Karnataka Holidays List 2023: Govt, Public, School, Bank Holiday

There are around 25 Government holidays observed in Karnataka on which schools, offices, banks and other institutions remain closed. Some festivals like Independence Day, Diwali, Maha Shivratri are celebrated in Karnataka that is also observed all over the country. Apart from this, festivals like Ugadi, Kannada Rajyothsava and Kanakadasa Jayanti are celebrated specifically in the state only. People look forward to these big, small festivals so that they can enjoy the time with their friends and family, visit their relatives, go for outing and do other things they like. Below here, this article provides a detailed Karnataka Holidays List 2023 so you can plan things accordingly.

Government Holidays in Karnataka 2023

Normally, a Government holiday is a holiday observed by every schools, public offices and banks. A list of all the Government holidays that will be observed in the year 2023 along with their day and date has been provided below. These dates are accurate for now but if any modification is made by the appropriate authority, the dates given below will be updated accordingly.

Festival Date Day
Makar Sankrati 15 January Sunday
Republic Day 26 January Thursday
Maha Shivaratri 18 February Saturday
Ugadi 22 March Wednesday
Mahavir Jayanti 4 April Tuesday
Dr B R Ambedkar Jayanti 14 April Friday
Good Friday 7 April Friday
May Day 1 May Monday
Eid-al-Fitr 22 April Saturday
Buddha Purnima 5 May Friday
Bakrid/ Eid-al-Adha 29th June to 30th June Thursday to Friday
Muharram 28 July Friday
Raksha Bandhan 30 and 31 August Wednesday and Thursday
Independence Day 15 August Tuesday
Ganesh Chaturthi 19 September Tuesday
Mahalaya Amavasye 14 October Saturday
Gandhi Jayanti 2 October Monday
Maha Navami 23 October Monday
Vijaya Dashami 24 October Tuesday
Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti 28 October Saturday
Eid-e-Milad/ Milad-un-Nabi 28 September Thursday
Diwali 12 November Sunday
Kannada Rajyothsava 1 November Wednesday
Kanakadasa Jayanti 30 November Thursday
Christmas 25 December Monday

List of Karnataka Bank Holidays 2023

Bank holidays include all the Government holidays and along with that all Sundays and second and fourth Saturdays. Earlier, the banks used to function for half day on every Saturday but as per the new rules, the banks are fully operational on first and third Saturdays (fifth Saturday too, in case it occurs) and the rest two Saturdays, banks remain close. A complete list of all the second and fourth Saturdays falling in the year 2023 along with their corresponding date is provided below.

January 2023

  • 14th January : Second Saturday
  • 28th January : Fourth Saturday

February 2023

  • 11th February : Second Saturday
  • 25th February : Fourth Saturday

March 2023

  • 11th March : Second Saturday
  • 25th March : Fourth Saturday

April 2023

  • 8th April : Second Saturday
  • 22nd April : Fourth Saturday

May 2023

  • 13th May : Second Saturday
  • 27th May : Fourth Saturday

June 2023

  • 10th June : Second Saturday
  • 24th June : Fourth Saturday

July 2023

  • 8th July : Second Saturday
  • 22nd July : Fourth Saturday

August 2023

  • 12th August : Second Saturday
  • 26th August : Fourth Saturday

September 2023

  • 9th September : Second Saturday
  • 23rd September : Fourth Saturday

October 2023

  • 14th October : Second Saturday
  • 28th October : Fourth Saturday

November 2023

  • 11th November : Second Saturday
  • 25th November : Fourth Saturday

December 2023

  • 9th December : Second Saturday
  • 23rd December : Fourth Saturday

School Holidays in Karnataka

Almost all the schools of Karnataka remains closed on the Government holidays. Sundays are a fixed off whereas Saturdays can be open or close depending on the rules of the school. Extra holidays like annual function day, cultural event day, teacher’s day, children’s day, etc are also observed by some schools based on their own rules and policy. Those who want to know complete list of school holidays in Karnataka 2023 can check for the same in the brochure (prospectus) of the school. Apart from this, the schools also place their holiday calendar in their respective official website.

Specific festivals of Karnataka

Let us know a little bit about some of the festivals that are celebrated specifically in Karnataka.

Ugadi- Ugadi marks the beginning of a new year and is celebrated with high enthusiasm in the state of Karnataka. Other than this, Ugadi is also celebrated in Andhra Pradesh. According to the Gregorian calendar, this day usually falls in the month of March or April. A special dish called pachadi is prepared on this day that consists of six different flavors, namely sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy hot and astringent.

Kannada Rajyothsava- Kannada Rajyotsava is a government holiday in the state of Karnataka and is celebrated by Kannada people all over the world. This festival commemorates the day on which all Kannada speaking regions of South India were combined to form Karnataka. On this day, processions are carried out and yellow Kannada flags are hoisted at different places.

Kanakadasa Jayanti- This day is the birth anniversary of a great poet and saint Shri Kanak Dasa and is a state holiday according to the Government. Every year, this day is celebrated on the eighteenth day of Kartik month that normally falls in the month of November.

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