Festival Calendar 2023

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India is known for celebrating a wide range of festivals the entire year. People have their roots in all these cultural festivals connected to different religions, deities, beliefs, and old traditions. While some even hold mythological, historical, and social significance, all of them are celebrated with joy and happiness. Moreover, to seek blessings from the deities associated with some of these festivals, people observe fast, while for some they perform charity and prayers. However it may be, each Indian festival is considered an auspicious occasion. And, to mark all the festivals and occasions in one place, there is the Indian calendar 2023.

To make it easy and accessible for you, Astrotalk has prepared a list of occasions, festivals, and celebrations for 2023, where not only will you find the upcoming holidays and festivals, but also different types of calendars, prepared precisely on the basis of the planetary changes, tithi, Purnima, Amavasya, and much more.

January Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Monday, January 10Sakat Chauth
Friday, January 14Lohri
Saturday, January 15Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Uttrayan
Friday, January 21Mauni Amavasya
Wednesday, January 26Vasant Panchami
Wednesday, January 26Republic Day

February Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Monday, February 14Valentine’s Day
Friday, February 18Mahashivratri

March Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Monday, March 7Holika Dahan (Choti Holi)
Tuesday, March 8Holi
Wednesday, March 9Bhai Dooj
Tuesday, March 15Basoda
Monday, March 21Parsi New Year
Tuesday, March 22Ugadi, Gudi Padva,
Tuesday, March 22Chaitra Navratri— Pratipada (Day 1)
Thursday, March 24Gangaur
Wednesday, March 30Ram Navmi (Chaitra Navratri— Navmi)

April Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Monday, April 4Mahavir Jayanti
Wednesday, April 6Hanuman Jayanti
Thursday, April 14Solar New Year
Thursday April 14Baisakhi
Friday, April 22Akshaya Tritiya

May Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Thursday, May 5Buddha Purnima
Thursday, May 19Shani Jayanti
Monday, May 30Ganga Dussehra

June Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Monday, June 20Jagganath Rath Yatra

July Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Sunday, July 3Guru Purnima

August Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Monday, August 15Independence Day
Thursday, August 18Malayalam New Year
Friday, August 19Hariyali Teej
Sunday, August 21Nag Panchami
Monday, August 29Onam
Tuesday, August 30Rakshabandhan

September Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Friday, September 2Kajri Teej
Tuesday, September 6Krishna Janmashtami
Wednesday, September 7Dahi Handi
Sunday, September 18Hartalika Teej
Monday, September 19Ganesh Chaturthi
Monday, September 19Daslakhan Parv
Tuesday, September 20Rishi Panchami
Wednesday, September 28Ganesh Visarjan
Wednesday, September 28Anant Chaturdashi

October Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Saturday, October 15Sharad Navratri
Saturday, October 22Durga Ashtami
Monday, October 24Durga Visarjan
Monday, October 24Dussehra (Vijayadashmi)
Monday, October 24Buddha Jayanti
Friday, October 28Sharad Purnima

November Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Tuesday, November 1Karwa Chauth
Saturday, November 5Ahoi Ashtami
Thursday, November 10Dhanteras
Friday, November 11Choti Diwali
Saturday, November 12Diwali (Lakshmi Pooja)
Monday, November 14Goverdhan Pooja
Monday, November 14Gujarati New Year
Monday, November 14Bhai Dooj
Saturday, November 19Chhath Pooja
Thursday, November 24Tulsi Vivah
Sunday, November 27Guru Nanak Jayanti

December Festival 2023

Day and DateFestivals
Sunday, December 25Christmas
Monday, December 26Annapurna Jayanti

The purpose and periodicity of each festival vary every year. You shall see a great variation in not just the days and dates but also in the months of the occasions. It is because there is no one calendar that we follow to figure out the exact way to celebrate Indian festivals. There is the Gregorian calendar, Solar calendar, and Indian festivals calendar 2023. Moreover, some calendars are religion-specific, like the Hindu calendar, Islamic calendar, Sikh calendar, etc. As many as around 30 calendars are followed across the nation to prepare a precise chart of festivals and occasions across the nation.

Lunar Calendar

Where the Sun is the center of the universe, the planet Moon and its lunation is something we cannot ignore in astrology. Moon phases are quite depicting and reveal a lot other than being a vital part of the astrology world. The lunation of the Moon, therefore, holds its significance in the form of a calendar. A Lunar calendar helps to figure out the dates of the Muslim festival and fasts. Festivals like Karwa Chauth, Eid, etc., are celebrated depending on the Moon sighting. Also, half part of the Shaka calendar relies on the lunar calendar.

