January Holidays 2020

Holidays are something that everyone looks forward to. Some spend their holidays relaxing, making time for themselves or travel places. Getting to know all the government and bank holidays for the month in advance helps to manage your leaves and plan a trip with your loved ones with ease.

List of Holidays in January 2020

The following table consist the list of January 2020 holidays:

Date & Day

Holiday

Facts

1 January 2020, Wednesday

New Year’s Day

  • New Year’s Day is a restricted holiday in India.
  • People across India escalate their happiness with good music, dance, crackers and lighting.

11 January 2020, Saturday

Missionary Day

 

  • Missionary Day is a regional holiday in Mizoram that commemorates the arrival of two Welsh Christian missionaries in the state over a century ago.

 

15 January 2020, Wednesday

Bhogi/Pongal/Makar Sankranti/Bhogali Bihu/Tusu Puja/Lohri/Hadaga

  • All of these are Hindu harvest festivals that are celebrated by the people every year in the month of January

 

16 January 2020, Thursday

Kanuma Panduga/Thiruvalluvar Day

  • The Government of Tamil Nadu celebrates Thiruvalluvar Day in the honour of the poet Thiruvalluvar.

17 January 2020, Friday

Uzhavur Thirunal

  • This festival is observed in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • Uzhavar in Tamil means farmer and Thirunal means festival.

23 January 2020, Thursday

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Birthday

  • The birth anniversary of India’s greatest freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

25 January 2020, Saturday

Sonam Lhochar/Himachal Statehood Day

  • The day is celebrated to mark Himachal Pradesh becoming the 18th state of India

29 January 2020, Wednesday

Vasant Panchami

  • Vasant Panchami is a festival that marks the preparation for the arrival of spring.

31 January 2020, Friday

Me-dum-me-phi

  • Me-Dam-Me-Phi is the most important Ancestor worship communal festival celebrated by the people of Ahom religion. [NL3]

 

Bank Holidays in January 2020

The following list consist of January bank holidays 2020:

Holiday

Date & Day

Remarks

New Year’s Day

1 January 2019, Tuesday

Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur

New Year Holiday

2 January 2019, Wednesday

Mizoram

Missionary Day

11 January 2019, Friday

Mizoram

Swami Vivekananda Birthday

12 January 2019, Saturday

West Bengal

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

13 January 2019, Sunday

Haryana, Rajasthan

Pongal

14 January 2019, Monday

Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh

Sankranti

14 January 2019, Monday

Gujarat, Karnataka, Sikkim, Telangana

Magh Bihu

15 January 2019, Tuesday

Assam

Thiruvalluvar Day

15 January 2019, Tuesday

Tamil Nadu

Kanuma Panduga

15 January 2019, Tuesday

Andhra Pradesh

Uzhavar Tirunal

16 January 2019, Wednesday

Puducherry

Jayanti of Subhas Chandra Bose

23 January 2019, Wednesday

West Bengal, Odisha Tripura

Statehood Day

25 January 2019, Friday

Himachal Pradesh

Republic Day

26 January 2019, Saturday

National holiday

Me-dam-me-phi

31 January 2019, Thursday

Assam 

Descriptions of Holidays in January 2020

  • New Year’s Day: New Year's Day is among the most celebrated public holidays in the world, often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year begins in each time zone. The New Year's Day traditions include making New Year's resolutions and wishing and celebrating the day with one's friends and family.

  • Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti: The holiday commemorates the birth of the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singh. On the occasion, special prayer gatherings are held at places of worship known as Gurudwaras followed by large processions on the streets of India. As part of the festival, special meals are prepared and served.

  • Mannam Jayanthi: The day is celebrated in honour of Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai. He was an Indian social reformer and freedom fighter from Kerala. He was recognized as the founder of the Nair Service Society.

  • Missionary Day: The arrival of two Welsh Christian missionaries in the state is celebrated as Missionary Day. On the occasion, prayers are held in churches and community feasts are organized. The day is declared as a public holiday by the state government which means all the Government offices and educational institutions will be closed on this day.

  • Bhogi: Bhogi is the first day of the four-day Makar Sankranti festival. On the day, a bonfire is lit at dawn with logs of wood, and other wooden things that are not useful. People believe it to be a day of discarding everything that is old and bringing in new fortune and prosperity in their lives.

  • Pongal: A harvest festival, Pongal marks the beginning of Uttarayan, sun’s journey northwards. It is a multi-day Hindu harvest festival of South India, particularly celebrated by the people of Tamil community. The day is observed at the start of the month Tai according to Tamil solar calendar.

  • Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is a festival dedicated to the deity Surya. The festival is observed with social festivities like colorful decorations, kite flying, bonfires, feasts, and dances. Many observers go to bathe in sacred rivers or lakes in a ceremony of giving thanks to the sun god.

