October Holidays 2020

With the increasing stress in today’s life, it has become essential that people take a break from their busy schedule to rejuvenate themselves. A vacation with family or close friends can serve as a great stress-buster. The month of October has several festivals and so, you can make use of this festive time to plan an outing with your loved ones. Having an idea of the holidays beforehand can help you plan your vacation in a better way. The following table consists of a list of holidays in October 2020.

List of Public Holidays in October 2020

Date

Day

Holiday

Description

2nd October 2020

Friday

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

  • This day marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, revered as the father of the nation.
  • This day is celebrated by paying tributes to Gandhiji and remembering his services for the nation.

17th October 2020

Saturday

Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti

  • Agrasen Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Maharaja Agrasen, the king of Aroha.
  • This day is observed on the fourth day of Ashwin month of Hindu calendar.

23rd October 2020

Thursday

Maha Saptami

  • It is the seventh day of Durga Puja celebrations

24th October 2020

Saturday

Durga Ashtami

  • This day is one of the most auspicious days of Durga Puja.

29th October 2020

Thursday

Mawlid

  • Mawlid marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.
  • Prayer meetings and parades are held by the devotees to celebrate this day.

31st October 2020

Saturday

Sardar Patel’s Birthday/Lakshmi Puja

  • 31st October marks the birth anniversary of the Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabbhai Patel.
  • This day is also celebrated as Lakshmi puja as it is believed to be the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi.

List of Bank Holidays in October 2020

Banks across the country remain closed on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. In addition to that, banks shall remain closed on the public holidays in October 2020. The following table consists of the October bank holidays:

Date

Day

Holiday

States

2nd October 2020

Friday

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

Across the country

17th October 2020

Saturday

Ghatasthapana/ Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti

  • Ghatasthapana-Rajasthan
  • Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti - Haryana

23rd October 2020

Friday

Maha Saptami

In many states

24th October 2020

Saturday

Durga Ashtami

In many states

26th October 2020

Monday

Vijaya Dashami

In many states

30th October 2020

Friday

Eid e Milad

In many states

31st October 2020

Saturday

Lakshmi Puja/Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti

  • Lakshmi Puja – West Bengal, Odisha, and Tripura.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti - Gujarat

Descriptions of Holidays in Oct 2020

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

This day is observed as a national holiday in the country. It marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. To celebrate this day, various prayer meetings and commemorative ceremonies are held in different cities across the country. Also, statues of Mahatma Gandhi across the country are decorated with garlands.

Durga Ashtami

The eighth day of Durga puja celebrations is referred to as Durga Ashtami. As per Hinduism, it is considered to be one of the most auspicious days. Many people undertake fasting on this occasion. People also get together for a traditional dance called “garba” to celebrate this day. In North India, a common tradition on Durga Ashtami is to invite a group of young, unmarried girls into the home and honor them. It is believed that the young girls represent the energy of Goddess Durga on Earth.

Eid e Milad

Eid e Milad, also known as Mawlid marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. On this day, Muslims across the country pay homage to the life and teachings of Muhammad and Islam. Visiting Mosques and distribution of sweets is a common practice followed my Muslims on Eid e Milad.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India, played a pivotal role in India’s freedom struggle. He was well-known for his constructive leadership and firmness. To pay homage to his life and his contribution towards the nation, his birth anniversary is celebrated with full enthusiasm across the country. His birthday is also celebrated as National Unity Day in India.

Destinations to visit during Oct Holidays 2020

Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi is one of the prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. It was the capital of the Vijayanagar in the 13th century. The city is home to magnificent temples and architectural wonders. Though the city is in ruins now, it is certainly one of the most fascinating places to visit in India. Therefore, if you’re looking for a quick getaway in October, Hampi can be an ideal destination for you.

Kutch, Gujarat

The Great Rann of Kutch is certainly one of the most surreal places in the country. Deserts, beaches, heritages, temples, etc. along with pleasant weather, make Kutch one of the finest places to visit during October holidays 2020.

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

The historical city of Agra is known all around the world because of the wonderful white beauty, the Taj Mahal. Agra experiences a very hot summer and hence the best time to visit this place is during the soothing weather of October. Apart from Taj Mahal, Agra is home to various historical monuments such as Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad-ud-daulah’s Tomb, etc.

Mysore, Karnataka

Mysore is one of the most sought after places to visit in October. Known as the city of palaces, Mysore is home to various popular tourist attractions such as Mysore palace, Chamundeshwari temple, Somnathpur temple, Mysore zoo, etc. Moreover, the festival of Dussehra in October only adds to the alluring beauty of Mysore.

The month of October marks the end of monsoon and the climate in most parts of the country is pleasant and favorable. With several places basking in the beauty of fall and some preparing for the upcoming winter, October 2020 holidays is an ideal time to explore some beautiful destinations across the country. Therefore, if you are planning to go for a vacation in the month of October, you can consider availing a travel loan to manage your vacation expenses. Also, in order to secure your trip, you can consider purchasing a travel insurance. This will help you avoid any inconvenience in the later stage.

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