It is Happy New Year 2019! After having a blast on New Year's Eve bash, we welcomed the New Year with much joy and excitement. One commonly observed ritual in most Hindu households is visiting temples and praying to deities. And then as many of you should be aware of is looking into Hindu calendars to check for the upcoming fasts and festivals. Some of the popular Hindu calendars or almanacs are Kalnirnay, Lala Ramswaroop, Drik Panchang, as people search for dates of both festivals (tyohar) as well as fasts (vrat). Hindu calendar is a collective term for the various Hindi lunisolar calendars traditionally used in India. It is used to set dates of major Hindu festivals such as Vasant Panchami, Holi, Maha Shivaratri, Vaisakhi, Raksha Bandhan, Pongal, Onam, Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Ram Navami, Vishu and Diwali. Apart from Hindu festivals, there are major fasts (both observed monthly and annually) such as Ekadashi, Masik Shivaratri, Sankashti Chaturthi, Rohini Vrat, Pradosha Vrata, Masik Durgashtami and more. For New Year 2019, we bring to you Hindu Calendar 2019 for free download in PDF format. This contains a list of bank holidays, national festivals, long weekends, festivals, and significant events beforehand. Wish you a very Happy New Year’s 2019.

Beginning with January 2019, the first day of the first month of the new year will fall on Tuesday. The first week is filled with important fasts such as Saphala Ekadashi in honour of Lord Vishnu on January 1, Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham) to please Lord Shiva and Parvati on January 3. Masik Shivaratri Vrat, again in honour of Lord Shiva will be observed on January 3 while Paush Amavasya Vrat takes place on January 5. In the second week, key birth anniversaries (Jayanti) will be observed such as Swami Vivekananda Jayanti on January 12 and Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti on January 13.

Harvest festivals such as Lohri in Punjab will be celebrated on January 14, 2019. Apart from the popular wintertime Punjabi folk festival, three-day Tamil festival Thai Pongal in honour of the Sun God will be celebrated from January 15-18. An equivalent to Pongal, harvest festival Makar Sankranti or Maghi or Uttarayan is celebrated across the country as per Hindu calendar. In the last week of January 29, important events are the national festival Republic Day on January 26, Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti on January 23, and Mahatma Gandhi Death Anniversary on January 30.

January 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. 1st January 2019 Tuesday New Year
2. 1st January 2019 Tuesday Saphala Ekadashi
3. 3rd January 2019 Thursday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
4. 3rd January 2019 Thursday Masik Shivaratri
5. 5th January 2019 Saturday Paush Amavasya, Margashirsha Amavasya
6. 12th January 2019 Saturday Swami Vivekananda Jayanti/National Youth Day
7. 13th January 2019 Sunday Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
8. 13th January 2019 Monday Lohri
9. 15th January 2019 Tuesday Pongal, Uttarayan, Makar Sankranti
10. 17th January 2019 Thursday Pausha Putrada Ekadashi Vrat
11. 18th January 2019 Friday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
12. 23rd January 2019 Wednesday Subhash Chandra Bose Jayanti
13. 24th January 2019 Thursday Sankashti Chaturthi
14. 26th January 2019 Saturday Republic Day
15. 27th January 2019 Sunday Swami Vivekananda Jayanti *Samvat
16. 30th January 2019 Wednesday Mahatma Gandhi Death Anniversary
17. 31st January 2018 Thursday Shattila Ekadashi Vrat

Vasant Panchami also known as Saraswati Puja falls on February 10. It is the only major Hindu festival of the month, but there are a number of events, international days and anniversaries. The most popular one being Valentine’s Day on February 14. Chinese New Year 2019 will be on February 5. Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti and Guru Ravidas Jayanti will be celebrated. The monthly fasts (vrat or upvas) are Masik Shivaratri, Pradosha Vrata, Ekadashi Vrat, Kumbha Sankranti, Sankashti Chaturthi and Magha Amavasya will be observed.

