One thing that any drinker will not be looking forward to in New Year 2019 is Dry Days. How much ever you hate it, we advise you to have the list of dates when alcohol will not be available for sale in your city. Why? Because you can stock up for ‘No Alcohol Day.’ Duh! But first, what are dry days in India? According to the definition under Alcohol Laws of India, “Dry Days are specific days when the sale of alcohol is not permitted. Most of the Indian states observe these days on major national festivals/occasions such as Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2).” Dry Days of 2019 in India will also include Lok Sabha election 2019 dates as prohibited days are also observed on and around voting days. Schedule of which will be announced by Election Commission of India later. So, all you alcohol lovers very well know now that these days are either of religious or national importance, which is why liquor shops and bars are prohibited from serving alcohol to customers. And it is time to know month-wise Dry Day dates in 2019 when it is going to be a ‘No Liquor Day.’ We have also mentioned which day of the week along with dry day dates, so you know if they fall on weekends or not. Hindu Calendar 2019 Free Download in PDF: Know List of Festivals, Holidays, Fasts According to Drik Panchang, Kalnirnay, Lala Ramswaroop Hindi Calendars Online.
After a gala-time on New Year’s Eve on December 31, be prepared for a few dry days in January 2019. There are two events, the harvest festival of Makar Sankranti on January 15 (Tuesday) and the national festival of Republic Day on January 26 (Saturday) when dry days will be observed across the country. If you’re someone living in the state of Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands, then you’re in for an extra dry day. It will be observed to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 71st death anniversary on January 30 (Wednesday). In February 2019, there is one dry day to be observed across India and that is due to Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti on February 28 (Thursday). But for peeps in Maharashtra and Delhi, you will have one extra dry day in the month. For Delhiites, it is because of Guru Ravidass Jayanti and for Mumbaikars, it is due to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti. Both important observances falling on February 19 (Tuesday). List of Dry Days of 2018 in India: Check Dates When Alcohol is Not For Sale.
Unlike 2018, March in 2019 will not have many dry days. There are two occasions when a dry day will be observed, and they are Maha Shivratri on March 4 (Monday) and Holi on March 20 (Wednesday). Ironically, these two Hindu festivals witness a massive consumption of liquor as well as bhang (edible preparation of cannabis). Coming to April 2019, it will also have two days when no alcohol will be served/sold by retail outlets, hotel chains and restaurants. The religious festivals are Ram Navami or the birth anniversary of Lord Rama on April 14 (Sunday) and Mahavir Jayanti, one of the most important religious festivals for Jains on April 17 (Wednesday). Buddha Purnima or Vesak on May 18, 2019 (Saturday) will see a prohibition of alcohol on account of the biggest festival in Buddhism. Once again for people in Maharashtra, there is an extra dry day in May 2019. It is due to Maharashtra Day on May 1 (Wednesday). Here’s an essential note for alcohol lovers, General elections are scheduled to be held in India from April to May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. So, wait for the dates to be announced by Election Commission of India.
Coming back to the month-wise dry day dates list, we will now look into the month of June 2019 wherein there will be just one dry-day occasion. Eid-Ul-Fitr, the religious holiday celebrated by Muslims that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting will see no serving of alcohol on June 4 (Tuesday) and June 5 (Wednesday). The seventh month of the year 2019 will also be a delightful one for all you booze-lovers. There is just one dry day in July 2019 due to the celebration of Guru Purnima on July 16 (Tuesday). However, August 2019 will have as many as three dry days, Bakra Eid (Eid al-Adha) on August 11 (Sunday), Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan both on August 15 (Thursday) and Krishna Janmashtami on August 24 (Saturday).
In September 2019, alcohol lovers and beer guzzlers will have two occasions when alcohol is not available for consumption in shops or bar lounges. Firstly, due to Ganesh Chaturthi beginning on September 2 (Monday) and then with the Muslim festival of Muharram falling on September 28 (Saturday). October 2019 is going to be the most terrible month for the alcohol lovers because on four days, and there is not going to be a drop of magical potion available for sale at your favourite spot. They are as follows - Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 (Wednesday), Dussehra on October 8 (Tuesday), Valmiki Jayanti on October 13 (Sunday) and Diwali on October 27 (Sunday).
Next up is November 2019 when on a total of three days will see no sale of alcohol in India. They are Eid-Ul-Milad on November 9 (Saturday) and 10 (Sunday) and Guru Nanak Gurpurab on November 12 (Tuesday). If this has upset you a little (a dry day on weekend, OMG), then stop whining because the last month of the year, December 2019 promises to be a cheerful one. There is going to be just one day of ‘No Alcohol Day’ and it will be due to Christmas on December 25 (Wednesday).
Check Complete List of Dry Days in India in 2019
January 15: Makar Sankranti
January 26: Republic Day
January 30: Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary (Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands)
February 19: Guru Ravidass Jayanti (Delhi)
February 19: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti (Maharashtra)
February 28: Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
March 4: Maha Shivratri
March 20: Holi
April 14: Ram Navami
April 17: Mahavir Jayanti
May 1: Maharashtra Day
May 18: Buddha Purnima
June 4 and 5: Eid-Ul-Fitr
July 16: Guru Purnima
August 11: Bakra Eid (Eid al-Adha)
August 15: Independence Day/Raksha Bandhan
August 24: Krishna Janmashtami
September 2: Ganesh Chaturthi
September 28: Muharram
October 2: Gandhi Jayanti
October 8: Dussehra
October 13: Valmiki Jayanti
October 27: Diwali
November 9 and 10: Eid-Ul-Milad
November 12: Guru Nanak Gurpurab
December 25: Christmas
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It has been a long list of dry days on account of some national and religious festivals along with birth anniversaries and elections. One may hate it as much as they want but these dry days are put in place for a reason. So, as a responsible citizen, do not go around searching for alcohol on these dates. Instead, be a smart person and make sure to stock up your bar at home with wine, whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, gin or pints of beer to remain unaffected by dry days. Enjoy guzzling beer and whiskey, all you tipplers out there and Happy New Year 2019.