October Holidays 2020

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:

Date Day Holiday Celebrated in
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:

Date Day Holiday Celebrated in
2 October 2020 Friday Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday Across the country
17 October 2020 Saturday Ghatasthapana/ Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti
  • Ghatasthapana – Rajasthan
  • Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti - Haryana
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
  • Lakshmi Puja – West Bengal, Odisha, and Tripura
  • Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti – In many states
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti - Gujarat

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:

Date Day Festival Comments
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:

Date Day Festival Comments
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

Date Day Festival Comments
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

Date Day Festival Comment
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
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