List of Holidays 2020 - Government, Public & Bank Holidays in India

Festivals form an integral part of the Indian culture and varies from state to state, with each state or city having its own set of customs and traditions of celebrating a particular festival. Here’s a complete list of government, public, and bank holidays in 2020.

National Holidays in India 2020

India has three national holidays. The country celebrates Republic Day on 26 January , Independence Day on 15 August and Gandhi Jayanti on 02 October every year.

Month Wise Government Holidays in 2020

List of Public and Government Holidays in 2020

India has an extensive list of Public and Government holidays. These holidays range from religious festivals to birthdays of individuals with historical significance as well as the foundation days of the different states. Here is a list of the major Public and Government holidays in India in 2020.

Date Day Name of Holiday States Celebrated
January
1 January 2020 Wednesday New Year’s Day Several states
2 January 2020 Thursday Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Haryana, Rajasthan
Mannam Jayanthi Kerala
12 January 2020 Sunday Swami Vivekananda Jayanti West Bengal
15 January 2020 Wednesday Bhogi Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
Makar Sankranti Several states
Pongal Several states
Tusu Puja Assam
16 January 2020 Thursday Thiruvallavur Day Tamil Nadu, Puducherry
Kanuma Pandunga Andhra Pradesh
23 January 2020 Thursday Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha
25 January 2020 Saturday Sonam Losar Sikkim
Statehood Day Himachal Pradesh
26 January 2020 Sunday Republic Day All over India
30 January 2020 Thursday Vasant Panchami West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha, Haryana, Punjab
February
9 February 2020 Sunday Guru Ravidas Jayanti Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh
19 February 2020 Wednesday Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti Maharashtra
20 February 2020 Thursday Statehood Day Arunachal Pradesh
State Day Mizoram
21 February 2020 Friday Maha Shivrathri Several states
March
5 March 2020 Thursday Panchayatiraj Divas Odisha
6 March 2020 Friday Chapchar Kut Mizoram
8 March 2020 Sunday Hazrat Ali’s birthday Uttar Pradesh
10 March 2020 Tuesday Holi Several states
22 March 2020 Sunday Bihar Diwas Bihar
23 March 2020 Monday S. Bhagat Singh’s Martyrdom Day Punjab and Haryana
25 March 2020 Wednesday Ugadi Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra
Gudi Padwa Maharashtra
April
1 April 2020 Wednesday Odisha Day Odisha
2 April 2020 Thursday Ram Navami Several states
6 April 2020 Monday Mahavir Jayanti Several states
9 April 2020 Thursday Maundy Thursday Kerala
10 April 2020 Friday Good Friday Several states
11 April 2020 Saturday Easter Saturday Nagaland
12 April 2020 Sunday Easter Sunday Several states
13 April 2020 Monday Bohag Bihu Assam
Vaisakh Haryana, Jharkhand, and Punjab
14 April 2020 Tuesday Vishu Kerala
Bohag Bihu Arunachal Pradesh
Bengali New Year West Bengal, Tripura
Puthandu Tamil New Year
Mahabishubha Sankranti Odisha
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Jayanti Several states
Ashoka's birth anniversary Bihar
15 April 2020 Wednesday Himachal Day Himachal Pradesh
21 April 2020 Tuesday Vaisakhi Several states
25 April 2020 Saturday Maharshi Parasuram Jayanti Several states
Basava Jayanti Karnataka
May
1 May 2020 Friday Labour Day Several states
