Jan 2018
Day of the month: Description
1: New Year’s Day (NZ Holiday), Purnima Upvas
2: Day after New Year’s Day (NZ Holiday), Paush Purnima, Shakambhari Purnima
3: Maagh month begins (Northern India, Gujrat)
5: Sankashthi Chaturthi
6: Epiphany 2018
7: Orthodox Christmas Day 2018
8: Swami Vivekanand Jayanti, Kalashthmi
12: Shattila Ekadashi
14: Lohri, Pradosh Vrat
15: Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Harvest Festival, Kite Festival, Uttarayan, Pradosh Vrat, Meru Trayodashi
16: Darsh Amavasya, Thai Amavasya
17: Maagh Amavasya, Mauni Amavasya
18: Gupt Navratri Begins
19: Chandra Darshan
21: Ganesh Jayanti, Vinayak Chaturthi
22: Vasant Panchmi
23: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti, Skanda Sashthi
24: Rath Saptami, Narmada Jayanti
25: Bhishm Ashtami, Masik Durga Saptami
26: Indian Republic Day
28: Bhishm Dwadashi, Jaya Ekadashi, Rohini Vrat
29: Pradosh Vrat
31: Thai Pusam, Lalita Jayanti, Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Maagh Purnima, Purnima Upvas
Feb 2018
Day: Description
1: Hindu/Indian month Falgun (फाल्गुन) begins (North India)
3: Sankasti Chaturthi
6: Waitangi Day (New Zealand), Yashoda Jayanti
7: New Zealand School Term 1 starts (29th Jan – 7th Feb as per school time table)
7: Kalashtami, Budh Ashtami Vrat
9: Sri Ramdas Navmi
10: Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
11. Vijaya / Vaikuntha Ekadashi
13: Pradosh Vrat, Kumbha Sankranti
14: Maha Shivratri, Valentines Day, Lent Begins
16: Falgun Amavasya (No moon day), Chinese New Year
17: Chandra Darshan
18: Phulera Dooj (फुलेरा दूज), Ramakrishna Jayanti
19: Vinayaka Chaturthi, Shivaji Jayanti
21: Skanda Sashti
23: Masik Durga Ashtmi, Holastak (होलाश्टक)
24: Rohini Vrat
26: Amalki Ekadashi (11th Lunar day of waxing moon)
27: Narasimha Dwadashi
28: Pradosh Vrat
March 2018
Day: Description
1: Holika Dahan
2: Holi, Purnima Vrat, Vasant Purnima (Full moon day)
5: Sankashti Chaturthi
7: Rang Panchmi
8: Shitla Saptami (Saptami tithi from 8th Mar 9.30am-9th Mar 11.10am in New Zealand)
12: Taranki Anniversary Day (New Zealand)
13: Papmochni Ekadashi
15: Meen Sankranti, Pradosh Vrat, Masik Shivratri
17: Amavasya, Saint Patrick’s Day
18: Ugadi, Cheti Chand, Gudi Padwa, Chaitra Navratri begins
19: Jhulelal (Isthdev Uderolal) Jayanti
20: Gauri Puja, Matsya Jayanti, Gangaur Teej, Tritiya (3rd Lunar Day)
21: March Equinox New Zealand (Nearly equal day and night)
23: Shaheedi Diwas
26: Ram Navmi, Otago Anniversary Day
27: Kamada Ekadashi
29: Mahavir Jayanti
30: Good Friday
31: Hanuman Jayanti, Purnima Vrat
April 2018
Day: Description

1: Easter, New Zealand day time saving ends, Bank Holiday in India,
2: Easter Monday
3: Southland Anniversary Day
4: Sankasti / Sankathara Chaturthi
12: Varuthini (Baruthani) Ekadashi, Vallabhacharya Jayanti
13: Pradosh Vrat
14: Solar New Year, Baishakhi, Puthandu / Varusha Pirappu (Tamil New Year), Sinhalese New Year (Sri Lanka), Nepali New Year, Mesh Sankranti (Masik / Month’s Sankranti), Bihu, Pana Sankranti, Pohela Baishakh, Thingyan (Myanmar / Burma – Buemese New Year), Choul Chnam Thmey (Combodian New Year), Songkran (Thai New Year), Celebrated as New Year in most of the South Asian / South East Asian countries
14: Dr Ambedkar Jayanti
15: New Year in Bengal and Assam states of India, Naba Barsha (Nav Varsh)
16: Somvati Amavasya
18: Akshaya Tritiya, Parshuram Jayanti, Varshitap Parana, Masik Karthigal
19: Vinayaka Chaturthi, Matango Jayanti, Rohini Vrat
21: Skanda Shashthi
22: Ganga / Bhanu Samptami
23: Baglamukhi Jayanti
24: Sita Navmi
25: ANZAC Day, Mahavir Swami Kevalagyan
26: Mohini Ekadashi, Parasurama Dwadashi, Thissur Pooram
27: Pradosh Vratam
28: Narasimha Jayanti
29: Pournima Upvas
30: Budhha Purnima, Full moon day, New Zealand School Term 2 of 2018 starts
May 2018
Day: Description

