Puducherry Government List of Holidays 2020
Puducherry Government List of Holidays 2020 gives you a quick insight about various significant days, cultural, political, national or religious, observed as a holiday. The Puducherry Government List of Holidays 2020 includes national holidays, religious holidays, regional holidays, bank holidays as well as state-observed holidays.
Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, is a renowned union territory of India and widely recognised for its beautiful coasts, exotic locations, delicious cuisines and cultural amalgamations. The territory witnesses a unison of French vibe and Indian heritage and culture, which forms an aesthetic feel. This is a perfect spot for vacations for travellers from all around the world, and cultural festivities around religious holidays make this place a soothing haven. Below we have brought to you a table comprising of Puducherry Holidays in 2020 along with their short description.
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Puducherry Holidays in 2020
|Date & Day||Holiday|
|January 1, Wednesday||New Year’s Day|
|January 15, Wednesday||Pongal|
|January 16, Thursday||Thiruvalluvar Day|
|January 26, Sunday||Republic Day|
|March 8, Sunday||Masi Magam|
|March 10, Tuesday||Holi|
|April 1, Wednesday||Bank Holiday|
|April 10, Friday||Good Friday|
|April 14, Tuesday||Puthandu or Tamil New Year|
|May 1, Friday||Labour Day|
|May 24, Sunday||Eid al-Fitr|
|July 31, Friday||Bakrid / Eid al Adha|
|August 3, Monday||Rakhi|
|August 11, Tuesday||Janmashtami|
|August 15, Saturday||Independence Day|
|August 16, Sunday||De Jure Transfer Day|
|August 22, Saturday||Ganesh Chaturthi|
|October 2, Friday||Gandhi Jayanti|
|October 25, Sunday||Maha Navami|
|October 26, Monday||Vijay Dashami|
|October 28-29, Wednesday-Thursday||Eid-E-Milad|
|November 1, Sunday||Puducherry Liberation Day|
|November 14, Saturday||Diwali|
|December 25, Friday||Christmas Day|
Note: These dates are subjected to change as per astrological calculations as well as government announcement. Visit this page and stay updated with the latest date and time.
List of Holidays in Puducherry
Here below is a list of events observed as Holidays in Puducherry. We have excluded national holidays such as Republic or Independence Day, since its significance is known worldwide. Go through the list of Puducherry Holidays in 2020:
One of the main festivals celebrated and holidays observed in Puducherry is Pongal. This day is popularly known as a harvest festival and marks the beginning of the Spring. It also commemorates the journey of the planet Sun towards North, which is famously known as Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti in North India. On this day, families prepare food items from the first harvest after winters and offer it to the Lord Sun. a popular sweet dish with the same name, i.e. Pongal, is prepared with rice, milk, cardamom and lentils. Puducherry natives decorate their homes with mango and banana leaves and make Rangoli using rice flour.
16 January is observed as Thiruvalluvar Day by the Government of Tamil Nadu in the year 2020. However, it is commonly observed on 15th January during a normal year and 16th January during a leap year. This day honours the celebrated Tamil philosopher and poet Thiruvalluvar, who authored Thirukkuṛaḷ, one of the finest Tamil literary texts.
De Jure Transfer Day
De Jure Transfer Day is observed as a regional holiday in Puducherry, and marks the official union of Pondicherry or Puducherry as a union state with India in 1962. This day falls right after Indian Independence Day, i.e. on 16 August, which enhances its significance. On this day, tributes are offered to the freedom fighters of Puducherry and homages are paid by the Chief Minister and other elected ministers.
Puducherry Liberation Day
In the union territory of Puducherry, Liberation Day is observed as a regional public holiday and celebrates the transmission of French Indian territories to the Republic of India in 1954. This is regarded as a public holiday in Puducherry. On this day, the Chief Minister hoists the national flag after which various cultural events take place. The natives honor the liberating history when all the elected members voted against French rule and opted to unite with India.
Masi Magam is a famous Tamil festival celebrated in Puducherry with grandeur. One of the major Puducherry Holidays in 2020, this day is observed under the Magha or Makam Nakshatra in the Tamil month of Masi. On this day, idols of holy deities are worshipped, processions are carried out and a symbolic immersion is then carried out at the end. Devotees take a holy dip in the waters with the intention of washing away their sins and bad deeds.
Puthandu, also known as Tamil New Year, marks the first day of the new Tamil Year as per Tamil Calendar . It falls on the 14th of April every year, and commemorates the beginning of a prosperous New Year. Puducherry natives greet their relatives, friends and families by saying "Iṉiya puttāṇṭu nalvāḻttukkaḷ!" or "Puttāṇṭu vāḻttukkaḷ!", which means “Happy New Year”. People wear beautiful attires, clean and decorate their houses and prepare mouth-watering dishes.
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