  • Bhogali Bihu: Bhogali Bihu marks the end of the harvesting season. The festival is one of the important festivals of Assam. Traditional Assamese games are held in rural places as part of the spring festival celebrations followed by feasts and bonfires.

  • Tusu Puja: Tusu Puja is celebrated at the time of harvest by the tea tribes. Tusu Puja is also known as ‘Til Sankranti’ in some places as ‘til’ (black sesame seed) is considered significant during the puja. It is an important festival in the rural areas of West Bengal and among the tea tribes of Assam. The day is celebrated as a bountiful harvest season involving worship of the Goddess Tusu.

  • Thiruvalluvar Day: Thiruvalluvar commonly known as Valluvar is a day celebrated in honour of celebrated Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar. The day is celebrated at the end of the three-day festival of Pongal.

  • Uzhavar Tirunal: Uzhavar in Tamil means farmer and Thirunal means festival. It’s a farmer’s festival celebrated by the people in Tamilnadu in the month of January for thousands of years. As part of the festival, women sing and dance to music that is specific to the festival.

  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Birthday: The birth anniversary of the Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose is celebrated to honour his defiant patriotism for India. He is one of the most prominent freedom fighters, Bose fondly called ‘Netaji’ was instrumental in establishing the Indian National Army (INA).

  • Sonam Lhochhar: Sonam Lhosar festival is mostly celebrated by the Buddhist community of Nepal. The meaning of Lhosar is “New Year.” As part of the festival, men and women adorn traditional attire and perform their cultural dance and welcome the “New Year” with feasts and family gatherings with relatives. Many traditional ceremonial dances represent the struggle between demons and gods, dances are performed at the local Monasteries on this day.

  • Himachal Statehood Day: Himachal Pradesh Statehood Day is a public holiday in the Himachal Pradesh state in India. The day is celebrated to mark Himachal Pradesh becoming the 18th state of the country on 25 January 1971.

  • Vasant Panchami: This day highlights the arrival of spring. Vasant Panchami is a hindu festival dedicated to goddess Saraswati. She is known as the goddess of knowledge, language, music and all arts. The festival also celebrates the agricultural fields' ripening with yellow flowers of mustard crop, which Hindus associate with Saraswati's favorite color. Childrens place their books, pens, and pencils near the feet of the goddess and seek her blessings.

  • Me-dam-me-phi: It is a communal festival of the people from Ahom religion. Me-dam-me-phi is celebrated by the Ahom people to show respect to the departed ancestors. The festival helps in creating unity, developing the feeling of brotherhood and mutual understanding among each other.

Destination to Visit during January 2020 Holidays

  • Delhi: The charm of the city of Delhi and the special celebration of Republic Day lure many tourists in January. Since it’s the national capital of India you can explore Rashtrapati Bhavan, parliament house, India gate. You can plan a short trip to Delhi to spend a day or two and explore the markets, places and variety of street foods.

  • Zanskar, Jammu and Kashmir: Zanskar is one of the most isolated of all the trans-Himalayan valleys. The spectacular Himalayan landscape and the lifestyles of the inhabitants attract many tourists to the hidden kingdom of Zanskar. The Zanskar valley is situated across the Suru Valley and over the Pensi La in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Auli, Uttarakhand: Auli is a popular skiing destination in India because of its glittering slopes and clean environment. The place is dotted with apple orchards, oaks and deodars, Auli is a popular hill town with numerous ski resorts situated amidst the Himalayan range. The natural landscape covered in snow makes it a desirable spot to visit in the month of January.

  • Jaipur: Rajasthan, popularly known as the pink city of India, during the months of November and February as the temperatures are much lower. There are some stunning forts and palaces to see in Jaipur, and then there is shopping. In Jaipur you can explore the many markets and get yourself amazing local Rajasthani souvenirs to take back home.

  • Kutch: Kutch, Gujarat, is another charming tourist place to visit during January 2020 India holidays. The enormous white salt desert that lies within the boundaries of the Thar Desert. As much as we know Rann of Kutch for its great salt desert, it is also a place known for its artistic handicrafts. Most of the small villages in the Kutch district are engaged in the craft business, preparing some of the finest artifacts that are displayed during the Rann Utsav.

There are a lot of places to visit in India. Every state in the country has its own specialty, traditions and festivals. To experience the diverse culture and scenery you need to visit these places and experience the true beauty of it. To finance your travel you can apply for a travel loan and cover all the travel expenses. However, ensure that you also get a travel insurance plan to secure your trip whether you are travelling solo or with your loved ones. A good travel insurance plan will help you be a step ahead and financially secured.

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