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Holidays in October 2020

Holidays in October 2020 Holidays in October 2020 includes many such festivals and events which are quite crucial for the inhabitants of our country. The second month of autumn bears witness to many celebrations and fiestas. With the help of our October Holidays 2020 list, you can manage your leaves and take part in the festivities in a tension free manner. As mentioned above, many national and regional festivals will be hosted by this vibrant month. As we all know, India’s multicultural heritage offers us the luxury to participate in many events and occasions which originated in vivid religious and cultural backgrounds. Thus, take a glimpse of our calendar containing the dates of Holidays in October 2020 and make your festive season more joyous.

Let us now have a look at the calendar which will include the list of October Holidays 2020 festivals and holidays.

Holidays in October 2020 List

Date Day Festival
October 2 Friday Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
October 22 Thursday Maha Saptami
October 23 Friday Maha Ashtami
October 24 Saturday Durga Maha Navami Puja, Durga Puja Ashtami
October 25 Sunday Dussehra
October 29 Thursday Milad un-Nabi Id-e-Milad
October 31 Saturday Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
October 31 Saturday Sardar Patel Jayanti (observed only in Gujrat)

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Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti - Of all the list of Holidays in October 2020, Gandhi Jayanti happens to be the most prominent one. This day is marked as the birth anniversary of our national father, Mahatma Gandhi. The same day has now also been given the status of Swach Bharat. All kinds of institutions remain closed on this day as a mark of solidarity to express one’s respect to the father of our nation.

Maha Saptami - Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals of Bengal, Orissa and many other North Indian states. On each and every day of Durga Puja, Goddess durga various incarnations are worshipped. During Maha Saptami, many Pujas are performed which also includes the worship of goddess Saraswati. Devotees on this day wake up early in the morning, take a shower in holy waters and then begin their day by offering prayers to the Goddess. Nav Patrika is also worshipped during this time which includes nine different plants namely paddy, cashier, Ashoka, pomegranate, turmeric, banana Jayanti, and this particular plants are collectively tied with Aparajita and Govardhan plant and then the Nava Patrika is generated together. This particular act represents the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura on the day of Maha Saptami which makes it to the list of October Holidays 2020.

Maha Ashtami - Of all the five days of Durga Puja, Maha Ashtami happens to be one of the most important. The fierce or the Chamunda form of Goddess Durga is worshipped on this day. As per the Hindu panchang, it falls in the Ashtami Tithi of Ashwin month. No day is regarded as auspicious as Maha Ashtami in the realm of Hindu religion and its followers. Astra Puja or the practice of worshipping weapons is also commemorated on this day. Legend has it that Goddess Chamunda on this day appeared from the forehead of Maa Durga and executed Munda, Chanda and Raktabhija who happened to be the associates of Mahishasur. 64 yoginis and 8 Atrikas are worshipped as the eight vigorous forms of Durga. The rituals of Maha Ashtami are an embodiment of supreme feminine power representing different kinds of energies.

Maha Navami - As mentioned in October Holidays 2020 list, Maha navami happens to be the ninth day of durga puja and considered very auspicious believe state that on this very day, Goddess Durga destroyed the fierce form of Mahishasura, who kept terrorizing the whole universe. As we all know about the cultural diversity of our country, each and every part of India celebrates Mahanavami in their own special way. When we trace the festivities of Northern India during Mahanavami, it can be said that Kanya Puja is commenced on this day, while in states like Gujarat events like Garba and Dandiya take place. Meanwhile, the southern part of India bears witness to Suhasini Puja where a married is considered to be a genuine manifestation of Goddess Durga.

Dussehra - Dussehra which also coincides with Vijaya Dashami is the supreme representation of truth's victory over evil. Government offices, banks and post offices remain closed on this day and the opening hours after certain Institutions or stores get reduced on this day. Historical and mythological sects demonstrate that Maryada Purushottam Ram defeated the evil Ravana and established truth and goodness over the whole Earth. Large effigies of the demon King are burnt on this day and people also take part in large processions on this day. Bonfires and fireworks also take place on this day. So, amongst the holidays in October 2020, this happens to be an important one.

Milad un-Nabi Id-e-Milad- Mawlid or Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif is the celebration of the birth anniversary of Islamic saint, prophet Muhammad which is observed during Rabi' al-awwal, which is also the third month as per the Islamic calendar.

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Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti- In the list of October Holidays 2020, this happens to be Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti happens to be an optional one. This Indian celebration specially commemorated by the Valmiki religious community remember the ancient Indian Saint, Valmiki who lived around 500 BC. In the current scenario too, he remains a celebrated figure in India for the creation of grand and the psyche of Indian society, Ramayana.

Sardar Patel Jayanti - The last festival to make it to the list of October festivals 2020 is Sardar Patel Jayanti, which is specifically observed in the state of Gujarat. Still fondly remembered as the Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel is one such figure who have played a grand role in India’s Independence. Thus, this particular day is marked to remember him and offer him tribute.

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