Hindu festival calendar is a comprehensive guide to all the religious festivals that is celebrated by the Hindus all over the world.

The Hindus all over the world observe their religious observances based on the traditional Hindu calendar which is a solar based calendar.

Though for the Hindu observances, the traditional Hindu calendar is followed, yet for official purposes and for keeping up with the world, the Gregorian calendar is followed all over by the Hindus. The Hindu festival dates keep changing as per the dates and the positioning of the stars in the Hindu almanac. There is always a tremendous urge to know the dates of all the Hindu observances as per the Gregorian calendar. So, as per the Gregorian calendar we will be listing the comprehensive dates of the Hindu observances for your kind perusal.

Just to make the modern readers aware of the traditions of each of the festivals, we have also included a brief description about the festivals. Let us then have a look at the same –


Date Festival Name Description
02-01-2018 – Tuesday Pushya (Paush) Purnima Considered to be an auspicious day on which formal education can start
14-01-2018 Sunday Makar Sankranti; Uttarayana Sankranti; Pongal; Maghi; Lohri; Bhogali Bihu. Advent of spring is a great event as it symbolizes a great harvest year. This is celebrated as a major harvest festival in various parts of India including Assam; West Bengal and parts of South India.
16-01-2018 – Tuesday Mauni Amavas Mauni literally means silence and Amavasya is the day on which the moon is hidden from sight. Devotees usually keep a vrat and do not utter a single word to practice discipline.
22-01-2018 – Monday Vasant Panchami Goddess Saraswati is believed to be the goddess of knowledge. On this day; devotees pray to the goddess to bestow her blessing on them so that they can earn knowledge and the power to learn better.
25-01-2018 – Thursday Bhishma Ashtami Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day so that devotees are blessed with a son as knowledgeable and virtuous as Lord Vishnu himself.
31-01-2018 _ Wednesday Maagh Purnima Tribute is paid to all the ancestors on this day.
13-02-2018 – Tuesday Kumbha Sankranti It is supposed to be the first day of the solar calendar
13-02-2018 – Tuesday Maha ShivaRatri Lord Shiva is worshipped on this day and women both married and unmarried pray to him. Married pray for their spouse’s well-being while unmarried men pray for a good life partner.
01-03-2018 – Thursday Holika Dahan/ Jalanevali Holi/ Chhoti Holi Auspicious day that marks the victory of good over evil. Also known as Holika Dahan as Holika; a demoness was vanquished on this day.
02-03-2018 – Friday Holi Festival of fun and color to mark the lively season of spring.
18-03-2018 – Sunday Ugadi ; Gudi Padwa Traditional New Year for the people of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
20-03-2018 – Tuesday Gauri Puja/Gangaur It is a popular and colorful festival of Rajasthan. In this festival people worship Lord Shiva and his wife; Goddess Parvati also known as Gauri.
25-03-2018 – Sunday Rama Navami Lord Shri Ram; incarnation of Lord Vishnu was born on this day; so the day is spent worshipping Shri Ram.
14-04-2018 – Saturday Solar New Year – Baisakh/ Bohag Bihu/ Vishu/ Pahela Baisakh (Nabo Barsho)/ Navreh. In states of Punjab; Assam; Kerala and West Bengal; it is celebrated as the New Year.
31-03-2018 – Saturday Hanuman Jayanti Celebrated as the birthday of the monkey God; Hanumanji; a staunch devotee of Lord Ram and Mata Sita.
Wednesday Parashuram Jayanti It is believed that Lord Parashuram; the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu was born on this day.
Wednesday Akshaya Tritiya/ Akha Teej It is considered to be one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar; on which Lord Vishnu and Lord Kuber bestow their devotees with blessings of great wealth and prosperity.
30-04-2018 – Monday Buddha Purnima Believed to be the auspicious day on which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and Maha Nirvana.
15-05-2018- Tuesday Vat Savitri Vrat Married women fast to pray for their spouse’s well-being
15-05-2018- Tuesday Shani Jayanti Considered to be God Shani’s birth anniversary.
24-05-2018- Thursday Ganga Dussehra It is supposed to be the day on which the sacred River Ganga descended to earth from the heavens.
23-06-2018 – Sunday Nirjala Ekadashi Fasting is a popular part of many Hindu Festivals as a way to show reverence for God but during the fast on this auspicious day; people don’t drink water as well.
27-06-2018 – Wednesday Vat Purnima Vrat Married women pray for the welfare of their spouse’s on this day.
14-07-2018 – Saturday Jagannath Rathyatra Lord Jagannatha; Balarama and their sister Subhadra are worshipped on this day. They travel from their home (Neelachal Dham) to their Maternal Aunt’s house and stay there for 7 days. It is observed in various parts of India but the actual Rath Yatra takes place in Puri; Orissa.
23-07-2016 – Monday Dev Shayani Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi or Padma Ekadasi It marks the start of the four months considered sacred by the Jains called Chaturmaas.
