This guide provides a detailed overview of holidays and festivals celebrated in India during August 2024.

  • Regional Festivals: Discover unique celebrations across various states in India. (Table Included)
  • Bank Holidays: Plan your finances effectively with a list of bank closure days. (Table Included)
  • Holiday Descriptions: Gain insights into the cultural significance of major festivals.
  • FAQs: Find answers to frequently asked questions about August holidays.

Regional Festivals in August 2024

The following table highlights some of the prominent regional festivals celebrated in August 2024:

Aug 7Haryali TeejHaryanaA monsoon festival for women, observed with fasting, prayers, and wearing green attire.
Aug 8Tendong Lho Rum FaatSikkimA three-day festival honoring Mount Tendong, featuring prayers, dances, and masked performances.
Aug 13Patriots’ DayManipurA day to commemorate the sacrifices made by freedom fighters from Manipur.
Aug 15Independence DayNationalA national holiday celebrating India’s independence from British rule.
Aug 15Parsi New YearDaman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, MaharashtraMarks the beginning of the Parsi calendar year, observed with traditional customs and delicacies.
Aug 16De Jure Transfer DayPondicherryCelebrates the official transfer of Pondicherry from French rule to India.
Aug 19Raksha BandhanMany statesCelebrates the bond between siblings, with sisters tying a rakhi (sacred thread) on their brothers’ wrists.
Aug 19Jhulan PurnimaOrissaA festival dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha, featuring swings decorated with idols and devotional practices.
Aug 26JanmashtamiMany statesCelebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, with special pujas, hymns, and cultural programs.

Bank Holidays in August 2024

In addition to the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, several other days are designated as bank holidays in August 2024.

Aug 10SaturdaySecond Saturday
Aug 15ThursdayIndependence Day, Parsi New Year
Aug 19MondayRaksha Bandhan
Aug 24SaturdayFourth Saturday
Aug 26MondayKrishna Janmashtami

Holiday Descriptions

This section provides a deeper understanding of some of the major festivals celebrated in August:

  • Raksha Bandhan: A heartwarming festival celebrating the bond between siblings. Sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on their brothers’ wrists, symbolizing protection and love.
  • Independence Day: A national holiday marking India’s independence from British rule. Celebrated with flag hoisting ceremonies, patriotic speeches, and cultural programs.
  • Janmashtami: Celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, one of Hinduism’s most revered deities. Devotees observe fasts, sing hymns (bhajans), and participate in cultural events.

FAQs on August Holidays 2024

  • Is Independence Day a bank holiday in India? Yes, Independence Day is a national bank holiday.
  • Do banks remain closed on the second and fourth Saturday of the month? Yes, banks typically remain closed on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month.
  • In which state is Tendong Lho Rum Faat celebrated? Tendong Lho Rum Faat is a festival observed in the state of Sikkim.
  • Does Onam festival fall in the month of August? While Onam celebrations extend into September, some aspects, like Thiruvonam, might fall in August depending on the lunar calendar.

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