In January, the Andhra Pradesh government has announced holidays on the following days. January 11, the second week of Saturday as Bank Holiday; January 15, on account of Makar Sankranti; January 25, the fourth week of Saturday as Bank Holiday and January 26, on account of Republic Day.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|January 11||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|January 16||Thursday||Kanuma Panduga|
|January 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|January 26||Sunday||Republic Day|
All the banks in Andhra Pradesh will remain closed on the above mentioned days.
The banks will not perform the usual functioning on these days. All the banks including Citi Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Vijaya Bank will remain closed on the bank holidays.
Makar Sankranti: It is a Hindu festival. It is one of the most popular festivals in the state and is celebrated in a grand manner spread over three to four days. The first day is known as Bhogi, the second day is Makar Sankranti, the third day is Kanuma and Mukkanuma is the concluding day of the Sankranti. The Makar Sankranti commemorates the day on which sun enters into Makar Rashi and starting from this day, the sun begins its ascent and enters the Northern Hemisphere, it also marks the end of winter season and beginning of Uttarayana.
On the main festival day, people draw elaborate rangoli sing traditional songs and dance around them. During the evening, young children will be showered with a mixture of Jujube berries, flower petals and coins followed by Aarti to ensure their well being and to ward off any kind of evil eye thereby invoking the blessings of the elders. A delicious spread of food including sweet Pongal will be prepared for the occasion and the same will be offered to the sun.