Maharasthra Day Maharashtra
7 May 2020 Thursday Buddha Purnima Several states
8 May 2020 Friday Guru Rabindranath Jayanti West Bengal, Tripura
16 May 2020 Saturday State Day Sikkim
20 May 2020 Wednesday Shab-i-Qadr Jammu and Kashmir
22 May 2020 Friday Jumatul Bidah Jammu and Kashmir
24 May 2020 Sunday Eid-al-Fitr Several states
25 May 2020 Monday Maharana Pratap Jayanti Several states
June
5 June 2020 Friday Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti Several states
15 June 2020 Monday Raja Sankranti Odisha
23 June 2020 Tuesday Ratha Yatra Odisha
28 June 2020 Sunday Kharchi Puja Tripura
July
3 July 2020 Friday Behdienkhlam Meghalaya
5 July 2020 Sunday Guru Purnima Festival Many States
6 July 2020 Sunday MHIP Day Mizoram
14 July 2020 Tuesday Ker Puja Tripura
16 July 2020 Thursday Bonalu Telangana
20 July 2020 Monday Karkkadaka Vavu Kerala
23 July 2020 Thursday Haryali Teej Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh
31 July 2020 Friday Bakrid/Eid-al-Adha Several states
Shaheed Udham Singh’s Martyrdom Day Haryana and Punjab
August
1 August 2020 Saturday Bakrid Several states
3 August 2020 Monday Raksha Bandhan Several states
11 August 2020 Tuesday Janmashtami Several states
15 August 2020 Saturday Independence Day All over India
17 August 2020 Monday Parsi New Year Maharashtra and Gujarat
22 August 2020 Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi Several states
23 August 2020 Sunday Nuakhai Odisha
28 August 2020 Friday Ramdev Jayanti Rajasthan
28 August 2020 Friday Ayyankali Jayanthi Rajasthan
28 August 2020 Friday Teja Dashami Rajasthan
28 August 2020 Friday Ashura Many States
30 August 2020 Sunday Muharram Several states
31 August 2020 Monday Thiruvonam Kerala
September
1 September 2020 Tuesday Indra Jatra Sikkim
2 September 2020 Wednesday Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti Kerala
16 September Wednesday Vishwakarma Day Many stateRajasthan, Haryana and Punjab
17 September 2020 Thursday Mahalaya Amavasye Several states
October
2 October 2020 Friday Gandhi Jayanti All over India
Begins on 17th October 2020 Saturday Bathukamma Telangana & Andhra Pradesh
17 October 2020 Saturday Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan
23 October 2020 Friday Maha Saptami Several states
24 October 2020 Saturday Maha Ashtami Several states
25 October 2020 Sunday Maha Navami Several states
26 October 2020 Monday Vijaya Dashami Several states
29 October 2020 Thursday Eid-e-Milad(Mawlid) Several states
31 October 2020 Saturday Lakshmi Puja West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha
Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti Several states
November
1 November 2020 Sunday Kannada Rajyotsava Karnataka
Kerala Piravi Kerala
Puducherry Liberation Day Puducherry
Haryana Day Haryana
14 November 2020 Saturday Diwali/Deepavali Several states
14 November 2020 Saturday Narak Chaturdashi Several states
15 November 2020 Sunday Govardhan Puja Several states
16 November 2020 Monday Bhai Dooj Several states
16 November 2020 Monday Vikram Samvat New Year Several states
20 November 2020 Friday Chhath Puja Jharkhand, Bihar
30 November 2020 Monday Guru Nanak Jayanti Several states
December
18 December 2020 Friday Guru Ghasidas Jayanti Goa
19 December 2020 Saturday Liberation Day Goa
25 December 2020 Saturday Christmas All over India
30 December 2020 Wednesday U Kiang Nangbah All over India

