2021 Hindu Calendar and Indian Holidays

Festivals 2021


Festivals in January 2021

1 january 2021
(Friday)
English New Year
2 january 2021
(Saturday)
Sankashti Chaturthi
6 january 2021
(Wednesday)
Kalashtami
9 january 2021
(Saturday)
Saphala Ekadashi
10 january 2021
(Sunday)
Pradosh Vrat
11 january 2021
(Monday)
Masik Shivaratri
13 january 2021
(Wednesday)
Paush Amavasya, Hanumath Jayanthi, Lohri
14 january 2021
(Thursday)
Chandra Darshan, Pongal, Makar Sankranti
15 january 2021
(Friday)
Magh Bihu
16 january 2021
(Saturday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi
18 january 2021
(Monday)
Skanda Sashti
20 january 2021
(Wednesday)
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
21 january 2021
(Thursday)
Masik Durgashtami, Shakambhari Utsavarambha
23 january 2021
(Saturday)
Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti
24 january 2021
(Sunday)
Pausha Putrada Ekadashi, Tailang Swami Jayanti, Rohini Vrat
26 january 2021
(Tuesday)
Pradosh Vrat, Republic Day
28 january 2021
(Thursday)
Paush Purnima, Shakambhari Purnima, Purnima Upavas, Thai Pusam
31 january 2021
(Sunday)
Sankashti Chaturthi, Sakat Chauth

Festivals in February 2021

4 february 2021
(Thursday)
Swami Vivekananda Jayanti, Kalashtami
7 february 2021
(Sunday)
Shattila Ekadashi
8 february 2021
(Monday)
Vaishnava Shattila Ekadashi
9 february 2021
(Tuesday)
Pradosh Vrat
10 february 2021
(Wednesday)
Masik Shivaratri
11 february 2021
(Thursday)
Magha Amavasya, Mauni Amavas, Thai Amavasai
12 february 2021
(Friday)
Gupta Navratri Begins, Kumbha Sankranti
13 february 2021
(Saturday)
Chandra Darshan
15 february 2021
(Monday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi, Ganesha Jayanti
16 february 2021
(Tuesday)
Vasant Panchami
17 february 2021
(Wednesday)
Skanda Sashti
19 february 2021
(Friday)
Ratha Saptami, Narmada Jayanti, Masik Karthigai
20 february 2021
(Saturday)
Bhishma Ashtami, Masik Durgashtami, Rohini Vrat
23 february 2021
(Tuesday)
Jaya Ekadashi
24 february 2021
(Wednesday)
Pradosh Vrat
27 february 2021
(Saturday)
Magha Purnima, Purnima Upavas, Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Masi Magam, Attukal Pongala

Festivals in March 2021

2 march 2021
(Tuesday)
Sankashti Chaturthi
4 march 2021
(Thursday)
Yashoda Jayanti
5 march 2021
(Friday)
Shabari Jayanti, Kalashtami
6 march 2021
(Saturday)
Janaki Jayanti
9 march 2021
(Tuesday)
Vijaya Ekadashi
10 march 2021
(Wednesday)
Pradosh Vrat
11 march 2021
(Thursday)
Maha Shivaratri
13 march 2021
(Saturday)
Phalguna Amavasya
14 march 2021
(Sunday)
Chandra Darshan, Meena Sankranti, Karadaiyan Nombu
15 march 2021
(Monday)
Phulera Dooj, Ramakrishna Jayanti
17 march 2021
(Wednesday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi
18 march 2021
(Thursday)
Masik Karthigai
19 march 2021
(Friday)
Skanda Sashti
20 march 2021
(Saturday)
Vernal Equinox, Rohini Vrat
22 march 2021
(Monday)
Masik Durgashtami
25 march 2021
(Thursday)
Amalaki Ekadashi
26 march 2021
(Friday)
Pradosh Vrat
28 march 2021
(Sunday)
Chhoti Holi, Holika Dahan, Vasanta Purnima, Purnima Upavas, Phalguna Purnima, Lakshmi Jayanti, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti, Panguni Uthiram
29 march 2021
(Monday)
Holi
30 march 2021
(Tuesday)
Bhai Dooj, Bhratri Dwitiya
31 march 2021
(Wednesday)
Shivaji Jayanti, Sankashti Chaturthi

