Holiday on October 31, 2020 due to Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti
Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti 2020
Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti 2020 is an optional holiday falls on October 31, 2020 Saturday as per Govt. Dopt 2020 holiday list. Some employees may choose to take the day off, however, most offices and businesses remain open.
Valmiki Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki, who penned the great Hindu epic Ramayana. According to the Hindu calendar, it falls on the full moon day of the month of Ashwin, which corresponds to September-October in the Gregorian calendar. Also referred to as Pragat Diwas, Valmiki Jayanti will be celebrated on 31st October (Saturday) in 2020.
This regional public holiday in several Indian states, commemorates the birth anniversary of Valmiki, the first poet of Sanskrit literature.
The festival of Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the northern parts of India, particularly by the Hindu devotees. On this day, people take part in great processions called Shobha Yatras and parade the representations of a priest dressed in saffron-coloured robes with plume and paper in his hands, through the streets of the Valmiki territory, accompanied by reverential singing. The temples of the sage are decorated with flowers and lights, and the devotees offer free food and recite prayers.