Sikh Gurpurab Calendar 2016-2018

Editor's Note: In 2015, the Akal Takhat and the SGPC released a completely new calendar for Sikh celebrations. Please see the following news article for more information.

Calendar ~ 2017-2018
Chet March 14
Vaisakh April 13
Jeth May 14
Harh June 14
Sawan July 16
Bhadon August 16
Asu September 16
Katik October 16
Maghar November 15
Poh December 15
Magh January 14
Phagan February 12



Chet 1 March 14 New Year Day - Samwat Nankshahi 548
Chet 2 March 15 Sr. Baghel Singh's Delhi Fateh
Chet 10 March 23 Shaheedi Day Sr. Bhagat Singh
Chet 11 March 24 Hola Mohalla
Chet 12 March 25 Shaheedi Day Bhai Subegh Singh and Bhai Shahbaz Singh
Chet 23 April 5 Accession of Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji
Chet 26 April 8 Accession of Guru Amar Das Sahib Ji
Chet 27 April 9 Birth of Sahibzada Jujhar Singh Ji
Chet 28 April 10 Guru Angad Dev Ji left this world
Chet 29 April 11 Guru Hargobind Ji left this world
Vaisakh 1
Vaisakhi - (Birth of the Khalsa)
Vaisakh 1 April 13 Sikh Dastaar Day
Vaisakh 7 April 19 Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji left this world
Vaisakh 7 April 19 Accession of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
Vaisakh 15 April 27 Birth of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji
Vaisakh 17 April 29 Birth of Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Vaisakh 21 May 3 Shahidee Festival Celebration Sri Mukhtsar Sahib
Vaisakh 25 May 7 Birth of Guru Angad Dev Ji
Jeth 3 May 16 Chhota Ghallughara (Small Holocaust - Kahnuwan)
Jeth 7 May 20 Birth of Sri Guru Amar Das Ji
Jeth 16 May 29 Accession of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji
Jeth 22 June 4 Attack on Sri Akal Takht Sahib Ji (1984)
Jeth 24 June 6 Martyrdom Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale
Jeth 24 June 6 Martyrdom Bhai Amrik Singh Ji
Jeth 26 June 8 Shaheedi Day Sri Guru Aran Dev Ji
Harh 7 June 20 Birth of Sri Kabir Ji
Harh 7 June 20 Jor Mela (Festival) Gurdwara Sri Reetha Sahib Ji
Harh 8 June 21 Birth of Sri Guru Hargobind Ji
Harh 11 June 24 Martyrdom Baba Banda Singh Ji Bahadur
Harh 15 June 28 Death Anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji
Harh 18 July 1 Birth (Establishment) Day of Sri Akal Takht Sahib JI
Harh 25 July 8 Shaheedi Divas of Bhai Mani Singh Ji
Harh 31 July 14 Miri-Piri Day Patshahi Chhevin (Guru HarGobind Ji)
Sawan 1 July 16 Martyrdom Bhai Taru Singh Ji
Sawan 13 July 28 Birth of Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji
Sawan 16 July 31 Martyrdom Sr. Udham Singh
Sawan 24 August 8 Procession Guru Ka Bagh
Sawan 31 August 15 Independence Day
Bhadon 3 August 18 Jor Mela (Festival) Baba Bakala
Bhadon 5 August 20 Martyrdom Sant Harchand Singh Ji Longowal
Bhadon 14 August 29 Completion of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Bhadon 18 September 2 First Installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Bhadon 19 September 3 Accession of Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Bhadon 20 September 4 Guru Ram Das Ji left this world
Bhadon 24 September 8 Jor Mela (Festival) Gurdwara Kandh Sahib (Batala)
Bhadon 30 September 14 Accession of Sri Guru Ram Das Ji
Asu 1 September 16 Sri Guru Amar Das left this world
Asu 5 September 20 Jor-Mela (Festival) Baba Budha Ji (Ramdas)
Asu 6 September 6 Accession of Guru Angad Dev Ji
Asu 10 September 25 Guru Nanak Dev Ji left this world
Asu 13 September 28 Birth of Shaheed Bhagat Singh
Asu 22 October 7 Jor-Mela (Festival) Birh Baba Budha Ji (Thatha)
