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Punjabi Calendar: 9+ Important Dates to Remember

June 21, 2022

If you're in Punjab or living among the Punjabi diaspora, and you are confused about their customs and day-after-day festivals, don’t worry, we've got your back. In this blog post, we're going to give you an overview of the Punjab calendar, its history, festivals, and a comparison with the western calendar as well.

In this article, we will present to you a description of the Punjab calendar and the other calendars currently used by the Punjab population. Let us delve in.

Punjabi Calendar

The Punjab calendar (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਜੰਤਰੀ) is a lunar-solar calendar. It is widely used by Punjabis and worldwide, but it can vary according to religion. The Punjabi calendar was first designed in the 5th century, which draws attention to planetary alignment and marks the famous Holy Sikh and Hindu festivals. 

Speaking about celebrations, Punjab must rank among the states with the most, each of which brings with it a number of days off for you. To help you arrange your schedule, we have compiled a list of holidays. But that's not all; while you keep track of all the holidays along the way, discover something new about each one in this article and how it is observed. 

Punjabi Calendar Is A Lunar Calendar 

The Punjab calendar and timetable are based on the lunar phases' monthly cycles. The Hebrew and Buddhist calendars are examples of pure lunar calendars. A leap day is intercalated into various calendar years in order to make the calendar reflect the seasons or phases of the moon. 

Is The Punjabi Calendar Different From Western Calendar?

Is The Punjabi Calendar Different From Western Calendar?

The Western and Punjabi calendars have 12 months, but their months are named differently and have different beginning and ending dates. In a Western calendar, a year is divided into 12 months. These months have 28, 29, 30, or 31 days, respectively.

The starting month of the Punjabi calendar is March, which kicks off the new year on January 1st. The following table consists of Western and Punjab calendar months.

Western Calendar MonthsPunjab Calendar MonthsRomanized Version
JanuaryਚਿਤਰਾChitra 
FebruaryਵੈਸਾਖVaisakha 
Marchਜਯਸ੍ਥਾJayasudha 
Aprilਅਸਾਧਾ ਅਸਧਾAsadha asdha 
MayਸੁਣਵਾਈShravana 
JuneਭਾਦਰBhadar 
JulyਅਸਵੀਨਾAsvina 
AugustਕਾਰਤਿਕKartik 
Septemberਅਗ੍ਰਹਿਣ ਅਗ੍ਰਹਾਯਣAgrahain agrahayan
Octoberਪੋਜ਼Posa 
NovemberਮਾਘMagha
DecemberਫਲਗਣਾPhalguna 

Seasonal Moods In Western And Punjabi Calendar

Seasonal Moods In Western And Punjab Calendar

Based on climate shifts that impact countries in the Northern Hemisphere, the Western calendar comprise four seasons: summer, spring, winter, and autumn. Based on the seasonal cycles that influence the whole of India, the Punjabi calendar comprises six seasons. 

  • Vasant Ratu (ਬਸੰਤ)
  • Greshma (ਗਰਮੀਆਂ)
  • Varsha (ਮਾਨਸੂਨ)
  • Sharad (ਪਤਝੜ)
  • Hemanta (ਸਰਦੀਆਂ)
  • Shishira (ਸ਼ਿਸ਼ਿਰਾ), Dewey's season

New hope for brighter times is created by the three-month periods of Chet (March 14–April 13) and Vesakh (April 14–May 14). Chet is the first month of the year, heralding the beginning of spring and the conclusion of the season that forces people to hibernate or indulge in indoor activities during winter.

Weekdays In Punjabi Calendar

Weekdays In Punjab Calendar

The Gurumukhi script must be used to write the Punjabi language. However, for the benefit of English readers, the names of the days of the week are also given in Roman letters on this page. Here is the list of the names of days;

  • Sunday is known as Aitvaar in Punjabi. In Punjabi, it is written as ਐਤਵਾਰ.
  • Somvaar is the Punjabi word for Monday. In Punjabi, it is written as ਸੋਮਵਾਰ.
  • Mangalvaar is the Punjabi equivalent of the English word Tuesday. In Punjabi, it is written as ਮੰਗਲਵਾਰ.
  • In Punjabi, Wednesday is referred to as Budhwar. In Punjabi, it is written as ਬੁੱਧਵਾਰ.
  • Veervaar is the name for Thursday in Punjabi. In Punjabi, it is written as ਵੀਰਵਾਰ.
  • Shukravar is the term meaning Friday in Punjabi. In Punjabi, it is spelled with the character ਸ਼ੁੱਕਰਵਾਰ.
  • Shanivaar is how the word Saturday is translated into Punjabi. In Punjabi, it is written as ਸ਼ਨੀਵਾਰ.

