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Long weekends are some of the most awaited respite that we have. It is a time to take a quick vacation and return back to the responsibilities of daily life. Personally, it is important to me that the vacation goes through smoothly. I present you with a list of long weekends and some secret tips to secure a great vacation.
1) February 21st to 23rd (3 days)
Maha shivratri falls on Friday, the 21st of February, 2020. Most states consider Maha Shivratri as a holiday, which means that it can be clubbed with the upcoming weekend to make a 3 day vacation. Places to consider visiting: Taj Mahotsav Festival, Agra; Goa Carnival Festival, Goa; Khajuraho Dance Festival, Khajuraho; Indian Hip Hop Festival, Delhi.
2) March 7th to 10th (4 days)
Tuesday, the 10th of March is a holiday for Holi. If you can take a holiday on the Monday before it, you get a 4 day weekend. Places to consider visiting: Elephant Festival, Jaipur; Holi Festival, Mathura-Vrindavan-Banaras.
3) April 2nd to 6th (5 days)
Thursday, the 2nd of April is Ram Navami which is a holiday in many states and the upcoming Monday, the 6th of April is Mahavir Jayanti is a government holiday in India. If you can take a leave of 1 day on Friday, the 3rd of April, then you use this 5 day weekend for a perfect trip in 2020. Places to consider visiting: Tulip Festival, Srinagar; Mopin Festival, Arunachal Pradesh; Mewar Festival, Udaipur.
4) April 10th to 12th (3 days)
Friday, the 4th of April is Good Friday, which is a national holiday in India. So, you can get a 3-day long weekend from the 4th of April till the 6th of April to plan for a trip. Places to consider visiting: Attuvela Mahotsavam, Kerala; Bihu Festival, Assam; Baisakhi Mela, Punjab.
5) May 1st to 3rd (3 days)
On the occasion of Labour Day, many states in India have a holiday on Friday, the 1st of May. This gives you a 3-day window for a short trip from the 1st of May to the 3rd of May. Places to consider visiting: Madurai Meenakshi Kalyanam, Madurai; Moatsu Festival, Nagaland; Thrissur Pooram, Kerala.
6) May 7th to 10th (4 days)
Buddh Purnima falls on Thursday, the 7th of May, which is a holiday in most parts of the country. Taking leave on Friday, the 8th of May gives you a 4-day long weekend in 2020 which you can use for a vacation. Places to consider visiting: Ooty Summer Festival, Ooty; International Flower Festival, Sikkim.
7) May 23rd to 25th (3 days)
Eid is a national holiday on Monday, the 25th of May. Using this holiday with the previous weekend gives you a 3-day long weekend in 2020. Make the most of this long weekend with your friends and family. Places to consider visiting: Mount Abu Summer Festival, Rajasthan.
8) June 20th to 23rd (4 days)
This Tuesday, the 23rd of June is the day of Rath Yatra and is a holiday in a few parts of India. A 1 day leave starting on Monday, the 22nd of June gives you a 4-day long weekend to plan a trip. Places to consider visiting: Rath Yatra Festival, Odisha; Saga Dawa Festival, Sikkim.
9) August 1st to 3rd (3 days)
Raksha Bandhan falls on Monday, the 3rd of August, which is a holiday in many parts of India. Adding this holiday to the previous weekend, you get a 3-day long weekend. Places to consider visiting: Bull Surfing, Kerala; Janmashtami Celebrations, Mathura-Vrindavan-Banaras.
10) August 29th to 31st (3 days)
Onam is a popular festival in South India and falls on Monday, the 31st of August. Onam is a holiday in many parts that means you can use it with the previous weekend and get a 3-day long weekend for a short trip. Places to consider visiting: Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Alleppey; Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations, Mumbai.
11) October 2nd to 4th (3 days)
Friday, the 2nd of October is Gandhi Jayanti which is a national holiday in India. You get a 3-day long weekend using it with the following weekend of 3rd & 4th October. Places to consider visiting: Marwar Festival, Jodhpur; Durga Puja Celebrations, Kolkata.
12) October 29th to November 1st (4 days)
Id-e-Milad is a holiday in most parts of India and it falls on Thursday, the 29th of November. Take a one day leave on Friday, the 30th of November and you get a 4-day long weekend. Use this break wisely.
The long weekend is a precious resource for most of us. When new year comes around, there will be no dearth of stories if you make the most of the holidays you get. Personally, I have created a bucket list of places I wish to visit. I keep a calendar updated with every long weekend and program it to remind me a week in advance, this allows me to make the most of my holidays without any hassle.