Festivals & Fasts


Calculation of Lunar Months for the Indian Calendar

There are two calculations for lunar months in India. The end of the lunar month can be either on the Amavasya tithi (Amanta tradition) or on the Purnima Tithi (Purnimanta tradition). The new month will begin on Shukla Pratipada or Krishna Pratipada.

Depending on the system you use, the festival may fall in different months. Komilla is using the new month to begin on Shukla Pratipada, the first lunar day after Amavasya Tithi.

Lunar Month Sun Solar Months
Chaitra Pisces April to May
Vaishākha Aries May to June
Jyeshtha Taurus June to July
Ashādha Gemini July to August
Shrāvana, Sawan Cancer August to September
Bhadra, Bhadon Leo September to October
Āshwin, Ashwayuja Virgo October to November
Kārtika Libra November to December
Māgashīra Scorpio December to January
Pausha Sagitarius January to February
Māgha Capricorn February to March
Phālguna Aquarius March to April


by Komila Sutton

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