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.

India Public Holidays List 2020 - Acko

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:

DayDateHoliday Name
January 2020
Wednesday01 January 2020New Year's Day
Thursday02 January 2020
Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
Tuesday14 January 2020
Wednesday15 January 2020
Wednesday15 January 2020
Makar Sankranti
Saturday25 January 2020
Chinese New Year
Sunday26 January 2020
Republic Day
Wednesday29 January 2020
Vasant Panchami
February 2020
Sunday09 February 2020
Guru Ravidas Jayanti
Tuesday18 February 2020
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
Wednesday19 February 2020
Shivaji Jayanti
Friday21 February 2020
Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri
March 2020
Monday09 March 2020
Holika Dahan
Tuesday10 March 2020
April 2020
Thursday02 April 2020
Rama Navami
Monday06 April 2020
Mahavir Jayanti
Friday10 April 2020
Good Friday
Sunday12 April 2020
Easter Day
Monday13 April 2020
Tuesday14 April 2020
Tuesday14 April 2020
Ambedkar Jayanti
May 2020
Friday01 May 2020
May Day
Thursday07 May 2020
Buddha Purnima/Vesak
Thursday07 May 2020
Birthday of Ravindranath
Sunday10 May 2020
Mother's Day
Friday22 May 2020
Jamat Ul-Vida
Monday25 May 2020
Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitr
July 2020
Sunday05 July 2020
Guru Purnima
Friday31 July 2020
Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha
August 2020
Monday03 August 2020
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
Tuesday11 August 2020
Janmashtami (Smarta)
Wednesday12 August 2020
Saturday15 August 2020
Independence Day
Sunday16 August 2020
Parsi New Year
Saturday22 August 2020
Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi
Saturday29 August 2020
Monday31 August 2020
October 2020
Friday02 October 2020
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
Thursday22 October 2020
Maha Saptami
Friday23 October 2020
Maha Ashtami
Saturday24 October 2020
Maha Navami
Sunday25 October 2020
Thursday29 October 2020
Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad
Saturday31 October 2020
Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
November 2020
Wednesday04 November 2020
Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)
Saturday14 November 2020
Naraka Chaturdasi
Saturday14 November 2020
Sunday15 November 2020
Govardhan Puja
Monday16 November 2020
Bhai Duj
Friday20 November 2020
Chhat Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)
Tuesday24 November 2020
Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day
Monday30 November 2020
Guru Nanak Jayanti
December 2020
Thursday24 December 2020
Christmas Eve
Friday25 December 2020
Thursday31 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:

Government Holidays:

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:

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.

Islamic Holidays:

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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