August Holidays 2020 & 2019

The month of August has quite a regional, public, and bank holidays. To know more about the holidays in August 2020, check the list below.

Read on to know the dates and a little bit about the festivals celebrated in the month.

List of Holidays in August 2020

In the month of August 2020, many regional festivals will be celebrated in the country. Listed below are the dates and names of the various festivals:

Day Holiday Celebrated in
Monday, 3 August 2020 Raksha Bandhan Many States
Monday, 10 August 2020 Ker Puja Tripura
Tuesday, 11 August 2020 Janmashtami Many States
Thursday, 13 August 2020 Patriot’s day Manipur
Saturday, 15 August 2020 Independence Day Throughout the country
Monday, 17 August 2020 Parsi New Year Gujarat and Maharashtra
Saturday, 22 August 2020 Ganesh Chaturthi Many States
Friday, 28 August 2020 Ayyankali Jayanthi/Ramdev Jayanthi/ Teja Dashami Ayyankali Jayanthi - Kerala Ramdev Jayanthi/ Teja Dashami - Rajasthan
Saturday, 29 August 2020 Ashura/Karam Ashura – Many States Karam – Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal,
Monday, 31 August 2020 Thiruvonam Kerala

Note: De Jure Transfer Day, Nuakhai, and First Onam fall on Sundays.

** Check the holidays with the government gazette.

List of Trading Holidays 2019

List of Bank Holidays in August 2020

In August, banks shall remain closed on the days listed below. This days are in addition to the second and fourth Saturdays of the month when all public and private sector banks operating in the country remain close.

Day Holiday Celebrated in
Saturday, 1 August 2020 Bakr Id/Eid al Adha Jammu & Kashmir
Monday, 3 August 2020 Raksha Bandhan/Jhulan Purnima Many States
Saturday, 8 August 2020 Tendong Lho Rum Faat Sikkim
Tuesday, 11 August 2020 Janmashtami Many States
Thursday, 13 August 2020 Patriot’s Day Manipur
Saturday, 15 August 2020 Independence Day Throughout the country
Monday, 17 August 2020 Parsi New Year Gujarat and Maharashtra
Saturday, 22 August 2020 Ganesh Chaturthi Many States
Thursday, 27 August 2020 Baba Sri Chand Ji Jayanti Punjab
Friday, 28 August 2020 Ramdev Jayanti/ Teja Dashami Rajasthan
Monday, 31 August 2020 Thiruvonam Kerala

Note: Please authenticate the dates with the holiday list issued by Reserve Bank of India.

