Karnataka was originally known as the state of Mysore, but, underwent a change in its name in 1973. The capital of the state is Bengaluru, which is today the IT hub of the country. Kannada is the popular local language that is spoken in the state. Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli-Dharwad, Mangalore, Belgaum are major cities of Karnataka.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|January 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|January 15||Monday||Uttarayana Punya Kaala Sankranthi Festival|
|January 26||Friday||Republic Day|
|January 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|February 13||Tuesday||Maha Shivratri|
|February 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|March 29||Thursday||Mahavir Jayanti|
|March 30||Friday||Good Friday|
|April 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|April 18||Wednesday||Basava Jayanthi|
|April 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|May 1||Tuesday||May Day|
|May 12||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|May 26||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 9||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|June 23||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|July 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|July 28||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|August 11||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|August 15||Wednesday||Independence Day|
|August 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 13||Thursday||Varasiddhi Vinayaka Vrata|
|September 21||Friday||Last Day of Moharamm|
|September 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 2||Tuesday||Gandhi Jayanthi|
|October 8||Monday||Mahalaya Amavasye|
|October 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 18||Thursday||Maha Navami|
|October 19||Friday||Vijaya Dasami|
|October 24||Wednesday||Maharshi Valmiki Jayanti|
|October 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 1||Thursday||Kannada Rajyothsava|
|November 6||Tuesday||Naraka Chaturdashi|
|November 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 26||Monday||Kanakadasa Jayanthi|
|December 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 25||Tuesday||Christmas Day|
For every state in India, there will be few regional bank holidays. As we everyone know India is the country with a lot of religions and these regional holidays will be decided to depend upon the religious population ratio.
The following are the main regional and bank holidays in Karnataka:
Makar Sankranti - Makara Sankranti is a south Indian festival which is celebrated in south Indian states on this festivals there will be a bank holiday in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Not in every state, this festival is called by different names and Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka this festival is called Sankranti. In Tamilnadu and Kerala, it is called Pongal. For this festival, few educational institutions give holidays for three days.
Maha Shivaratri: The Karnataka Government announced Maha Shivaratri as a public holiday on February 13th, 2018.
Maha Shivaratri is a festival of honor of the Hindu god Shiva, along with his wife Parvati, the mother goddess. This public holiday will be celebrate throughout in India.
Most of Hindu festivals are celebrated during the daytime, but Shivaratri is all about keeping a night-long vigil as it’s believed that Lord Shiva saved the universe from darkness and ignorance. In this Public Holiday people can visit the Hampi a place where the special attraction of the celebration was the insertion of the golden mask of Lord Shiva, studded with diamond, rubies and other precious stones, on the Shivalinga, being worshipped as Sri Virupakasha.
Special pujas were performed at various Shiva temples elsewhere in the district too. Hundreds of devotees visited temples and offered pujas. Night-long musical concerts are also organized at Sirguppa, Tekkalakota, Bellary and other parts of the Karnataka State.
In this year 2018 state government of Karnataka declared 23 public holidays. In the previous year 2017, there were only 22 public holidays.
In 2018, The government employees have 87 holidays in total 23 public holidays and 52 Sundays and 12-second Saturdays.
In March 2018 Karnataka government announced three Bank Holidays including UGADI on March 18th, Mahavir Jayanthi (Religious holiday in Jainism)on 29th March and Good Friday on 29th March.
UGADI: For the people in Karnataka state, Ugadi symbolizes the beginning of the New Year as per the Hindu calendar. It is a Bank Holiday 2018 in Karnataka.
A lot of preparations are carried out to celebrate the festival. The arrangements begin a few days in advance. People clean and wash their houses for the occasion. New clothes are bought to be worn on that day. To celebrate the spirit of Ugadi, several other items purchased and kept ready by the people. They make preparations for the particular cuisines to be cooked on the day.
Good Friday: Good Friday is national wide holiday. Karnataka government has announced Good Friday is public Holiday on March 30th.
Mahavir Jayanthi: Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated by followers of Jainism to honor the birth and life of Lord Mahavira, a prominent religious figure to Jains. It is always celebrated mostly in March or April. People in Karnataka celebrate the teachings of Mahavira on Mahavir Jayanthi. It is a day of humility and happiness, and it is Bank Holiday on March 29th, 2018.
