February Holidays 2020

In February, there are fewer days compared to the other months in a year. With a number of Indian festivals falling in the month, the number of working days has become lesser. Hence, we all look forward to the holidays this month. So, let’s have a look at the list of February holidays to help you plan your weekend getaways in advance.

List of Holidays in February 2020

Date

Day

Holiday

Facts

15 February 2020

Saturday

Lui-Ngai-Ni

  • Lui Ngai Ni is celebrated by the Naga tribes of Manipur.
  • It is a season of seed sowing and marks the start of the year for the Nagas and the festival was declared a state holiday since 1988.

19 February 2020

Wednesday

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

  • The day is declared as a public holiday in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Celebrating the birth anniversary of the Maratha emperor, Shivaji.
  • This festival is celebrated to a small extent outside of Maharashtra too.

20 February 2020

Thursday

Arunachal Statehood Day and Mizoram State Day

  • Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged State on this day.
  • Till 1972, it was known as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA).
  • It gained the Union Territory status and the state got renamed as Arunachal Pradesh.

21 February 2020

Friday

Maha Shivaratri

  • Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the new moon day.
  • According to the Hindu calendar the day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.

 

Bank Holidays in February 2020

The public and private sector banks stay closed during public holidays in Feb. The following table consists of the list of February bank holidays.

Date

Day

Holiday

Celebrated in

15 February 2020

Saturday

Lui-Ngai-Ni

Manipur

19 February 2020

Wednesday

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

Maharashtra

20 February 2020

Thursday

Arunachal Statehood Day and Mizoram State Day

Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, respectively

21 February 2020

Friday

Maha Shivratri

Several states

24 to 26 February 2020

Monday to Wednesday

Losar

Sikkim

Descriptions of Holidays in Feb 2020

Let’s get to know more about the public and government holidays in feb

  • Guru Ravidas Birthday: Guru Ravidas was an eminent figure in the Bhakti Movement and taught spirituality and tried to bring forward a message of equality message based on freedom from the oppression of the Indian caste system. To mark his birthday, processions are being carried out on the streets. Sikh scriptures are recited and prayers take place in the temples devoted to Guru Ravidas.
  • Lui-Ngai-Ni: This is a seed-sowing festival that marks the start of the year for the Naga people. Many Naga tribes meet at one designated place and showcase their rich cultural heritage through dance and art forms. Lui-Ngai-Ni festival is one of the second major inter-tribe Naga festivals.
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti: This festival celebrates the birth anniversary of the Maratha emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The day is celebrated with a lot of fervor. People take out several processions on the occasion and dress up like a great ruler. The day is declared as a public holiday in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
  • Arunachal Statehood Day: The day is celebrated to mark Arunachal Pradesh becoming a state of the country. As part of the festival, the national flag is unfurled by the Governor and is saluted by the Guards of Honour.
  • Mizoram State Day: The people of Mizoram celebrate this day as Mizoram State Day as it marks Mizoram becoming the 23rd state of the country.
  • Maha Shivratri: Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated on the new moon day of Maagha month as per the Hindu calendar. On this occasion, people fast and offer prayers to Lord Shiva. It is one of the most important religious festivals of the year for devotees of the Hindu god Shiva.
  • Losar: Losar is a three-day celebration in Tibetan Buddhism. The day is declared as a holiday as it is a new year's festival. The day is celebrated on the first day based on the lunisolar Tibetan calendar.

Destinations to visit during Feb Holidays 2020

Goa: Goa is known for its beaches, ranging from popular beaches like Baga and Palolem Moreover, Goa is much more than restaurants, clubs and party life. It is an ideal location to visit in February as it is comparatively cooler than the rest of the year. There are different beaches in North and South Goa and a lot of beautiful churches in the city.

Puri: This place is the spiritual capital of Odisha and is considered as a major fulcrum of pilgrimage in India. It is a coastal town famous for its beaches and temples. As a tourism center, Puri is famous for its historic antiquities, religious sanctuaries, architectural grandeur, and seascape beauty. Being a coastal district of Odisha, it is situated near the Bay of Bengal.

Kaziranga National Park: Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in Assam. The national park is spread across the floodplains of the River Brahmaputra, its forests, wetlands, and grasslands are home to a lot of wild animals. You can spot a lot of migratory birds, and gray pelicans roost near Kaziranga village. The best time to visit the place is during the month of February because of the climate. Home to the one-horned Rhino and the Royal Bengal Tiger amongst other animals, this national park is a delight for wildlife lovers and photographers alike.

Udaipur: The city of Udaipur in Rajasthan is the capital of the Mewar Kingdom. It is among the most popular travel destinations in India. The city of Udaipur is known for its lakes, heritage, and buildings. The city is a heritage tourism destination and has been attracting tourists from all over the world to its lakes and palaces.

Varanasi: Formerly known as Benares, Varanasi is one of the most religiously inclined cities in India. It is one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities and is considered one of the holiest places for Hindus. Pilgrims visit the River Ganga to wash away sins in the sacred waters and cremate their loved ones, or simply live the rest of their lives hoping for liberation from the cycle of rebirth. During the month of February, Varanasi celebrates Maha Shivaratri a Hindu festival where the devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva.

Sikkim: Sikkim, the smallest state of India, the mountain peaks, holy lakes, ancient monasteries, orchid nurseries, and stunning trekking routes make Sikkim a perfect Holiday destination. You can also experience the Losar Festival celebrations. It is one of the charms that make Sikkim a must-visit in the month of February. The festival is celebrated according to Tibetan customs and rituals for commemorating the New Year are deeply rooted in Buddhist ideas and beliefs.

With the fewer number of working days in February due to public and bank holidays, you can get started on planning your next big vacation. To plan a trip to these places you require good finances. However, you do not need to blow up on your personal savings. You can simply apply for travel loans and cover all the travel costs and expenses with ease. Also, while planning your trip make sure you got a good travel insurance plan. This will secure you and your loved ones while traveling, in case of any emergencies.

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