February 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. February 1st 2018 Friday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
2. February 2nd 2019 Saturday Masik Shivaratri
3. February 4th 2019 Monday Magha Amavasya
4. February 4th 2019 Monday World Cancer Day
5. February 5th 2019 Tuesday Chinese New Year of 2019
6. February 10th 2019 Saturday Vasant Panchami
7. February 13th 2019 Thursday Kumbha Sankranti
8. February 14th 2019 Thursday Valentine’s Day
9. February 16th 2019 Saturday Jaya Ekadashi Vrat
10. February 19th 2019 Tuesday Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Magha Purnima Vrat
11. February 22nd 2019 Friday Sankashti Chaturthi
12. February 28th 2019 Thursday Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

March is all about waiting for planning the Holi celebrations. But before reaching the Holi 2019 date, Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat is the first fast of the March 2019 on 2nd. It will be followed by Pradosha Vrata and Maha Shivaratri on 3rd and 4th. Maha Shivaratri means  "the Great Night of Shiva" In the second week, we have Ramakrishna Jayanti and International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8. Holi will be celebrated on March 21 while Holika Dahan will take place a day before on March 20. Zoroastrians will commemorate Persian New Year or Nowruz in India on March 21, the Vernal (Spring) Equinox date. Shaheed Diwas or Martyr’s Day to remember the great men and women who sacrificed their lives for the country is observed on March 23. Among the other big days are Hazarat Ali's birth anniversary, Shivaji Jayanti and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti.

March 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. March 2nd 2019  Saturday Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat
2. March 3rd 2019 Sunday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
3. March 4th 2019 Monday Maha Shivaratri
4. March 6th 2019 Wednesday Phalguna Amavasya
5. March 8th 2019 Friday Ramakrishna Jayanti
6. March 8th 2019 Friday International Women’s Day
7. March 15th 2019 Friday Meena Sankranti
8. March 17th 2019 Sunday Amalaka Ekadashi
9. March 20th 2019 Wednesday Holika Dahan
10. March 20th 2019 Wednesday Hazarat Ali's Birthday
11. March 21st 2019 Thursday Holi
12. March 21st 2019 Thursday Vernal Equinox
13. March 21st 2019 Thursday Persian New Year/Nowruz
14. March 21st 2019 Thursday Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti
15. March 23rd 2019 Saturday Shivaji Jayanti
16. March 23rd 2019 Saturday Sankashti Chaturthi
17. March 23rd 2019 Saturday Shaheed Diwas
18. March 31st 2019 Sunday Papmochani Ekadashi Vrat

April is full of major festivals. Beginning with the nine-day Chaitra Navratri festival starting from April 4 and continue until 14. Celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga, it the second most important Navratris after Sharad Navratri. Springtime festivals such as Gudi Padwa marks the traditional New Year for Marathi Hindus in Maharashtra. Ugadi is the New Year's Day for the people of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. Cheti Chand is a festival marking the beginning of the Hindu New Year for the Sindhi Hindus. Vaisakhi or Baisakhi marks the Sikh New Year. Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday celebrations are another big festivals of this month.

April 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. April 1st 2019 Monday Bank's Holiday
2. April 2nd 2019 Tuesday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
3. April 3rd 2019 Wednesday Masik Shivaratri
4. April 5th 2019 Friday Chaitra Amavasya
5. April 6th 2019 Saturday Gudi Padwa
6. April 6th 2019 Saturday Ugadi
7. April 6th to 14th 2019 Saturday-Sunday Chaitra Navratri
8. April 7th 2019 Sunday Cheti Chand/Jhulelal Jayanti
9. April 14th 2019 Sunday Rama Navami
10. April 14th 2019 Sunday Solar New Year
11. April 14th 2019 Sunday Ambedkar Jayanti
12. April 14th 2019 Sunday Baisakhi
13. April 14th 2019 Sunday Mesha Sankranti
14. April 15th 2019 Monday Kamada Ekadashi
15. April 17th 2019 Wednesday Mahavir Swami Jayanti
16. April 17th 2019 Wednesday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
17. April 19th 2019 Friday Good Friday
18. April 19th 2019 Friday Hanuman Jayanti, Chaitra Purnima Vrat
19. April 21st 2019 Sunday Easter
20. April 22nd 2019 Monday Sankashti Chaturthi
21. April 22nd 2019 Monday Earth Day
22. April 30th 2019 Tuesday Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti
23. April 30th 2019 Tuesday Varuthini Ekadashi

The fifth month begins with International Worker’s Day or May Day. May 1 is also observed as Maharashtra Day or Maharashtra Diwas for which holiday is declared in the state. Other important days are Mother’s Day and World No Tobacco Day. Significant celebrations in this month will take place on Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej, the annual spring festival celebrated by Hindus and Jains. Buddha Purnima or Vesak commemorates the birthday of Gautam Buddha.

