Jammu and Kashmir are one of the best places to visit in India. The state is known for its mesmerising lakes, mountains, and the people of the state are warm and hospitable. During public holidays in Jammu and Kashmir, most administrative offices and some of the commercial establishments are closed to the public. In this article, discover the Jammu and Kashmir public holiday list 2020, its famous festivals and fairs.

Jammu and Kashmir Public Holiday List 2020 - Acko

Public Holidays Calendar in Jammu and Kashmir:

Public holidays in Jammu and Kashmir are observed on the occasion of a festival, national or state-specific holidays. The Jammu and Kashmir general holidays are announced by the government so that its citizens and tourists can be aware of the days when most government offices are closed. Below is the list of 2020 Jammu and Kashmir public holidays for your reference:

List of Holidays 2020 in Jammu and Kashmir:

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During January 2020:

DayDate Holiday Name
Sunday26 JanuaryRepublic Day

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During February 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday21 FebruaryMaha Shivratri

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During March 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Tuesday10 MarchHoli
Wednesday25 MarchUgadi

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During April 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Monday13 AprilVaisakh
Friday10 AprilGood Friday
Tuesday14 AprilDr Ambedkar Jayanti

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During May 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Thursday7 MayBuddha Purnima
Thursday21 MayShab-e-Qadr
Friday22 MayJumat-ul-Wida
Sunday24 MayEid-ul-Fitr

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During July 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Sunday5 JulyGuru Hargobind Ji’s Birthday
Friday31 JulyBakri-Eid

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During August 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday1 AugustBakri-Eid Holiday
Tuesday11 AugustJanmashtami
Saturday15 AugustIndependence Day
Sunday30 AugustMuharram

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During October 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday2 OctoberGandhi Jayanti
Monday26 OctoberVijaya Dashami/J&K Joining Indian Union
Friday30 OctoberEid-e-Milad

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During November 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday6 NovemberFriday Following Eid-e-Milad
Saturday14 NovemberDiwali
Monday30 NovemberGuru Nanak Jayanti

Public Holidays in Jammu and Kashmir During December 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday25 DecemberChristmas Festival

Check: Bank Holidays List 2020 in India

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

  • Srinagar
  • Jammu
  • Anantnag
  • Gulmarg
  • Pahalgam
  • Sopore
  • Udhampur
  • Poonch
  • Rajouri
  • Muzaffarabad
  • Baramulla
  • Pulwama
  • Amarnath
  • Sonamarg

Check: India Public Holidays List 2020

Festivals Observed in Jammu and Kashmir:

From enchanting valleys and lakes to panoramic landscapes, Jammu and Kashmir will certainly leave you spellbound. The provinces of Jammu and Kashmir are different due to varied culture and traditions. Jammu is predominantly populated by the Hindu community, while Kashmir is dominated by the Muslim community. Below are some of the popular festivals celebrated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir:

Baisakhi: The large population of the Sikh community in Jammu celebrates Baisakhi which marks the beginning of the new year. Celebrated during the month of April, Baisakhi also denotes the start of the harvesting season. The festival also commemorates the formation of Khalsa Panth of Guru Gobind Singh’s warriors in 1699. During the festival, Gurudwaras are decorated and kirtans are held.

Tulip Festival: During the spring season, Tulips across the state, especially in Kashmir, flourishes abundantly and the sight is indeed mesmerising. Srinagar comes alive during the festival since it is considered that the city holds the largest Tulip Garden in Asia. You can witness a variety of Tulip flowers along with local handlooms, cuisine and cultural programs during the festival.

Shikara Festival: The Dal Lake in Srinagar is indeed a sight to behold. And the lifeline to Dal Lake are the Shikaras. Shikaras are a unique type of boats used especially by Kashmiris in the Dal Lake for tourists visiting the lake. During the Shikara festival, these boats are decorated with colourful paints. You can witness the Shikara Boat Race and the Dragon Boat Race. Several activities are organised to showcase the art and culture of Kashmir.

Gurez Festival: Gurez is located about 120kms from Kashmir with an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. The placid valley in the Himalayas comes alive during the Gurez festival. People of Gurez come together during this annual festival to showcase their talents in handicrafts, culture and local cuisine.


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