Solar Calendar

Solar calendars are somewhat the other name for Gregorian calendars. They use the tropical years to show the exact dates for any occasion or festival on the calendar. A Solar year or the tropical year basically measures the time length in the middle of two vernal equinoxes. The time duration of a year, therefore, becomes 365 days 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds. The Indian calendar, as per the solar months, depicts the Gregorian dates and the Hindu months in the year.

Hindu Calendar 2023

Depending on the lunisolar format, this calendar holds importance in North India. Hindu calendar 2023 shows the Hindu festivals, Panchang, and tithi. In a particular year, there are 12 months of 29.5 days, which makes the year 354 days. This lack of days in the year leads to each festival moving back by 11 days. So, to amend the Hindu calendar, an extra month or a leap month is added once every three years— an accurate month and an approximate year. The majority of the Indian festivals, like Diwali, Holi, Navratri, etc., work depending on the Hindu calendar. For Hindu Events 2023, Click Here

Islamic Calendar 2023

Unlike the Hindu calendar, this one marks the month’s beginning with the New Moon visibility for the first time. The Islamic calendar 2023 relies on the movement of the planet Moon. The Islamic calendar shows the festivals, fasts, and other events of the Islam religion. Alternately, the months in the Islamic calendar either have 29 days or 30 days, except for the twelfth one. Furthermore, there are no leap days or months present in the 2023 Islamic calendar. Therefore, the month’s name doesn’t lie in the same season but falls over the entire solar. For Islamic Festivals 2023, Click Here

Buddhist Calendar 2023

Like a solar or Gregorian calendar, the Buddist calendar is divided into twelve months. Each month’s length is either 29 days or 30 days. Then where lies the difference? Well, in the Buddhist calendar 2023, the names of the month could be different. In fact, in some languages, numbers are used in place of month names. Because, in each tropical year, the time span increases by approximately 20 minutes, the Buddhist calendar starts a little later than the actual New Year. For Buddhist Festivals 2023, Click Here

Sikh Calendar 2023

Sikh Calendar consists of all the festivals and occasions associated with Sikhism. In the calendar, any important festival is known as the Gurpurab. As per Sikhism, the actual meaning of a Gurpurab is the event connected with the Guru. The Sikh Calendar 2023 follows a more accurate form— a tropical year format instead of a sidereal year. Furthermore, you must note that the first six months in the Sikh festival calendar 2023 consist of 31 days, and the later 6 have 30 days. For Sikh Festivals 2023, Click Here

Christian Calendar 2023

The Christian calendar is generally one of the most common and used calendars these days. There are multiple versions of the Christian calendar 2023. However, the most renowned ones are the Gregorian and the Julian calendar. Divided into 12 months, the year has 365 days and has zero links with the lunar cycles. A single week completes after seven days. The Christian festival calendar 2023 possesses all the details regarding the festivals, fasts, and other occasions of Christianity. Away from the lunisolar format, the Christian calendar solely depends on the solar calendar. For Christian Festivals 2023, Click Here

Jain Calendar 2023

Jain calendar basically holds all the festivals and events of Jainism. The religion is about Dharma, and all the festivals or occasions celebrated in this religion follow the five main vows— truth, non-possessiveness, sexual continence, non-violence, and not stealing. Jain calendar 2023 depends on the lunisolar calendar, much like the Hindu calendar. Furthermore, the Jain festivals and fasts depend on the geographic location too. Thus, differences may come from one place to another. You can see occasions like the Rohini vrat, Paryushan parv, Pakhi, etc. in the Jain festival calendar 2023 For Jain Festivals 2023, Click Here

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FAQ

What are the main types of calendars used to prepare festivals and occasions?

Across the globe, multiple calendars are used to figure out the precise date of the event/occasion/festive. However, the main source of all the precision depends on three different types of calendars— lunar calendar, solar calendar, and lunisolar calendars.

Which Indian festivals depend on the Hindu calendar?

Unlike festivals in other countries, Indian festivals follow a different rule. Depending on the movement of the Sun and Moon, these festivals occur. The Indian festivals that depend on the Hindu calendar are Raksha Bandhan, Maha Shivratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, etc.

What days are Purnima and Amavasya in a calendar?

Krishna Paksha is the period of fifteen days. It starts on the Full Moon day (Purnima) and peaks on the New Moon day (Amavasya). Generally, there are 12 Full Moons in the English calendar. But, if a situation of Blue Moon occurs, there would be 2 Full Moons in a single month, ending as 13 Purnimas in a year. Amavasya is the moonless night. Just like Purnima, there are 12 New Moon days in a single year.

Are calendars and Panchang different?

Yes, calendars are different from Panchang. In general, calendars are meant for people to identify days, dates, months, and the year. Moreover, they reveal other details like occasions, festivals, fasts, etc. Panchang, on the other hand, is basically used by astrologers to determine the Subh tithi, Muhurat, and calculation of planets, etc.

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