May 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. May 1st 2019 Wednesday International Worker’s Day, Maharashtra Day, May Day
2. May 2nd 2019 Thursday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
3. May 2nd 2019 Thursday Masik Shivaratri
4. May 4th 2019 Saturday Vaishakha Amavasya
5. May 5th 2019 Sunday World Laughter Day
6. May 7th 2019 Tuesday Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
7. May 7th 2019 Tuesday Akshaya Tritiya
8. May 9th 2019 Thursday Shankaracharya Jayanti
9. May 9th 2019 Thursday Surdas Jayanti
10. May 12th 2019 Sunday Mother’s Day
11. May 15th 2019 Wednesday Mohini Ekadashi, Vrish Sankranti
12. May 16th 2019 Thursday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
13. May 12th 2019 Sunday Buddha Purnima
14. May 18th 2019 Saturday Vaishakha Purnima Vrat
15. May 21st 2019 Tuesday Angarki Chaturthi
16. May 30th 2019 Thursday Apara Ekadashi
17. May 31st 2019 Friday World No Tobacco Day

The biggest festival of June 2019 is Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr, celebrated at the end of Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims. While there are no major Hindu festivals, there are many religious fasts, international days and birth anniversaries from International Yoga Day to Father’s Day and Nirjala Ekadashi to Kabirdas Jayanti.

June 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. June 1st 2019 Saturday Masik Shivaratri
2. June 3rd 2019 Monday Jyeshtha Amavasya
3. June 5th 2019 Wednesday World Environment Day
4. June 5th 2019 Wednesday Eid al-Fitr
5. June 5th 2019 Wednesday Ramadan
6. June 6th 2019 Thursday Maharana Pratap Jayanti
7. June 13th 2019 Thursday Nirjala Ekadashi
8. June 14th 2019 Friday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
9. June 15th to 18th 2019 Saturday to Tuesday Mithuna Sankranti or Raja
10. June 16th 2019 Sunday Father’s Day
11. June 16th 2019 Sunday Jyeshtha Purnima Vrat
12. June 17th 2019 Monday Kabirdas Jayanti
13. June 20th 2019 Thursday Sankashti Chaturthi
14. June 21st 2019 Friday Longest Day of Year
15. June 21st 2019 Friday International Yoga Day
16. June 28th 2019 Friday Yogini Ekadashi Vrat
17. June 30th 2019 Sunday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)

Like June, there are not many festivals in July 2019. But Ratha Yatra, a festival commemorated in honour of Lord Jagannath is the major attraction of the month. The monthly fasts of Masik Shivaratri, Kamika Ekadashi Vrat, Sankashti Chaturthi, Pradosha Vrata, Ashadha Amavasya Vrat and Ashadha Purnima Vrat will be observed like the rest of the months.

July 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. July 1st 2019 Monday Masik Shivaratri
2. July 2nd 2019 Tuesday Ashadha Amavasya
3. July 4th 2019 Thursday Jagannath Rathyatra
4. July 12th 2019 Friday Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat
5. July 14th 2019 Sunday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham
6. July 16th 2019 Tuesday Guru Purnima
7. July 16th 2019 Tuesday Ashadha Purnima Vrat, Kark Sankranti
8. July 20th 2019 Saturday Sankashti Chaturthi
9. July 28th 2019 Sunday Kamika Ekadashi Vrat
10. July 29th 2019 Monday Soma Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham
11. July 30th Monday Masik Shivaratri

The frequency of festivals will increase as we enter August. Right in the first week, we have Hariyali Teej celebrated by married women by keeping fast and worshipping Goddess Parvati on August 3. The next day i.e. August 4, Friendship Day will be celebrated. Raksha Bandhan, a festival honouring the loving bond of brothers and sisters will be celebrated on August 15. Again, on the same date, we have year’s second national festival, Independence Day. Krishna Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna will fall on August 24. Apart from Hindu festivities, Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha and Bakrid will also be celebrated this month on August 12.

