honor of martyrs and freedom fighters. Apart from this, sometimes dry day is declared during elections or to maintain law and order.

Let us tell you that the government bans the sale of liquor on the occasion of three national festivals like 15th August, Gandhi Jayanti and Republic Day. Some important religious days are also included in these like Ram Navami, Eid, Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Holi.

A list of dry days in India in 2024

  • 3 days in January
    15 January, Monday: Makar Sankranti
    26 January, Friday: Republic Day
    30 January, Wednesday: Shaheed Diwas (only in Maharashtra)
  • 1 day in February
    19 February, Monday: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti (only in Maharashtra)
  • 4 days in March
    5 March, Tuesday: Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
    8 March, Friday: Shivratri
    25 March, Monday: Holi
    29 March, Friday: Good Friday
  • 4 days in April
    10 April, Wednesday: Eid ul-Fitr
    14 April, Saturday: Ambedkar Jayanti
    17 April, Wednesday: Ram Navami
    21 April, Sunday: Mahavir Jayanti
  • 1 day in May
    1 May, Monday: Maharashtra Day (only in Maharashtra)
  • 2 days in July
    17 July, Wednesday: Muharram and Ashadi Ekadashi
    21 July, Sunday: Guru Purnima
  • 2 days in August
    15 August, Wednesday: Independence Day
    26 August, Monday: Janmashthami
  • 2 days in September
    7 September, Saturday: Ganesh Chaturthi (only in Maharashtra)
    17 September, Tuesday: Eid-e-Milad and Anant Chaturdashi
  • 4 days in October
    2 October, Tuesday: Gandhi Jayanti
    8 October, Monday: Prohibition Week (only in Maharashtra)
    12 October, Saturday: Dussehra
    17 October, Thursday: Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
  • 3 days in November
    1 November, Friday: Diwali
    12 November, Tuesday: Kartiki Ekadashi
    15 November, Friday: Guru Nanak Jayanti
  • 1 day in December
    25 December, Tuesday: Christmas

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