A brief description of August Holidays 2020

  • Eid al Adha: The festival also known as Id-ul-Zuha or Bakr-Id is celebrated by the Muslim community. Often referred to as the festival of sacrifice, special prayers are held as part of the festival. On the day of the festival, people wear new clothes, greet others and offer gifts to their near and dear ones. A sheep or goat is sacrificed on the day and its meat is shared with family members, neighbours, and the poor.
  • Raksha Bandhan: Raksha Bandhan is a festival that observes the love between a brother and sister. On the day of the festival, a sister ties rakhi on her brother’s wrist in the presence of family. The brother in return promises to take care of his sister and offer special gifts.
  • Jhulan Purnima: It is another important festival for the followers of Lord Krishna. The festival celebrates the Radha-Krishna attachment together with the romantic passion of the rainy season. As part of the festival, idols are both Radha and Krishna and decorated and placed on an ornate swing. People visit temples and swing the deities amidst bhajans and kirtans recited by priests. Special aartis are held in temples on the occasion.
  • Ker Puja: The festival is held after two weeks of Kharchi Puja. The puja is done to honour Ker, the guardian deity of Vastu Devata. As part of the puja, offerings and sacrifices are made to the deity. Once the puja is done by the devotees, they take part in singing and dancing.
  • Tendong Lho Rum Faat: It is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Sikkim. As part of the three-day festival, prayers are offered to Mount Tendong. People prepare a model of the mountain with nine stones and worship it. To seek the blessings, people sing and dance wearing masks. The festival holds special significance for the Lepcha tribe.
  • Janmashtami: Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated with a lot of devotion on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Bhadon. The festival is actually celebrated during midnight as it is believed that Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night. As part of the festival, pujas and aartis are held in various parts of the country.
  • Patriot’s Day: The day is observed in Manipur to pay tributes to the heroes who laid down their lives while fighting the British during the Anglo-Manipuri war. A state programme is held every year on the day to pay tributes to the bravehearts.
  • Independence Day: A national holiday, the day commemorates the country’s independence from British rule. While the main celebration takes place at Red Fort in New Delhi, various functions are held in different states of the country. As part of the festival, the national flag is unfurled, patriotic programs are organized, and the freedom fighters who laid down their lives are remembered. The Prime Minister of the country addresses the nation and gives an account of the achievements in the previous year and offers an insight of the future plans.
  • Parsi New Year: The day is celebrated to mark the beginning of the Iranian calendar. The day also known as Jamshed-i-Nouraz is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. On the day, people from the Parsi community beautify their homes and wear new traditional dresses. Fire temples are visited to seek forgiveness for their sins and pray for prosperity. Traditional Parsi delicacies like farcha, meethi sev dahi, dhansak etc. are prepared as part of the festivities.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi: One of the important Hindu festivals in the country, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi of the Hindu month Bhadra. During the festival, Lord Ganesha who is considered to be the symbol of good fortune, wisdom, and prosperity is worshipped. It is celebrated with a lot of devotion and enthusiasm. The festival runs for a period of 10 days and as part of it a special sweet dish called ‘Modak’ (dumplings) are prepared.
  • Baba Sri Chand Ji Jayanti: The day commemorates the birthday of Sri Chand, the eldest son of Guru Nanak. On the day, people remember the life of Sri Chand and his preaching. Special events are held to mark the occasion.
  • Ayankali Jayanthi: The day is celebrated to honour Ayyankali, a social reformer who worked extensively for the development of those who were treated as outcasts. On the day, his efforts are remembered and tributes are paid in different parts of Kerala.
  • Ramdev Jayanti: The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Baba Ramdev, a Rajasthani king who ruled over Pokhran in the 14th century. Considered to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna, it is believed that he possessed spiritual powers. On the day, temples built for him are decorated. People prepare special meals as well as offer toy wooden horses with new clothes in the temples. Ramdev Jayanti is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.
  • Teja Dashami: The festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Tejaji, who was from the Jat community. It is celebrated on the tenth day of waxing phase of the moon in the month of Bhadrapad as per the Hindu lunar calendar. As part of the festival, people buy new stuff and pray for prosperity, health, and wealth. A procession is taken out to mark the occasion. It is believed that Lord Tejaji used to rescue people from deadly snake bites.
  • Ashura: Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram. It commemorates the death of the grandson of Islamic prophet Muhammad as well as marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram. For Shia Muslims, Ashura is not a festival but a sad event. It is period of grief and mourning. People assemble at mosques to lament and grieve the martyrdom of Husayn. It is believed that taking part in Ashura washes away one’s sins.
  • Karam: The festival is dedicated to the god of power, youth and youthfulness. It is celebrated on the 11th day of a full moon in the Hindu month of Bhado. As part of the festival, people go the jungle and cut one or more branches of the Karam tree. The branch/branches are later planted in a public place and is plastered with cow-dung and decorated with flowers. Later, puja is performed by a tribal priest. Once the puja is held, people indulge in merry making.
  • Thiruvonam: The tenth and the final day of the Onam festival is known as Thiruvonam. The day is important to the Malayali community as it is believed that Lord Mahabali comes to visit his people. Special prayers are performed on the day to seek divine blessings and a grand feast called ‘Onasadya’ is arranged. The feast which mainly consists of 9 courses is an indispensable part of Thiruvonam as it reflects the spirit of the season.

With us providing you the list of public and bank holidays in the month of August 2020, you can start planning a vacation with your friends or family straight away.

Whether you are a student or a working professional, holidays are something we all look up to as it offers us a chance to get away from the same routine. Given this fact, here we have compiled a list of public and bank holidays that fall in the month of August 2019.

List of Holidays in August 2019

The following table outlines the holidays in August 2019: (Including national and regional holidays)

Festival Day Date States
Hariyali Teej Saturday 3 August 2019 Punjab, Chandigarh, and Haryana
Bakri Id/Idul Juha Sunday to Monday 11 August to 12 August 2019 All Indian states
Patriot’s Day Tuesday 13 August 2019 Several states
Raksha Bandhan Thursday 15 August 2019 All Indian states
Independence Day Thursday 15 August 2019 All Indian states
Parsi New Year Saturday 17 August 2019 Only in the city of Mumbai
Kajari Teej Sunday 18 August 2019 UP, MP, Bihar, and Rajasthan 
Tithi of Sri Sri Madhav Dev Tuesday 20 August 2019 Assam
Janmashtami Friday 23 August 2019 All Indian states
Krishna Jayanti Friday 23 August 2019 Restricted holiday
Ayankali Jayanti Wednesday 28 August 2019 Kerala
Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib   31 August 2019 Punjab and Haryana

List of Bank Holidays in August 2019

The following table outlines the bank holidays in August 2019:

