Karnataka was originally known as the State of Mysore before it was renamed in 1973. Its capital Bengaluru, previously called Bangalore, is considered the IT capital of India and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

Karnataka Public Holiday List 2020 - Acko

The southern state is also known for its rich heritage such as Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Mysore which includes the Mysore Palace, belonging to the Maharajas of Mysore who ruled the state. Karnataka has several holiday destinations and in this article, we have compiled the Karnataka Public Holiday List in 2020 and its unique holidays and festivals.

Karnataka Public Holidays Calendar:

Most businesses and other institutions remain closed during Karnataka Public Holidays which are either national or festival holidays. Below are the Karnataka General Holidays and 2020 Karnataka Public Holidays:

List of Holidays 2020 in Karnataka:

Public Holidays in Karnataka During January 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Wednesday15 JanuaryMakar Sankranti
Sunday26 JanuaryRepublic Day

Public Holidays in Karnataka During February 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday21 FebruaryMaha Shivratri

Public Holidays in Karnataka March 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Wednesday25 MarchUgadi

Public Holidays in Karnataka During April 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Monday6 AprilMahavir Jayanti
Friday10 AprilGood Friday
Tuesday14 AprilDr Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti
Sunday26 AprilBasava Jayanti

Public Holidays in Karnataka During May 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday1 MayMay Day
Sunday24 MayEid-ul-Fitr

Public Holidays in Karnataka During July 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday31 JulyBakrid/Eid-al-Adha

Public Holidays in Karnataka During August 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday15 AugustIndependence Day
Saturday22 AugustGanesh Chaturthi
Sunday30 AugustMuharram

Public Holidays in Karnataka During September 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Thursday17 SeptemberMahalaya Amavasya

Public Holidays in Karnataka During October 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday2 OctoberGandhi Jayanti
Sunday25 OctoberMaha Navami
Monday26 OctoberVijaya Dashami
Friday30 OctoberEid-e-Milad
Saturday31 OctoberMaharshi Valmiki Jayanti

Public Holidays in Karnataka During November 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Sunday1 NovemberKannada Rajyotsava
Saturday14 NovemberDiwali

Public Holidays in Karnataka During December 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Thursday3 DecemberKanakadasa Jayanti
Friday25 DecemberChristmas

Check: Bank Holidays List 2020 in India

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

  • Bengaluru
  • Mysore
  • Hubli
  • Mangalore
  • Udupi
  • Hassan
  • Tumkur
  • Dharwad
  • Davengere
  • Belagavi
  • Shivamogga
  • Madikeri
  • Mandya
  • Kolar
  • Chitradurga

Check: India Public Holidays List 2020

Festivals and Important Days in Karnataka:

Below are some of the unique festivals and important days observed in Karnataka:

Makar Sankranti: One of the biggest festivals in Karnataka, Makar Sankranti is the harvest festival which is celebrated across the country but with different names. The festival is important for the people of Karnataka because it is the first festival of the Hindu calendar year.

Ugadi: Ugadi marks the start of the new year as per the Hindu calendar. People of Karnataka buy new clothes, decorate their houses and cook delicacies unique to Ugadi.

Ganesh Chaturthi: Hindus celebrate this when Lord Ganesh descended on earth with his mother. Idols of Lord Ganesh are installed at home and at the streets on elaborate pandals to celebrate Lord Ganesh’s arrival to earth.

Kambala: Kambala is a sport where buffaloes are raced by men through muddy rice or paddy fields. Kambala is one of the best cultural festivals of Karnataka and is conducted for two days.

Kannada Rajyotsava: This holiday falls on the 1 November every year signifying the birth of the State of Karnataka. Several cultural activities are held during the month.


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