Holidays in May 2020 & 2019

Are you looking to plan a trip with friends or family in the month of May 2020 but confused as to when your college or office is closed due to national or regional public holidays? If the answer is yes, you have come to the right page. This is because here we have compiled a list of public and bank holidays that fall in the month of May 2020. Read on to find the list of holidays and know more about them.

List of Holidays in May 2020

The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar i.e., May, see as many as nine regional holidays which are spread across six days. The same has been mentioned in the table below:

Date Day Holiday Celebrated in
1 May 2020 Friday May Day/Maharashtra Day May Day - Across the country Maharashtra Day - Maharashtra
7 May 2020 Thursday Buddha Purnima/Birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore Buddha Purnima – Several states Birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore – West Bengal and Tripura
16 May 2020 Saturday State Day Sikkim
20 May 2020 Wednesday Shab-e-Qadr Jammu & Kashmir
22 May 2020 Friday Jumat-ul-Wida Several states
25 May 2020 Monday Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam/Maharana Pratap Jayanti Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam – Tripura Maharana Pratap Jayanti – Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan

Note: Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on 24 May 2020, which is a Sunday.

**Check the holidays with the government gazette

List of Bank Holidays in May 2020

Public and private sector banks operating in the country shall remain closed on the days listed in the table below in the month of May 2020. These days will be in addition to the regular bank holidays i.e., the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

Date Day Holiday Bank Holiday in
1 May 2020 Friday May Day/Maharashtra Day/Gujarat Day May Day - Across the country Maharashtra Day – Maharashtra Gujarat Day - Gujarat
7 May 2020 Thursday Buddha Purnima Several states
8 May 2020 Friday Birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore West Bengal and Tripura
16 May 2020 Saturday State Day Sikkim
21 May 2020 Wednesday Shab-e-Qadr Jammu & Kashmir
22 May 2020 Friday Jumat-ul-Wida Several states
25 May 2020 Monday Id-ul-Fitr/Maharana Pratap Jayanti Id-ul-Fitr – Several States Maharana Pratap Jayanti – Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan
26 May 2020 Tuesday Martyrdom day of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Punjab

Note: Please authenticate the dates with the Holiday list issued by RBI.

A brief description of Holidays in May 2020

  • May Day: The holiday which is celebrated as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas in some parts of the country is tied to labour movements. The date of celebrating May Day was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886.
  • Maharashtra Day: The day is celebrated to commemorate the creation of Maharashtra state in 1960. On the occasion, the governor addresses a huge gathering at Shivaji Park. The state government launches new projects and schemes on the day.
  • Gujarat Day: On 1 May 1960, the state of Gujarat was formed. The day is celebrated to commemorate the event. Various government events are held in the state with the main event being held at the Sabarmati waterfront in Ahmedabad. The government announces new schemes and programmes for the benefit of the people on the occasion.
  • Buddha Purnima: The festival marks the birth of Lord Buddha. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Vaisakh. On the occasion, a large fair is held at Sarnath, the place where Buddha gave his first sermon.
  • Birth anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore: The day is celebrated to mark the birthday of Rabindra Nath Tagore, the famous Bengali poet, musician, and artist. On the occasion, several cultural programmes and events are held in his honour at various places.
  • State Day: The day is celebrated to commemorate Sikkim becoming the 22nd state of India. On the day, several government programmes are held. The state government presents the Sikkim State Civilian Awards to personalities who have contributed to the development of the state to mark the occasion.
  • Shab-e-Qadr: The day marks the anniversary of the night when Prophet Mohammad received the first verses of the Quran from God. The day falls in the holy month of Ramadan. People pray for forgiveness on the occasion and read the holy book of Quran.
  • Jumat-ul-Wida: The day marks the last prayer offered for Ramadan. It is a special religious festival for Muslims. On the day, they visit mosques to offer prayers and bid farewell to the month of Ramadan as well as seek Allah’s blessings.
  • Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam: The day is celebrated in honour of the Bengali poet, musician, writer, and revolutionary Kazi Nazrul Islam. Several cultural programmes are held to mark the birth anniversary of the literary figure.
  • Maharana Pratap Jayanti: It marks the birth anniversary of the Rajput king Pratap Singh. The day is celebrated on the third day of the Jyestha Shukla phase. On the occasion, pujas and processions are held along with many cultural events.
  • Id-ul-Fitr: The festival marks the end of Ramadan, and it is the first day of the month of Shawwal. It has a prayer called “salat” which is generally offered in an open field.
  • Martyrdom day of Sri Guru Arjan Dev: The day is celebrated to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev. To mark the occasion, prayers are offered to the guru and hymns from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib are recited.

The month of May in 2020 has a lot of holidays. The public and bank holidays that fall in the month make it a good time to get away from the daily routine. With all the holidays listed above for May 2020, you can start planning your trip well in advance.

This is a holiday page designed for the month of May 2019. The page lists the public, regional and bank holidays during the month. People across the country can make use of this page for various purposes such as planning a trip, booking shows and travel tickets, and organising events and parties. The holiday page is a unique product individulised for all classes of people such as working professionals, businessmen, students, government employees and retired people.

