• Most offices in Bangalore observe a five-day workweek though half-day Saturdays are also common – even among banks. Shops tend to be open long hours all days of the week, some closing on Sunday. Banks are always closed on Sunday.

    Throughout the year there are many holidays, more than are common in most Western countries. Some of the bank holidays in India are fixed while others, specifically for Indian festivals, vary every year as they are calculated according to the Indian (lunar-based) calendar. Since there seems to be a holiday almost every other week, it is best to never wait until the last minute to attend to banking matters. For a complete list of Karnataka bank holidays, you can also check: http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/india/2014.php.

    Holiday 2013 2014
    Id-E-Milad (Birthday of Muhammed) January 25 January 13
    Republic Day January 26 January 26
    Maha Shivratri (Celebration in reverence of Lord Shiva) March 10 February 28
    Holi (Festival of Colors) March 27 March 17
    Good Friday March 29 April 18
    Mahavir Jayanthi (Birthday of Mahavir) April 24 April 23
    May Day May 1 May 1
    Buddha Purnima (Celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightment and death) May 25 May 14
    Id-Ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan fast; Muslim holiday) August 9 July 28
    Independence Day (India attained freedom from the British Rule on this day in 1947) August 15 August 15
    Krishna Janmastami (ommemoration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna) August 28 August 17
    Ganesh Chaturthi (10-day Hindu festival celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant headed god) September 9 August 29
    Mahatma Gandhi Jayanthi (Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi – the Father of the Nation) October 2 October 2
    Vijaya Dashami (A popular Hindu festival which marks the end of Devon Rama by Lord Rama; an auspicious day) October 13 October 4
    Bakri Id (Feast of sacrifice; Muslim holiday) October 16 October 4
    Karnataka State Formation Day (Karnataka attained statehood) November 1 November 1
    Diwali (Festival of lights; Hindu celebration of Lord Rama and his return after 14 years in exile) November 3 October 23
    Muharram (Islamic New Year) November 14 October 15
    Guru Nanak Jayanthi (Birthday of the founder of Sikhism) November 17 November 6
    Christmas (Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus) December 25 December 25
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