Holiday Date Day Remarks
Haryali Teej 3 August 2019 Saturday Haryana
Tendong Lho Rum Faat 8 August 2019 Thursday Sikkim
Bakrid/Eid al Adha 12 August 2019 Monday National except for Arunachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu, Puducherry and Sikkim
Patriot’s Day 13 August 2019 Tuesday Manipur
Eid al Adha Holiday 13 August 2019 Tuesday Jammu and Kashmir
Independence Day 15 August 2019 Thursday Nationally celebrated
Jhulan Purnima 15 August 2019 Thursday Odisha
Raksha Bandhan 15 August 2019 Thursday Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh
De Jure Transfer Day 16 August 2019 Friday Puducherry
Parsi New Year 17 August 2019 Saturday Maharashtra and Gujarat
Janmashtami 24 August 2019 Saturday National except for Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Puducherry, West Bengal
Ghatasthapana 29 August 2019 Thursday Rajasthan
Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti 29 August 2019 Thursday Punjab and Haryana
Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib 31 August 2019 Saturday Punjab

Bank holidays in August 2019 on Saturdays

All the public and private sector banks will remain shut on the second and fourth Saturdays each month. Earlier, the banks used to work half-day on all the Saturdays. The new rule has been in place since 1 September 2015. August 2019 has five Saturdays. The banks will function as usual on the fifth Saturday of the month. The second Saturday befalls on 10 August 2019, while the fourth Saturday on 24 August 2019. The fifth Saturday falls on 31 August 2019.

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A brief description of holidays in August 2019

  • Teej: Teej is an important festival falling this month. It commemorates the day when Goddess Parvati was accepted by Lord Shiva. Married Hindu women pray for their husbands in the Western and Northern regions of India.
    • Idul Juha: Idul Juha or the festival of sacrifice is a public holiday in India. It is one of the two Islamic global festivals. Abraham sacrificed his son to show obedience to the instruction of God. The Muslim community celebrates this festival to commemorate the desire of Abraham to sacrifice his son. They gather at a common place for the festival prayer and sacrifice a goat or a sheep. The meet is shared among themselves.
    • Patriot’s Day: Manipur observes Patriot’s Day to pay homage to the pride citizens of the state who battled during the Anglo-Manipuri was against the British. The function is organised in Imphal to remember and honor the sacrifices of great freedom fighters such as Charai Thangal, Kajao Singh Jamadar and Subedar Niranjan. Patriot’s Day is a state holiday in Manipur.
    • Independence Day: Independence Day, a national holiday in August 2019 in India, is celebrated across the country with pride to recall the memories of the country’s great freedom fighters and pay tribute to them. The President of India will address the country on the day before Independence Day. The Prime Minister of India also gives a speech at the Red Fort after the flag hoisting ceremony on 15 August every year.
    • Parsi New Year: The Parsi New Year, also known as Navroz, symbolises the commencement of the Iranian calendar. It is a sanctified occasion for the Parsi who wear traditional dresses and take a visit to fire temples. The entire community prays for affluence and health and also seeks clemency for debaucheries. The famous festival dishes consist of mutton cutlets, lagan nu custard, etc.
    • Janmashtami: Gokulashtami or Janmashtami celebrates the birth God Krishna, who is believed to be the eighth avatar of God Vishnu. The celebrations will slightly differ among the Indian states. The followers of God Krishna celebrate the festival by singing, praying altogether, visiting temples, etc.
    • Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Parkash Utsav Sri Guru Granth Sahib is observed only in Punjab. Guru Granth Sahib is a holy book for the community of Sikhs and it has been written by the religion’s founders.

    List of Monthly Holidays

    List Of Holidays In August 2018

    The following table outlines the holidays in August 2018: (Including national and regional holidays)

    Date Day Festival Comments
    03 August 2018 Friday Ker Puja Tripura
    11 August 2018 Saturday Karkkadaka Vavu Kerala
    15 August 2018 Wednesday Independence Day  
    17 August 2018 Friday Parsi New Year  
    22 August 2018 Wednesday Idul Juha Bakrid (many states)
    24 August 2018 Friday First Onam Kerala
    25 August 2018 Saturday Thiruvonam Kerala
    26 August 2018 Sunday Raksha Bandhan Rakhi
    26 August 2018 Sunday Third Onam Kerala
    27 August 2018 Monday Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti Kerala
    28 August 2018 Tuesday Ayankali Jayanthi Kerala

    Bank Holidays August 2018

    The following table outlines the bank holidays in August 2018:

    Date Day Festival Comments
    01 August 2018 Wednesday Bonalu TG
    03 August 2018 Friday Ker Puja TR
    13 August 2018 Monday Patriots Day MN
    14 August 2018 Tuesday Hariyali Teej HR
    15 August 2018 Wednesday Independence Day National
    16 August 2018 Thursday De Jure Transfer Day PY
    17 August 2018 Friday Parsi New Year MH, GJ
    22 August 2018 Wednesday Bakrid (many states) National except SK, PY, DD
    23 August 2018 Thursday Bakrid (many states) JK
    25 August 2018 Saturday Thiruvonam KL
    26 August 2018 Sunday Raksha Bandhan OR
    26 August 2018 Sunday Jhulan Purnima RJ, UK, MP, CG, DD, UP
    27 August 2018 Monday Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti KL
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