Holidays in July 2020 & 2019

Holidays help us get away from the daily hustle and bustle. Given this fact, we all look forward to holidays. Here, we have compiled lists of public and bank holidays that fall in the month of July 2020. Read on to know about the dates and a bit about the festivals.

List of Public Holidays in July 2020

In the month of July, a number of festivals are celebrated in different part of the country. Listed in the table below are the festivals that will be celebrated in the month of July next year:

Date Day Holiday Celebrated in
3 July Friday Behdienkhlam Meghalaya
6 July Monday MHIP Day Mizoram
13 July Monday Martyr’s Day Jammu & Kashmir
17 July Friday U Tirot Sing Day Meghalaya
20 July Monday Karkkadaka Vavu Kerala
27 July Monday Kharchi Puja Tripura
31 July Friday Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh/Bakrid
  • Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh – Haryana/Punjab
  • Bakrid – Across the country

Note: Bonalu falls on a Sunday in 2020 

Bank Holidays in July 2020

In the country, banks operating in the country remain closed on every second and fourth Saturdays of a month as per the directive of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Apart from these days, banks shall also remain closed on the days listed below due to various festivals in the month of July 2020:

Date Day Holiday Bank Holiday in
6 July Monday MHIP Day Mizoram
13 July Monday Bhanu Jayanti/Martyr’s Day
  • Bhanu Jayanti – Sikkim
  • Martyr’s Day – Jammu & Kashmir
16 July Thursday Bonalu Telangana
17 July Friday U Tirot Sing Day Meghalaya
23 July Thursday Haryali Teej Haryana
27 July Monday Kharchi Puja Tripura
31 July Friday Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh/Bakrid
  • Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh – Haryana/Punjab
  • Bakrid – Across the country

Note: Guru Hargobind Ji’s birthday falls on a Sunday. Check the government gazette to authenticate the dates.

Description of Holidays in July 2020 

  • Behdienkhlam – The festival is celebrated for good health, prosperity, and a mega harvest. The festival begins with the sacrifice of a pig to ‘Knia Pyrthat’ (Thunder). This is followed by the priest ringing a brass bell along the main road to the point where the forest begins. As part of the festival, tall, round, and polished trunks of trees are cut and left in the woods for two days. Later, the logs are brought to the town with much fanfare. After the rituals are done, the logs are thrown into the river. At the end of the festival, a game called ‘Dad-Lawakor’ is played.
  • Guru Hargobind Ji’s birthday – Also known as Guru Hargobind Jayanti, the day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Guru Hargobind, the sixth Nanak in the Sikh religion. On the day of the festival, people visit Gurdwaras and attend the Shabadh Kirtan and eat the langar served on the occasion. At night, rehas are recited which is followed by the recitation of the Kirtan. Some Gurdwaras organise processions to mark the occasion.
  • MHIP Day – The day is celebrated to commemorate the establishment of the Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP), the lone women’s voluntary organisation in Mizoram. To mark the occasion, special functions are held across the state. These include community services like cleaning streets and other surroundings. The biggest philanthropic organisation in the state MHIP fights for women who face atrocities, extend help to the needy, and provide family counselling.
  • Bhanu Jayanti – The festival is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Bhanubhakta Acharya. Acharya was a Nepali poet, translator and writer. To mark the occasion, literary seminars and programs are organised.
  • Martyrs’ Day – The day is observed in tribute of those killed on 13 July 1931 in Jammu and Kashmir. On the day, tributes are paid to the martyrs. On the day, 22 Kashmiri people were killed outside the Central jail by the Dogra state forces on the command of Maharaja Hari Singh.
  • Bonalu – Basically a Hindu festival, Bonalu is celebrated during Ashada Masam which falls in the month of July or August. During the festival, Goddess Mahakali is worshipped. On the occasion, rice is prepared in an earthen or brass pot using milk and jaggery. The meal is adorned with neem leaves, turmeric, and vermilion. Women later carry the pots on their heads and offer it to Goddess with sarees and bangles.
  • U Tirot Sing Day – The day is celebrated to commemorate the death of one of the chiefs of Khasi people named U Tirot Sing Syiem, who was hanged by the British. On the day, tributes are paid to the brave Khasi king who stood up to the British in 1929.
  • Karkidaka Vavu – On the occasion of Karkidaka Vavu, people perform the ritual of ‘Bali Tharpanam’ to pay homage to their departed ancestors. On the day, people wake up early and reach the Bali Tharpanam centres. The rituals are held across holy rivers, seashores, and temples across the state of Kerala. On the day, the person performing the ritual observes a fast. Cooking of non-vegetarian food is prohibited on the occasion and a special dish called ‘Vavu Ada’ is prepared.
  • Haryali Teej – Known as the Swing festival, Haryali Teej is celebrated in the Hindu month of Shravan. On the occasion, married women dress as brides and observe a fast. The festival symbolises happiness, prosperity, and growth in the marital life of couples. The festival is also observed by unmarried girls.
  • Kharchi Puja – This festival involves the worship of the fourteen gods forming the dynasty deity of the Tripuri people. The festival is celebrated in the temples of the fourteen gods. It is celebrated to worship mother earth. On the day of the festival, the idols of the fourteen gods are carried to Saidra river and are bathed in the holy water. Once they are brought back to the temples, puja is performed and animals are sacrificed.
  • Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh – The day is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh. On the day, tributes are paid to the Indian revolutionary who avenged the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by killing Michael O’Dwyer.
  • Bakrid – The festival is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifices of Prophet Ibrahim. The festival is celebrated after the Hajj pilgrimage. As part of the festival, feasts are held. Friends and family are also visited on the occasion of Bakrid.