August 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. August 1st 2019 Thursday Shravan Amavasya
2. August 3rd 2019 Saturday Hariyali Teej
3. August 4th 2019 Sunday Friendship Day
4. August 5th 2019 Monday Naga Panchami
5. August 7th 2019 Wednesday Tulsidas Jayanti
6. August 11th 2019 Sunday Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
7. August 12th 2019 Monday Soma Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
8. August 12th 2019 Monday Eid al-Adha, Bakrid
9. August 14th 2019 Wednesday Shravana Purnima Vrat
10. August 15th 2019 Thursday Independence Day
11. August 15th 2019 Thursday Raksha Bandhan
12. August 17th 2019 Saturday Sinh Sankranti
13. August 18th 2019 Sunday Kajari Teej
14. August 18th 2019 Sunday Sankashti Chaturthi, Bahula Chaturthi
15. August 24th 2019 Saturday Krishna Janmashtami
16. August 26th 2019 Monday Aja Ekadashi
17. August 28th 2019 Wednesday Masik Shivaratri
18. August 28th 2019 Wednesday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
19. August 30th 2019 Friday Bhadrapada Amavasya

The first day of September will see several festivals across religions. We will have Hindu festivals, Hartalika Teej and Onam as well as Islamic New Year, Al-Hijra celebrated on September 1, 2019. The next day onwards, ten-day festival Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha’s birth anniversary will kick-start and continue until Anant Chaturdashi on September 12. The biggest Sankasthi Chaturthi of 2019, Angarki Chaturthi will fall on September 17. Sharad Navratri 2019 will also begin in the last week of the month, from September 29 onwards. Several days such as Teacher’s Day, Hindi Diwas, Engineer’s Day, among others will fall in this month.

September 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. September 1st 2019 Sunday Hartalika Teej
2. September 1st 2019 Sunday Al-Hijra, Islamic New Year
3. September 1st 2019 Sunday Onam Begins
4. September 2nd 2019 Monday Ganesh Chaturthi
5. September 5th 2019 Thursday Teacher’s Day
6. September 9th 2019 Monday Parivartini Ekadashi Vrat
7. September 10th 2019 Tuesday Day of Ashura, Muharram
8. September 11th 2019 Wednesday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
9. September 11th 2019 Wednesday Main Thiruvonam
10. September 12th 2019 Thursday Anant Chaturdashi
11. September 14th 2019 Saturday Hindi Diwas
12. September 14th 2019 Saturday Bhadprada Purnima Vrat
13. September 15th 2019 Sunday Engineer’s Day, Vishveshvarya Jayanti
14. September 17th 2019 Tuesday Angarki Chaturthi (Vighnaraja Sankashti Vrat), Kanya Sankranti
15. September 23rd, 2019 Monday Autumnal Equinox
16. September 25th 2019 Wednesday Indira Ekadashi Vrat
17. September 26th 2019 Thursday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
18. September 27th 2019 Friday Masik Shivaratri
19. September 28th 2019 Saturday Ashwin Amavasya (Bhadprada Amavasya)
20. September 29th 2019 Sunday Sharad Navratri Begins, Ghatasthapana
21. September 29th 2019 Sunday Maharaja Agrasena Jayanti

Sharad Navrati, the most significant of all Navratris, celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga will continue in October 2019. Big days within this festival such as Navpatrika Puja, Durga Ashtami and Maha Navami will be celebrated on November 5 and 6 respectively. Hindus’ biggest festival, Diwali or Lakshmi Puja will also fall in this month and related days such as Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdashi, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj will be all celebrated. Karwa Chauth, popular festival observed by married women also falls in October.

