Religious Festivals,

Indian & New Zealand National Holidays

Year 2020

We are happy to bring you Festival Calendar Holidays 2020 in advance. It shall surely be helpful to plan your vacations for the year 2020. All Dates / Tithi / Lunar Days in this calendar 2020 are as per Auckland, New Zealand time and coordinates. Unless specified otherwise. We tried to add festivals of all the religions (predominantly followed in Indian subcontinent) in our Calendar 2020 along with New Zealand national holidays.

Jan 2020

Wed 1st : New Year’s Day, Shasti Vratam

Thu ­2nd : Day After New Year’s Day, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Fri 3rd : Durga Ashtami Vrat, Masik (this month’s) Durgashtami, Banada Ashtami

Mon 6th: Epiphany

Tue 7th : Paush Putrada Ekadashi, Vaikuntha Ekadashi, Mukkoti Ekadashi, Masik Karthigai, Kurma Dwadashi, Tailang Swami Jayanti

Tue 7th : Orthodox Christmas Day

Wed 8th : Pradosh Vrat, Kurma Dwadashi, Rohini Vrat

Fri 10th : Anvadhan, Sri Satyanarayan Puja & Vrat, Purnima Vrat (Pournami Upavasam), Arudra Darshan, Thiruvathira, Arudra Darshan

Sat 11th : Paush Purnima, Ishti, Shakambhari Purnima, Magh Snan starts, Chandra Grahan (Upachchaya)

Sun 12th : Swami Vivekanand Jayanti  (Celebrated as National Youth Day in India)

Tue 14th : Sankashthi Chaturthi, Sakat Chauth / Sangada Hara Chathurthi, Lohri, Bhogi Pandigai, Orthodox New Year

Wed 15th : Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Bhogi, Ganga Sagar Snan, Uttarayan, Hadaga, Poki, Tusa / Tusu Puja, Makaravilakku, Magh Bihu

Thu 16th : Mattu Pongal, Thiruvalluvar Jayanti, Kanuma Panduga

Fri 17th : Swami Vivekananda Jayanti as per Lunar day (As per English date it is on 12th Jan), Kalashthami, Uzhavar Thirunal

Mon 20th : Wellington Anniversary Day

Tue 21st : Shattila (Shat Tila) Ekadashi

Wed 22nd : Pradosh Vrat

Thu 23rd : Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti

Thu 23rd : Masik (this month’s) Shivratri

Fri 24th : Darsh Amavasya / Thai Amavasai, Anvadhan

Sat 25th : Magha Amavasya, Ishti, Sonam Lhochar (Losar), Tibetan New Year, Mauni Amavas, Chinese New Year

Sun 26th : Indian Republic Day, Chandra Darshan, Magha Gupt Navratri

Mon 27th : Auckland Anniversary Day

Tue 28th : Ganesh Jayanti

Wed 29th : Chaturthi Vrat, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Ganesh Jayanti (Marathi)

Mon 27th : New Zealand school term 1 sta­rts (between 27th Jan and 7th Feb)

Thu 30th : Mahatma Gandhi Punya tithi

Thu 30th : Vasant Panchami Sri Panchami, Madana Panchmi, Saraswati Puja

Fri 31st : Me-dam-me-phi (Ancestor Festival celebrated mostly in Assam state of India), Shashti Vrat

Feb 2020

Sat 1st : Rath Saptami

Sun 2nd : Bhishm Ashtami

Mon 3rd : Nelson Anniversary Day

Tue 4th : World Cancer Day

Wed 5th : Jaya Ekadashi

Thu 6th : Waitangi Day

Fri 7th : Pradosh Vrat

Sat 8th : Thai Pusam

Sun 9th : Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Magha Purnima, Anvadhan

Mon 10th : Ishti

Wed 12th : Sankashthi Chaturthi

Thu 13th : Kumbh Sankranti

Thu 14th : Valentine’s Day,

Sat 15th : Lui-Ngai-Ni (Manipur)

Tue 18th : Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

Wed 19th : Shivaji Jayanti, Vijaya Ekadashi

Fri 21st : Pradosh Vrat

Fri 21st / Sat 22nd : Maha Shivratri,

Sun 23rd : Falgun Amavasya, Darsh Amavasya, Anvadhan

Mon 24th : Ishti

Tue 25th : Losar (Sikkim),  Chandra Darshan, Phulera Dooj, Ramakrishna Jayanti

Wed 26th : Ash Wednesday, Lent

March 2020

Fri 6th : Amalaki Ekadashi

Sat 7th : Pradosh Vrat, Narasimha Dwadashi, Shani Trayodashi

Sun 8th : Hazrat Ali’s birthday (13th day of Islamic month of Rajab)

