It’s raining festivals in October. So, if you are planning for a trip with your family, here’s a comprehensive list of October 2020 holidays. Mark the dates and plan your travels accordingly.
Getting to know the dates when you have holidays well in advance comes in handy when planning a trip with family or friends. As such, here we have compiled a list of public and bank holidays that fall in the month of October 2020.
List of Public Holidays in October 2020
In the tenth month of the year i.e., October a number of festivals are celebrated in the country. Given this fact, the number of working days in the month of October are fewer than other months of the year. Listed below are the festivals that are to be celebrated in October 2020:
|2 October 2020||Friday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti||Across the country|
|15 October 2020||Thursday||Bathukamma Starting Day||In many states|
|17 October 2020||Saturday||Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti||Haryana and Rajasthan|
|22 October 2020||Thursday||Maha Saptami||In many states|
|24 October 2020||Saturday||Durga Ashtami/Durga Navami||In many states|
|29 October 2020||Thursday||Mawlid||In many states|
|31 October 2020||Saturday||Sardar Patel’s Birthday/Lakshmi Puja/Maharishi Valmiki Birthday|
Note: Kati Bihu and Vijaya Dashami will be celebrated on October 18 and 25 in 2020, which are Sundays.
** Check the holidays with the government gazette.
List of Monthly Holidays 2020
List of Bank Holidays in October 2020
Bank holidays are those where public and private sector banks operating in the country remain closed. As per the country’s central bank i.e., Reserve Bank of India, banks remain closed on the second and fourth Saturdays of a month. In addition to those days, banks in the month of October 2020 shall also remain closed on the dates listed in the table below:
|2 October 2020||Friday||Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday||Across the country|
|17 October 2020||Saturday||Ghatasthapana/ Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti||
|23 October 2020||Friday||Maha Saptami||In many states|
|24 October 2020||Saturday||Maha Ashtami||In many states|
|26 October 2020||Monday||Vijaya Dashami||In many states|
|30 October 2020||Friday||Eid e Milad||In many states|
|31 October 2020||Saturday||Lakshmi Puja/Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti/Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti||
Note: Please authenticate the dates with the holiday list issued by Reserve Bank of India.
Bank (Saturdays) Holidays in October 2020
Banks remain shut on the 10th and 24th of October 2020 on account of the second and fourth Saturdays.
During bank holidays in October 2020, banking institutions will remain closed. ATMs shall be open to the public service.
India has three national holidays: Republic Day, which is celebrated on 26 January every year; Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, which is celebrated on 02 October every year; and Independence Day, which is celebrated on 15 August every year. The month of October 2020 has many holidays for all the classes of people in addition to this national holiday. Why do we need holidays? Well, we all need holidays to take a break from hectic work schedules, celebrate festivals with the people whom we love the most, and go on a trip to the destination we like the most.
List of Trading Holidays 2020
A brief description of October Holidays 2020
- Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday – Also known as Gandhi Jayanti, the day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It is one of the three national holidays of the country. The day is marked by tributes, prayers, and commemorative ceremonies. The statues of Mahatma Gandhi are decorated with garlands on the day. It needs to be mentioned here the day is celebrated as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence’
- Bathukamma Starting Day – A floral festival, Bathukamma is celebrated by the women in Telangana. It is celebrated on Bhadrapada Pournami, which is also known as Mahalaya Amavasya or Pritu Amavasya. The festival represents the cultural spirit of Telangana and is considered the festival for feminine felicitation. On the occasion, women arrange the bathukamma flower with different unique seasonal flowers in seven concentric layers in the shape of temple gopuram and dress up in traditional sarees.
- Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti – The festival is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Maharaja Agrasen. It is observed by the Agarwal and Agrahari communities. On the day of the festival, Maharaja Agrasen is worshipped. People also offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and seeking peace and prosperity. To mark the occasion, various cultural functions are held that are based on the life of the legendary king. People also organise processions, medical camps and indulge in social welfare activities.
- Ghatasthapana – Ghatasthapana marks the beginning of Navratri. The festival is a significant ritual when it comes to Navratri celebrations. As part of the festival, a ritual pot called a kalasha or kalash is filled with holy water, coated with cowdung, and sown in barley seeds. The pot or kalash containing the holy water is placed in a sand pit and worshipped twice a day during the entire nine days of Navratri.