Given that, we have provided all the holidays that fall in the month of July, you can start planning a trip with the near and dear ones right away.

India is a culturally diverse country that is home to 1.3 billion people. Owing to many cultures and religions, the country sees diverse festivals celebrated through the year. Public holidays vary between states depending on the importance of each festival in its respective state. Given below is a list of regional public holidays in July 2019.

List of Holidays in July 2019

The following table outlines the national and regional holidays in July 2019:

Holiday Date Remarks
Ratha Yatra Thursday, 4 July 2019 A state holiday for Odisha as it is one of their main festivals.
Guru Hargobind Ji’s Birthday Friday, 5 July 2019 A public holiday for the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
MHIP Day Saturday,6 July 2019 This day is observed only in the state of Mizoram.
Ker Puja Sunday, 7 July 2019 A holiday observed in the state of Tripura only.
Martyr’s Day Saturday, 13 July 2019 Observed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir only.
U Tirot Sing Day Wednesday, 17 July 2019 Only observed the state of Meghalaya.
Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh Wednesday, 31 July 2019 This day is observed in Haryana and Punjab only
Karkkadaka Vavu Wednesday, 31 July 2019 A state holiday in Kerala only.

Bank Holidays in July 2019

The following table outlines the bank holidays in July 2019:

Holiday Date Remark
Rath Yatra Thursday, 4 July 2019 Bank holiday for the state of Orissa only
Guru Hargobind Ji's Birthday Friday, 5 July 2019 Observed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir only.
MHIP Day Saturday, 6 July 2019 A bank holiday for the state of Mizoram
Ker Puja Sunday, 9 July 2019 Only observed in the state of Tripura
Martyrs' Day Saturday, 13 July 2019 Bank holiday in Jammu and Kashmir.
Bhanu Jayanti Saturday, 13 July 2019 Bank holiday in Sikkim.
U Tirot Sing Day Wednesday, 17 July 2019 Observed as a bank holiday in Meghalaya
Bonalu Sunday, 21 July 2019 Bank holiday in Telangana
Shaheed Udham Singh's Martyrdom Wednesday, 31 July 2019 Observed only in the state of Punjab and Haryana.

Banks are closed on the 2nd Saturday and the 4th Saturday of the month and is the same for every bank all throughout the country. In July 2019, the 2nd and 4th Saturdays fall on the 13th of July and the 27th of July.

List of Monthly Holidays

Description of July Holidays 2019

Guru Hargobind Ji’s Birthday - The birthday of Guru Hargobind Ji is celebrated on the 5th of July 2019 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to honour him. Guru Hargobind Ji was the 6th Nanak of the 10 Gurus in the Sikh religion. Guru Hargobind Ji became a guru when he was 11 after the Mughal emperor Jahangir killed his father.

MHIP Day - The Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (M.H.I.P) is a voluntary organisation based in Mizoram and one of the biggest in the state. This organisation and the people who are a part conduct socio-welfare activities and camps all over the state. Many smaller organisations in the state are a part of MHIP. The 6th of July marks the founding of this organisation and is celebrated all over Mizoram.

Ker Puja - After the Kharchi Puja which is a major puja in the state of Tripura, people celebrate Ker Puja. This puja is done to honour Ker, who is said to be the guardian of Vastu Devata. During this puja, people are strictly not allowed to wear shoes, dance, sing or even light fires. It is against the custom to do so and if anyone does, the puja starts again after the person pays a fine.

Martyr’s Day - On this day, the people in Jammu and Kashmir and also around the country honour the men and women who had laid down their lives in service of the nation. It is mainly observed in Jammu and Kashmir and is a holiday in the state.

