India has diverse cultures and traditions and it celebrates many festivals during the calendar year. In this article, learn about India public holidays in 2020, types of holidays celebrated in the country and the state list of public holidays in India in 2020.
List of Public Holidays in India 2020
Festivals are an integral part of Indian culture and traditions celebrated with fervour and gaiety. Each state has its own festivals which fall on different dates during the calendar year. Below is the list of India public holidays 2020 along with the day, date and holiday name:
|Wednesday||01 January 2020||New Year's Day|
|Thursday||02 January 2020||Guru Govind Singh Jayanti|
|Tuesday||14 January 2020||Lohri|
|Wednesday||15 January 2020||Pongal|
|Wednesday||15 January 2020||Makar Sankranti|
|Saturday||25 January 2020||Chinese New Year|
|Sunday||26 January 2020||Republic Day|
|Wednesday||29 January 2020||Vasant Panchami|
|Sunday||09 February 2020||Guru Ravidas Jayanti|
|Tuesday||18 February 2020||Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti|
|Wednesday||19 February 2020||Shivaji Jayanti|
|Friday||21 February 2020||Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri|
|Monday||09 March 2020||Holika Dahan|
|Tuesday||10 March 2020||Holi|
|Thursday||02 April 2020||Rama Navami|
|Monday||06 April 2020||Mahavir Jayanti|
|Friday||10 April 2020||Good Friday|
|Sunday||12 April 2020||Easter Day|
|Monday||13 April 2020||Vaisakhi|
|Tuesday||14 April 2020||Mesadi/Vaisakhadi|
|Tuesday||14 April 2020||Ambedkar Jayanti|
|Friday||01 May 2020||May Day|
|Thursday||07 May 2020||Buddha Purnima/Vesak|
|Thursday||07 May 2020||Birthday of Ravindranath|
|Sunday||10 May 2020||Mother's Day|
|Friday||22 May 2020||Jamat Ul-Vida|
|Monday||25 May 2020||Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitr|
|Sunday||05 July 2020||Guru Purnima|
|Friday||31 July 2020||Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha|
|Monday||03 August 2020||Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)|
|Tuesday||11 August 2020||Janmashtami (Smarta)|
|Wednesday||12 August 2020||Janmashtami|
|Saturday||15 August 2020||Independence Day|
|Sunday||16 August 2020||Parsi New Year|
|Saturday||22 August 2020||Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi|
|Saturday||29 August 2020||Muharram/Ashura|
|Monday||31 August 2020||Onam|
|Friday||02 October 2020||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti|
|Thursday||22 October 2020||Maha Saptami|
|Friday||23 October 2020||Maha Ashtami|
|Saturday||24 October 2020||Maha Navami|
|Sunday||25 October 2020||Dussehra|
|Thursday||29 October 2020||Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad|
|Saturday||31 October 2020||Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti|
|Wednesday||04 November 2020||Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)|
|Saturday||14 November 2020||Naraka Chaturdasi|
|Saturday||14 November 2020||Diwali/Deepavali|
|Sunday||15 November 2020||Govardhan Puja|
|Monday||16 November 2020||Bhai Duj|
|Friday||20 November 2020||Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)|
|Tuesday||24 November 2020||Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day|
|Monday||30 November 2020||Guru Nanak Jayanti|
|Thursday||24 December 2020||Christmas Eve|
|Friday||25 December 2020||Christmas|
|Thursday||31 December 2020||New Year's Eve|
Types of Holidays:
With a culturally diverse society, India celebrates several holidays which are unique to religious and linguistic demographics. Indian culture differs from region to region and state to state celebrating local festivals with fervent. Below are the types of holidays India celebrates during the year:
The Indian central and state governments issue a list of Indian holidays every year, which is observed in the respective government offices. The holiday list is primarily divided into types of government holidays:
- Gazetted holidays
- Restricted holidays
Holidays such as Republic Day, Independence Day, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, etc. are observed as government holidays.
Sikh Festival Holidays:
Sikhs across India and the world celebrate several religious festivals and key historical events. Celebrations take place mostly in northern India and in other countries including the UK and Canada, commemorating the birth or martyrdom of a Guru. The festivals are marked with the reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, prayer, fairs, etc.
Christian holidays are important events for Christians reflecting upon the history and traditions of the church. Followers of Christ mark Christian festivals with praise and worship, fellowship and gorge on delicious food. Some of the most important Christian holidays are Christmas and Easter.
Muslims across the world observe two important and official Islamic holidays, Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha occurring on dates in the lunar Islamic calendar. While Eid-Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan month, Eid-Al-Adha is celebrated with prayers on the morning of 1st day of the month of Shawwal. Apart from these two most important dates, Muslims observe several other days of the year as holidays to mark important events in their religion.
Hindu Festivals & Others:
Portraying the rich cultural traditions of the country, Hindu festivals play an important and significant part of every Hindus in India and across the world. Festivals are celebrated with prayers, rituals such as fasting, community fairs, decorating deities, cooking special dishes, etc. Hindus celebrate special events from Hindu mythology which coincides with seasonal changes and agricultural cycles. Some of the most important Hindu festivals are Diwali, Dasara, Maha Shivratri, etc.
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