Public holidays will also vary depending on each state.

List of Monthly Holidays 2020

The Hindus throughout the country festival a huge number of festivals. The festivals of Hindu have one or more of periodic, mythological and religious importance. The symbolism utilised and attached, the observance of the festival and the intensity and style of celebration differs from region to region within the nation.

Listed below are the popular Hindu Festival Holidays 2020.

Date Day Holiday Observed in
15 January 2020 Wednesday Makar Sankrati Rajasthan, Orissa, Karnataka, Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar
30 January 2020 Thursday Vasant Panchami Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Orissa, Tripura
1 February 2020 Saturday Ratha Saptami Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
21 February 2020 Friday Maha Shivaratri West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and other states
9 March 2020 Monday Holi All states except Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Goa, Kerala
25 March 2020 Wednesday Ugadi Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
2 April 2020 Thursday Ram Navami Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh
8 April 2020 Wednesday Hanum Jayanti Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Telangana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh
13 April 2020 Monday Vishu Tamil Nadu, Kerala
26 April 2020 Sunday Akshaya Tritiya Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
23 June 2020 Tuesday Rath Jatra Gujarat, Orissa
16 July 2020 Thursday Bonalu Telangana
25 July 2020 Saturday Naga Panchami All states except Goa and territories
3 August 2020 Monday Raksha Bandhan Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand
11 August 2020 Tuesday Krishna Janmashtami West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Gujarat, Bihar
21 August 2020 Friday Hartalika Teej Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar
22 August 2020 Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra
23 August 2020 Sunday Nuakhal Orissa
31 August 2020 Monday Onam Kerala, Pondicherry
16 September 2020 Wednesday Vishwakarma Puja West Bengal
17 September 2020 Thursday Mahalaya Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka
15 October 2020 Thursday Bathukamma Telangana
26 October 2020 Monday Dusshera All states
14 November 2020 Saturday Diwali
20 November 2020 Friday Chhath Puja Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand
21 November 2020 Saturday Jagaddhatri Puja West Bengal
25 November 2020 Wednesday Devothan Ekadashi Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttarakhanda

Popular Islamic Festival Holidays in India 2020

Date Day Holiday Observed in
7 March 2020 Saturday Birthday of Ali ibn Abi Talib Bihar, Uttar Pradesh
8 April 2020 Wednesday Shab-e-Barat West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Assam, Tripura, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh
22 May 2020 Friday Jumat-ul-Wida Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir
24 May 2020 Sunday Eid ul-Fitr All states and territories
31 July 2020 Friday Eid al-Adha All states and territories
8 August 2020 Saturday Eid e Ghadeer Telangana
28 August 2020 Friday Day of Ashura
28 October 2020 Wednesday Mawlid All states and territories

List of Trading Holidays 2020

Popular Sikh Holidays 2020 in India

Date Day Holiday Observed in
2 January 2020 Thursday Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurpurab Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab
16 Jun 2020 Tuesday Martrdom of Guru Arjun Dev Ji Punjab
21 April 2020 Tuesday Vaisakhi Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhanda, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh,
30 November 2020 Monday Guru Nanaka Gurpurab

Popular Christian Holidays 2020 in India

Date Day Holiday Observed in
1 January 2020 Wednesday New Year Day All states
5 April 2020 Sunday Palm Sunday All states and territories
10 April 2020 Friday Good Friday All states and territories
12 April 2020 Sunday Easter Sunday All states and territories
31 May 2020 Sunday Feast of Pentecost All states and territories
25 December 2020 Friday Christmas Day
26 December 2020 Saturday Boxing Day Telangana

Popular Buddhist Holidays in India 2020

Date Day Holiday Observed in
1 January 2020 Wednesday New Year Day All states
5 April 2020 Sunday Palm Sunday All states and territories
10 April 2020 Friday Good Friday All states and territories
12 April 2020 Sunday Easter Sunday All states and territories
31 May 2020 Sunday Feast of Pentecost All states and territories
25 December 2020 Friday Christmas Day
26 December 2020 Saturday Boxing Day Telangana

Popular Jain Holidays 2020 in India

Date Day Holiday Observed in
6 April 2020 Monday Mahavir Jayanti Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand
16 August 2020 Sunday Paryushan Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Orissa

10 Popular Festivals of India 2020

India, the second most popular country in the world, has many religions, festivals and customs. A majority of festivals across the country are common among all communities. The 10 biggest festivals of the country include Diwali, Holi, Maha Shivaratri, Ramadan, Raksha Bandhan, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Krishna Janmastami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Baisakhi.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is normally celebrated in the month of October or November every year. It is a 5-day Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Diwali, in North India, is celebrated to honor the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after beating Ravana.

