The Hindu calendar is based on lunar months corresponding to the phases of the moon. Most of the Hindu festivals are determined based on position of the Sun and the Moon. Here we present a month wise calendar of Hindu festivals, including cultural and religious occasions for 2016 (Saka Era: 1937-38 / Vikram Era: 2072-73).
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India is a land of great diversity. It is often described as a country of Festivals, Fasts, Feasts and Holidays. Indians love celebrating every little occasion, Here we present a date-wise list of festivals including cultural, religious, government and national holidays.
The Nanakshahi (ਨਾਨਕਸ਼ਾਹੀ) calendar is the offical sikh calendar. It is a solar calendar that was adopted by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee. The name of this calendar is taken from Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism.
The Jain calendar is a “Lunisolar” calendar. It is based on the position of the Moon with respect to the Earth and it is adjusted by adding an extra month once every three years, ,to coincide with the Sun. Here we present a date-wise list ofjain festivals.
Purnima (also called Poornima, Sanskrit: पूर्णिमा) is the full moon day in traditional Hindu calendar. Poornima is associated with prosperity and divinity. It is considered a highly auspicious day by Hindus and some people in India even fast on Poornima and pray to Lord Vishnu. Here's the date-wise list of Poornima's in 2016 based on Hindu calendar.
Amavasya (अमावस्या), in Hindu mythology, means is a name given to the New Moon or no moon’s night.The Hindu calendar follows the lunar month and Amavasya, the new moon night, falls at the beginning of new lunar month which lasts for about 30 days. Here's the date-wise list of Amavasya's in 2016 based on Hindu Calendar.
Sankranti (संक्राति) means 'sacred changes,' migration of the Sun from one Rashi (zodiac in Indian astrology) to another. In Hindu calendar there are 12 Sankranti's in a year. According to Solar Calendar, followed in most of the southern Indian states, Sankranti marks the beginning of a month. Here's the date-wise list of Sankranti's in 2016 based on Hindu calendar.
Ekadashi is a sacred day, occuring twice a month in the Hindu calendar - on the eleventh day of the bright half - called Shukla Paksha and on the eleventh of the dark half called Vad or Krishna Paksha. It is observed as a fast day by many Hindus. Here's the date-wise list of Ekadashi's in 2016 based on Hindu calendar.
Shivratri is great festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Maas Shivaratri or Masik Shivratri is celebrated in every month according to Hindu lunar calender. Every month, it is celebrated on the Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha. Here's the date-wise list of Shivratri's in 2016 based on Hindu calendar.
Pradosh means the dusk of the early night or evening tide. This fast is observed in the evening twilight, and so it is called Pradosh Vrat. It is observed on the 13th day of each lunar fortnight. Here's the date-wise list of Pradosh Vrat's in 2016 based on Hindu calendar.