Ambedkar Jayanti :
Ambedkar Jayanti is one of the Government Holidays in Karnataka in April 2018. Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated every year by the people with grand enthusiasm more than like a festival on 14th of April. It would be the 127th birthday anniversary celebration in the year 2018 to commemorate his memories.
This day has been declared Government Holiday all over in India. Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India including Varanasi, Delhi, and other big cities.
Huge celebrations are held across the Karnataka state, and it was the day to pay homage to B. R. Ambedkar for his splendid contribution in preparing the Constitution of India.
Every year a special event is organized in his honor at the Parliament of India. At the event, prominent leaders pay homage to his statue. The celebrations include activities like dance, painting, debate, dramatics, essay writing, as well as sports.
In Karnataka, Basava Jayanti is known as a Government holiday on April 18th, 2018. This date can switch from year to year, but it usually falls in late April or early May.
The holiday sees colorful parades in major cities of Karnataka, like Mysore, Mangalore, etc. During which portraits of Basavanna are taken through the streets. There are also organized seminars where his teachings are repeated and learned.
A flag is also raised at the Basaveshwara Statute in Jagat Circle, where parades may also pass by. The celebrations involve great jubilation and can last for three days.
Vinayaka Chaturthi - Vinayaka Chaturthi is a big festival in the south Indian and some north Indian states. On this day there is no bank holiday in some north Indian states. Almost all the states in India have a bank holiday on this day.
Mahalaya - Mahalaya is a Bengali festival. This a bank holiday in Karnataka and Bengal states. This is the first day of 16–lunar day period in Hindu calendar. when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors, especially through donating food.
Kannada Rajyothsava - Kannada Rajyothsava is Karnataka formation day. On this, there is a bank holiday in Karnataka. Excluding Karnataka, it is not a bank holiday in any other state.
There are few long weekends this year where a public holiday in Bangalore came on Friday or Monday and made that weekend a long weekend. On most of the long weekends, many individuals will be searching for top holiday getaways in Bangalore. Here is a list of top 5 holiday getaways in Bangalore on a bank holiday in Karnaktaka.
1) BRT Wildlife Sanctuary
1) BRT Wildlife Sanctuary- Biligiri ranganathaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. BRT Wildlife Sanctuary is at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats. The sanctuary is home for the eco-systems that is belonging to both the mountain ranges. This will be a best long weekend plan during public holidays in Banglore.
2) Coorg - Coorg is also called as kodagu. Coorg is situated on the slopes of western ghats. This city is around 350 kms away from banglore. There are many places on the way to coorg one can visit. This is also a very good long weekend plan during government holidays in Banglore.
3) Ooty- Ooty is also called as blue mountains in southren India. Ooty is around 280 kms away from banaglore and this famous hill station is also the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, three southern states of India. A great place during bank holidays in Bangalore.
4) Chikmagalur - Chikmagalur which is 250kms away from banglore is also one best long weekend spot to visit during public holidays in banglore. The mountains in Chikkamagaluru are the part of the Western Ghats and also it is the source of rivers like Tunga and Bhadra which is called as Tungabhadra.
5) Kotagiri - Kotagiri which is nearly 300 kms away from is also a worth place to visit during Bank holidays in Banglaore because of its largely unexplored terrain and soothing weather throughout the year.
Spending time with kids is very important, and on a bank holiday in Karnataka, one can spend a lot of time with children. There are many options to spend time like you can fix something together. If there is something to be set at home such as changing the car tyre of your car, dealing with some pipe leakage or anything it is important to do it with kids because they will learn how to use all those tools and also you can speak and share ideas while doing some mechanical work.
Long walks with children also work a lot. During a bank holiday in Karnataka do not miss to drop your kid to friend's house or some music class or anywhere and prefer to go by walk as by doing that you will be spending more time with your child.