Holi, the Festival of Colors, is normally celebrated in the month of March every year. During this festival, people burn figurines, light beacons and drench each other with water billons and water.

Maha Shivatri means the night of Lord Shiva. Devotees across the country flock to Shiva temples and offer Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva. Extensive dancing and singing takes place to make people stay awake all night.

Ramadan is the month of fasting for the Islamic community. During the month, Muslims refrain from drinking, eating and smoking. The festival is intended to teach the community of Islam about humility, patience and spirituality to God.

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love, bond and affection between sisters and brothers. The festival is usually celebrated in the month of August every year. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of brothers.

Navaratri is celebrated for nine days with three each dedicated to worship of Ma Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, Ma Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge and Ma Durga, the Goddess of Valor.

Dussehra, a Hindu festival, celebrates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana. The festival also signifies the triumph of Goddess Durga over Mahishasur. Mysore is the famous destination to celebrate this festival with friends and families.

Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival, marks the birthday of Lord Ganesh or Lord Ganapati. The festival is celebrated by the worshippers of Lord Shiva and the worshipers of Lord Vishnu. Baisakhi, a primordial harvest festival, celebrates the New Year for the Sikh community.

Destinations in India that help you planning a relaxing holidays

List of 2020 State-wise Holidays

With over a billion people, India is one of the most populous countries in the world. Hence, one can see many cultures, religions, and languages in this country. India is blessed with many festivals as all faiths are embraced in this land. If you wish to be a part of these amazing festivals, plan your trip early as travel by bus/train/flight tends to get more expensive as the festivals approach. You can always use your travel credit card to book your tickets and make your trip even more rewarding.

Festivals are celebrated differently in various parts of India depending on the place, faith, and other factors. Currently, there are 29 states and 7 union territories in India. If you are looking for a state-wise list of holiday 2020 in India, read on.

  • 15 January 2020 - Sankranti
  • 25 March 2020 - Ugadi
  • 22 August 2020 - Ganesha Chaturthi
  • 25 October 2020 - Ayudha Pooja
  • 25 December 2020 - Christmas Day

Apart from the above, the holidays mentioned below are widely celebrated in Karnataka:

Date Day Holiday
21 February 2020 Friday Maha Shivratri
26 April 2020 Sunday Basava Jayanti
17 September 2020 Thursday Mahalaya Amavasye
1 November 2020 Sunday Kannada Rajyotsava
3 December 2020 Thursday Kanakadasa Jayanthi
25 December 2020 Friday Christmas Day
  • 15 January 2020 - Bhogi
  • 2 April 2020 - Shri Ram Navami
  • 11 August 2020 - Shri Krishna Janmashtami
  • 24 May 2020 - Eid-ul-Fitr
  • 25 December 2020 - Christmas Day

Apart from the above, the holidays mentioned below are widely celebrated in Andhra Pradesh:

Date Day Holiday
15 January 2020 Wednesday Sankranti
25 March 2020 Wednesday Ugadi/Telugu New Year
22 August 2020 Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi
26 October 2020 Monday Vijaya Dashami
25 December 2020 Friday Christmas Day
  • 19 February 2020 - Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti
  • 10 March 2020 - Holi
  • 25 March 2020 - Gudi Padwa
  • 1 May 2020 - Maharashtra Day
  • 14 November 2020 - Diwali

Apart from the above, the holidays mentioned below are widely celebrated in Maharashtra:

Date Day Holiday
21 February 2020 Friday Maha Shivratri
2 April 2020 Thursday Ram Navami
6 April 2020 Monday Mahavir Jayanti
5 June 2020 Wednesday Eid ul-Fitr
8 October 2020 Tuesday Dussehra
  • 2 January 2020 - Guru Gobind Singh (Delhi Government only)
  • 2 April 2020- Shri Ram Navami
  • 6 April 2020 - Mahavir Jayanti
  • 7 May 2020 - Buddha Purnima
  • 31 October 2020 - Maharishi Valmiki's Birthday