- Maha Saptami – The day marks the seventh day of Durga Puja celebrations. On the day, devotees offer prayers to the Goddess and seek her blessings. Devotees offer the deity special dishes on Maha Saptami. A sacred meal (Bhog) is prepared on the day and is distributed among the masses as ‘Prasad’. It needs to be mentioned here that devotees on Maha Saptami perform ‘Kalratri Puja’ and ‘Saraswati Puja’ as well.
- Maha Ashtami – This day is one of the most auspicious days of the Durga Puja festival. Also known as Durga Ashtami, the weapons of Goddess Durga are worshipped by devotees to seek power. As part of Maha Ashtami, people keep a day long fast and temples organize large scale pujas and havans. The eight avatars of Goddess Durga known as Ashtanayikas are also worshipped on the day. It ends with the Sandhi puja, which ushers in Maha Navami.
- Maha Navami – Maha Navami is the third day of the Durga Puja celebrations and the ninth day of the Navratri festival. To mark this day, Shodhasopachar puja is done by devotees. In addition to this, Navami hom, a special ritual is also done by the priest. In some places of the country, bali or sacrifice of animals to please the goddess is practiced as part of the festival.
- Vijaya Dashami – Vijaya Dashami marks the end of the Navratri and Durga puja celebrations. The day is celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month as per the Hindi calendar. The celebrations of Vijaya Dashami differ depending on the place where it is celebrated. In certain places, large effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghanath are burnt to mark the occasion while in other place, idols of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha, and Karthikeya are carried to a river front for immersion after puja is done by the priest.
- Mawlid – Also known as Id-e-Milad or Milad un-Nabi, the festival commemorates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. As part of the festival, night long prayer meetings and parades are held. Communal meals in mosques and other community buildings are also organized to mark the celebrations. People on the occasion of Mawlid, dress up in green clothing as the colour represents Islam and paradise.
- Lakshmi Puja – Lakshmi Puja is a Hindu religious festival and is believed to be the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi. On the occasion, people wear new clothes, light diyas and offer prayers to the Goddess. As it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, people clean their houses and draw a rangoli at the doorstep of the house on the occasion.
- Ayudha Puja - Ayudha Puja is a famous Hindu festival observed in many parts of India. People worship the instruments that are used quite often.
- Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti - The day marks the birth anniversary of the Maharishi Valmiki, who is also known as Adi Kavi Valmiki. The festival is observed on the full moon day of Ashwin month as per the Hindu calendar. To mark the occasion, processions are carried out. Food distribution camps, meetings are held in various parts of the country on the occasion. It needs to be mentioned here that the festival is also observed as Pargat Diwas.
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti – The day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of India’s Iron man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The day is also celebrated as National Unity Day or Rastriya Ekta Diwas because Patel worked extensively to unite India. On the day, tributes are paid to the leader and various programmes are held across the country.
With all the holidays that fall in the month of October in 2020 mentioned above, you can start planning a trip with the loved ones straight away.