Sun 8th : International Women’s Day

Mon 9th : Holika Dahan, Falgun Vasant Purnima, Dol Purnima, Attukal Pongal, Anvadhan, Masi Magam

Mon 9th : Taranaki Anniversary Day

Tue 10th : Holi color festival, Dhuleti, Dhuli-vandan Ishti, Hola Mohalla

Wed 11th : Bhai Dooj (Bhratri Dwitiya)

Thu 12th : Sankashthi (Sankashtahara) Chaturthi

Sat 14th : Rang Panchmi, Meen Sankranti, Karadaiyan Nombu

Sun 15th : Sheetla Saptami

Mon 16th : Basoda, Sheetla Ashtami

Tue 17th : St Patrick’s Day

Fri 20th : Papmochani Ekadashi

Fri 20th : March Equinox (NZ), Vernal Equinox, Parsi New Year / Norooz / Naw-Ruz

Sat 21st : Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi,

Sun 22nd : Isra and Mi’raj

Mon 23rd : Otago Anniversary Day

Mon 23rd : Shahid Bhagat Singh Martyrdom Day / Shadeed Diwas

Tue 24th : Chaitra Amavasya, Darsh Amavasya, Anvadhan

Wed 25th : Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Chaitra Navratri begins, Hindu New Year

Thu 26th : Cheti Chand, Jhulelal Jayanti, Chandra Darshan

Fri 27th : Gauri Puja, Gangaur, Dola Gowri Vratam, Andolana Trutiya, Gauri Trutiya, Chaitragaur, Matsya Jayanti, Matsyavathara Dinam

Sat 28th : Sarhul (Jharkhand), Lakshmi Panchmi

Tue 31st : Yamuna Chhath

April 2020

Wed 1st : First day of financial year in most of the part in the world, Indian Bank holiday

Thu 2nd : Ram Navmi (ISKCON Ram Navmi on 3rd)

Fri 3rd : Laylat al Miraj

Sat 4th : Kamada Ekadashi

Sun 5th : Gauna / Vaishnav Kamada Ekadashi, Palm Sunday

Mon 6th : Mahavir Jayanti, Pradosh Vrat

Tue 7th : Panguni Uthiram

Wed 8th : Hanuman Jayanti, Chaitra Purnima, Madana Pournami, Anvadhan

Thu 9th : New Zealand School’s 1st Term ends (Holidays from 11th Apr to 26th Apr)

Thu 9th : Maundy Thursday

Fri 10th : Good Friday

Sat 11th : Easter Saturday, Sankashthi Chaturthi

Sun 12th : Easter, Easter Sunday

Mon 13th : Easter Monday, Vaisakh / Baisakhi

Tue 14th : Easter Tuesday, Solar New Year, Bengali New Year, Tamil New Year, Cheiraoba, Dr Ambedkar Jayanti, Maha Vishubh Sankranti, Vishu, Bohag Bihu, Mesh Sankranti / Metam Sankraman, Puthandu, Vishu

Tue 14th : Southland Anniversary Day

Wed 15th : Pohela Boishakha (Bengal)

Fri 17th : Orthodox Good Friday

Sat 18th : Varuthini Ekadashi, Vallabhacharya Jayanti, Orthodox Holy Saturday

Sun 19th : Vaishnav Varuthini Ekadashi, Orthodox Easter

Mon 20th : Pradosh Vrat, Orthodox Easter Monday

Tue 21st : Garia Puja (Tripura)

Wed 22nd : Darsh Amavasya

Wed 22nd : Earth Day

Thu 23rd : Vaishakh Amavasya, Anvadhan

Fri 24th : Ishti, Chandra Darshan, Ramadan Starts (may vary)

25th Sat or 27th Mon : Anzac Day

Sat 25th : Parsuram Jayanti

Sun 26th : Akshaya Tritiya, Akshaya Thiruthiyai, Akha Trij, Parshuram Jayanti, Basava Jayanti