Festivals in April 2021

2 april 2021
(Friday)
Ranga Panchami, Good Friday
3 april 2021
(Saturday)
Sheetala Saptami
4 april 2021
(Sunday)
Basoda, Sheetala Ashtami, Kalashtami, Easter
7 april 2021
(Wednesday)
Papmochani Ekadashi
9 april 2021
(Friday)
Pradosh Vrat
10 april 2021
(Saturday)
Masik Shivaratri
11 april 2021
(Sunday)
Chaitra Amavasya
13 april 2021
(Tuesday)
Chandra Darshan, Chaitra Navratri, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi
14 april 2021
(Wednesday)
Jhulelal Jayanti, Solar New Year, Mesha Sankranti, Baisakhi, Masik Karthigai, Puthandu, Vishu Kani, Ambedkar Jayanti
15 april 2021
(Thursday)
Gauri Puja, Gangaur, Matsya Jayanti, Pohela Boishakh
16 april 2021
(Friday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi, Rohini Vrat
17 april 2021
(Saturday)
Lakshmi Panchami
18 april 2021
(Sunday)
Yamuna Chhath, Skanda Sashti, Ramanuja Jayanti
20 april 2021
(Tuesday)
Masik Durgashtami
21 april 2021
(Wednesday)
Rama Navami
23 april 2021
(Friday)
Kamada Ekadashi, Thrissur Pooram
24 april 2021
(Saturday)
Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi
25 april 2021
(Sunday)
Mahavir Swami Jayanti
26 april 2021
(Monday)
Purnima Upavas
27 april 2021
(Tuesday)
Hanuman Jayanti, Chaitra Purnima, Chitra Pournami
30 april 2021
(Friday)
Sankashti Chaturthi

Festivals in May 2021

3 may 2021
(Monday)
Kalashtami
7 may 2021
(Friday)
Varuthini Ekadashi, Vallabhacharya Jayanti, Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
8 may 2021
(Saturday)
Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi
9 may 2021
(Sunday)
Masik Shivaratri, Tagore Jayanti *Bengal
11 may 2021
(Tuesday)
Vaishakha Amavasya
12 may 2021
(Wednesday)
Masik Karthigai
13 may 2021
(Thursday)
Chandra Darshan, Rohini Vrat
14 may 2021
(Friday)
Parashurama Jayanti, Akshaya Tritiya, Vrishabha Sankranti
15 may 2021
(Saturday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi
17 may 2021
(Monday)
Shankaracharya Jayanti, Surdas Jayanti, Skanda Sashti
18 may 2021
(Tuesday)
Ganga Saptami
20 may 2021
(Thursday)
Masik Durgashtami
21 may 2021
(Friday)
Sita Navami
22 may 2021
(Saturday)
Mohini Ekadashi
23 may 2021
(Sunday)
Gauna Mohini Ekadashi, Vaishnava Mohini Ekadashi
24 may 2021
(Monday)
Pradosh Vrat
25 may 2021
(Tuesday)
Narasimha Jayanti, Vaikasi Visakam
26 may 2021
(Wednesday)
Vaishakha Purnima, Kurma Jayanti, Buddha Purnima, Chandra Grahan, Purnima Upavas
27 may 2021
(Thursday)
Narada Jayanti
29 may 2021
(Saturday)
Sankashti Chaturthi

Festivals in June 2021

2 june 2021
(Wednesday)
Kalashtami
4 june 2021
(Friday)
Hanuman Jayanti *Telugu
6 june 2021
(Sunday)
Apara Ekadashi
7 june 2021
(Monday)
Pradosh Vrat
8 june 2021
(Tuesday)
Masik Shivaratri, Masik Karthigai
10 june 2021
(Thursday)
Jyeshtha Amavasya, Shani Jayanti, Vat Savitri Vrat, Surya Grahan, Rohini Vrat
11 june 2021
(Friday)
Chandra Darshan
13 june 2021
(Sunday)
Maharana Pratap Jayanti
14 june 2021
(Monday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi
15 june 2021
(Tuesday)
Mithuna Sankranti
16 june 2021
(Wednesday)
Skanda Sashti
18 june 2021
(Friday)
Masik Durgashtami
19 june 2021
(Saturday)
Mahesh Navami
20 june 2021
(Sunday)
Ganga Dussehra
21 june 2021
(Monday)
Gayatri Jayanti, Nirjala Ekadashi, Longest Day of Year
22 june 2021
(Tuesday)
Pradosh Vrat
24 june 2021
(Thursday)
Jyeshtha Purnima, Vat Purnima Vrat, Purnima Upavas, Kabirdas Jayanti
27 june 2021
(Sunday)
Sankashti Chaturthi

