For all those who love partying with booze, it's no surprise that a dry day is a major bummer. They can spoil all the plans that you have. So it's better for you to know them in advance in order to set dates with your friends.
Dry days in cities are considered to be a big deal, especially in Delhi. You have a lot of options to explore whether it's the pubs in Hauz Khas or breweries in Rajori, North to South, East to West, there are tonnes of places to explore different liquors, drinks, wine and much more. Therefore, when a dry day is imposed in Delhi, the pain kicks in.
Some people tend to cross borders of UP and Haryana in order to smuggle alcohol in during these dry days but not everyone can do that, especially not in the middle of a pandemic. So if you're looking for a smarter plan, here's what you can do. Keep an eye on upcoming dry days so that you can stock up beforehand.
What Is A Dry Day?
A dry day is a specific day in a calendar year on which liquor shops are supposed to remain shut. Most of the states in India mark these days as dry days on major festivals or national holidays in order to respect religious or patriotic sentiments of the public.
Since alcohol is a subject under the State List in the Constitution of India the laws governing alcohol vary from state to state.
While dry days are only restricted to a particular day in most cases, they make have different durations when an election takes place. The election commission imposes a ban on alcohol sale 48 hours ahead of the closing of polls in the voting constituency.
Types Of Dry Days
While we now know what are dry days, we must also know about the different types of dry days.
State Dry Day - In this case, a dry day is observed only in the concerned state on a particular day. It is allowed for people in other states to consume alcohol and there are no restrictions on the same.
National Dry Day - A national dry day means drinking is prohibited for all the states and union territories on that particular day.
India has 3 National Dry Days:- Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti.
International Dry Day - In this case, the blanket ban on alcohol for a particular day increases to the entire world. Examples of this include the International Dry Day on October 2nd
Election Days - These dry days occur when an election is taking place. Election Dry days are enforced during the voting process as well as on the day the counting of votes takes place.
Now that we know what is a dry day, have you ever wondered why do we need them?
Why Do We Need Dry Days
While you may be wondering as to why exactly do states observe a dry day, we should know that they exist for a variety of reasons in India. They are declared mainly to respect religious or patriotic sentiments of the public and to honour a religious festival. These are specifically Independence day, Republic day and Gandhi Jayanti.
This is to give respect to the people who fought for our Independent India, like our freedom fighters on the Independence Day. Similarly, Gandhi Jayanti, being the birthday of the Father of our Nation, is paid homage to on 2nd October. This is also because he was a strong proponent of total prohibition. His views on alcohol are widely known. Once, when he was part of a debate discussing the monetary gains one makes from the sale of alcohol he said "I venture to suggest to you that it is a matter of deep humiliation for the country to find its children educated from drink revenue. We shall deserve the curse of posterity if we do not wisely decide to stop the drink evil, even though we may have to sacrifice the education of our children."
Since then, not only is October 2 regarded as a dry day in India, but it is also a day regarded as World No Alcohol Day since 2008.
In the state of this Bihar, dry days have been introduced because of the high rate of alcohol-induced violence that takes place in Bihar. Another argument in favour of dry days and alcohol prohibition, in general, is that it helps in reducing gender inequality. Several studies have shown how states which have stricter alcohol consumption laws in place report lower threats of violence against women.
In some states like West Bengal, drinking and serving alcohol in 5-star hotels, clubs and resorts is permitted. Only the open sale of liquor at restaurants, liquor shops and other permitted places is disallowed on those days.
Additionally, during election days, alcohol is prohibited so that no false practices are exercised like bribing for votes. Therefore, the concept of a dry day is used when elections are around the corner, to ensure that liquor is not used as an incentive to create a vote bank and the purity of the democratic process is maintained.
Another reason why dry days are imposed in India is to cut back on the growth of Alcohol consumption. To prevent various health issues like heart and liver diseases, the prohibition of alcohol is exercised. Additionally, states like Gujarat, Bihar, Manipur etc have enforced complete prohibition on alcohol in their states.
Now that you know everything you possibly could about the history and context of dry days in the country, here's a complete list of dry days being observed in the city this year.
List of Dry Days in Delhi 2021
January 14, Thursday: Makar Sankranti
January 26, Tuesday: Republic Day
January 30, Saturday: Martyr's day
February 19, Friday: Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahavir Jayanti
February 27, Saturday: Guru Ravidas Jayanti
March 8, Monday: Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
March 11, Thursday: Maha Shivratri
March 29, Monday: Holi
April 2, Friday: Good Friday
April 14, Wednesday: Ambedkar Jayanti
April 21, Wednesday: Ram Navami
April 25, Sunday: Mahavir Jayanti
May 12, Wednesday: Eid ul-Fitr (begins)
May 13, Thursday: Eid ul-Fitr (ends)
No dry days in June 2021.
July 24, Saturday: Guru Purnima
August 10, Tuesday: Muharram
August 15, Sunday: Independence Day
August 30, Monday: Janmashtami
September 10, Friday: Ganesh Chaturthi
October 2, Saturday: Gandhi Jayanti
October 15, Friday: Dussehra
October 18, Monday: Eid-e-Milad
October 20, Wednesday: Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
November 4, Thursday: Diwali
November 14, Sunday: Kartiki Ekadashi
November 19, Friday: Guru Nanak Jayanti
November 24, Wednesday: Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day (Delhi, Punjab)
December 25, Saturday: Christmas
Now that you’ve got the list, read it, save it and send it to all your friends to make sure you know when the dry days in your city are!