People living in India’s north-eastern state of Sikkim need to know about Sikkim’s public holidays so that they can plan various tasks well. This is because the majority of offices are closed on days mentioned in the list of holidays in Sikkim in 2020. Such a list is declared by the state government at the beginning of the calendar year.

Sikkim Public Holidays List 2020 - Acko

Sikkim’s general holidays are usually followed by public-sector enterprises, private-sector enterprises, as well as educational institutions. Sikkim’s public holiday list for 2020 comprises days that are celebrated as national events. Public holidays in Sikkim also include popular religious festivals that are unique to the state. Read ahead to know more about public holidays in Sikkim.

Sikkim Public Holidays Calendar:

Listed below are the days declared as public holidays in Sikkim. Major national events like Gandhi Jayanti are fixed, however, there are certain festivals based on the lunar calendar that cannot be predicted with 100% certainty. Therefore, the following list may be subject to changes.

Public Holidays in Sikkim During January:

DayDateHoliday Name
Wednesday1-JanNew Year’s Day/Nyenpa Guzom
Thursday2-JanNyenpa Guzom
Wednesday15-JanMakar Sankranti
Saturday25-JanSonam Losar
Sunday26-JanRepublic Day

Public Holidays in Sikkim During February:

DayDateHoliday Name
Monday24-FebLosar

Public Holidays in Sikkim During March:

DayDateHoliday Name
Tuesday10-MarHoli

Public Holidays in Sikkim During April:

DayDateHoliday Name
Thursday2-AprRam Navami
Friday10-AprGood Friday
Tuesday14-AprDr Ambedkar Jayanti

Public Holidays in Sikkim During May:

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday16-MayState Day
Monday25-MayEid-Ul-Fitr

Public Holidays in Sikkim During June:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday5-JuneSaga Dawa

Public Holidays in Sikkim During July:

DayDateHoliday Name
Monday13-JulyBhanu Jayanti

Public Holidays in Sikkim During August:

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday8-AugTendong Lho Rum Faat
Wednesday12-AugJanmashtami
Saturday15-AugIndependence Day
Friday21-AugHartalika Teej
Monday31-AugIndra Jatra

Public Holidays in Sikkim During September:

DayDateHoliday Name
Wednesday2-SepPang Lhabsol

Public Holidays in Sikkim During October:

DayDateHoliday Name
Friday02-OctGandhi Jayanti
Friday23-OctMaha Saptami
Saturday24-OctMaha Ashtami
Sunday25-OctMaha Navami
Monday26-OctVijaya Dashami

Public Holidays in Sikkim During November:

DayDateHoliday Name
Saturday7-NovLhabab Duchen
Saturday14-NovDiwali
Monday16-NovBhai Dooj

Public Holidays in Sikkim During December:

DayDateHoliday Name
Tuesday15-DecLosoong Namsoong
Wednesday16-DecLosoong Namsoong
Thursday17-DecLosoong Namsoong
Friday18-DecLosoong Namsoong
Sunday20-DecNyenpa Guzom
Monday21-DecNyenpa Guzom
Friday25-DecChristmas
Wednesday30-DecTamu Losar
Thursday31-DecSakewa

Check: Bank Holidays List 2020 in India

Note: The official list of holidays is declared by Sikkim’s state government. The days mentioned in the list of holidays are applicable in the following important cities and cross the state.

  • Gangtok
  • Pelling
  • Lachung
  • Lachen
  • Namchi
  • Ravangla

Check: India Public Holidays List 2020

Top Festivals in Sikkim:

Sikkim is known for its mountains and vibrant culture. It is home to several peaceful monasteries. You can visit them for their architecture and mediate as well. From lakes to valleys, and from restaurants to national parks, Sikkim has a lot to offer for national as well as international tourists.

If you happen to visit the state during one of the festivals, you will come back with lots of stories. Sikkim can be enjoyed by both young and old. Here’s a list of prominent festivals celebrated in Sikkim.

Losoong Festival: This festival is like a carnival and a new year celebration. It is known for the Chaam dance and contests involving archery. Losoong festival is not only celebrated by the Bhutias and Lepchas but also by the tribal people.

Losar Festival: The Losar Festival is a Tibetan New Year event. It is held in February. This is a harvest festival and also goes by the name of Gyalpo Losar. People visit monasteries, perform rituals, visit loved ones and offer flowers.

Bhumchu Festival: Bhumchu is the traditional name for a sacred pot containing holy water. This festival is based on the Tibetan lunar calendar. Several devotees from in and around neighbouring cities and states come to the Tashiding monastery for the festival.

International Flower Festival: Sikkim’s geographical location gives it the advantage of growing beautiful flowers, namely: Rhododendron and Orchid. These flowers along with other varieties are showcased to the audience during the International Flower Festival held in Gangtok.

Saga Dawa: This festival is celebrated by the Mahayana Buddhists. It features masked dances and lighting of lamps in monasteries. A convoy of monks moves about in Gangtok chanting hymns during Saga Dawa.

Tendong Lho Rum Faat: This is a three-day festival observed all over the state. It is celebrated by Sikkim’s Lepcha tribe. People pray to Mount Tendong situated in Namchi during the festival. They also make the mountain’s model in their home and worship it.


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