Festivals in July 2021

1 july 2021
(Thursday)
Kalashtami
5 july 2021
(Monday)
Yogini Ekadashi, Masik Karthigai
7 july 2021
(Wednesday)
Pradosh Vrat, Rohini Vrat
8 july 2021
(Thursday)
Masik Shivaratri
9 july 2021
(Friday)
Ashadha Amavasya
11 july 2021
(Sunday)
Chandra Darshan, Gupta Navratri Begins
12 july 2021
(Monday)
Jagannath Rathyatra
13 july 2021
(Tuesday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi
15 july 2021
(Thursday)
Skanda Sashti
16 july 2021
(Friday)
Karka Sankranti
17 july 2021
(Saturday)
Masik Durgashtami
20 july 2021
(Tuesday)
Devshayani Ekadashi, Gauri Vrat Begins *Gujarat, Eid al-Adha, Bakrid
21 july 2021
(Wednesday)
Pradosh Vrat, Jayaparvati Vrat Begins
23 july 2021
(Friday)
Kokila Vrat *Gujarat, Vyasa Puja, Purnima Upavas
24 july 2021
(Saturday)
Ashadha Purnima, Guru Purnima, Gauri Vrat Ends *Gujarat
26 july 2021
(Monday)
Jayaparvati Vrat Ends, Shravan Somwar Vrat *North
27 july 2021
(Tuesday)
Sankashti Chaturthi, Mangala Gauri Vrat *North
31 july 2021
(Saturday)
Kalashtami

Festivals in August 2021

2 august 2021
(Monday)
Shravan Somwar Vrat *North, Masik Karthigai, Aadi Perukku
3 august 2021
(Tuesday)
Mangala Gauri Vrat *North, Rohini Vrat
4 august 2021
(Wednesday)
Kamika Ekadashi
5 august 2021
(Thursday)
Pradosh Vrat
6 august 2021
(Friday)
Sawan Shivaratri
8 august 2021
(Sunday)
Shravana Amavasya, Hariyali Amavasya, Aadi Amavasai
9 august 2021
(Monday)
Chandra Darshan, Shravan Somwar Vrat
10 august 2021
(Tuesday)
Mangala Gauri Vrat
11 august 2021
(Wednesday)
Hariyali Teej
12 august 2021
(Thursday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi
13 august 2021
(Friday)
Nag Panchami, Kalki Jayanti, Skanda Sashti
15 august 2021
(Sunday)
Tulsidas Jayanti, Masik Durgashtami, Independence Day
16 august 2021
(Monday)
Shravan Somwar Vrat
17 august 2021
(Tuesday)
Mangala Gauri Vrat, Simha Sankranti, Malayalam New Year
18 august 2021
(Wednesday)
Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
20 august 2021
(Friday)
Pradosh Vrat, Varalakshmi Vrat
21 august 2021
(Saturday)
Rigveda Upakarma, Onam
22 august 2021
(Sunday)
Shravana Purnima, Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan, Gayatri Jayanti, Narali Purnima, Purnima Upavas, Yajurveda Upakarma, Hayagriva Jayanti, Sanskrit Diwas
23 august 2021
(Monday)
Gayathri Japam
25 august 2021
(Wednesday)
Kajari Teej, Sankashti Chaturthi, Sangada Hara Chathurti *Tamil, Bol Choth *Gujarat
27 august 2021
(Friday)
Nag Pancham *Gujarat
28 august 2021
(Saturday)
Balarama Jayanti, Randhan Chhath *Gujarat
29 august 2021
(Sunday)
Shitala Satam *Gujarat
30 august 2021
(Monday)
Krishna Janmashtami, Kalashtami, Ashtami Rohini
31 august 2021
(Tuesday)
Dahi Handi, Rohini Vrat