October 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. October 2nd 2019 Wednesday Gandhi Jayanti
2. October 5th 2019 Saturday Navpatrika Puja
3. October 6th 2019 Sunday Durga Ashtami, Maha Navami
4. October 8th 2019 Tuesday Dussehra, Vijayadashami, Durga Visarjan
5. October 9th 2019 Wednesday Papankusha Ekadashi
6. October 11th 2019 Friday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
7. October 13th 2019 Sunday Valmiki Jayanti, Ashwin Purnima Vrat
8. October 17th 2019 Thursday Karwa Chauth, Sankashti Chaturthi
9. October 18th 2019 Friday Tula Sankranti
10. October 24th 2019 Thursday Rama Ekadashi Vrat
11. October 25th 2019 Friday Govatsa Dwadashi/Vasu Baras
12. October 25th 2019 Friday Dhanteras, Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
13. October 26th 2019 Saturday Masik Shivaratri
14. October 27th 2019 Sunday Naraka Chaturdashi, Kartik Amavasya
15. October 27th 2019 Sunday Lakshmi Puja (Diwali)
16. October 28th 2019 Monday Govardhan Puja
17. October 29th 2019 Tuesday Bhai Dooj

Chhath Puja, an ancient Hindu festival and the only Vedic festival to be celebrated will commence on November 2. Chhath falls six days after Diwali and is commemorated with much joy and fervour in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. It is the only biggest Hindu festival in November 2019. We have Islamic festival, Milad an-Nabi or Prophet’s Birthday on November 10 and Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guru Nanak Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and Thanksgiving on November 28. We also have Children’s Day and Jawaharlal Nehru Jayanti on November 14.

November 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. November 2nd 2019 Saturday Chhath Puja
2. November 8th 2019 Friday Prabodhini Ekadashi Vrat/ Dev Uthani Ekadashi/ Devutthana Ekadashi
3. November 9th 2019 Saturday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
4. November 10th 2019 Sunday Milad an-Nabi, Id-e-Milad
5. November 12th 2019 Tuesday Guru Nanak Jayanti, Kartik Purnima Vrat
6. November 14th 2019 Thursday Children’s Day, Nehru Jayanti
7. November 15th 2019 Friday Sankashti Chaturthi
8. November 17th 2019 Sunday Vrishchik Sankranti
9. November 22nd 2019 Friday Utpanna Ekadashi
10. November 24th 2019 Sunday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
11. November 25th 2019 Monday Masik Shivaratri
12. November 26th 2019 Tuesday Kartik Amavasya
13. November 28th 2019 Thursday Thanksgiving

We reach the last month of the year, December 2019. It will begin with an annual international observance, World Aids Day on December 1. But as we all know the major attractions of the month remains Christmas and New Year’s Eve. While there are not many Hindu festivals, there are several fasts such as Vivah Panchami, Gita Jayanti, Rohini Vrat, Karthigai Deepam, Dattatreya Jayanti. These are in addition to the monthly fasts of Ekadashi, Shivaratri, Durga Ashtami, and Sankashti Chaturthi.

December 2019 Calendar With Festivals, Fasts, Holidays & Events

Sr. No. Date Day Festivals/Events
1. December 1st 2019 Sunday World Aids Day
2. December 1st 2019 Sunday Vivah Panchami
3. December 2nd 2019 Monday Subrahmanya Sashti
4. December 8th 2019 Sunday Mokshada Ekadashi Vrat, Gita Jayanti, Guruvayur Ekadashi Vrat
5. December 9th 2019 Monday Pradosha Vrata (Shukla Paksha Pradosham)
6. December 10th 2019 Tuesday Karthigai Deepam
7. December 11th 2019 Wednesday Rohini Vrat, Dattatreya Jayanti
8. December 12th 2019 Thursday Margashirsha Purnima
9. December 15th 2019 Sunday Sankashti Chaturthi
10. December 16th 2019 Monday Dhanu Sankranti
11. December 22th 2019 Sunday Shortest Day of the Year
12. December 22th 2019 Sunday Saphala Ekadashi
13. December 23rd 2019 Monday Pradosha Vrata (Krishna Paksha Pradosham)
14. December 24th 2019 Tuesday Masik Shivaratri
15. December 25th 2019 Wednesday Merry Christmas
16. December 26th 2019 Thursday Margashirsha Amavasya
17. December 27th 2019 Friday Chandra Darshan
18. December 31st 2019 Tuesday New Year’s Eve

So that was the complete Hindu calendar 2019 replete with important religious fasts, festival dates and national festivals. While most of the calendars put more focus on covering the major Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi, but the calendar above gives an in-depth information on vrat dates and timings. You can download the Hindu calendar 2019 for free in PDF or JPEG format with all inputs from trusted calendars such as Drik Panchang, Kalnirnay, Lala Ramswaroop Panchag information online.

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