Public holidays in Meghalaya comprises festivals, national holidays and state-specific holidays. Strongly rooted in its culture and traditions of its tribes, public holidays in Meghalaya include several state-specific holidays. Read on to discover the Meghalaya public holiday list 2020.

Meghalaya Public Holiday List 2020 - Acko

Public Holidays Calendar in Meghalaya:

During public holidays in the state, several government offices and commercial establishments are closed to observe a festival or of national significance. Meghalaya, which means “the abode of clouds” in Sanskrit, mesmerises with its breathtaking subtropical forest ecosystem. By clubbing your leaves with Meghalaya general holidays along with the 2020 Meghalaya public holidays, you can ensure a well-planned vacation.

List of Holidays 2020 in Meghalaya:

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During January 2020:

DayDate Holiday Name
Wednesday1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day
Sunday26 JanuaryRepublic Day

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During March 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Tuesday10 MarchHoli

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During April 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday10 AprilGood Friday

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During May 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Monday25 MayEid-ul-Fitr

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During July 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Wednesday8 JulyBeh Deinkhlam
Friday17 JulyU Tirot Sing Day

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During August 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday1 AugustEid-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)
Wednesday12 AugustJanmashtami
Saturday15 AugustIndependence Day

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During October 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday2 OctoberGandhi Jayanti
Friday23 OctoberMaha Saptami
Saturday24 OctoberMaha Ashtami

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During November 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday6 NovemberWangala Festival
Saturday14 NovemberDiwali
Monday23 NovemberSeng Kutsnem

Public Holidays in Meghalaya During December 2020:

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday12 DecemberPa-Togan Nengminza Sangma
Friday18 DecemberDeath Anniversary of U SoSo Tham
Thursday24 DecemberChristmas Festival
Friday25 DecemberChristmas Festival
Saturday26 DecemberChristmas Festival
Sunday27 DecemberChristmas Festival
Wednesday30 DecemberU Kiang Nangbah

Check: Bank Holidays List 2020 in India

Note: The above list of Meghalaya holidays is applicable across cities across the state such as:

  • Shillong
  • Tura
  • Mawlai
  • Jowai
  • Nongthymmai
  • Pynthormukhrah
  • Williamnagar
  • Nongstoin
  • Cherrapunjee
  • Madanriting

Check: India Public Holidays List 2020

Festivals and Important Days Observed in Meghalaya:

Below is the list of festivals and important days celebrated by the people of Meghalaya:

Nongkrem Dance Festival: The drive to Smit which is about 15kms from Shillong, is exhilarating as the experience of driving through narrow roads and beautiful hills. The Khasi tribe’s Syiem, the administrative head of the region, begins the festival with a dance in front of a wooden pillar known as “U Rishot Blei”. Young women and men perform the Nongkrem dance dressed in their traditional attires exhibiting their culture and traditions.

Behdienkhlam Festival: Celebrated in the month of July, the harvest festival of Behdienkhlam is observed over a period of three days. The word Behdienkhlam means “driving away evil by wooden sticks”. It is a symbolic gesture by young men of driving away any evil spirit, pests and plagues by hitting the roof of the house with bamboo sticks.

Autumn Festival: The capital of Shillong comes alive during the Autumn festival. Several functions and events are organised by the local administration for tourists and locals. Local designers take this opportunity to showcase their talent through indigenous fabrics. There are wine and food festivals where one can taste the local delicacies and listen to some of the local bands performing at the festival.


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