U Tirot Sing Day - Tirot Sing who was also known as U Tirot Sing Syiem was one of the chiefs of the people of Khasi in the early 19th century. He is regarded as one of the greatest freedom fighters who fought against the British colonialism for the North-East. This day is celebrated by the people of Meghalaya and is a holiday for the state.

Karkidaka Vavu - This day is celebrated in the state of Kerala where the people, on a no-moon day, pay respect to their ancestors and honour them by performing rituals. The particular ritual is performed on the banks of a river or a seashore.

List of Trading Holidays 2019

Top Holiday destinations to visit in July 2019

Kerala - From beaches to backwaters, Kerala is one of the most popular destinations to visit in July. Since July marks the start of the monsoon season in Kerala, the rains are comparatively less but add to the already existing beauty of the state and the cities. The beaches and backwaters of Alleppey, the calm of Munnar, the coast of Kochi makes Kerala an ideal destination to go to.

Ladakh - The city of Ladakh has gained immense popularity for tourists in the recent past especially bikers and trekkers. People from all over the world visit this city as well as Leh. The monsoons in July are minimal but encourages activities such as river rafting, mountain pass riding and so on. The premier tourist attraction Pangong Lake is said to look heavenly during the rains. However, camping near the lake is not allowed during monsoons.

Mount Abu - A hill station in Rajasthan, known for its rainfall as it is the highest point in the state. The hill station boasts of an attractive landscape. The place to see in Mount Abu are the Wildlife Sanctuary of Mount Abu, Achalgarh, Guru Shikar and Dilwara Jain Temple in July.

Coorg - A very famous hill station in Karnataka, which is known for its beauty during the monsoons. Mountain landscapes, the lush green environment, and friendly people, all add to the beauty of Coorg, especially during July as it marks the starting of the peak season for tourists. Abbey Falls, Brahmagiri Peak, and Dubare Elephant Camp are some of the must visit places in Coorg.

Kodaikanal - Considered as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Kodaikanal or Kodai as it is popularly known as, is a beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu. The monsoons start during July so the rains are not heavy. Popular tourist attractions such as the Kodai Lake, Bear Shola falls ,and Palani hills are not crowded and much more enjoyable to visit during this time.

Holiday Destinations In India

List Of Holidays In July 2018

The following table outlines the national and regional holidays in July 2018:

Date Day Festival Comments
14 July 2018 Saturday Ratha Yatra Odisha
20 July 2018 Friday Karchi Puja Tripura
31 July 2018 Tuesday Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh Punjab, Haryana

Bank Holidays In July 2018

The following table outlines the bank holidays in July 2018:

Date Day Festival Comments
06 July 2018 Friday MHIP Day Mizoram
13 July 2018 Friday Martyr’s Day Jammu Kashmir
14 July 2018 Saturday Ratha Yatra Odisha
20 July 2018 Friday Kharchi Puja  
31 July 2018 Tuesday Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh Punjab

News About Holidays in July 2019

  • YRS Stages Protests to Abolish Holiday on ‘Martyrs’ Day’

    The Yuva Rajput Sabha (YRS) staged protests in Jammu demanding the abolishment of holiday on 13 July, which is the martyrs’ day, terming it as a black day. Every year on 13 July is observed as the martyrs’ day in Jammu and Kashmir in memory of those killed in firing by soldiers of Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh on the very day in 1931, YRS president Surinder Singh Gilli said. He added that the community observed the day as a black day as it reminded them of the arson, sectarian carnage and loot against the Hindus. Led by the YRS president, over 300 activists gathered and staged protests against the martyrs’ day. They alleged that the incident had not been portrayed correctly and hence, the YRS president appealed to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to declare 13 July as a working day. He also urged the Modi government to abolish the holiday and declare 23 September as a gazetted holiday in remembrance of the birthday of Maharaja Hari Singh.

    13 July 2019

  • Bank Will be Closed on These Days in July

    While there’s no national holiday in July this year, banks will be closed on certain days in various parts of the country. Banks will remain closed on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month as per the banking rules in India. Accordingly, all banks will be shut 13 and 27 July. However, apart from being closed on Saturdays, different states have different reasons to be shut on a particular day. In Odisha, banks will remain shut on 4 July on account of Lord Jaganath ‘rathyatra’ ritual beginning from Thursday. In Jammu and Kashmir, banks will be shut on 5 July on account of the birthday of the sixth Guru-Gurugobind SIngh. In Agartala, all banks remained closed on 10 July on account of the ‘Kharchi Puja. In Meghalaya, the public holiday falls on 17 July and banks will be closed on the occasion of Tirot Sing Day. All banks in Agartala shall not operate on 23 July to celebrate the Tirot Sing Day.

    2 July 2019

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List of Trading Holidays 2019
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List of Monthly Holidays 2019-2020

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