Tue 28th : Shankaracharya Jayanti, Sankara Jayanthi, Surdas Jayanti

Tue 28th : New Zealand school’s 2nd term starts

Tue 29th : Ramanuja Jayanthi

Thu 30th : Ganga Saptami

May 2020

Fri 1st : May Day, International Workers’ Day

Sat 2nd : Sita Navmi

Sun 3rd : Thrissur Pooram

Sun 3rd : World Laughter Day

Mon 4th : Mohini Ekadashi, Agni Nakshatram Begins (upto 28th May)

Tue 5th : Pradosh Vrat

Wed 6th : Narasimha Jayanti

Thu 7th : Buddha Purnima, Vaishakh Purnima, Chitra Pournami, Anvadhan, Kurma Jayanti / Kurmavathara Dinam

Fri 8th : Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti, Ishti, Narad Jayanti

Sun 10th : Sankashthi Chaturthi

Sun 10th : Mother’s Day

Thu 14th : Vrishabh Sankranti, Itavam Sankramam

Sun 17th : Hanuman Jayanthi (Telugu)

Mon 18th : Apara Ekadashi

Wed 20th : Pradosh Vrat

Thu 21st : Shab-i-Qadr, Ascension Day

Fri 22nd : Jumat-ul-Wida (Vida), Jyeshth Amavasya, Darsh Amavasya, Anvdhan, Shani Jayanti, Vat Savitri Vrat

Sat 23rd : Ishti

Sun 24th : Idul Fitr / Eid / Eid-Ul-Fitra / Eid-al-fitr (day may vary), Chandra Darshan

Mon 25th : Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Tue 26th : Guru Arjun Dev ji’s martyrdom day

Thu 28th : Agni Nakshatram Ends (began 4th May)

Sun 31st : World No Tobacco Day

Sun 31st : Pentecost

June 2020

Mon 1st: Queen’s birthday

Mon 1st : Ganga Dassehra, Ganga Puja (Bengal), Whit Monday

Tue 2nd : Gayatri Jayanti, Nirjala Ekadashi

Wed 3rd : Pradosh Vrat, Ramalakshman Dwadashi

Thu 4th : Vaikasi Visakam

Fri 5th : Jyeshtha Purnima, Anvadhan, Vat Purnima Vrat, Kabir Jayanti

Fri 5th : World Environment Day

Sat 6th : Ishti, Chandra Grahan (Upachhaya)

Sun 7th : Trinity Sunday

Tue 9th : Sankashthi Chaturthi

Thu 11th : Corpus Christi

Sun 14th : Pahili Raja

Mon 15th : Mithun Sankranti, Raja Sankranti

Tue 16th : Guru Arjan singhji martyrdom

Wed 17th : Yogini Ekadashi

Thu 18th : Pradosh Vrat

Sun 21st : Ashadha Amavasya, Darsha Amavasya, Anvadhan, Surya Grahan (Valayakara)

Sun 21st : June Solstice (NZ), Father’s Day, International Yoga Day

Mon 22nd : Ishti, Ashadha Navratri

Tue 23rd : Jagannath Rath Yatra (Jatra), Chandra Darshan

Tue 30th : Remna Ni, Bhanu Saptami

July 2020

Wed 1st : Devshayani Ekadashi

Thu 2nd : Vasudeva Dwadashi

Fri 3rd : Pradosh Vrat, Jaya-Parvati Vrat begins (upto 8th Jul)

Fri 3rd : New Zealand School’s 2nd term ends (School holidays from 4th Jul to 19th Jul)

Sat 4th : Kokila Vrat

Sun 5th : Guru Purnima, Vyas Puja, Anvadhan, Ashadh Purnima, Chandra Grahan (Upachhaya), Asalha Puja Day

Mon 6th : Ishti

Wed 8th : Jaya-parvati vrat ends (started on 3rd Jul), Sankashthi Chaturthi

Sun 12th : Bhanu Saptami

Thu 16th : Kamika Ekadashi, Kark Sankranti, Karkatakam Sankramam

Sat 18th : Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi

Mon 20th : New Zealand 3rd term starts

Mon 20th : Shravan Amavasya, Darsha Amavasya, Anvadhan, Somvati Amavsya, Aadi Amavasai

Tue 21st : Ishti

Wed 22nd : Chandra Dasrhan

Thu 23rd : Hariyali Teej

Fri 24th : Andal Jayanthi

Sat 25th : Naag Panchami, Garuda Panjami

Sun 26th : Kalki Jayanti, Avani Avittam (Rigveda)