Festivals in September 2021

3 september 2021
(Friday)
Aja Ekadashi
4 september 2021
(Saturday)
Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi
5 september 2021
(Sunday)
Masik Shivaratri
7 september 2021
(Tuesday)
Bhadrapada Amavasya
8 september 2021
(Wednesday)
Chandra Darshan
9 september 2021
(Thursday)
Samaveda Upakarma, Varaha Jayanti, Hartalika Teej, Gowri Habba
10 september 2021
(Friday)
Ganesh Chaturthi
11 september 2021
(Saturday)
Rishi Panchami
12 september 2021
(Sunday)
Skanda Sashti, Gauri Avahana
13 september 2021
(Monday)
Mahalakshmi Vrat Begins, Durva Ashtami, Gauri Puja
14 september 2021
(Tuesday)
Radha Ashtami, Masik Durgashtami, Gauri Visarjan
17 september 2021
(Friday)
Parsva Ekadashi, Vamana Jayanti, Kanya Sankranti, Vishwakarma Puja
18 september 2021
(Saturday)
Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi
19 september 2021
(Sunday)
Anant Chaturdashi, Ganesh Visarjan
20 september 2021
(Monday)
Purnima Upavas, Purnima Shraddha
21 september 2021
(Tuesday)
Pratipada Shraddha
22 september 2021
(Wednesday)
Dwitiya Shraddha
23 september 2021
(Thursday)
Tritiya Shraddha, Autumnal Equinox
24 september 2021
(Friday)
Maha Bharani, Chaturthi Shraddha, Sankashti Chaturthi
25 september 2021
(Saturday)
Panchami Shraddha
26 september 2021
(Sunday)
Shashthi Shraddha
27 september 2021
(Monday)
Rohini Vrat
28 september 2021
(Tuesday)
Saptami Shraddha, Kalashtami, Mahalakshmi Vrat Ends
29 september 2021
(Wednesday)
Ashtami Shraddha, Jivitputrika Vrat
30 september 2021
(Thursday)
Navami Shraddha

Festivals in November 2021

1 november 2021
(Monday)
Rama Ekadashi, Govatsa Dwadashi
2 november 2021
(Tuesday)
Dhan Teras, Yama Deepam, Pradosh Vrat
3 november 2021
(Wednesday)
Kali Chaudas, Hanuman Puja, Masik Shivaratri
4 november 2021
(Thursday)
Narak Chaturdashi, Tamil Deepavali, Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Kedar Gauri Vrat, Chopda Puja, Sharda Puja, Kali Puja, Kartik Amavasya
5 november 2021
(Friday)
Gowardhan Puja, Annakut, Bali Pratipada, Dyuta Krida
6 november 2021
(Saturday)
Chandra Darshan, Bhaiya Dooj, Yama Dwitiya
8 november 2021
(Monday)
Nagula Chavithi *Telugu, Vinayaka Chaturthi
9 november 2021
(Tuesday)
Labh Panchami, Soora Samharam
10 november 2021
(Wednesday)
Chhath Puja
11 november 2021
(Thursday)
Gopashtami, Masik Durgashtami
12 november 2021
(Friday)
Akshaya Navami, Jagaddhatri Puja
13 november 2021
(Saturday)
Kansa Vadh
14 november 2021
(Sunday)
Devutthana Ekadashi, Nehru Jayanti
15 november 2021
(Monday)
Vaishnava Utthana Ekadashi, Tulasi Vivah
16 november 2021
(Tuesday)
Pradosh Vrat, Vrischika Sankranti
17 november 2021
(Wednesday)
Vaikuntha Chaturdashi, Mandalakala Begins
18 november 2021
(Thursday)
Dev Diwali, Purnima Upavas
19 november 2021
(Friday)
Kartik Purnima, Chandra Grahan, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Karthigai Deepam
20 november 2021
(Saturday)
Rohini Vrat
23 november 2021
(Tuesday)
Sankashti Chaturthi
27 november 2021
(Saturday)
Kalabhairav Jayanti
30 november 2021
(Tuesday)
Utpanna Ekadashi