Apart from the above, the holidays mentioned below are widely celebrated in Delhi:

Date Day Holiday
21 February 2020 Friday Maha Shivratri
10 March 2020 Tuesday Holi
10 April 2020 Friday Good Friday
7 May 2020 Sunday Buddha Purnima
24 May 2020 Sunday Idul Fitr
26 October 2020 Monday Dussehra
  • 14 April 2020- Vishu
  • 10 April 2020 - Good Friday
  • 24 May 2020 - Idul Fitr
  • 31 August 2020 - First Onam and Thiruvonam
  • 2 September 2020 - Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti

Apart from the above, the holidays mentioned below are widely celebrated in Kerala:

Date Day Holiday
10 April 2020 Friday Good Friday
01 May 2020 Friday May Day
24 May 2020 Sunday Idul Fitr
25 October 2020 Sunday Mahanavami
26 October 2020 Monday Vijaya Dashami
30 November 2020 Monday Guru Nanak Birthday
  • 12 January 2020 - Birthday of Swami Vivekananda
  • 23 January 2020 - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti
  • 01 May 2020 - May Day
  • 08 May 2020 - Rabindranath Tagore Birthday
  • 17 September 2020 - Mahalaya

Apart from the above, the holidays mentioned below are widely celebrated in West Bengal:

Date Day Holiday
30 January 2020 Thursday Vasant Panchami
14 April 2020 Tuesday Bengali New Year
7 May 2020 Thursday Buddha Purnima
23 October 2020 Friday Saptami of Durgapuja
31 October 2020 Saturday Lakshmi Puja
14 November 2020 Saturday Kali Puja
  • 15 January 2020- Pongal
  • 31 August 2020- Thiruvalluvar Day
  • 01 May 2020- May Day
  • 11 August 2020- Janmashtami

Apart from the above, the holidays mentioned below are widely celebrated in Tamil Nadu:

Date Day Holiday
14 April 2020 Tuesday Puthandu/ Tamil New Year
22 August 2020 Saturday Ganesha Chaturthi
25 October 2020 Sunday Ayudha Puja
26 October 2020 Monday Vijaya Dashami
14 November 2020 Saturday Deewali

*All states and cities in India have different regional holidays and fixed public holidays. Please check the complete list of government and public holidays in 2020 for your specific state for accurate information.

There are many national and regional holidays that are celebrated across the country. These festivals or occasions are not restricted to a particular state or city as people across India celebrate it with joy and excitement. Some of the holidays that are celebrated across the country are:

Date Day Holiday
21 February 2020 Friday Maha Shivratri
10 March 2020 Tuesday Holi
25 March 2020 Wednesday Ugadi
10 April 2020 Friday Good Friday
24 May 2020 Sunday Id-ul-Fitr
22 August 2020 Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi
17 September 2020 Thursday Mahalaya Amavasye
25 October 2020 Sunday Ayudha Pooja
26 October 2020 Monday Dussehra
30 August 2020 Sunday Muharram
14 November 2020 Saturday Deewali
25 December 2020 Saturday Christmas Day

Though India is blessed with many festivals, you would not get a holiday for all of it. Please refer to the updated holiday list for your state/city/office/institution for accurate information.

News About List of Holidays – Government, Bank and Public Holidays in India

  • Bank Holidays in July

    Bank services will not be heavily affected in July since there are no major festivals for the month. The banks in most cities will be functioning on all days of the month apart from 2nd and 4th Saturdays. However, there will be a few bank holidays in some states due to state-wise holidays.

    According to the Reserve Bank of India, the banks of a few cities will be closed on account of regional holidays such as Beh Bienkhlam, Bhanu Jayanti, Ker Puja, U Tirot Sing Day, Drukpa Tshechi and Bakrid.

    The banks in Agartala will remain closed on 14 July 2020, Gangtok on 13 July and 24 July. The banks in Jammu and Kochi will be closed on 31 July and the banks in Shillong will remain closed on 8 July and 14 July. In Srinagar and Thiruvananthapuram, the banks will be closed on 31 July and all these holidays will be under ‘Holidays under Negotiable Instruments Act’.

