With 2021 just around the corner, there’s a bit of good news for citizens. With many holidays falling on weekdays; with a bit of planning, one can convert those into a long holiday season. With exceptions like Independence Day which falls on Sunday and Christmas on Saturday, citizens can now plan their vacation that has been long overdue.
Major holidays like Dasara (Ayudha Pooja) will start from Thursday. Diwali holidays will also be longer. It will start from October 31 (Sunday), followed by November 1 (Kannada Rajyotsava), a leave on November 2 and Diwali from November 3 (Wednesday to Friday) implying a big holiday season for the year 2021.
Among other holidays, Republic Day falls on a Tuesday and a leave on previous Monday would mean an ‘extended weekend’ leave from Saturday to Tuesday. Similarly, Ugadi too falls on Tuesday and the same leave logic applies here.
In fact, there have been a number of holidays that fall on Wednesdays which would mean that a two-day leave would mean another long weekend. For example, Ambedkar Jayanti, Bakrid, Mahalaya Amavasya, Valmiki Jayanti/Eid Milad and Naraka Chaturdasi fall on Wednesdays this time. Among the holidays which fall on Fridays, Good Friday, Basava Jayanti (Akshaya Tritiya), Muharram, Ganeshotsav, Vijayadashami and Balipadyami falls on that day. Meanwhile, a leave in between (Friday) can make a long holiday from Thursday to Sunday as holidays like Sankranti, Mahashivaratri and Ayudha Pooja falls on Thursdays.
TM Rajesh, a techie said, “I have been an avid traveller except for this year as I spent most of the time staying at home. Now, we are all looking towards a better 2021 when we hope to have a better travelling year. I have been planning big for next year’s travel and this is really heartening to know about the long weekends ahead next year.”
Priyanka S, who works in a private firm said, “I had planned for a Mount Everest base camp trek this year and even had paid an advance. However, I had to cancel my plans due to the pandemic. Now, all our travel hopes rest on the situation in 2021 and with positive vaccine news around, it looks like there are better travel prospects coming up.”
Jan 14 (Thursday) Sankranti
Jan 26 (Monday) Republic Day
March 11 (Thursday) Mahashivaratri
April 2 (Friday) Good Friday
April 13 (Tuesday) Ugadi
April 14 (Wednesday) Ambedkar Jayanti
May 1 (Saturday) May Day
May 14 (Friday) Basava Jayanti
July 21 (Wednesday) Bakrid
August 20 (Friday) Muharram
September 10 (Friday) Vinayaka Chaturthi
October 2 (Saturday) Gandhi Jayanti
October 6 (Wednesday) Mahalaya Amavasye
October 14 (Thursday) Ayudha Pooja
October 15 (Friday) Vijayadashami
October 20 (Wednesday) Valmiki Jayanti/Eid Milad
November 1 (Monday) Kannada Rajyotsava
November 3 (Wednesday) Naraka Chaturdasi
November 5 (Friday) Balipadyami
November 22 (Monday) Kanakadasa Jayanti
(Source: Karnataka State Government holidays-2021)