Religious Calendar

Hindu

The Indian national calendar or “Saka calendar” was introduced in 1957 based on the traditional regional Hindu calendars; these share the names of the twelve months but have some different festivals and the month which starts the year also varies from region to region. 

2019

2020

Holiday/Observance/Celebration

August 24, 2019 August 11, 2020

Sri Krishna Jayanti (Janmashtami) celebrates the birthday of Krishna, the 8th incarnation of the God Vishnu.

October 27, 2019 November 14, 2020

Diwali is a popular festival known as the Festival of Lights, celebrated continuously for five days. It is associated with a story about the destruction of evil by Lord Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.
(Also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains.)

January 14, 2019 January 14, 2020

Makar Sankranti, a harvest festival that marks the increase of the sun twinned with the Punjab celebration Lohri, which marks the passing of the winter solstice.

August 22, 2019 September 9, 2020

Vasanta Panchami is a North Indian celebration associated with Saraswati and Lakshmi, the Goddess of Learning and the Goddess of Wealth as well as the colour yellow.

March 4, 2019 February 21, 2020

Maha Shivaratri, “the Great Night of Shiva”, is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world and honors the God Shiva.

March 20, 2019 March 9, 2020

Holi is the Festival of Colours that welcomes in Spring, generally celebrated over two days, with people throwing colourful powder and coloured water on each other.

April 5, 2019 March 24, 2020

Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day festival dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.