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Holidays List of Kerala 2019

Holidays are happy times that call for relaxation, enjoyment and spending quality time with friends and family. India is known for its multitude of holidays. Being a secular country, India is home to several religions that celebrate different festivals. The holiday structure in government organizations differs from that of private companies. Sunday is a regular holiday for all workplaces. Some private companies have holidays on both Saturday and Sunday, whereas Government organizations are mostly open on Saturdays. Banks usually remain closed on two Saturdays in a month and remain open on the other two. There are three national holidays in India when all organizations remain closed; these are Republic day on 26th Jan, Independence Day on 15th Aug and Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd Oct. Apart from these, there are regional and restricted holidays which vary from state to state. This page aims to keep you informed about the different holidays in the state of Kerala.

About Kerala

The Indian state of Kerala is located on the Malabar Coast of the Indian peninsula, overlooking the Laccadive Sea. Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala. This state with a high literacy index has around 33 million residents who mostly speak in Malayali and English. Kerala has wonderful beaches and exotic hilly destinations; thus, it is a tourism hub in South India. The dance forms of Kathakali and Mohiniyattam of Kerala are famous all over the country. The state is also known for its delectable cuisine.

Kerala Holidays in 2019

Date

Day

Holiday

Remarks

26 Jan

Saturday

Republic Day

 

4 Mar

Monday

Maha Shivaratri

 

18 Apr

Thursday

Maundy Thursday

Only Kerala

19 Apr

Friday

Good Friday

 

01 Apr

Monday

Bank Holiday

Only banks

14 Apr

Sunday

Dr. Ambedkar Jayanthi

 

15 Apr

Monday

Vishu

Only Kerala

01 May

Wednesday

May Day

 

5 Jun

Wednesday

Idul Fitr

 

31 Jun

Wednesday

Karkkadaka Vavu

Only Kerala

15 Aug

Thursday

Independence Day

 

12 Aug

Monday

Idul Juha

 

24 Aug

Saturday

Sri Krishna Jayanti

Kerala, Odisha, and other states

10 Sept Tuesday First Onam Kerela

11 Sept

Wednesday

Thiruvonam

Kerala only

12 Sept

Thursday

Third Onam

Kerala only

13 Sept  Friday  Fourth Onam Kerela

27 Aug

Tuesday

Sree Narayana Guru Jayanti

Kerala only

10 Sep

Tuesday

Muharram

 

21 Sep

Saturday

Sree Narayana Guru Samadhi

Kerala only

02 Oct

Wednesday

Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

Throughout India

7 Oct

Monday

Mahanavami

Bihar, Kerala, Odisha, West Bengal

8 Oct

Tuesday

Dusshera

 

27 Oct

Sunday

Deepavali

Throughout India

10 Nov

Sunday

Eid-e-Millad

 

11 Nov

Monday

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

 

25 Dec

Wednesday

Christmas Day

Throughout India

Kerala Bank Holidays in 2019

Holiday

Date

Day

Republic Day

26 Jan

Saturday

Maha Shivaratri

4 Mar

Monday

Good Friday

19 Apr

Friday

Year Closing of Accounts

01 April

Monday

Ambedkar Jayanti

14 Apr

Sunday

Vishu

15 Apr

Monday

May Day

01 May

Wednesday

Idul Fitr

5 Jun

Wednesday

Independence Day

15 Aug

Thursday

Bakrid

12 Aug

Monday

Muharram 10 Sept  Tuesday

First Onam

10 Sept

Tuesday

Thiruvonam

11 Sept

Wednesday

Narayan Guru Jayanti

27 Aug

Tuesday

Narayan Guru Samadhi

21 Sep

Saturday

Gandhi Jayanti

02 Oct

Wednesday

Maha Navami

7 Oct

Monday

Vijaya Dashami

8 Oct

Tuesday

Deepavali

27 Oct

Sunday

Eid e Milad

10 Nov

Sunday

Christmas Day

25 Dec

Wednesday

 

Note: Banks have holidays on second and fourth Saturdays too.

Popular Festivals/Holidays in Kerala

Kerala has a mixed population of Hindus, Muslims, and Christians. Hence, all the major festivals of these religions are celebrated in Kerala. The most important festival of Kerala is Onam.  It is a harvest festival celebrated in reminiscence of the state's agrarian past. It is celebrated with various cultural elements such as Vallam Kali (boat race) and Pookkalam (flower arrangement) all over the state. Vishu is another important festival that marks the Malayali New Year. It is celebrated in the month of April.

The Importance of Knowing the Kerala Holidays in 2019

Apart from the three National Holidays, each state has different regional festivals and holidays. It is important to be aware of the holidays of each state as it can help one plan effectively. People living within the state can plan their vacations or travel itineraries ahead if they know about the holiday dates. People living outside the state can accordingly book their travel tickets if they know about the holiday dates of the state where he or she wishes to travel. Residents will get to know when the banks and the government offices will remain closed. Moreover, a little more knowledge is of no harm and it is always good to be enlightened. 

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