Planning a vacation? Kerala is one of the most sought after destinations in India. Be it backwaters, boathouses or beaches, God’s own country rarely fails to impress you. During public holidays in Kerala, most of the business entities and commercial establishments are closed; however, the tourism industry continues to remain open for business.

Kerala Public Holiday List 2020 - Acko

In this article, we provide the Kerala Public Holiday list in 2020 along with its unique festivals and important days that the state observes.

Kerala Public Holidays Calendar:

Public holidays calendar in Kerala are observed either for a festival or a national holiday. Keralites celebrate their festival with much vigour. Below are the Kerala General Holidays and 2020 Kerala Public Holidays:

List of Holidays 2020 in Kerala:

Public Holidays in Kerala During January 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Sunday 26 January Republic Day

Public Holidays in Kerala During February 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Friday 21 February Maha Shivratri

Public Holidays in Kerala During April 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Friday 10 April Good Friday
Tuesday 14 April Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti

Public Holidays in Kerala During May 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Friday 1 May May Day
Sunday 24 May Eid-ul-Fitr

Public Holidays in Kerala During July 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Friday 31 July Bakrid/Eid-al-Adha

Public Holidays in Kerala During August 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Saturday 15 August Independence Day
Sunday 30 August Muharram/First Onam
Monday 31 August Thiruonam

Public Holidays in Kerala During September 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Wednesday 2 September Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti
Monday 21 September Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

Public Holidays in Kerala During October 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Friday 2 October Gandhi Jayanti
Sunday 25 October Maha Navami
Monday 26 October Dussehra
Friday 30 October Eid-e-Milad

Public Holidays in Kerala During November 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Saturday 14 November Diwali

Public Holidays in Kerala During December 2020:

Day Date Holiday Name
Friday 25 December Christmas

Check: Bank Holidays List 2020 in India

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

  • Kochi
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Kozhikode
  • Thrissur
  • Kannur
  • Kollam
  • Kottayam
  • Palakkad
  • Munnar
  • Alappuzha
  • Thalassery
  • Kasaragod
  • Kumarakom

Check: India Public Holidays List 2020

Festivals and Important Days in Kerala:

Kerala celebrates its festivals with a lot of excitement. If you are planning to visit Kerala, you should plan a trip during festivals to witness the local culture, traditions and savour their local cuisine. Below are some of the important festivals of Kerala:

Onam: Onam is one of the important festivals of Kerala since it’s a state festival and unique to any religion. Mahabali, the Asura (demon) King, is believed to have brought peace and prosperity to the people of Kerala. Keralites celebrate Onam by inviting Mahabali to their house to showcase that peace and prosperity. Onasadya is integral to Onam, which is a vegetarian meal with more than 50 dishes that are served during the festivities.

Kerala Boat Festival: Kerala is known for its tourism in the backwaters and the Kerala Boat Festival is where one can witness the Kerala boat race. If you are in Kerala, do not miss to see the famous Kerala boat race.

Vishu: The onset of the spring season or the beginning of the calendar month of Malayali month of Medam. People consider that the first view of the sun upon waking up in the morning is considered to bring abundance during the new year.

Attukal Pongala: For the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, the Pongala is an important festival. The 10-day long festival begins at the start of the month of Makaram-Kumbham. In 2009, the Guinness Book of Records awarded the gathering as “The largest annual gathering of women in an event organised by Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Trust in Kerala.

Christmas: Followers of Christ celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on the 25th of December every year. In Kerala, especially in Kochi, one can see the elaborate decorations and the festive spirit of the Keralites during the holiday season. From Christmas cakes, new dresses, Christmas trees and the delicacies made only during Christmas, Kerala offers an insight into how Christians celebrate the arrival of their Messiah.


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