Festivals in December 2021

2 december 2021
(Thursday)
Pradosh Vrat, Masik Shivaratri
4 december 2021
(Saturday)
Margashirsha Amavasya, Surya Grahan
5 december 2021
(Sunday)
Chandra Darshan
7 december 2021
(Tuesday)
Vinayaka Chaturthi
8 december 2021
(Wednesday)
Vivah Panchami
9 december 2021
(Thursday)
Subrahmanya Sashti, Champa Shashthi
11 december 2021
(Saturday)
Masik Durgashtami
14 december 2021
(Tuesday)
Mokshada Ekadashi, Gita Jayanti, Guruvayur Ekadashi
16 december 2021
(Thursday)
Pradosh Vrat, Hanuman Jayanti *Kannada, Dhanu Sankranti, Masik Karthigai
18 december 2021
(Saturday)
Dattatreya Jayanti, Purnima Upavas, Rohini Vrat
19 december 2021
(Sunday)
Annapurna Jayanti
20 december 2021
(Monday)
Arudra Darshan
21 december 2021
(Tuesday)
Shortest Day of Year
22 december 2021
(Wednesday)
Sankashti Chaturthi
25 december 2021
(Saturday)
Merry Christmas
26 december 2021
(Sunday)
Kalashtami
27 december 2021
(Monday)
Mandala Pooja
30 december 2021
(Thursday)
Saphala Ekadashi
31 december 2021
(Friday)
Pradosh Vrat

Hindu Calendar

Want to check which Indian Hindu festivals are heading your way this year, or are you simply interested in knowing what a Hindu character looks like? Hindu festivals are not the things you’ll find listed in the Gregorian calendar, or most commonly known as the western calendar or Christian calendar. Check all the vrat and Indian Holidays that are coming your way. You can also use this as a planner as your go-to site to check out Monthly Indian Festivals.

Importance of Hindu Calendar

The Hindu Calendar is a collaborative work of various scholars from the ancient times of ancient India. The foremost mention of the calendar has been found in the Vedas, the ethical basis of the Hindu ethics system, which dates back to 1200 BC.

The Hindu calendar or panchanga is a calendar that works on the observation deduced from the combined information deduced from the lunar cycle and the solar cycle. Due to this, the Hindu calendar is called a lunisolar calendar. This dependence on the lunar and solar days of the year gives the Indian calendar its multidimensional nature.

But why is it multidirectional? You might be asking. It is the technique it utilizes for structuring time, combining information from lunar months, lunar days, solar months, solar days, the movement of the sun, and the moon in respect to other constellations and celestial bodies.

There has been more than one variant of the Hindu calendar since ancient times to add more to its complicacy. The national calendar that became official in the year 1957 is but one of those many. It was selected because it covers almost all the festivals and vrat that are celebrated all around the country.

But the significance doesn’t just stop at being a record for the Hindu Calendar and vrat. It also functions as a measurement chart for recording things of astronomical size.

● Yoga: Not to be confused with breathing practices of yoga. The yogas are a part of merged longitudes of the moon and the sun, each measuring 13° 20`. All the yogas are parallel to the Hindu deities and human nature. Every solar day is associated with yoga achieving sunrise.

● Karana: Karana represents one-half of the lunar day. Like the yogas, they reflect certain aspects of human nature. One other similarity they have with the yogas is that each solar day is associated with the activity at sunrise.

● Nakshatra: The word that has been marketed quite often in the yantra (gems) industry that everyone has at least heard of once, even if they don’t know what it is. Nakshatra means lunar mansion and has been popularly referred to as such. Nakshatra’s are points found in the moon’s orbit, having the same measurement as yoga, of 13°20`. Their names have a basis in Hindu mythology.

With the debate of which system of the calendar to follow and how to count days based on it, it’s a natural question as to when the year ends or begins. The Hindu new year begins a bit after the financial and Academic years begin but with a thirteen to fifteen-day gap. Somewhere between thirteen to fifteen April. In terms of solar months, during the zodiac sign of Mesa (Aries). This time period is what marks solar months as civil months.

