Dec. 30, 2019

A new list of public holidays was issued by the Union Territory's General Administration Department on December 27.


  • From 2020, people in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have a public holiday on October 26 for the first time.

  • The day, which will be observed as Accession Day, marks the signing of the Instrument of Accession by the last Dogra ruler of J&K, Maharaja Hari Singh, with the then Governor-General of India, Lord Mountbatten.

  • Like the UT of Ladakh, J&K has also dropped Martyr’s Day — which the erstwhile state observed on July 13 to mark the deaths of the 22 people who lost their lives when the Maharaja’s forces opened fire on them — and December 5, which marks the birth anniversary of Sheikh Abdullah, former prime minister and chief minister of J&K.