List of Dry Day Dates of 2020 in India:“Beer and Rum, Ta Ra Ra Ra Rum TaRaRumPum”. Excuse me for our over-creativity for it’s time to check out an important calendar, and no, it’s not the holiday calendar. We are talking about the list of Dry Days of 2020 in India. Just like every year, under Alcohol Laws of India, there are specific days in a year when the sale of alcohol is prohibited. And in that case, one needs to stock up well in advance. Although, we are done with half the year, significantly being indoors, but since we enter unlock phase, restrictions are likely to be minimal in the upcoming months amid the pandemic. Let’s quickly see how many days in 2020 are declared as Dry Days. We bring you a complete Dry Days 2020 calendar with dates when alcohol will not be available for sale in bars, pubs and liquor shops in India. But first, let’s check the definition of Dry Days.

According to Wikipedia, “Dry days are specific days when the sale of alcohol is not permitted. Most of the Indian states observe these days on major national festivals/occasions such as Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). Dry days are also observed during elections in India.” Certain days are declared as Dry Days pan India; however, few additional ones may be applicable in few specific states and union territories. Now, that we understand the meaning and relevance of Dry Days, let us know about the days that are going to fall under ‘No Alcohol’ days in 2020. 

In January 2020, there were three Dry Days – Makar Sankranti (January 15), Republic Day (January 26) and Mahatma Gandhi Punyatithi or Death Anniversary (January 30). February too had three days observed as Dry Days. They were Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti (February 18), Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti (February 19). Holi 2020 on March 10 was not a dry day across India, but in a few states, liquor shops were shut. The fourth month of the year, April 2020 had three days as Dry Days. However, the nationwide lockdowm, forced bars and alcohol shops to remain shut in a bid to contain the spread. It continued for several months, until recently, when most of state governments decided to open wine shops, keeping a time frame in mind. 

We are at the second half of the year and since the nation is in an unlock phase, eventually, restrictions are expected to be minimal. August 2020 could be the least favourite month for all the beer-guzzling friends out there as there are as many as four Dry Days in the month. Krishna Janmashtami (August 11) and Independence Day (August 15), are Dry Days. Again, the upcoming events of Ganesh Chaturthi (August 22) and Muharram (August 29) are also Dry Days. September 2020 has Zero Dry Days. In October 2020, there are three Dry Days again - Gandhi Jayanti (October 2), Dussehra (October 25) and Valmiki Jayanti (October 31). November 2020 has two Dry Days, Kartik Ekadashi (November 25) and Guru Nanak Jayanti (November 30). The 12th and last month of the year has no Dry Days. 

List of Dry Day Dates of 2020 in India

January 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. January 15 Wednesday Makar Sankranti
2. January 26 Sunday Republic Day
3. January 30 Thursday Mahatma Gandhi’s Death Anniversary

February 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. February 18 Tuesday Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
2. February 19 Wednesday Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti
3. February 21 Friday Maha Shivaratri

March 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
 1.  March 10 Tuesday  Holi (It is not a dry day across India. In a few states liquor shops will be shut).

April 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. April 2 Thursday Rama Navami
2. April 6 Monday Mahavir Jayanti
3. April 10 Friday Good Friday

May 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. May 1 Friday Maharashtra Day (Only in Maharashtra)
2. May 7 Thursday Buddha Purnima
3. May 24 Sunday Eid al-Fitr

June 2020 – No Dry Day

July 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. July 1 Wednesday Ashadi Ekadashi
2. July 30-31 Thu-Fri Eid al-Adha

August 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. August 11 Tuesday Janmashtami
2. August 15 Saturday Independence Day
3. August 22 Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi
4. August 29 Saturday Muharram

September 2020 – No Dry Day

October 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. October 2 Friday Gandhi Jayanti
2. October 25 Sunday Dussehra
3. October 31 Saturday Valmiki Jayanti

November 2020

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. November 25 Wednesday Kartik Ekadashi
2. November 30 Monday Guru Nanak Jayanti

December 2020 – No Dry Day

Tentatively, there are 24 days as Dry Days in 2020. Of course, it does not include legislative assembly elections of Delhi and Bihar, which took place in January-February and upcoming elections in October-November respectively. July had no Dry Days and upcoming months of September and December will have no Dry Days as well (as of now, there are no Dry Days). Raise a toast to that piece of good news!

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 15, 2020 11:58 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website