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Indian Calendar 2020: Indian Holidays & Festivals

Indian Calendar 2020, apparently a form of Gregorian Calendar that considers important dates and festivals as per Hindu panchang, is prepared to announce the holidays and other crucial events of India. As the name suggests, Indian calendar is made for recording important dates of Indian fasts and festivals. People in India also see Panchang for the same reason, but this calendar is easier to use since it is based on the calendar used worldwide. You may find it in all the offices and houses of India along with the one used for religious purposes. It comprises of all the important dates of festivals celebrated across the nation along with the gazetted holidays of India. The utilization of these calendars is majorly for school, colleges and office purposes.

Indian Calendar 2020 January Important Days & Festival

January 2020 Festivals
1 Jan, Wednesday New Year
2 Jan, Thursday Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
12 Jan, Sunday National Youth Day
14 Jan, Tuesday Lohri
15 Jan, Wednesday Pongal, Uttarayan, Makar Sankranti
17 Jan, Friday Vivekananda Jayanti
23 Jan, Thursday Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti
26 Jan, Sunday Republic Day
29 Jan, Wednesday Vasant Panchami
30 Jan, Thursday Gandhi Punyatithi

Indian Calendar 2020 February Important Days & Festival

February 2020 Festivals
4 Feb, Tuesday World Cancer Day
9 Feb, Sunday Guru Ravidas Jayanti
18 Feb, Tuesday Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
21 Feb, Friday Mahashivratri

Indian Calendar 2020 March Important Days & Festival

March 2020 Festivals
8 Mar, Sunday International Women’s Day
9 Mar, Monday Holika Dahan
10 Mar, Tuesday Holi
23 Mar, Monday Shaheed Diwas
25 Mar, Wednesday Ugadi, Gudi Padwa

Indian Calendar 2020 April Important Days & Festival

April 2020 Festivals
1 Apr, Wednesday Bank's Holiday
2 Apr, Thursday Ram Navami
6 Apr, Monday Mahavir Jayanti
10 Apr, Friday Good Friday
12 Apr, Sunday Easter
13 Apr, Monday Baisakhi
14 Apr, Tuesday Ambedkar Jayanti
22 Apr, Wednesday Earth Day
26 Apr, Sunday Akshay Tritiya

Indian Calendar 2020 May Important Days & Festival

May 2020 Festivals
1 May, Friday International Workers Day
3 May, Sunday World Laughter day
7 May, Thursday Budh Purnima, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
10 May, Sunday Mother’s Day
24 May, Sunday Eid-al-Fitr / Ramadan
31 May, Sunday World No Tobacco Day

Indian Calendar 2020 June Important Days & Festival

June 2020 Festivals
5 Jun, Friday World Environment Day
21 Jun, Sunday Father’s Day
23 Jun, Tuesday
Jagannath Rath Yatra

Indian Calendar 2020 July Important Days & Festival

July 2020 Festivals
5 Jul, Sunday Guru Purnima
23 Jul, Thursday Hariyali Teej
27 Jun, Monday Tulsidas Jayanti
31 Jul, Friday Bakrid

Indian Calendar 2020 August Important Days & Festival

August 2020 Festivals
2 Aug, Sunday Friendship’s day
3 Aug, Monday Raksha Bandhan
11 Aug, Tuesday Janmashtami
15 Aug, Saturday Independence Day
20 Aug, Thursday Islamic New Year
22 Aug, Saturday Ganesha Chaturthi
29 Aug, Saturday Muharram
31 Aug, Monday Onam

Indian Calendar 2020 September Important Days & Festival

September 2020 Festivals
1 Sept, Tuesday Anant Chaturdashi
5 Sept, Saturday Teacher’s Day
14 Sept, Monday Hindi Diwas
15 Sept, Tuesday Engineer’s Day

Indian Calendar 2020 October Important Days & Festival

October 2020 Festivals
2 Oct, Friday Gandhi Jayanti
17 Oct, Saturday Sharad Navratri Begins, Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti
24 Oct, Saturday Durga Puja Ashtami, Durga Maha Navami Puja
25 Oct, Sunday Dussehra
29 Oct, Thursday Id-e-Milad
31 Oct, Saturday Valmiki Jayanti

Indian Calendar 2020 November Important Days & Festival

November 2020 Festivals
4 Nov, Wednesday Karva Chauth
12 Nov, Thursday Dhanteras
14 Nov, Saturday Diwali, Narak Chaturdashi, Children’s day
15 Nov, Sunday Govardhan Puja
16 Nov, Monday Bhai Dooj
20 Nov, Friday Chhath Puja
30 Nov, Monday Guru Nanak Birthday

Indian Calendar 2020 December Important Days & Festival

December 2020 Festivals
1 Dec, Tuesday World AIDS Day
25 Dec, Friday Christmas

Public, as well as school Holidays, are declared as per the Indian Calendar 2020. Another name of this calendar is the Shalivahana Shaka Calendar. This calendar consists of 12 months similar to the Gregorian calendar but the list of holidays is definitely different.