Mon 27th : Tulsidas Jayanti

Thu 30th : Shravan Putrada Ekadashi

Fri 31st : Gauna Shravan Putrada Ekadashi, Vaishnav Shravan Putrada Ekadashi, Varalakshmi Vrat, Varad Lakshmi Vrat, Eid Al-Adha / Eid ul Adha / Bakri Id

Aug 2020

Sat 1st : Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi

Sun 2nd : Friendship Day

Mon 3rd : Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi), Gayatri Jayanti, Shravan Purnima, Nareli Poornima, Jandhyala Purnima, Avani Avittam (Yajurved), Aadi Perukku

Tue 4th : Ishti, Gayathri Japam

Thu 6th: Kajri / Kajari Teej

Fri 7th : Sankashthi Chaturthi, Bahula Chaturthi, Bol Chauth, Maha Sangada Hara Chathurti

Sun 9th : Nag Pancham (Gujarat)

Mon 10th : Balram Jayanti, Randhan Chhath (Gujarat)

Tue 11th / Wed 12th : Shitala Satam (Gujarat), Krishna Janmashtami (Gokul-ashthami)

Wed 12th : Dahi Handi

Sat 15th : Indian Independence Day

Sat 15th : Aja Ekadashi, Assumption Day

Mon 17th : Malyalam New Year, Simha Sankranti, Chingam Sankramam, Pradosh Vrat

Wed 19th : Bhadrapad / Darsh / Pithori Amavasya, Anvadhan

Thu 20th : Ishti, Chandra Darshan, Al-Hijra, Islamic New Year, Muharram

Fri 21st : Hartalika Teej, Kevda Trij (Gujarat), Varah Jayanti

Sat 22nd : Ganesh Chaturthi, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Avani Avittam (Samved)

Sun 23rd : Rishi Panchmi

Tue 25th : Lalita Saptami

Wed 26th : Radha Ashtami, Mahalaxmi Vrat begins (upto 10th Sep), Durva Ashthami, Dharo Atham (Gujarat)

Sat 29th : Pars/ Parivartani Ekadashi, Kalki Dwadashi, Day of Ashura, Muharram

Sun 30th : Vaman Jayanti, Pradosh Vrat

Mon 31st : Onam

Sep 2020

Tue 1st : Anant Chaturdashi, Ganesh Visarjan

Wed 2nd : Bhadrapad Purnima, Anvadhan, Purnima Shraddha

Thu 3rd : Pitrupaksh (Pitr Pakhar) begins, Ishti

Sat 5th : Teacher’s Day (India)

Sun 6th : Sankashthi Chaturthi

Mon 7th : Maha Bharani

Thu 10th : Mahalakshmi Vrat Ends (began on 26th Aug), Astami Rohini

Fri 11th : Jivitputrika Vrat

Mon 14th : Indira Ekadashi

Mon 14th : Hindi Diwas

Tue 15th : Pradosh Vrat

Tue 15th : Engineer’s Day, Visvesvarya Jayanti

Wed 16th : Magha Shradhha

Thu 17th : Ashwin / Darsh / Sarv-pitru Amavasya, Mahalaya Amavasai, Kanya Sankranti, Kanni Sankramam,  Vishwakarma Puja

Fri 18th : Ishti, Adhik Chandra Darshan

Wed 23rd : September Equinox (NZ)

Sun 27th : Padmini Ekadashi

Mon 28th : South Canterbury Anniversary Day

Tue 29th : Adhik Pradosh Vrat

Oct 2020

Thu 1st : Anvadhan

Fri 2nd : Gandhi Jayanti (Indian National holiday), Ashwin Adhik Purnima, Ishti

Mon 5th : Sankashthi Chaturthi

Mon 12th : New Zealand school’s 4th term starts

Tue 13th : Parama Ekadashi

Wed 14th : Adhik Pradosh Vrat

Fri 16th : Adhik Darsh Amavasya, Anvadhan

Sat 17th : Ashwin Adhik Amavasya, Ishti, Navratri begins, Ghat-sthapana, Tula Sankranti, Thulam Sankramam, Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti,

Sun 18th : Chandra Darshan

Tue 20th : Vinayaki Chaturthi

Wed 21st : Upang Lalita Vrat, Saraswati Avahan

Thu 22nd : Saraswati Puja, Kalparambha (Bengal), Akal Bodhon (Bengal)

