Hindu Calendar 2024 with Holidays & Festivals

As we step into 2024, it’s exciting to explore the richness of the Hindu calendar, known for its colorful and spiritually significant holidays and festivals. This year promises a kaleidoscope of cultural experiences, each with its unique history and traditions.

Understanding the Hindu Calendar

The Hindu calendar is a lunisolar system, often aligning with the phases of the moon and the position of the sun. It’s different from the Gregorian calendar, which is solar-based. This means Hindu festival dates vary each year when converted to the Gregorian calendar.

January – Pausha / Magha

  • Pausha (ends in mid-January): A time for spiritual reflection. Festivals like Lohri and Makar Sankranti are celebrated.
  • Magha (starts from mid-January): Known for its emphasis on purity and religious observances, with Vasant Panchami being a notable festival.
Date Festival
Jan 01, Monday New Year’s Day
Jan 12, Friday Birthday of Swami Vivekananda
Jan 14, Sunday Makar Sankranti
Jan 15, Monday Pongal
Jan 16, Tuesday Vassi Uttarayan
Jan 17, Wednesday Guru Govindsingh’s Birthday
Jan 24, Wednesday Hazarat Ali’s Birthday
Jan 26, Friday Republic Day

February – Magha / Phalguna

  • Magha (continues until mid-February): Celebrations like Vasant Panchami continue in this period.
  • Phalguna (begins mid-February): Marks the approach of spring. The festival of Holi, celebrating the triumph of good over evil, is the highlight.
Date Festival
Feb 14, Wednesday Basant Panchami
Feb 19, Monday Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti
Feb 24, Saturday Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Shab-e-Barat

March – Phalguna / Chaitra

  • Phalguna (ends in mid-March): Concludes with the colorful and joyous celebration of Holi.
  • Chaitra (starts from mid-March): Marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year in many regions with festivals like Ugadi and Gudi Padwa.
Date Festival
Mar 05, Tuesday Swami Dayananda Saraswati Jayanti
Mar 08, Friday Maha Shivaratri
Mar 22, Friday Bihar Diwas
Mar 24, Sunday Holika Dahan
Mar 25, Monday Holi
Mar 29, Friday Good Friday
Mar 31, Sunday Easter

April – Chaitra / Vaishakha

  • Chaitra (continues until mid-April): Navratri and Ram Navami are significant festivals this month.
  • Vaishakha (begins mid-April): A month for religious deeds and charity. Akshaya Tritiya, a day of prosperity and good luck, is celebrated.
Date Festival
Apr 01, Monday Annual Closing of Accounts
Apr 05, Friday Jamat-Ul-Vida, Shab-E-Qadr
Apr 09, Tuesday Ugadi, Cheti Chand, Gudi Padwa
Apr 11, Thursday Eid-Ul-Fitr
Apr 14, Sunday Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Jayanti, Tamil New Year
Apr 15, Monday Bengali New Year’s Day
Apr 17, Wednesday Ram Navmi
Apr 21, Sunday Mahavir Jayanti
Apr 22, Monday Hatkeshvar Jayanti
Apr 23, Tuesday Hanuman Jayanti

May – Vaishakha / Jyeshtha

  • Vaishakha (continues until mid-May): Religious activities are emphasized.
  • Jyeshtha (starts from mid-May): Known for its hot climate and is a time for pilgrimages and spiritual rituals.
Date Festival
May 01, Wednesday May Day
May 4, 2024, Saturday
Varuthini Ekadashi
May 07, Tuesday
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
May 10, 2024, Friday
Parashurama Jayanti
May 10, 2024, Friday Akshaya Tritiya
May 14, 2024, Tuesday Ganga Saptami
May 14, 2024, Tuesday
Vrishabha Sankranti
May 16, 2024, Thursday Sita Navami
May 19, 2024, Sunday Mohini Ekadashi
May 21, 2024, Tuesday
Narasimha Jayanti
May 23, 2024, Thursday
Buddha Purnima
May 23, 2024, Thursday
Vaishakha Purnima
May 24, 2024, Friday Narada Jayanti

June – Jyeshtha / Ashadha

  • Jyeshtha (continues until mid-June): Includes the celebration of Ganga Dussehra.
  • Ashadha (begins mid-June): A month marked by the onset of the monsoon and is significant for Guru Purnima.
Tithi Festival Date
Jyeshtha, Krishna Ekadashi Apara Ekadashi
June 2, 2024, Sunday
Jyeshtha, Krishna Amavasya Vat Savitri Vrat
June 6, 2024, Thursday
Jyeshtha, Krishna Amavasya Shani Jayanti
June 6, 2024, Thursday
Vrishabha to Mithuna transit of Sun Mithuna Sankranti
June 15, 2024, Saturday
Jyeshtha, Shukla Dashami Ganga Dussehra
June 16, 2024, Sunday
Jyeshtha, Shukla Ekadashi Nirjala Ekadashi
June 18, 2024, Tuesday
Jyeshtha, Shukla Purnima Vat Purnima Vrat
June 21, 2024, Friday
Jyeshtha, Shukla Purnima Jyeshtha Purnima
June 22, 2024, Saturday

