Calendar of Hindu Festivals, Fasts, and Religious Events 2018-2025

Celebrating the Major Holidays of Hindusim

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Hinduism is often described as a religion of fasts, feasts, and festivals. They are organized according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which is different than the Gregorian calendar used in the West. There are 12 months in the Hindu calendar, with the new year falling between mid-April and mid-May on the Western calendar. This list organizes important Hindu festivals and holy days according to the Gregorian calendar for the years 2018 through 2025.

January

The first day of the Gregorian calendar brings Kalpataru Divas, when the faithful celebrate the life of Ramakrishna, one of the most influential Hindu holy men of the 19th century. Other holidays during this cold month include Lohri, when celebrants build bonfires to celebrate the harvesting of winter crops, and Republic Day, which commemorates the day that the Indian Constitution was adopted in 1950.

January Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Kalpataru Divas1/11/11/11/11/11/11/11/1
Vivekananda Jayanti1/121/121/121/121/121/121/121/12
Paush Purnima1/21/201/101/281/171/61/141/13
Lohri1/131/131/141/131/131/131/141/13
Makar Sankranti /
Paush Sankranti
2/251/151/151/141/141/141/141/14
Uttarayan & Kite Festival1/141/141/141/141/141/141/141/14
Pongal1/141/141/141/141/141/141/141/14
Magh Bihu1/131/151/151/141/141/141/161/15
Thiruvalluvar Day1/161/161/161/161/161/161/161/16
India's Republic Day1/261/261/261/261/261/261/261/26
Mauni Amavas1/161/161/242/112/11/192/91/29
Vasant Panchami1/222/91/292/162/51/252/132/2
Saraswati Puja1/222/91/292/162/51/252/132/25

 

February

The most important February festivals are Hindu holy days honoring the deity Shiva and his children. Vasant Panchami, which begins the month, honors Shiva's daughter Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts. Midmonth, Thaipusam honors Shiva's son Murugan. Towards the end of the month is Maha Shivaratri, when the faithful pay homage through the night to Shiva, the most powerful Hindu deity.

February Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Mauni Amavas1/161/161/242/112/11/192/91/29
Vasant Panchami1/222/91/292/162/51/252/132/2
Saraswati Puja1/222/91/292/162/51/252/132/25
Ratha Saptami1/242/122/12/192/71/282/162/4
Thaipusam1/311/212/81/281/182/51/252/11
Magha Purnima1/312/192/92/272/162/52/242/12
Shivaji Jayant2/192/192/192/192/192/192/192/19

Maharishi Dayanand
Saraswati Jayanti

2/102/282/183/82/262/153/52/23
Maha Shivaratri2/133/42/213/112/282/183/82/25
Ramakrishna Paramhansa Jayanti2/173/82/253/153/42/213/123/1

March

With springtime approaching, Hindus celebrate Holi. One of the most joyous holidays of the year, this celebration is known for the colorful dyes thrown to herald spring's arrival. March is also the month when Hindus celebrate the lunisolar new year.

March Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Ramakrishna Paramhansa Jayanti2/173/82/253/153/42/213/123/1
Chaitanya Jayanti:3/13/213/93/283/183/73/253/14
Holika Dahan3/13/203/93/283/173/73/243/13
Holi (start)3/23/203/103/293/183/113/253/14
Hindi New Year3/223/223/213/223/223/223/213/22
Nyepi or Balinese New Year3/173/73/253/143/33/223/113/29
Ugadi / Telugu New Year /
Gudi Padwa /
3/184/63/254/134/23/224/93/30
Ramayana (week long, starts)3/184/63/254/134/23/224/93/30
Cheti Chand3/194/73/264/144/33/234/103/31

April 2017

New Year's celebrations continue in April as Tamils in Sri Lanka and Bengalis in India observe this Hindu holiday. Other important events in April include Vasanta Navaratri, a nine-day celebration of fasting and prayer, and Akshaya Tritiya, a day Hindus consider especially lucky for beginning new ventures.

April Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Ugadi / Telugu New Year /
Gudi Padwa
3/184/63/254/134/23/224/93/30
Ramayana (week long, begins:)3/184/63/254/134/23/224/93/30
Cheti Chand3/194/73/264/144/33/234/103/31
Ramanavami3/254/144/24/214/103/304/174/6
Vasanta Navaratri / Chaitra Navatri
(9 days long, begins)
3/184/63/254/134/23/224/93/30
Mahavir Jayanti3/294/174/64/254/144/34/214/10
Hanuman Jayanti3/314/194/84/274/164/64/234/12
Baisakh / Vaisakha4/144/144/134/144/144/144/134/14
Tamil New Year (Puthandu)4/144/144/144/144/144/144/144/14
Vishu / Mesadi4/154/154/144/144/154/154/144/14
Bengali New Year / Pohela Boishakh4/154/154/144/154/154/154/144/15
Vasanta Navaratri3/184/63/254/134/23/224/93/30
Parshuram Jayanti4/185/74/255/145//34/225/104/29
Akshaya Tritiya / Akhateej4/185/74/265/145/34/225/104/30

May

In May, Hindus celebrate deities and mystics important to the faith. The lion-faced deity Narasimha and Narada, the messenger of the gods, are both honored in May, as is the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize for literature.

May Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Parshuram Jayanti4/185/74/255/145//34/225/104/29
Akshaya Tritiya / Akhateej4/185/74/265/145/34/225/104/30
Gurudev Rabindranath Jayanti5/75/75/75/75/75/75/75/7
Narasimha Jayanti4/285/175/65/255/145/45/215/11
Narada Jayanti5/15/195/85/275/175/65/245/13
Shani Jayanti5/156/35/226/105/305/196/65/27

June

In June, Hindus honor the goddess Ganga, for whom the holy Ganges River is named. The faithful believe that those who die around this river reach the heavenly abode with all their sins washed away. The month concludes with the celebration of Rath Yatra, when Hindus build and race elaborate chariots in celebration of the summertime travel of deities Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra.

June Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Shani Jayanti5/156/35/226/105/305/196/65/27
Ganga Dashami / Ganga Dussehra5/246/126/16/206/95/306/166/5
Nirjala Ekadasi / Gayatri Jayanti6/236/136/26/216/105/316/186/6
Sant Kabir Jayanti6/286/176/56/246/146/46/226/11
Rath Yatra7/147/46/237/127/16/207/76/27

July

July marks the beginning of the three-month monsoon season in Nepal and northern India. During this month, Hindu women observe the holiday of Hariyali Teej, fasting and offering prayers for a happy marriage. Other festivals include Manasa Puja, which honors the snake goddess.

Hindu faithful believe she has the power to cure illnesses such as chicken pox and aid in fertility.

July Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Rath Yatra7/147/46/237/127/16/207/76/27
Guru Purnima / Asadha Purnima7/277/167/57/247/137/37/217/10
Karkidaka Vavu8/117/317/208/87/288/158/47/24
Hariyali Teej9/129/18/219/98/309/189/68/26
Nag Panchami8/158/57/258/138/28/218/97/29

August

August is an important month in India because in that month the nation celebrates its independence. Another major holiday, Jhulan Yatra, honors the deities Krishna and his consort Radha. The days-long festival is known for its spectacular display of decorated swings, song, and dance. 

August Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Karkidaka Vavu8/117/317/208/87/288/158/47/24
Hariyali Teej9/129/18/219/98/309/189/68/26
Nag Panchami8/158/57/258/138/28/218/97/29
Jhulan Yatra        
Varalakshmi Vratam8/248/97/318/218/128/258/168/8
Balaram Jayanti9/18/218/98/288/179/58/248/14
Kajari Teej8/298/188/68/258/149/28/228/12
Krishna Janmashtami9/28/248/118/308/189/68/268/15
India's Independence Day8/158/158/158/158/158/158/158/15
Raksha-Bandhan8/268/158/38/228/118/308/198/9
Varaha Jayanti9/129/18/219/98/309/179/68/25
Hartalika Teej9/129/18/219/98/309/189/68/26
Vamana Jayanti9/219/108/299/179/79/269/159/4
Ganesh / Vinayak Chaturthi9/139/28/229/108/319/199/78/27
Radha Ashtami9/179/68/269/149/49/239/118/31

September

As the monsoon season comes to a close, Hindus celebrate several holidays in September. Some, like Shikshak Divas or Teacher's Day, are secular.

This holiday celebrates Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a former president of India and educational leader. Other celebrations pay homage to Hindu deities, the most auspicious being the nine-night festival of Navaratri, which honors the Divine Mother Durga.

September Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Hariyali Teej9/129/18/219/98/309/189/68/26
Nag Panchami8/158/57/258/138/28/218/97/29
Balaram Jayanti9/18/218/98/288/179/58/248/14
Kajari Teej8/298/188/68/258/149/28/228/12
Krishna Janmashtami9/28/248/118/308/189/68/268/15
Varaha Jayanti9/129/18/219/98/309/179/68/25
Hartalika Teej9/129/18/219/98/309/189/68/26
Vamana Jayanti9/219/108/299/179/79/269/159/4
Ganesh / Vinayak Chaturthi9/139/28/229/108/319/199/78/27
Radha Ashtami9/179/68/269/149/49/239/118/31
Onam8/249/118/318/219/88/299/159/5
Shikshak Divas / Radhakrishnan Jayanti        
Ananta Chaturthi / Ganesha
Visarjan Immersion
9/239/129/19/199/99/289/179/6
Pitri-Paksha9/249/139/19/209/109/299/179/7
Vishwakarma Puja9/179/179/169/179/179/179/169/17
Mahalaya10/99/2810/1610/69/2510/1410/29/21
Navaratri10/109/2910/1710/79/2610/1510/39/22
Durgashtami / Maha Ashtam10/1710/610/2410/1310/310/2210/109/25

October

October is another month that is full of Hindu holidays and celebrations. Perhaps none is better known than Diwali, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. During this event, Hindu faithful hang lights, burn lamps, and shoot off fireworks to illuminate the world and chase the darkness away. Other important days in October include Mohandas Gandhi's birthday on Oct. 2 and a celebration of Tulsi, known as Indian basil, at the end of the month

October Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Mahalaya10/99/2810/1610/69/2510/1410/29/21
Navaratri10/109/2910/1710/79/2610/1510/39/22
Durgashtami / Maha Ashtam10/1710/610/2410/1310/310/2210/109/25
Maha Navami10/1710/610/2410/1410/410/2310/1110/1
Gandhi Jayant10/210/210/210/210/210/210/210/2
Lakshmi Puja/ Kojagari Purnima / Sharad Purnima11/710/2711/1411/410/2411/1211/110/25
Valmiki Jayanti10/2410/1310/3110/2010/910/2810/1710/7
Karwa Chauth / Karaka Chaturthi10/2710/1711/410/2410/1311/110/2410/10
Dhanteras / Dhantrayodashi11/510/2511/1311/210/2211/1010/2910/18
Kali Puja11/610/2711/1411/410/2411/1210/3110/20
Naraka Chaturdashi / Chhoti Diwali11/610/2711/1411/410/2411/1210/3110/20
Diwali / Deepavali11/710/2711/1411/410/2511/1311/110/21
Vikram New Year / Gujarati New Year11/810/2811/1611/510/2610/1411/210/22
Bhai Dooj / Bhai Phota / Bhav-Bij11/910/2911/1611/610/2610/1411/310/23
Chhat Puja / Pratihar / Surya Sashthi11/1110/3111/1811/810/2811/1711/510/25
Kansa Vadh11/1811/711/2411/1311/311/2211/1111/1
Tulsi Vivah11/2011/911/2611/1511/511/2411/1311/2

November

There are only a few major Hindu holidays in November. The most notable is Gita Jayanti, which pays homage to the Bhagavad Gita, one of Hinduism's most important religious and philosophical texts. During this celebration, readings and lectures are held, and pilgrims make trips to the northern India city of Kurukshetra, where much of the Bhagavad Gita takes place, and its festival only rarely takes place in November.

November Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Kartik Poornima / Guru Nanak Jayant11/2311/1211/3011/1911/811/2711/1511/5
Gita Jayanti12/1812/812/2512/1412/312/2212/1112/1

December

The year concludes with a handful of holy days celebrating deities and other Hindu spiritual figures. At the start of the month, Hindus celebrate the deity Dattatreya, whose teachings describe the 24 gurus of nature. December concludes with a celebration of the life of Hindu holy man Ramana Maharishi Jayanti, whose teachings became popular with followers in the West in the early 20th century.

December Festivals20182019202020212022202320242025
Gita Jayanti12/1812/812/2512/1412/312/2212/1112/1
Sri Dattatreya Jayanti12/2212/1112/2912/1812/712/2612/1412/4
Sabarimala Mandala Puja12/2712/2712/2612/2612/2712/2712/2612/27
Ramana Maharishi Jayanti1/2       

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