27-07-2018 – Friday Guru Purnima Guru is considered to be the person who passes on knowledge that he/she attained from his/her Guru on to his/her disciples through word of mouth. This day is observed by the disciples as a way to pay respect to their Guru.
13-08-2018 – Monday Hariyali Teej Marries women in various parts of India consider this day to be sacred and celebrate it to pray for a happy and blissful married life. The name Hariyali Teej is derived from the fact that women wear green on this day.
15-08-2018- Thursday Nag Panchami Snake and serpents are worshipped this day as this is supposed to bring good luck
24-08-2018 – Friday Varalakshmi Vrat Observed by married women for the wellbeing of their family and especially their children.
26-08-2018 – Sunday Raksha Bandhan The bond shared by brothers and sisters is considered to be the strongest and on this day that bind is celebrated.
29-08-2018 – Wednesday Kajari/ Kajli Teej Married women fast all day long to pray for theirs husband’s well-being
02-09-2018 – Sunday Janmashtami Birth anniversary of Lord Krishna; an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
12-09-2018- Wednesday Hartalika Teej For a long lasting marriage; women fast and pray all day long
13-09-2018- Wednesday Ganesh Chaturthi A popular festival especially in Maharashtra where people worship Lord Ganesha. It marks the birth anniversary of the Elephant God; Lord Ganesh.
14-09-2018- Friday Rishi Panchami Spiritual Gurus and the saints pass on their guidance for the well-being of their disciples. Disciples pay tribute to their Gurus on this auspicious day.
17-09-2018- Monday Radha Ashtami Considered to be the birth anniversary of Shree Radha; divine consort of Lord Krishna.
20-09-2018 – Thursday Parsva Ekadashi or Vamana Ekadasi Auspicious day when Lord Vishnu took on his Vamana Avatar to teach the King Bali a lesson.
23-09-2018 – Sunday Ganesh Visarjan; Anant Chaturdashi People worship Anant Dev to seek wealth and glory. It also marks the end of the festival that started on Ganesh Chaturthi.
08-10-2018 – Monday Sarva-Pitru Amavasya/ Mahalaya Amavasya This auspicious day marks the end of Pitri paksha. It is the day when Matri paksha commences and is considered to be an auspicious period. Devotees pray tribute to the soul of their departed ancestors on the banks of the holy river Ganga.
10-10-2018- Wednesday Sharad Navratri or Maha Navaratri begins Beginning of nine day long celebrations to mark the victory of good over evil forces.
19-10-2018 – Friday Dussehra Lord Rama; incarnation of Lord Vishnu defeated the evil forces of demon king Ravana.
20-10-2018- Saturday Papankusha Ekadashi Devotees pray to Lord Vishnu; seeking his forgiveness for all their sins.
23-10-2018 – Tuesday Sharad Purnima or Kojagari Poornima. Mata Lakshmi; goddess of wealth is worshipped on this day in some parts of India.
27-10-2018 – Saturday Karwa Chauth Married women keep a fast on this day and break it with the sight of the moon for their spouse’s long and healthy life.
31-10-2018 – Wednesday Ahoi Ashtami Mothers keep a fast for their children’s well-being.
03-11-2018 – Saturday Rama Ekadashi Nirvana or salvation can be attained if people observe the day with seriousness.
05-11-2018 – Monday Dhan Teras/ Dhana Trayodashi Goddess Lakshmi or Lord Kuber; goddess and god of prosperity and wealth are worshipped on this day. People are supposed to buy precious metal on this day.
06-11-2018 – Tuesday Narak Chaturdashi/ Kali Chaudus/ Chhoti Deewali Goddess Kali is worshipped on this day.
07-11-2018 – Wednesday Diwali or Deepavali This day marks the return of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya. People of Ayodhya had supposedly lit up the whole city with diyas or ghee lamps to drive away darkness. The same ritual is followed even today.
08-11-2018 – Thursday Gowardhan Puja/ Annakut Lord Krishna is worshipped by his devotees to seek his protection.
09-11-2018 – Friday Bhaiya Duj/ Bhai dooj/ Bhatri Dwitiya/ Bhau Bij/ Bhai Tika/ Bhai Phota Another beautiful occasion when the brother-sister bond is celebrated. Sisters tie the sacred thread in the wrists of their brothers. Gifts are exchanged between brother and sister along with the vow to protect their sisters.
13-11-2018 – Tuesday Chhath Puja or Surya Shashti Sun God is worshipped by devotees by visiting the banks of the holy Ganges or any other water bodies.
19-11-2018 – Monday Prabodhini Ekadasi or Devutthana Ekadashi Marks the end of the Chatur Maas; considered holy by Jains.
19-12-2018- Wednesday Gita Jayanti ; Mokshada Ekadashi Birth Anniversary of The Bhagwadgita.
22-12-2018- Saturday Dattatreya Jayanti Lord Dattatreya was supposed to be born on this day. He was supposed to have the united powers of Lord Brahma; Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
22-12-2018- Saturday Margashirsha Purnima Unmarried girls observe this day by bathing in the river Yamuna so that they can find their desired life partner.

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