July – Ashadha / Shravana

  • Ashadha (continues until mid-July): Celebrations like Guru Purnima take place.
  • Shravana (starts from mid-July): A holy month filled with various religious festivities, including Raksha Bandhan and Janmashtami. 
Tithi Festival Date
Ashadha, Krishna Ekadashi Yogini Ekadashi
July 2, 2024, Tuesday
Ashadha, Shukla Dwitiya Jagannath Rathyatra
July 7, 2024, Sunday
Mithuna to Karka transit of Sun Karka Sankranti
July 16, 2024, Tuesday
Ashadha, Shukla Ekadashi Devshayani Ekadashi
July 17, 2024, Wednesday
Ashadha, Shukla Purnima Guru Purnima
July 21, 2024, Sunday
Ashadha, Shukla Purnima Ashadha Purnima
July 21, 2024, Sunday
Shravana, Krishna Ekadashi Kamika Ekadashi
July 31, 2024, Wednesday

August – Shravana / Bhadrapada

  • Shravana (continues until mid-August): Celebrations continue with festivals like Raksha Bandhan.
  • Bhadrapada (begins mid-August): Known for Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrating Lord Ganesha’s birth.
Tithi Festival Date
Shravana, Shukla Tritiya Hariyali Teej
August 7, 2024, Wednesday
Shravana, Shukla Panchami Nag Panchami
August 9, 2024, Friday
Friday before Shravana Purnima Varalakshmi Vrat
August 16, 2024, Friday
Karka to Simha transit of Sun Simha Sankranti
August 16, 2024, Friday
Shravana, Shukla Ekadashi Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
August 16, 2024, Friday
Shravana, Shukla Purnima Raksha Bandhan
August 19, 2024, Monday
Shravana, Shukla Purnima Rakhi
August 19, 2024, Monday
Shravana, Shukla Purnima Gayatri Jayanti
August 19, 2024, Monday
Shravana, Shukla Purnima Shravana Purnima
August 19, 2024, Monday
Bhadrapada, Krishna Tritiya Kajari Teej
August 22, 2024, Thursday
Bhadrapada, Krishna Ashtami Krishna Janmashtami
August 26, 2024, Monday
Bhadrapada, Krishna Ekadashi Aja Ekadashi
August 29, 2024, Thursday

September – Bhadrapada / Ashwin

  • Bhadrapada (continues until mid-September): Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations take place.
  • Ashwin (starts from mid-September): Marks the beginning of the auspicious period of Navratri, leading up to Dussehra.
Tithi Festival Date
Bhadrapada, Krishna Amavasya Somavati Amavasya
September 2, 2024, Monday
Bhadrapada, Shukla Tritiya Hartalika Teej
September 6, 2024, Friday
Bhadrapada, Shukla Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi
September 7, 2024, Saturday
Bhadrapada, Shukla Panchami Rishi Panchami
September 8, 2024, Sunday
Bhadrapada, Shukla Ashtami Radha Ashtami
September 11, 2024, Wednesday
Bhadrapada, Shukla Ekadashi Parsva Ekadashi
September 14, 2024, Saturday
Sun in Simha & Shravana Nakshatra Onam
September 15, 2024, Sunday
on Kanya Sankranti day Vishwakarma Puja
September 16, 2024, Monday
Simha to Kanya transit of Sun Kanya Sankranti
September 16, 2024, Monday
Bhadrapada, Shukla Chaturdashi Ganesh Visarjan
September 17, 2024, Tuesday
Bhadrapada, Shukla Chaturdashi Anant Chaturdashi
September 17, 2024, Tuesday
Ashwina, Krishna Pratipada Pitrupaksha Begins
September 18, 2024, Wednesday
occurs during Purnima Chandra Grahan *Anshika
September 18, 2024, Wednesday
Bhadrapada, Shukla Purnima Bhadrapada Purnima
September 18, 2024, Wednesday
Ashwina, Krishna Ekadashi Indira Ekadashi
September 28, 2024, Saturday