In the Western calendar, each day is divided into 24 hours, with 60 minutes in each. The day is divided into 15 seals, each with 48 minutes, within the Punjabi calendar.  In a leap year, the last month has an extra day. From one sunrise to the next, a day is considered.

Pal Singh Purewal, a former computer engineer, and Canadian Sikh created the Nanakshahi Calendar. In the 1960s, he began developing the calendar based on "Bara Maha"( ਬਾਰਾ ਮਹਾ), the twelve months is widely used in Punjab.

Nanakshahi Calendar

A formula that was created by Sikh gurus that reflects changes in nature during the twelve-month cycle of the year, is the foundation of the Nanakshahi calendar, a tropical solar calendar that is extensively utilized in Sikhism. 

The first month of the year, or chait, starts on March 14. The Nanak Shahi calendar began in 1469 AD, marking the year of Guru Nanak's birth. The calendar has six months of 30 days and five months of 31 days. In leap years, which occur every 4 years, the last month is either 30 or 31 days long.

Movable Dates In Nanakshahi Calendar

The movable dates are the dates in the Nanakshahi calendar that change every year. The Gurpurbs and festivals that are observed in accordance with the lunar calendar are referred to as movable, while those that are observed in accordance with the solar calendar are referred to as fixed. Because their dates are not fixed in reference to the solar year, the movable festivals are referred to as such. 

They occur on various solar year dates each year, although their lunar date is the same each year. The 10 Patshahis' gurpurbs can all be moved. Maghi and Baisakhi are set holidays. The Parkash Gurpurb of Guru Gobind Singh is an illustration of a movable festival. It is observed on the seventh day of the brilliant half of the lunar month of Poh.

Bikrami/Vikrami Calendar Era

Bikrami/Vikrami Calendar Era

The Bikram sambat and Vikram samvator are called the Bikrami calendar/timetable which originates in the Era of Bikram called the "Bikrami era", and have historically been used by Punjabis in Punjab, Hindus, and Sikhs. The Bikrami calendar is named after King Vikramaditya and begins in 57 BC. It is based on twelve standard hours and 365 solar days. The new lunar year begins in the month of the New Moon. 

The revised Nanakshahi calendar did not set the dates for all Sikh and Hindu festivals. Diwali, Hola Mohalla, and Guru Nanak's birthday are just a few of the Sikh holidays that are widely observed by both Hindus and Sikhs, and their dates are still set using the Bikrami calendar. In Pakistan's Punjab province, the rural population uses the Bikrami calendar.

Festivals And Events

If you're considering a beautiful vacation to Punjab, be sure to check the calendar for one of the festivals so you can experience the state's rich cultural diversity. Here is a list of Punjabi holidays that are observed throughout the year so visit Punjab to enjoy all these festivals.

The population of Sikhs is dominant in Punjab, a large region of Punjab is full of Sikhs that's why we can say Punjab Festival is also a Sikh Festival. Below are some major Punjab and Sikh festivals.

  • Hola Mohalla (ਹੋਲਾ ਮੁਹੱਲਾ)
  • Baisakhi (ਵਿਸਾਖੀ)
  • Makar sankranti (ਮਕਰ ਸੰਕ੍ਰਾਂਤੀ)
  • Lohri (ਲੋਹੜੀ)
  • Karvah chauth ਕਰਵਾ ਚੌਥ
  • Commemoration of their first Guru Nanak ji (ਗੁਰੂ ਨਾਨਕ ਦੇਵ ਜੀ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ ਦਿਹਾੜਾ)
  • Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (ਗੁਰੂ ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਸਿੰਘ ਜਯੰਤੀ)
  • Gurgaddi Diwas (Enthronement Day) (ਗੁਰਗੱਦੀ ਦਿਵਸ)

Hola Mohalla Festival

"The Charge of the Sikh Nihang Warriors" is what the term "Hola Mohalla" refers to. The Hola Mohalla is celebrated in March, and Sikh New Year’s Day is celebrated at the same time. In the spring of 1701, the day after Holi, Guru Gobind Singh held the Hola festival here. Many people love this festival.

