Kerala is a state that is in South India. Because of its mesmerizing beauty it is often called "God's Own Country". The state was also called Keralam and Malayalam is the popular language spoken here. The scenic beauty is largely on account of greenery, backwaters, hill stations and acres of Coconut Trees. Hills stations like Munnar, backwaters, wildlife and delectable cuisine make Kerala an ideal tourist destination. Bank holidays in Kerala include the popular national holidays, as well as the states regional holidays.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|January 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|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 30||Friday||Good Friday|
|April 2||Monday||Annual Closing of Accounts of Commercial and Co-operative Banks|
|April 14||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|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 15||Friday||Eid al-Fitr|
|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 22||Wednesday||Eid al-Adha|
|August 24||Friday||First Onam|
|August 25||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|August 27||Monday||Shree Narayana Guru Jayanti|
|September 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|September 21||Friday||Shree Narayana guru Samafhi Day|
|September 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 2||Tuesday||Gandhi Jayanthi|
|October 13||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|October 19||Friday||Vijaya Dasami|
|October 27||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 10||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|November 24||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 8||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|December 22||Saturday||Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday|
The state has highest literacy rate in the entire country and also boasts the highest life expectancy in the country. The capital of the state is Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala is also very rich in natural resources. Apart from this, the state also has significant amounts of agricultural presence with rubber, coconut, coffee and tea output.
Kochi, Kozhikode Trivandrum are some of the major cities of Kerala. A number of spices are also grown in the state. In fact, spices was exported from the country, which is why it was also called the garden of spices.
Onam is the most important and biggest festival in Kerala. This day is a bank holiday in Kerala. This festival is celebrated all over Kerala regardless to the community with enthusiasm and joy. Onam is the harvest festival and also the Malayalam new year. The Malayalam calendar which is called Kollavarsham starts with Onam.
Onam is a ten-day festival of which the first day is called atham and the tenth day is called as Thiruonam. Though it is a ten-day festival only the tenth day of the Onam is a bank holiday in Kerala. The government of India promoted Onam as the National Festival, and a lot of tourist from around the world comes to Kerala during Onam to see the rich culture of the state. During Onam, there will be feasts, folk songs, elegant dances, energetic games, etc.
There will be a very special meal or feast called Onasadya during Onam which will be served in banana leaves and it's a nine-course meal with 11 to 13 essential dishes. There will be a boat race called Vallamkali on the river Pampa. In this race hundreds of boatmen take part. This will be a colorful sight to watch not only the race but also the way they decorate their boats.