Fri 23rd : Hawke’s Bay Anniversary Day

Fri 23rd : Durga Saptami

Sat 24th : Durga Ashtami, Maha Navmi, Saraswati Visarjan

Sun 25th : Vijaya-Dashmi, Dussehra, Ayutha Poojai

Mon 26th : Labour day

Mon 26th : Durga Visarjan, Madhavacharya Jayanti, Vidyarambham Day

Tue 27th : Papankush Ekadashi

Wed 28th : Padmanabha Dwadashi

Thu 29th : Pradosh Vrat, Milad An-Nabi / Id-e-milad / Mawlid

Sat 31st : Ashwin Purnima, Anvadhan, Kojagara Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Sharad Purnima, Valmiki Jayanti, Meerabai Jayanti

Nov 2020

Sun 1st : Ishti, All Saints Day

Mon 2nd : All Soul’s Day 

Mon 2nd: Marlborough Anniversary Day

Wed 4th : Sankashthi Chaturthi, Karwa Chauth, Atla Tadde (Telugu)

Sun 8th : Bhanu Saptami, Ahoi Ashtami, Radha Kund Snan

Wed 11th : Rama Ekadashi

Thu 12th : Gauna Rama Ekadashi, Vaishav Rama Ekadashi, Govatsa Ekadashi, Vasu Baras, Vagh Baras (Gujarat)

Fri 13th : Canterbury Anniversary Day

Fri 13th : Dhan Teras, Dhan-trayodashi, Pradosh Vrat

Sat 14th : Narak Chaturdashi, Roop Chaudas, Kali Chaudas, Kali Puja

Sun 15th : Diwali (Dipabali, Deepawali), Lakshmi Puja, Kartik / Darsh Amavasya, Anvadhan, Goverdhan Puja, Kedara Gowri Vratham, Annakut

Mon 16th : Ishti, Chandra Darshan, Dyut Krida, Bhai Dooj, Bhai Phonta, Vrishchika Sankranti

Tue 17th : Mandalakala Begins

Wed 18th : Nagula Chavithi (Telugu), Vinayaki Chaturthi

Thu 19th : Labh Panchmi

Fri 20th : Chhath Puja, Soora Samharam

Sat 21st : Jalaram Bapa Jayanti

Sun 22nd : Gopashthami

Mon 23rd : Akshaya Navmi, Jagaddatri Puja

Wed 25th : Kans Vadh

Thu 26th : Devutthana Ekadashi, Guruvayur Ekadasi, Yogeshwara Dwadashi, Bhishm Panchak Begind

Fri 27th : Tulsi Vivah, Pradosh Vrat

Sat 28th : Vaikunth Chaturdashi, Vishweshwara Vrat

Sun 29th : Manikarnika Snan, Karthigai Deepam

Mon 30th : Guru Nanak Jayanti, Dev Diwali, Kartik Purnima, Anvadhan, Chandra Grahan (Upachchaya)

Mon 30th : Chatham Islands Anniversary Day, Westland Anniversary Day

Dec 2020

Tue 1st : World AIDS Day

Tue 1st : Ishti

Fri 4th : Sankashthi Chaturthi

Tue 8th : Kal-bhairav Jayanti

Fri 11th : Utpanna Ekadashi

Sat 12th : Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi

Mon 14th : Margashirsh / Darsh / Somvati Amavasya, Anvadhan

Tue 15th : Ishti, Surya Grahan (Purna)

Wed 16th : New Zealand secondary and composite schools 4th term ends (No later than this day)

Wed 16th : Chandra Darshan, Dhanu Sankranti

Fri 18th : New Zealand Primary, intermediate and special schools 4th term ends (No later than this day)

Sat 19th : Vivah Panchmi, Nag Panchami (Telugu)

Sun 20th : Champa Shashthi, Subrahmanya Sashti

Mon 21st: December Solstice (NZ)

Thu 24th : Christmas Eve

Fri 25th : Christmas Day

Sat 26th : Mokshada / Vaikuntha / Mukkoti Ekadashi, Gita Jayanti, Matsya Dwadashi

Sun 27th : Pradosh Vrat, Mandalakala Pooja

26th Sat or 28th Mon: Boxing Day

Tue 29th : Dutt / Duttatreya Jayanti

Wed 30th : Margashirsh Purnima, Anvadhan, Arudra Darshan, Thiruvathira

Thu 31st : Ishti

श्रावण मास / Shravan (Shravana / Avni / Srabon) Month 2020 (As per Auckland time & coordinates)

6th July – 3rd August 2020: श्रावण मास (पूर्णिमान्त) Shravan Month (Purnimant / North & East states of India). Tithi Pratipada / Ekam / 1st Lunar day starts on 5th July 4.44 PM (16.44Hrs) Auckland time. As per first day of the month calculated after full moon day. Usually followed in northern part of India (Assam, Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh,  etc).