One important thing to note in the Indian calendar has a different way to apply leap year. As per lunar months, a year amounts to 354(⅓) days on average. Instead of adding a leap day every four years, a leap year is added every three years. Its definition of the leap year is also different from the leap year administered by the Gregorian calendar. Still, it has the same function as bringing the year close to when the earth does a complete revolution around the sun, that is 365(¼) days.

In the Hindu calendar, a month doesn’t need to be added. It can be deducted too. It is how the lunar month starts based on which zodiac sign the sun currently is. A month is usually added, but once in a blue moon, the sun might cross over the zodiac sign it was presiding over. When this phenomenon happens, the whole month is deducted. This leads to a month repeating itself, giving another month, which has twelve or thirteen months.

Lunar Months and Days of Hindu Calendar

Hindu Calendar, following the lunisolar system, considers the movement of both the sun and the sea, as observed from the earth. The Lunar months in the calendar are the same time it takes the moon to revolve around the sun. As such, all the lunar days are divided into thirty lunar days.

Due to the waning and waxing nature of the moon, they are classified into two parts; the waxing part of the moon encompasses fortnightly bright days, while the waning phase of the moon’s days is called dark days.

The northern and southern parts of India start their month from a different perspective; from the north Indian’s perspective, the month begins on the full moon, while from the South Indians’ point of view, the days are counted from one day after it.

Solar Months and Days of Hindu Calendar

Just as Hindu calendars can make their lunar days based on the measurement through the lunisolar system, they can apply the same to the solar side of things. The solar days are marked by the time of sunrise. One other difference that solar months have is that they are based on the Hindu zodiac signs; these zodiac signs are defined as the different periods the sun traverses through them.

Solar months are the ones that were being accepted as part of the national Hindu calendar, leading to them being regarded as civil months. At the same time, the lunar moon serves the purpose of determining regional and festive holidays.

Hindu Festival Calendar

As it is well known about Hindu festivals, they don’t happen on a fixed date. This does not apply to all the festivals, but it is still a prominent thing. The dates of Hindu festivals are based on them occurring on the day of the Full moon; sometimes, they are also celebrated after the full moon. Some prominent festivals that change depending on the state of the moon are Holi, Diwali, Guru Purnima, Maha Shivratri, and Ganesh Chaturthi; these are just a few.

Mostly the festivals are celebrated on the same day in most regions; the day of celebration can vary in a few regions. Did you guess why? The variations of different calendars are the cause.

FAQs

● What are the days of Hindu calendar?

As the Gregorian (or western) calendar, there are seven days in the week of a Hindu calendar. To better explain when here are the names of days with the Western days on the side.

Somwar = Monday,

Mangalwar = Tuesday,

Budhwar = Wednesday,

Guruwar = Thursday,

Shukarwar = Friday,

Shaniwar = Saturday

Raviwar = Sunday.

When talking to each other, people often talk about days in Hindi

● What are the months of Hindu Calendar?

Just like days of a week had days equal to that in Christian calendar, so do the months are in the same quantity as that of Christian calendar, i.e., 12 months or Machine in Hindi. The twelve months mentioned in the Hindu calendar are not in the same interval as the western they appear somewhere between the two consecutive months. They are as follows:-

Chaitra= March- April

Vaishaka = April -May

Jyaistha = May -June

Asadha = June- July

Shravana = July- August

Bhadra = August - September

Asvina = September - October

Kartika = October - November

Agrahayana = November - December

Paush = December - January

Magha = January - February

Phalguna = February - March

● What Indian festivals depend on Hindu Calendar?

Unlike Holidays from other countries, every Indian holiday’s calendar is never the same as the other. They all have different dates and festivals. Those are calculated based on the orientation of the sun and the moon concerning the earth. Which makes them unique and unprecedented. But despite having varying dates, they still are the same festivals that take place every year. Some of the major Hindu festivals are; Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Raksha Bandhan, Dussehra, Diwali, and many more

● Why does a year sometimes have thirteen months?

This is not common in the Hindu calendar, but it happens when the sun crosses the zodiac. It presides before the lunar month ends, leading it to get removed and repeated in a year.