This combined calendar for all religions is formed after considering all the government holidays and important days of Hindu Calendar. The 12 months of Hindu calendar are Chaitra, Vaishakha, Jyeshtha, Ashadha, Shravana, Bhadra, Ashwin, Kartika, Agrahayana, Pausha, Magha, Phalguna. These start around the 14th day of the month as per the Gregorian calendar, leading to difficulty in understanding. Hence, there was a need for a calendar that was universally used and portrayed the information useful to Indians as well.

Indian Calendar 2020 is also known as Indian Panchang or Panchangam. Traditional Panchang comprises of five limbs namely Tithi, Vaar, Yog, Karan and Nakshatra. Based on all these parameters, the important dates of these fasts and festivals are determined. These dates are, in turn, determined on the basis of relative motion of Moon. Few regions in India also follow the solar calendar which works on the relative motion of the Sun. Apart from this, Lunisolar calendar is also popular since it considers both the position of Sun and Moon and the dates are determined with the help of relative motion of both. The holidays mentioned in this calendar doesn’t belong to any specific religion or culture but to India as a whole.

Indian Calendar 2020: Background & History

Earlier, different sects or religions had their own specific calendar, since India was under British rule, the official calendar was the Gregorian calendar. For political unity of a nation, it was crucial to have one calendar that was officially accepted. Hence, the first Prime Minister of free India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru asked for a reformation in the calendar system. Gradually, after a lot of discussion and development, the current form of calendar was developed in the year 1957, by the Calendar Reform Committee.

The reason behind this creation of calendar was to set free the country from all the political and religious conflicts. It had all the important dates of festivals and popular events celebrated by the majority of Indian population. The best part of this calendar was its acceptance, it was accepted by all in India and is a symbol of secularism.

Indian Calendar 2020: Importance of Indian Calendar

  • It consists of all the gazetted holidays of India.
  • It is used by the government bodies and hence accepted everywhere in India.
  • In this Calendar, all the popular festivals of India are mentioned. Hence, it gives equal importance to all majorly celebrated festivals and holidays in India, irrespective of religion.
  • National Holidays are officially declared with this official calendar of the country.
  • Gregorian calendar with an Indian touch is the most suitable solution to Indian calendar system.

Here are the few popular important dates of Indian Calendar 2020. Let’s have a look below:

1st January: It is the New Year's Day Indian calendar. Most organizations (both government and private) declare a leave on this day to celebrate and welcome the new year.

26th January: It is getting celebrated as “Republic Day of India”. It is an important day in Indian History as this is the day when the constitution of India was formed.

5th July 2020: It is a day of Guru Purnima.

3rd August 2020: In the year 2020, Raksha Bandhan is falling on this day.

2nd September 2020: The South-Indian festival of Onam will be falling on this day in 2020.

14th November 2020: The famous and popular festival of Northern India - Diwali is falling on this day in the year 2020.

10th March 2020: North Indian festival Holi will be falling on this day

2nd October 2020: It is celebrated in the memory of “Father of the Nation” Mahatma Gandhi.

Other than the above-mentioned festivals, there are various important dates that you will find in Indian Calendar 2020. Few of them are also bank holidays. The name of other important festivals is Pongal, Durga Puja, Navratri, Eid and Christmas and so on...

Conclusion: Indian Calendar 2020

You may plan your leaves, or vacations as per the Indian calendar 2020 if you work in a firm that goes by these holidays. Know when there could be a long weekend or when you must plan to visit your hometown using this all-in-one Indian Calendar. Implement all your plans with this most used calendar.

Indian calendar is available in printable form as well as on electronic media. It incorporates the important holidays accepted by the government bodies as well as schools and colleges. The upcoming year 2020 can be your best if you plan your important tasks well. Everything depends on you how you plan your year. So plan the best you can.

We wish you all the very best for the year 2020!
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