In January, the Karnataka government has announced holidays on the following days. January 12, the second week of Saturday as Bank Holiday; January 14, on account of Uttarayana Punya Kaala/ Makara Sankranthi Festival; January 26, on account of Republic Day and also fourth week of Saturday as Bank Holiday.
|Date & Month||Day||Holiday|
|January 12||Saturday||Second Saturday Bank Holiday|
|January 14||Monday||Makara Sankranti|
|January 26||Saturday||Republic Day|
|Month Wise Bank Holiday in Karnataka|
All the banks in January will remain closed on the above mentioned days.The banks will not perform the usual functioning on these days. All the banks including IDBI Bank, Union Bank of India, Karur Vysya Bank and Nainital Bank will remain closed on the bank holidays.
Makara Sankranti: It is a Hindu festival. It marks the first day when the sun enters into the Makara sign and this marks the end of the winter season. It is also a harvest festival of the farmers. On this day people wear new clothes and offer Ellu (sesame seeds) and Bella (jaggery), a piece of sugarcane to the near and dear ones and the tradition is known as Ellu Birodhu. Apart from this Ellu Unde, red berries, haldi, kumkum, banana, betel leaves and small gift items will be exchanged between women in the neighbourhood as a part of the festival. On this day cows and bulls will be decorated with colourful costumes and will be made to cross on a fire line which is commonly called as Kichchu Haayisuvudu.
Republic Day: It is a National festival. The country adopted the Constitution on November 26, 1949, and the same came into effect starting from January 26, 1950. January 26 was chosen to celebrate the Republic Day because during 1930 on this day the Indian National Congress declared Purna Swaraj from the British Regime in India. On this day all the government offices, schools and colleges will remain closed. Children from various schools perform cultural activities to give a tribute to the rich cultural and traditional heritage of India.