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List Of Holidays In October 2019
The following table outlines all types of holidays in October 2019:
|2 October 2019||Wednesday||Gandhi Jayanthi||National holiday|
|5 October 2019||Saturday||Maha Saptami||West Bengal, Odisha, Assam|
|6 October 2019||Sunday||Durgashtami||Odisha, West Bengal, Telangana, Assam, Andhra Pradesh|
|6 October 2019||Sunday||Mahanavami||Kerala, Bihar, Odisha|
|6 October 2019||Sunday||Navami of Durga Puja||West Bengal, Assam, Tripura|
|7 October 2019||Monday||Ayudha Puja||Karnataka, Tamil Nadu|
|8 October 2019||Tuesday||Durga Puja||Observed in Odisha, Sikkim|
|8 October 2019||Tuesday||Dussehra||Vijay Dashami|
|13 October 2019||Sunday||Maharshi Valmiki Birthday||Observed in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab|
|13 October 2019||Sunday||Lakshmi Puja||West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha|
|27 October 2019||Sunday||Deepavali||Many states in India|
|27 October 2019||Sunday||Diwali||Several states in India|
|27 October 2019||Sunday||Kali Puja||West Bengal, Odisha, Assam|
|28 October 2019||Monday||Vikram Samvat New Year||Observed in Gujarat|
|29 October 2019||Tuesday||Bhai Dooj||Observed in Gujarat|
Bank Holidays In October 2019
The bank holidays in October 2019 have been outlined in the following table:
|O2 October 2019||Wednesday||Gandhi Jayanti||National holiday celebrating the birthday of the Father of the Nation|
|05 October 2019||Saturday||Maha Saptami||Tripura, Sikkim, Odisha, West Bengal|
|06 October 2019||Sunday||Maha Ashtami||Sikkim, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tripura,|
|07 October 2019||Monday||Maha Navami||Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Puducherry, Meghalaya, Kerala, Karnataka, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha, Nagaland, Jharkhand,|
|08 October 2019||Tuesday||Vijaya Dashami||National except for Manipur, Puducherry|
|13 October 2019||Sunday||Lakshmi Puja||Tripura, West Bengal, Odisha,|
|13 October 2019||Sunday||MaharishiValmiki Jayanti||Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh|
|15 October 2019||Tuesday||Parkash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji||Punjab|
|19 October 2019||Saturday||Lhabab Duchen||Observed in Sikkim|
|26 October 2019||Saturday||Deepavali||Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Puducherry, Kerala|
|27 October 2019||Sunday||Diwali||National except for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Karnataka|
|28 October 2019||Monday||Deepavali Holiday||Uttarakhand, Haryana, Karnataka, Daman and Diu, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Maharashtra|
|29 October 2019||Tuesday||Vikram Samvat New Year||Observed in Gujarat|
|29 October 2019||Tuesday||Bhai Dooj||Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim|
|31 October 2019||Thursday||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti||Observed in Gujarat|
List Of Holidays In October 2018
|02 October 2018||Tuesday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti||National holiday|
|08 October 2018||Monday||Mahalaya||West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura|
|10 October 2018||Wednesday||Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti||Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana|
|16 October 2018||Tuesday||Maha Saptami||Odisha, Assam, West Bengal|
|17 October 2018||Wednesday||Durgashtami||Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal|
|18 October 2018||Thursday||Ayudha Puja||Tamil Nadu, Karnataka|
|18 October 2018||Thursday||Mahanavami||Odisha, Kerala, Bihar|
|18 October 2018||Thursday||Navami of Durga Puja||West Bengal, Assam|
|18 October 2018||Thursday||Dussehra||Many states|
|19 October 2018||Friday||Durga Puja||Odisha, Sikkim|
|19 October 2018||Friday||Dussehra||Several states|
|24 October 2018||Wednesday||Lakshmi Puja||West Bengal, Tripura|
|24 October 2018||Wednesday||Maharshi Valmiki's Birthday||Himachal Pradesh, Punjab,|
|31 October 2018||Wednesday||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Birthday||Gujarat|
Bank Holidays In October 2018
|02 October 2018||Tuesday||Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti||Domestic|
|08 October 2018||Monday||Mahalaya Amavasye||OR, WB, KA, OR|
|09 October 2018||Tuesday||First Day of Bathukamma||TG|
|09 October 2018||Tuesday||Ghatasthapana||RJ|
|10 October 2018||Wednesday||Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti||HR, PB|
|16 October 2018||Tuesday||Maha Saptami||SK, WB, OR, TR|
|17 October 2018||Wednesday||Maha Ashtami||AP, OR, SK, JH, WB, TR,MH|
|18 October 2018||Thursday||Maha Navami||ML, OR, PY, BR, UP, MN, TR, JH|
|19 October 2018||Friday||Vijaya Dashami||National except PY, MN|
|23 October 2018||Tuesday||Lakshmi Puja||TR, OR, WB|
|24 October 2018||Wednesday||Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti||MP, PB, HP, HR, CH|
|26 October 2018||Friday||Prakash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji||PB|
|30 October 2018||Tuesday||Lhabab Duchen||SK|
|31 October 2018||Wednesday||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti||GJ|