    2 July 2020

  • Banks shall remain close on the following days in June

    While there are no major festivals in the month of June, banks operating in the country shall remain closed on certain days of the month. Many banks which have reduced their working hours to promote social distancing will remain closed on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, as per the guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). In addition to this, banks in some states shall be closed to observe certain regional festivals as per the RBI’s website.

    In Sikkim, there shall be a bank holiday on June 5 to observe Saga Dawa. There will be a holiday on June 15 in Mizoram and Odisha on account on YMA day and Raja Sankranti. In Jammu and Kashmir, banks will not open on June 18 as the state observes the birthday of Guru Hargobind. Banks in Odisha and Mizoram will remain closed again on 23 and 30 June respectively on account on Ratha Yatra and Remna Ni.

    1 June 2020

  • Bank holidays in India for the month of May 2020

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, most of the things in India have remained closed. However, banks are closed in India only on days of national importance.

    Apart from national holidays, banks in India remain shut on regional days as well. All banks are closed in India 1 May 2020 on account of May Day. Banks in Mumbai are also closed on 1 May 2020 due to Maharashtra Day. On 1 May 2020, banks are closed in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Telangana, Puducherry, Manipur, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Bihar, Assam, and Andhra Pradesh. On 7 May 2020, banks in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Islands, and Arunachal Pradesh are closed on account of Buddha Purnima. Banks in Sikkim remain closed on 16 May 2020 because of Sikkim Day. On 21 May and 22 May, banks are closed in most states due to Jumat-ul-Wida. On 23 May or 24 May, banks will remain closed in several states due to Eid al-Fitr. On 24 May 2020, banks will remain closed in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Haryana due to Maharana Pratap Jayanti.

    5 May 2020

  • Govt. announces holiday schedule for 2020

    The holiday schedule for 2020 was announced by the government of India on Friday. The schedule is divided across three classifications namely gazetted, restricted, and state and union territory. The public holidays in the country are governed through six laws namely –

    • Weekly Holidays Act, 1942
    • Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946
    • National and Festivals Holidays Act, 1963
    • Negotiable Instruments Act 1981
    • Companies Act 2013
    • Shops and Commercial Establishments Act

    There are a total of 17 gazetted and 32 non-gazetted holidays in 2020. It must be noted here that in 2020, most public holidays occur over weekends. Republic day, Bakrid Id, Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturthi, Parsi New Year, Dussehra and Diwali all fall in weekends.

    20 December 2019

  • All India bank strike proposed on 22 October

    An all-India bank strike has been proposed on 22 October by two of the leading bank employee unions. These are the Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) and the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA). The objective of the strike is to oppose the merger of 10 of the state-run banks into four banks. State Bank of India (SBI) stated that its operations would not be affected by the strike as most of its employees are not members of these two unions. However, Syndicate Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Oriental Bank of Commerce, and Bank of Baroda have stated that their operations would be affected due to the strike. Some of the other demands of the two unions are job security, action on defaulter charges, recovery of bad loans, and protest against the high service and penal charges for customers. The proposed merger would reduce the number of public sector banks from 27 to 12. Some of the mergers are Andhra Bank with Union Bank of India and Corporation Bank, Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank, Indian Bank and Allahabad Bank, and Punjab National Bank with Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India.

    21 October 2019

  • Bank holidays in October

    October has a number of public holidays on account of numerous festivals that are taking place during the month. There are a total of eight holidays in the month of October, which includes the weekend days of Saturday and Sunday too. However, banks will have state-wise holidays too which will differ from place to place. The general holidays are 2 October which marks the 150-year anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, 7 October which is Navami, 8 October which is Dussehra, and 27 October which is Diwali. In between these comes Sundays which fall on 6 October, 13 October, and 20 October. Second Saturday and fourth Saturday are also bank holidays which fall on 12 October and 26 October respectively.