List of Holidays in May 2019

The following table illustrates the Public and Regional Holidays in May 2019:

Holiday Date Day Comments
Maharashtra Day 1 May 2019 Wednesday Celebrated only in Maharashtra
May Day 1 May 2019 Wednesday Celebrated in several states
Parshuram Jayanti 7 May 2019 Tuesday A public holiday in May 2019 in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana
Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore 7 May 2019 Tuesday West Bengal, Tripura
Basava Jayanthi 8 May Tuesday Observed only in Karnataka
State Day 16 May 2019 Thursday Celebrated only in Sikkim
Buddha Purnima 18 May 2019 Saturday Birth anniversary of Buddha
Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam 24 May 2019 Friday Celebrated only in Tripura
Jamat-ul-Wida 31 May 2019 Friday Jammu and Kashmir

List of Monthly Holidays

Bank Holiday in May 2019

The following table illustrates the bank holidays in May 2019:

Holiday Date Day Comments
Maharashtra Day 1 May 2019 Wednesday Maharashtra
May Day 1 May 2019 Wednesday Assam, Bihar, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Punjab, Puducherry, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, West Bengal
Parshuram Jayanti 7 May 2019 Tuesday Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan
Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore 7 May 2019 Tuesday Tripura and West Bengal
State Day 16 May 2019 Thursday Sikkim
Buddha Purnima 18 May 2019 Saturday Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal
Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam 24 May 2019 Friday Tripura
Jamat-ul-Wida 31 May 2019 Friday Jammu and Kashmir

A brief description of Holidays in May 2019

  • Maharashtra Day: Maharashtra Day or Maharashtra Diwas is a state holiday in Maharashtra that celebrates the state formation day. Maharashtrians showcase their tradition and culture on this auspicious day. The main event is organised by the State Government of Maharashtra in Mumbai. The government declares new schemes for the people.
  • May Day: May Day, also known as Labour Day, is dedicated to the laborers and is a public holiday in May 2019 in several states. It is celebrated to honor the affair of Haymarket in Chicago. May Day is observed on 1 May in most countries.
  • Parshuram Jayanti: The birth anniversary of Parashuram is spiritually important for the community of Hindus. The devotees of the Lord Vishnu observe fast on the day and visit the Lord Vishnu temples.
  • Birthday of Rabindranath Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore was a great poet and artist from West Bengal. He won the Nobel Prize in 1913 for his momentous contributions to the music and literature of Bengali.
  • Basava Jayanthi: Basava Jayanthi celebrates the birthday of Basavanna, who was a poet of the 12th century. Basava Jayanthi is a government holiday in May 2019 in Karnataka.
  • State Day: On 16 May 1975, Sikkim officially became a territory of India and thus, on the 16th of May every year, State Day is celebrated in Sikkim, which is the least populous state in the country.
  • Buddha Purnima: Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti commemorates the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha and is a public holiday in India. Many Buddhists like to donate food, money and useful items to charities to mark the festival.
  • Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam: Tripura celebrates the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, who was a poet, musician and writer. A musical party is held in Tripura and the songs of Kazi Nazrul Islam are sung by the artists to mark the day.
  • Jamat-ul-Wida: Jamat-ul-Wida is the last festival holiday in May 2019. The festival signifies the best wishes of the Holy Quran. The Muslims celebrates the festival by narrating the Holy Quran and engaging themselves in social activities to seek the blessings.

May holiday destinations 2019

There are a few spectacular destinations in India to visit during holidays in May 2018. The destinations include:

  • Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh: Horsley Hills is one of the most scenic destinations in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The hills offer a good break from the city and its heart.
  • Shilllong, Meghalaya: The attractive mountains of the region are a joy to watch. Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, is a beautiful city.
  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh: Manali is the best tourist destination in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The major tourist attractions include Club House, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple and Vashisth.
  • Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh: Tirthan Valley, a paradise for nature lovers, is sited nearly 3 kilometers from the entrance Great Himalayan Park.
  • Gangtok, Sikkim: Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, has many places to visit during the holidays in May 2018. The major attractions include Changu Lake, Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir and Nathula Pass.
  • Ooty: Ooty, a popular hill station in India, is the best destination to visit during the May holidays 2018. Tea and coffee plantations, Ooty Lake and numerous gardens are good points to visit in the month of May.

Holiday Destinations In India

List Of Holidays In May 2018

The following table illustrates the public and regional holidays in May 2018:

Date Day Festival State
01 May 2018 Tuesday May Day Many states
07 May 2018 Monday Birthday of Rabindranath Tagore Tripura, West Bengal
16 May 2018 Wednesday State Day Sikkim
25 May 2018 Friday Birthday of Kazi Nazrul Islam Tripura

Bank Holidays In May 2018

The following table illustrates the bank holidays in May 2018:

Date Day Festival State
01 May 2018 Tuesday May Day PY, WB, AS, GA, KA, MN, WB, PY
01 May 2018 Tuesday Maharashtra Day MH
07 May 2018 Monday Guru Rabindranath Jayanthi WB, TR
16 May 2018 Wednesday State Day SK
25 May 2018 Friday Kazi Nazrul Islam Jayanti TR

News About Holidays in May

  • Public Brace for 2-Day Bank Strike

    Banking operations across the country are set to be hit on 30th and 31st May, 2018 after the confirmation of a 2 day strike by close to 40 banks. 21 public sector bank employees are participating in the strike, which was called to protest against unsatisfactory salary hikes. While private banks are unlikely to be affected by the strike, a number of professionals are concerned that the strike could delay salary processing.

    In the case of public sector banks, cheque clearances as well as cash deposit and withdrawal would be affected. While bank branches will remain closed on both days, bank officials have stated that customers can use internet banking and mobile platforms to perform certain banking transactions. 

    Bank employees have been protesting the 2% wage hike that was suggested by the Indian Banks’ Association, with employee unions reported a breakdown in negotiations on Monday, 28th May, 2018.

    30 May 2018

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