1: May Day (Indian National Holiday)
1: Jyeshtha (जेष्ठ) Month begins (Northern states of India), Narad Jayanti
3: Sankashthi / Sankathara Chaturthi
7: Rabindra (Ravindra) Nath Tagore Jayanti
8: Kalashtami
10: Hanumn Jayanti (Telugu)
11: Apara Ekadashi, Bhadrakali Ekadashi, Jalkrida Ekadashi अपार एकादशी (Vaishnava Ekadashi is one day later)
13: Mothers Day
13: Pradosh Vrat
15: Ramadan Month Starts रमज़ान महिना शुरू (15th May-14th June), Amavasya अमावस्या, Vrashabh Sankranti वृषभ संक्रान्ति, Vat Savitri Vrat वट सावित्री व्रत, Shani Jayanti
16: Adhik Maas (अधिक मास) begins, Masik Karthigai, Chandra Darshan
17: Rohini Vrat
19: Vinayaka Chaturthi
20: Skand Shashthi
22: Masik Durgashtami
25: Padmini Ekadashi पद्मिनी एकादशी
27: Pradosh Vrat प्रदोष व्रत
28: Vaikasi Vikasam
29: Purnima पूर्णिमा व्रत, Jyeshtha Poornima

June 2018
Day | Description

2: Sankashthi Chaturthi
4: Queen’s Birthday
6: Adhik Kalashthami
10: Parama Ekadashi / Purshottam Ekadashi
11: Som Pradosh, Adhik Pradosh Vrat
14: Amavasya (No moon day)
16: Eid-Ul-Fitr / Mithi Eid
16: Maharana Pratap Jayanti
17: Vinayaka Chaturthi
18: Skanda Shashthi
24: Gayatri Jayanti, Nirjala Ekadashi
25: Som Pradosh Vrat
27: Vat Savitri Purnima, Vat purnima Vrat
28: Purnima (Full Moon Day)

July 2018
Day | Description

2: Sankashthi (Sankathara) Chaturthi (Chauth / 4th moon day)

3: St Thomas Day

9: Yogini Ekadashi

11: Pradosh Vrat

13: Darsh Amavasya (No moon day)

14: Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, Chandra Darshan, Gupt Navratri Begins

16: Kark Sankranti, Chaturthi Vrat

18: Skand Chashthi

23: Dev Shayini Ekadashi, New Zealand School term 3 begins (may vary as per school calendar)

25: Pradosh Vrat, Jay Parvati Vrat (Fasting) begins

26: Ashadh Chaumasi Chaudas (Jain)

27: Guru Purnima, Vyas Pooja, Kokila Vrat, Ashadhi Purnima (Full moon day)

29: First day of Shravan Month (Purnimant / usually followed in Northern states of India)

31: Sankashthi Angarika Chaturthi, Jay Parvati Vrat (Fasting) ends

 

Aug 2018
August 2018:

8: Kamika Ekadashi

9: Pradosh Vrat

10: Masik Shivratri

11: Darsh Amavasya (No Moon day)

12: Chandra Darshan

12th Aug – 9th Sep: श्रावण मास प्रारम्भ (अमांत) Shravan Month (Amant / Southern states of India)

14: Hariyali Teej / Tij, हरियाली तीज (Tritiya ends 14th Aug 12.15pm NZ time), Chaturthi Vrat चतुर्थी व्रत

15: Indian Independence Day

15: Nag Panchami (Naag Pancham)

16: Kalki Jayanti

17: Simha Sankranti सिंह संक्रान्ति Sun transit from Cancer (Kark कर्क राशि) to Leo (Simha सिंह राशि)

17: Parsi New Year (Zoroastrian New Year 1397 / Pateti पटेटी)

22: Eid ul Juha, ईद उल ज़ुहा, Id al-Adha, Bakri Eid

24: Var Lakshmi Puja and Vrat

25: Onam

26: Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi), Shravan Purnima, Gayatri Jayanti

28: Hindola Samapt (Krishna Paksha Dwitiya / Vad Bij) हिण्डोला समाप्त २०१८ (कृष्ण पक्ष द्वितीया / वद बीज)

29: Kajri Teej कज़री तीज, Sattu Teej सत्तू तीज, Badi Teej बड़ी तीज

30: Sankashthi Chaturthi, Bahula Chaturthi बहुला चतुर्थी

Sep 2018
September 2018:

2: Fathers Day

3: Krishna Janmashthmi

6: Aja / Ananda Ekadashi

7: Pradosh Vrat

9: Darsh Amavasya दर्श अमावस्या, Pithori Amavasya पिथोरी अमावस्या

12: Islamic New Year, Haritalika Teej हरितालिका तीज, Varaha Jayanti वाराह जयंती

13: Ganesh Chaturthi गणेश चतुर्थी / चौथ

14: Rishi Panchmi ऋषि पंचमी

17: Vishwakarma Jayanti विश्वकर्मा जयंती Radha Ashtami राधा अष्टमी Durga Ashtami दुर्गा अष्टमी Mahalaxmi Vrat महालक्ष्मी व्रत आरम्भ Kanya Sankranti, Sun transit from Leo (सिंह राशि) to Virgo (कन्या राशि)