    In West Bengal, holidays for State Bank of India run from 5 October to 8 October while in Tamil Nadu it is closed on 7 October on account of Ayudha Pooja. Some banks may also be closed on 28 October and 29 October on account of Diwali and Bhaidooj respectively. People have thus been advised to complete all their bank-related transactions keeping in mind these holiday dates in order to avoid any problems later.

    7 October 2019

  • Planned bank strike on September 26 and September 27 called off

    The bank officer’s union has deferred the planned 2-day bank strike after discussions with the government. The government has provided assurances that their concerns will be looked into. Four unions had called for a strike on September 26 and September 27 after the government announced that 10 public sector banks will be merged to 4.

    According to a statement issued by the bank unions, the strike was deferred as the Finance Secretary was positive in the formation of a committee to look into the concerns of the bank unions. The four unions that called for a two-day strike were the National Organisation of Bank Officers (NOBO), Indian National Bank Officers’ Congress (INBOC), All India Bank Officers’ Association (AIBOA), and All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC). The strike was deferred after representatives of the four unions met the Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar, who gave them positive feedback regarding the formation of Committee to look into their concerns. Banking activities will not be affected on these days since the strike has been called off. In case the planned strike had gone ahead, banks would have remained closed for four days in a row as the two days following the strike were the fourth Saturday and Sunday.

    25 September 2019

  • April 18 to be a public holiday in Tiruchi

    In order to allow individuals, exercise their democratic right Tamil Nadu government has declared April 18 as a public holiday. The government informed this through a statement and has asked all private companies to comply with the order. The statement added that action will be taken against those companies who fail to pay the employees after the units are closed on the said day. 

    It needs to be mentioned here that the state of Tamil Nadu has a total of 39 Lok Sabha seats. The state has the fourth highest number of Lok seats in the country after Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Bihar. 

    14 April 2019

  • Services Set To Be Impacted By 30th-31st May Bank Strike

    State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender stated that the 2-day bank strike would impact its operations across the country. Employees of SBI are set to join other public sector banks and some private sector banks in the 2 day strike to protest wage hikes. The unions representing the unions have rejected the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA)’s decision to hike wages by 2%. 

    The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) submitted letters to the IBA as well as the Finance Ministry and the Labour Ministry with a list of demands as well as their opposition to the wage hike percentage. The union demanded a quick resolution to the deadlock over the wage hike as well as other service improvements. 

    Bank branches of SBI, Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda among other public sector banks will remain shut over 30th and 31st May, 2018.

    30 May 2018

  • Banks to remain closed today and tomorrow in many states

    On account of Buddha Purnima and International Workers’ Day, banks will remain shut in many states on 30th April 2018 and 1st May 2018. Banks across the country shall remain closed usually on the second and fourth Saturdays. Since 28th April fell on Saturday, banks in some states will not work for 4-days in a row. Be sure to check whether or not your bank will function today and tomorrow. Today, the FX market shall remain shut. Stock markets will remain closed tomorrow on account of Maharashtra Day.

     

    Here are a few things to notice about a 4-day bank holiday in several states:

    • ATMs will remain opened. Internet banking will not be affected.
    • Bank holidays differ from state to state.
    • According to reliable sources, on account of Buddha Purnima, the banks in Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Haryana shall be shut.
    • On Tuesday 1st May 2018, the banks in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra shall be closed on account of International Workers’s Day.

    30 April 2018

  • Banks will not remain closed for 5 days in a row - officials confirm

    On Monday, a union leader said “Beginning from Thursday, banking institutions across the country shall not remained off for 5 days in a row.” D. Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev, General Secretary of the All India Bank Officers Confederation, said “Banks will function on 31 March 2018, the last working day of the fiscal year 2017-2018. There are no continuous holidays for banks.” “On account of Mahaveer Jayanthi and Good Friday, banks will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, but they will function on Saturday, which is the 5th Saturday of the month. Banks remain closed only on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month,” he further added.

    26 March 2018

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