Holidays are welcome at any point of the month as it lets you get some time off from the daily hustle and bustle. However, if the holiday falls at the start or end of a week it enables you to plan a weekend getaway with your near and dear ones. Here, we have a compiled a list of long weekends in 2020. Read on to know more.
List of Long Weekends in 2020
|21,22, and 23 February 2020||Friday, Saturday, and Sunday||Maha Shivaratri (21 February)|
|7, 8, 9, and 10 March 2020||Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday||Holi (*9 and 10 March)|
|4.5, and 6 April 2020||Saturday, Sunday, and Monday||Mahavir Jayanti (6 April)|
|10, 11, and 12 April 2020||Friday, Saturday, and Sunday||Good Friday (10 April)|
|1, 2, and 3 May 2020||Friday, Saturday, and Sunday||Labour Day (1 May)|
|23, 24, and 25 May 2020||Saturday, Sunday, and Monday||Eid Ul Fitr(25 May)|
|31 July, 1 and 2 August 2020||Friday, Saturday, and Sunday||Eid al-Adha/Bakrid (31 July)|
|2, 3, and 4 October 2020||Friday, Saturday, and Sunday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti (2 October)|
|28, 29, and 30 November 2020||Saturday, Sunday, and Monday||Guru Nanak Jayanti (30 November)|
|25, 26 and 27 December 2020||Friday, Saturday, and Sunday||Christmas (25 December)|
Note: (*) Dates may vary depending on the region.
A short description of the festivals
- Mahashivratri – A Hindu festival, Mahashivratri is celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva. The festival marks a remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life and the world. As per the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated in the dark fortnight or Krishna Paksha of the month Maagha or Phalguna as per the Hindu calendar.
- Holi – Holi, one of the most revered and celebrated festivals in the country is also known as the ‘festival of love’. Celebrated over two days, the festival brings in a lot of positivity and symbolises the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Phalguna.
- Mahavir Jayanti – The festival is the most important religious holiday in Jainism and is celebrated on the 13th day of the Hindu month Caitra. As per the Gregorian calendar, the festival occurs in late March or early April. It celebrates the birth of Mahavira, a contemporary of Buddha and the last Tirthankara. The festival is marked with prayers and fasting.
- Good Friday – Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. The day is observed with prayers and fast as it is a day of mourning for the Church. In Vatican City, the pope recites the way of the cross for Catholics from across the world.
- Labour Day – The day is celebrated to honour the contribution of working men and women. On the day, labour organizations and trade unions carry out processions to defend their rights and safeguard their interests. It is a day which celebrates the achievements of the workers.
- Eid Ul Fitr – The festival marks the end of Ramadan. On the day, Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a sermon and take part in a form of charity. People prepare festive meals, wear new clothes, visit and offer presents to the loved ones on the occasion.
- Eid al-Adha – Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son. As part of the festival, people offer prayers, listen to a sermon at a mosque, wear new clothes, and visit family and friends. In an act known as qurbani, some symbolically sacrifice an animal. It represents the animal that Ibrahim sacrificed in place of his son.
- Gandhi Jayanti – A national holiday, the day marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The day is also known as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence' as Gandhi was a preacher of non-violence and a symbol for peace and truth. On the day, prayer services and commemorative ceremonies are held.
- Guru Nanak Jayanti – The day marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. In Sikhism, the festival is one of their holiest festivals. To mark the occasion, Sikhs start doing pheris 15 days prior to the day as well carry out Akhand Path, a 48-hour non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib. Before the day of the birthday, a procession referred to as Nagarkirtan is also organised.
- Christmas – Christmas is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. On the day, people attend special church services, wear new clothes, and eat festive meals with their loved ones. Children are offered presents by family and friends.
List of Monthly Holidays 2020