October – Ashwin / Kartik

  • Ashwin (continues until mid-October): Navratri and Dussehra are the main highlights.
  • Kartik (begins mid-October): Considered the holiest month, it includes Diwali, the festival of lights.
Tithi Festival Date
Ashwina, Krishna Amavasya Sarva Pitru Amavasya
October 2, 2024, Wednesday
occurs during Amavasya Surya Grahan *Valayakara
October 2, 2024, Wednesday
Ashwina, Shukla Pratipada Navratri Begins
October 3, 2024, Thursday
Ashwina, Mula Nakshatra Saraswati Avahan
October 9, 2024, Wednesday
Ashwina, Purva Ashadha Nakshatra Saraswati Puja
October 10, 2024, Thursday
Ashwina, Shukla Ashtami Durga Ashtami
October 11, 2024, Friday
Ashwina, Shukla Navami Maha Navami
October 11, 2024, Friday
Ashwina, Shukla Dashami Vijayadashami
October 12, 2024, Saturday
Ashwina, Shukla Dashami Dussehra
October 12, 2024, Saturday
Ashwina, Shukla Ekadashi Papankusha Ekadashi
October 13, 2024, Sunday
Ashwina, Shukla Ekadashi Gauna Papankusha Ekadashi
October 14, 2024, Monday
Ashwina, Shukla Purnima Kojagara Puja
October 16, 2024, Wednesday
Ashwina, Shukla Purnima Sharad Purnima
October 16, 2024, Wednesday
Kanya to Tula transit of Sun Tula Sankranti
October 17, 2024, Thursday
Ashwina, Shukla Purnima Ashwina Purnima
October 17, 2024, Thursday
Kartika, Krishna Chaturthi Karwa Chauth
October 20, 2024, Sunday
Kartika, Krishna Ashtami Ahoi Ashtami
October 24, 2024, Thursday
Kartika, Krishna Dwadashi Govatsa Dwadashi
October 28, 2024, Monday
Kartika, Krishna Ekadashi Rama Ekadashi
October 28, 2024, Monday
Kartika, Krishna Trayodashi Dhanteras
October 29, 2024, Tuesday
Kartika, Krishna Chaturdashi Kali Chaudas
October 30, 2024, Wednesday
Kartika, Krishna Chaturdashi Narak Chaturdashi
October 31, 2024, Thursday

November – Kartik / Margashirsha

  • Kartik (continues until mid-November): Celebrations like Diwali and Kartik Purnima occur.
  • Margashirsha (starts from mid-November): A quieter month, focusing on spiritual practices and austerities.
Tithi Festival Date
Kartika, Krishna Amavasya Lakshmi Puja
November 1, 2024, Friday
Kartika, Krishna Amavasya Diwali
November 1, 2024, Friday
Kartika, Shukla Pratipada Govardhan Puja
November 2, 2024, Saturday
Kartika, Shukla Dwitiya Bhaiya Dooj
November 3, 2024, Sunday
Kartika, Shukla Shashthi Chhath Puja
November 7, 2024, Thursday
Kartika, Shukla Dashami Kansa Vadh
November 11, 2024, Monday
Kartika, Shukla Ekadashi Devutthana Ekadashi
November 12, 2024, Tuesday
Kartika, Shukla Dwadashi Tulasi Vivah
November 13, 2024, Wednesday
Kartika, Shukla Purnima Kartika Purnima
November 15, 2024, Friday
Tula to Vrishchika transit of Sun Vrishchika Sankranti
November 16, 2024, Saturday
Margashirsha, Krishna Ashtami Kalabhairav Jayanti
November 22, 2024, Friday
Margashirsha, Krishna Ekadashi Utpanna Ekadashi
November 26, 2024, Tuesday

December – Margashirsha / Pausha

  • Margashirsha (continues until mid-December): A period for religious activities.
  • Pausha (begins mid-December): Marked by cold weather, it’s a time for inner reflection, leading to the celebration of festivals like Lohri and Pongal in the following month. 
Tithi Festival Date
Margashirsha, Shukla Panchami Vivah Panchami
December 6, 2024, Friday
Margashirsha, Shukla Ekadashi Gita Jayanti
December 11, 2024, Wednesday
Margashirsha, Shukla Ekadashi Mokshada Ekadashi
December 11, 2024, Wednesday
Margashirsha, Shukla Purnima Dattatreya Jayanti
December 14, 2024, Saturday
Vrishchika to Dhanu transit of Sun Dhanu Sankranti
December 15, 2024, Sunday
Margashirsha, Shukla Purnima Margashirsha Purnima
December 15, 2024, Sunday
Pausha, Krishna Ekadashi Saphala Ekadashi
December 26, 2024, Thursday
Pausha, Krishna Amavasya Somavati Amavasya
December 30, 2024, Monday


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