Play the games which your kids play. Actually, in that way you can communicate more with your kid and also can help them to learn how to focus and to be patient and much more. Do not go for an indoor game. Always prefer to play some outdoor game such as football, volleyball, Cricket, etc. This will help you spend time with your kids as well as to do some excise on a bank holiday in Karnataka.
Every year there will be some bank holidays in Karnataka and additional to that there will be few bundhs and strikes due to which banks will are closed. So on those days, one can do few other types of transactions as well. Here is few transaction type which works on bank holidays as well.
Money Transfer - There are three methods of transferring money on the day when banks are open or closed. Though one cannot do NEFT (National Electronic Fund Transfer) or RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement). It is possible to transfer money through three different methods on a bank holiday in Karnataka.
1)IMPS(Immediate Payment Service)
2) UPI (Unified Payment Interface)
3) Fund transfer through ATM.
1)IMPS, (Immediate Payment Service) - By Using IMPS, one can send money 24/7. This service will not be closed on any kind of bank holiday in Karnataka. There are few charges for this service. It is better you check the charges before doing the transaction.
2) UPI (Unified Payment Interface) - Like IMPS UPI is also provided 24/7 service and this service will not be closed on any bank holiday in Karnataka. Even for UPI payment, there are few charges. But the charges or low when compared to IMPS.
3) Fund transfer through ATM- One can transfer money through ATM Machine 24/7 by using the card to card method. But the problem in this method is one cannot send money to other bank accounts. To transfer money through the card to card method sender and receiver should from the same bank.
Not only money transfer one can avail various banking services using ATM Machine. Though that day is a bank holiday in Karnataka or not.
No need to worry about paying a bill during a public holiday in Karnataka. In this new era of the internet almost every bill can be paid online. Either it can be electricity bill or a credit card bill. Almost all the bills can be paid online.
There are multiple ways by using which you can pay bills online. Here are few:
If you want to pay electricity bill. Though it is a public holiday in Karnataka or not. You can pay it online on bescom.org. All you need to do is to visit the BESCOM website enter your Customer Identification Number. It will show up your bill. By using your credit card, debit card or net banking you can pay the bill. There are few charges which you may be charged as you are paying the bill online.
There is one more option to pay the bill that is by using a mobile wallet. By using mobile wallet such as Paytm you can pay the bill. This service can also be used anytime. Either it is a government holiday in Karnataka or not. The process is very simple and similar to bescom payment service. There will be an option where you have to select to pay electricity bill to enter your consumer number. It will show up the bill. To pay the bill here, you need to have cash in your mobile. If you have sufficient cash, you can pay through that cash or you need to pay using your debit or credit card.
There are many bank holidays that are very peculiar to Karnataka. Among these include the Karnataka Rajyotsava, which is a bank holiday on November 1, 2018, that is only a bank holiday in the state. If there are other holidays there could be common holidays. For example, Christmas is not only a bank holiday in Karnataka, but, also around everywhere in India. In any case, when you are taking a look at the bank holidays in Karnataka, you should look for holidays that are clubbed together. This will ensure that you can make the best of the public holidays that come either on a Friday or a Monday. However, what is most important is to check that the banks are not closed on the holidays, as you would not be able to do your pending works like your bank work. So, it is extremely important to complete your work on time ahead of the bank holidays in Karnataka. So, just finish it and ensure it does not con-incide with the holidays.
After demonetization, many apps were launched by which we can transfer money and also make payments. These apps will help you during a bank holiday in Karnataka. By using these apps, you will not need to withdraw cash for doing transactions and payments every time. Of all the apps which were launched here is a list of few apps which are best.
Of all the apps the best app and advised app is State Bank Buddy. State Bank Buddy is app launched by a State Bank of India. State Bank of India is public sector Bank, and it is advised to go for apps and services provided by public sector banks if available. State Bank Buddy is providing so many services that there will be no better app to go for than Buddy app.
This first and the best part of Buddy app is you can use Buddy app in nearly thirteen languages. Though you are SBI customer or not, you can use the app. If you are not an SBI customer all you need to do is add money to the Buddy wallet and do transaction whereas if you are an SBI customer, you can directly link your Buddy app to your SBI account and directly use the money in your account to make payments. This option works even if it is a Bank Holiday in Karnataka.