The state of Bihar derives its name from the word ‘vihara’ which means monastery. Bihar is known for its significance of Buddhism. It was in Bihar that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The third-populated state in the country, Bihar also boasts of several tourist attractions and popular places to visit in Bihar. In this article, you can learn about the compiled list of Bihar Public Holidays in 2020, its unique holidays and festivals.

Bihar Public Holiday List 2020 - Acko

Bihar Public Holidays Calendar:

Public holidays in Bihar usually comprises state-centric, national and festival holidays. Most of the business establishments and government offices remain closed during these holidays in Bihar. Below are the Bihar General Holidays in 2020 along with the list of 2020 Bihar Public Holidays Calendar:

List of Holidays 2020 in Bihar:

Public Holidays in Bihar During January 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Sunday26 JanuaryRepublic Day

Public Holidays in Bihar March 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Tuesday10 MarchHoli
Sunday22 MarchBihar Day

Public Holidays in Bihar During April 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Thursday2 AprilRam Navami
Friday10 AprilGood Friday
Tuesday14 AprilDr Ambedkar Jayanti

Public Holidays in Bihar During May 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday1 MayMay Day
Sunday24 MayEid-ul-Fitr

Public Holidays in Bihar During July 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday31 JulyBakrid/Eid-al-Adha

Public Holidays in Bihar During August 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Tuesday11 AugustJanmashtami
Saturday15 AugustIndependence Day
Sunday30 AugustMuharram

Public Holidays in Bihar During October 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday2 OctoberGandhi Jayanti
Sunday25 OctoberMaha Navami
Monday26 OctoberVijaya Dashami
Friday30 OctoberEid-e-Milad

Public Holidays in Bihar During November 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday14 NovemberDiwali
Friday20 NovemberChhath Pooja

Public Holidays in Bihar During December 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday25 DecemberChristmas

Check: Bank Holidays List 2020 in India

Note: The above list of Bihar holidays is applicable across the state and its cities such as:

  • Patna
  • Gaya
  • Muzaffarpur
  • Nalanda
  • Darbhanga
  • Rajgir
  • Chapra
  • Arrah
  • Katihar
  • Saharsa
  • Kishunganj
  • Begusarai

Check: India Public Holidays List 2020

Festivals and Important Days in Bihar:

Bihar has its unique festivals and fairs which resounds the cultural heritage of the state and its people through different art and religious events. Below are some of the popular festivals and important days observed by Bihar:

Chhath Pooja: One of the most important and popular festivals in Bihar is the Chhath Pooja. Dedicated to the Sun God, Chhath Pooja is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated six days after Diwali or Deepavali. Hindus celebrate the festival as a thanksgiving as well as to seek blessings of the Sun God for the sustenance of life on the earth. Women observe a fast for the blessings of the Sun God or Surya upon their family.

Sonepur Cattle Fair: The Sonepur Cattle Fair is an ancient practice and is considered as Asia’s largest cattle fair. Domestic animals such as cattle, camels, sheep, birds, among others are traded. One can witness several handicrafts and cottage industry produce during the fair. You can also see some of the folk music and dances of the residents of Bihar.

Rajgir Mahotsav: Rajgir was the capital of the Magadha Empire and is considered holy by both Jains and Buddhists. The Mahotsav is held every year with classical instrumental music, folk dance, and other forms of art and dance. The Rajgir Mahotsav is held during the month of October and is visited by tourists from around the world.

Sama Chakeva: Sama Chakeva takes place when the migratory birds move from the Himalayas to the plains during the winter season. People observe Sama Chakeva in celebrations of the relationship between brothers and sisters. Children mould clay idols of different types of birds and decorate them. Rituals are dedicated to the return of birds during the next winter season.


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