21st July – 19th Aug 2020: श्रावण मास (अमावास्यन्त / अमांत) Shravan Month (Amant / South & West states of India). Shravan calculated after no moon day (called Amavasyant / Amant) is from 21st July – 19th Aug. This calendar is followed in central and southern part of Indian (Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Telangana).

LENT and Great Lent 2020

Lent 2020 as per Liturgical Calendar and Roman Catholicism, starts on Ash Wednesday, 26th Feb and ends day after Good Friday which is Holy Saturday 11th  April. Easter (Western or Orthodox Easter) is on 19th April. Lent period is of 46 days. Out of these, Lenten Fast is observed for 40 days because Sunday is not fasting day.  Lent fast is observed in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert. The last day of Lent period depends on Christian denomination and/or local custom. It varies from Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday or at the midnight between them. Meat and meat products are avoided during the fast period.

Orthodox Christian observes Great Lent which is from 2nd March upto 18th April. Palm Sunday is on 5th April and Orthodox Easter (Pascha) is on 19th April.

Ramadan (Ramzaan / Ramjan) Month / रमज़ान 2020

23rd April  –  23rd May (+/- one day. Dates may vary by a day or two depending on Moon sighting): Ramadan (pronounced Ramzaan in Indian subcontinent) is the holiest month of the year for Muslims. Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadr. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan is starting from 23rd April (day may vary) and lasts for one complete Moon cycle which is approximately 29 or 30 days.

Fasting is observed by adult Muslims from dawn to dusk every day throughout Ramadan. Those who are ill, elderly, diabetic, pregnant, menstruating, with health issues or breast-feeding are not required to fast. Eid festival is celebrated at the end of Ramadan month. In Indian subcontinent it is called Eid-Ul-Fitr or Mithi Eid (मीठी ईद). Prayer time may vary as per Moon time, please refer to local prayer hall / Mosque for details. There are many websites which provide location based prayer time. Ramadan Kareem. Happy Ramadan.

अधिक मास / पुर्षोत्तम मास Adhik Month / Purshottam Month 2020

There is NO Adhik Maas in 2020. It was observed in 2018 from 16th May – 13th June 2018 (or 30 April 2018 to 29 May  2018 if ending the months on the full moon): Adhik Maas (English translation is Extra Month) is the month inserted to Lunar Year about every 32.5 months to keep the Lunar and Solar year aligned.

Adhik Maas (Masa) is also known as Purshottam Maas, Londa Maas, Mala Maas (मल मास) and Malimmacha. Adhik Maas is NOT considered good for wedding or moving into new house (Gruh Pravesh / गृह प्रवेश). Various religious programs and special prayers are organised during the month at all the temples.

Adhik Masa as per Astronomy:
Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit around Earth. Earth takes 365.2422 days to orbit around Sun. However, Moon has to travel 2.2 days extra to line up with Earth and Sun to become full Moon again, due to the curve of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. This creates gap of 10.87 days per year between Lunar Year (354.372 days) and Sun Year (365.2422 days). To compensate this gap, an extra month is added after about every 32.5 months. This is seen in Hindu/Indian Lunar, Jewish, Buddhist Calendars.

Disclaimer: Though all the precautions are taken to calculate exact Festival Calendar Holidays 2020 (Christian, Jews, Parsi, Chinese) / Tithi or Lunar day (Hindu, Sikh, Buddisht, Jain, Muslim, Parsi) as per Auckland and/or New Zealand Standard Time, there may be some differences across multiple sites / publications. This may be because of variation in calculating Sun Rise/Set and Moon Rise/Set timings.

Indian calendar (Panchang) explanation: First day after no Moon day (अमावस्या) is considered here as first day of Hindu Month. This is called Amant Calendar (अमान्त पंचांग). In few parts of India first day of Hindu Month is considered on one day after Full Moon (पूर्णिमा) and the calendar is known as Purnimant Calendar (पूर्णिमान्त पंचांग). Only month name changes in these two methods. Tithi still remains the same. For example, if the tithi is Shukla paksh Chaturthi (शुक्ल पक्ष चतुर्थी), it remains same in both the methods. We are committed to provide accurate information on our portal, however, we do not take any responsibility on accuracy of the calendar, events or Panchang published here.

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