21: Muharram मुहर्रम, Parsva Ekadashi, Vaman Jayanti वामन एकादशी

22: Pradosh Vrat प्रदोष व्रत

23: September Equinox New Zealand (Nearly equal day and night)

24: Ganesh Visarjan, Anant Chaturdashi गणेश विसर्जन, अनंत चतुर्दशी

25: Purnima Vrat पूर्णिमा व्रत, सत्य नारायण पूजा

26: Pitru Paksha Shradhha (26th Sep-9th Oct 2018) श्राद्ध पक्ष

28: Sankasthi / Sankathara Chaturthi चतुर्थी

30: New Zealand day time saving starts

Oct 2018
October 2018:

2: Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

5: Indira Ekadashi इंदिरा एकादशी (11th Lunar Day)

7: Pradosh Vrat प्रदोष व्रत, Masik (Month’s) Shivratri मासिक शिवरात्रि

9: Sarv Pitru Amavasya सर्व पित्र अमावस्या(Last day of Shradhha Paksh)

10: Navratri Begins नवरात्रि प्रारम्भ, Dandiya / Garba festival starts, Ghat Sthapana घट स्थापना, Chandra Darshan चंद्र दर्शन

13: Lalita Panchmi ललिता पंचमी, Chaturthi Vrat चतुर्थी व्रत

15: New Zealand School Term 4 of 2018 starts

17: Durga Ashtami दुर्गा अष्टमी

18: Maha Navmi महा नवमी, Saraswati Visarjan सरस्वती विसर्जन, Tula Sankranti तुला संक्रान्ति

19: Dussera (Dashhara), Vijaya Dashmi दशहरा / विजया दशमी

20: Papankush Ekadashi पापांकुश (पाप अंकुश) एकादशी

22: Labour Day

24: Sharad Purnima, Kojagara Puja, Purnima Vrat, Valmiki Jayanti

28: Karwa (Karva) Chauth करवा चौथ, Sankashti Chaturthi

29: Marlborough anniversary day

31: Halloween Day

Nov 2018
November 2018

4: Rama Ekadashi रमा एकादशी, Govatsa Dwadashi गोवत्स द्वादशी, Vasu Baras वसु बारस

5: Dhan Teras 2018 धन तेरस

6: Roop Chaudas रूप चौदस, Kaali Chaturdashi काली चौदस

7: Diwali/Deepawali 2018, Laxmi Pujan, Narak Chaturdashi दीपावली

8: Goverdhan Puja (Govardhan Pooja) गोवर्धन पूजा

9: Bhai Dooj (Bhaiya Dooj) भाई दूज

14: Chhat Puja छट पूजा

16: Canterbury anniversary day

19: Dev Uthani Ekadashi देव उठनी एकादशी, Prabodhini Ekadashi प्रबोधिनि एकादशी

20: Tulsi Vivah तुलसी विवाह

21: Milad Ul Nabi, Vishweshwara Vrat विश्वेश्वर व्रत, Pradosh Vrat प्रदोष व्रत

23: Guru Nanak Jayanti गुरु नानक जयंती, Gurpurab गुरूपरब, Kartik Purnima कार्तिक पूर्णिमा

26: Sankashthi Chaturthi चतुर्थी

 

Dec 2018
December 2018:

3: Utpanna Ekadashi उत्पन्न एकादशी

4: Pradosh Vrat प्रदोष व्रत

7: Darsh Amavasya

19: Mokshada Ekadashi मोक्षदा एकादशी, Gita Jayanti गीता जयंती 2018

23: Purnima पूर्णिमा

24: Christmas Day

26: Boxing Day

 

श्रावण मास / Shravan Month 2018

29th July – 26th August 2018: श्रावण मास (पूर्णिमान्त) Shravan Month (Purnimant / Northern states of India). As per first day of the month calculated after full moon day. Usually followed in northern part of India (Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh etc)

12th Aug – 9th Sep 2018: श्रावण मास (अमावास्यन्त / अमांत) Shravan Month (Amant / Southern states of India). Shravan calculated after no moon day (called Amavasyant / Amant) is from 12th Aug – 9th Sep. This calendar is followed in central and southern part of Indian (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Kerala).

Ramadan (Ramzaan / Ramjan) Month / रमज़ान 2018

15/16th May – 16th June (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 15th May 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 2018

16th May – 13th June 2018 (or 30 April to 29 May 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 calendar (Christian, Jews, Parsi, Chinese) / Tithi or Lunar day (Hindu, Sikh, Buddisht, Jain, Muslim, Parsi) as per 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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