The Tenth Guru, who protected the Sikhs from threats posed by the Mughal Empire and the Hill Kings, held dear the ideas of bravery and defense preparation. Hola Mohalla conveys these ideas. It is a week-long occasion where Punjabis camp and enjoy public demonstrations of their bravery and skill for three days. 

Baisakh Festival

As it celebrates the Rabi season's harvest, Baisakhi is a significant occasion for farmers in Punjab. At this time of year, wheat crops can be seen swaying and expanding all throughout Punjab. Baisakhi is a celebration with unique religious significance that commemorates the Khalsa, or Sikh New Year, and this festival is also observed by Sikhs all over the world. 

It is observed each year on April 13 or 14. In 2022, the Baisakhi festival will fall on April 14th. It encourages justice, equality, and the development of a more just society. Members swear to wear the five articles of religion and to meditate every day.

Makar Sankranti Festival

The Hindu solar calendar determines Makar Sankranti's date as being on the first day of the tenth solar month, Magh, when the Sun is changing from Dhanu Rashi to Makar Rashi. The Hindu calendar's coldest month is this one. In Punjab, Makar Sankranti is observed as Maghi, a religious and cultural festival. 

It comes after Lohri in a day, and it is a popular festival in most parts of the country, but it is at its peak, especially in northern India. This festival marks the arrival of the harvest season and the end of winter as the days get longer. 

Lohri Festival 

Lohri is a celebration of the arrival of long days after the winter solstice and is celebrated across the Punjab, Delhi, and other northern Indian regions. For Punjabi farmers, Lohri is the start of the new year. Before harvesting starts, farmers express their thanks for their crops on this day and ask Lord Agni to bless their land with an abundance of crops.

 After the rabi crops are chopped, a large bonfire is traditionally lit in the yard to commemorate Lohri. The Paush-month holiday of Lohri is typically observed on January 13. It is also a traditional way of welcoming winter and longer days. 

Karva chauth Festival

One well-known celebration in Punjab is Karva Chauth. In honor of their husbands' health and longevity, married and engaged women observe a fast from sunrise to moonrise on the fourth day of the waning moon fortnight (Krishna Paksha) in the Kartik month. Women dress up, adorn themselves, and make themselves look beautiful exactly like they did on their wedding day.

Before the sun rises, the mother-in-law makes a special breakfast called Sargi to start the day. This is followed by a daylong fast, a special Puja, and Paath performed by a group of married and engaged women. Only after sighting the moon and performing a unique ritual is the fast broken, and then they take their first drink of water.

Guru Nanak's Birth

Guru Nanak's Birth

On November 8, the full moon of the Indian lunar month of Kartik, Guru Nanak dev was born. Guru Dev is the founder of the Sikh religion. Due to its connection to Sikh customs and faith, they celebrate this festival in Punjab. Sikhs congregate in large numbers to observe this day each year. Candles are lit at Gurudwaras in remembrance of the Guru Dev. Guru's birthday parties with Punjabi music typically last for three days. 

On January 14, 2022, hundreds of Sikhs from India arrived in Pakistan for the greatest birthday celebration in history; Guru Nanak's 552nd birthday. An Indian farmer in his 70s, during his stay in Pakistan, says

 "I never believed we would have this kind of love from our Pakistani brothers."

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti 

A celebration honoring Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, on his birthday. It is a religious ceremony during which prayers are spoken for prosperity, devotional songs are sung during the procession, and sweets and a cold beverage, or sharbat, are distributed to both adults and children.

 At the places of worship known as Gurudwaras, unique prayer services are also organized. On January 9, 2022, Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti was observed. Guru Gobind Singh is the tenth Guru of the Sikhs and a spiritual guide, poet, and philosopher. He will turn 355 years old this year, in  2022. People also feed the poor with popular Punjabi food.

Gurgaddi Diwas (Enthronement Day)

The Jathedars (heads) of the five Takhats of Sikhism have jointly supported Gurgaddi Diwas (Enthronement Day) of the seventh Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai, as Sikh Environment Day (SED). The date has been set as March 14, the day Guru Har Rai was crowned. This celebration continue for almost a week not only in Punjab but worldwide.

Wrapping Up

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