Asu 24 October 9 Martyrdom Bhai Sukhdev Singh Sukha and Bhai Harjinder Singh Jinda
Asu 26 October 11 Darbar Khalsa (Second)
Katik 2 October 17 Birth of Sri Guru Ram Das Ji
Katik 5 October 20 Birth of Sant Giani Kartar Singh Ji Bhindranwale
Katik 7 October 22 Birth of Baba Budha Ji (Kaithunangal)
Katik 9 October 24 Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji left this world
Katik 9 October 24 Accession of Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji
Katik 14 October 29 Event at Panja Sahib
Katik 14 October 29 Installation Day Chief Khalsa Diwan
Katik 15 October 30 Bandi Chhor Diwas (Day of Liberation coinciding with Diwali
Katik 17 November 1 Punjabi Suba Diwas (Political Movement)
Katik 17 November 1 Installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Katik 21 November 5 Guru Gobind Singh Ji left this world
Katik 27 November 11 Birth of Bhagat Namdev Ji
Katak 30 November 14 Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Katak 30 November 14 Martyrdon Baba Deep Singh Ji Shaheed
Maghar 1 November 15 Establishment of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee
Maghar 15 November 29 Birth Sahibzada Jorawar Singh Ji
Maghar 18 December 2 Accession of Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Maghar 19 December 3 Martyrdom Baba Gurbhaksh Singh Ji
Maghar 20 December 4 Martyrdom Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji
Maghar 29 December 13 Birth Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji
Maghar 30 December 14 Establishment of Shiromani Akali Dal
Poh 7 December 21 Martyrdom Bhai Jiwan Singh Ji
Poh 8 December 22 Martyedom Eldest Sahibzaday and other Shaheeds of Chamkaur Saheb
Poh 9 December 23 Martyrdom Bhai Sangat Singh Ji
Poh 13 December 27 Martyrdom young Sahebzadeys and Mata Gujri Ji
Poh 22 January 5 Birth of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Poh 23 January 6 Martyrdom Bhai Kehar Singh and Bhai Satwant Singh
Magh 1 January 14 Jor-Mela (Festival) Muktsar (Maghi)
Magh 1 January 14 Foundation - stone laying Sachkhand Sri Harimandir Sahib
Magh 7 January 20 Procession of Keys
Magh 13 January 26 Republic Day
Magh 14 January 27 Birth of Baba Deep Singh Ji Shaheed
Magh 19 February 1 BasantPanchami (Spring Festival)
Magh 27 February 9 Birth of Shri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji
Magh 27 February 9 Greater Ghallughara (Large Holocaust - Kup-Rohira)
Magh 28 February 10 Birth Bhagat Ravidas Ji
Phagan 10 February 21 Saka Nanakana Sahib (Massacre)
Phagan 10 February 21 Jaiton da Morcha - Jaiton Morcha was an Akali agitation for the restoration of Maharaja Ripudaman Singh of Nabha (a princely state in the Punjab) to his throne.
Phagan 25 March 8 Komatrari Mahila Diwas - Women's Day
Phagan 30 March 13 Hola Mohalla


Calendar ~ 2017-2018

1. Chet

March - 2017


2. Vaisakh

April 14 Vaisakhi, Birth of Khalsa, New month Vaisakh

May 2 Birth Guru Arjan Dev

3. Jeth

May 15 New month of Jeth


4. Harh

June 15 New month of Harh


5. Saawan

July 16 New month Saawan


6. Bhadon

August 16 New month of Bhadon


7. Assu

September 15 New month of Assu

October 9 Birth Guru Ram Das

8. Katik

October 15 New month of Katik


9. Maghar

November 14 New month of Maghar


10. Poh

December 14 New month of Poh

January, 2018

11. Magh

January 13, 2018 New month Magh

February 2018

12. Phagun

February 12, 2018 New month Phagun

March 2018




2016 - 2017
Chet 1 March 14
Vaisakh 1 April 13
Jeth 1 May 14
Harh 1 June 14
Sawan 1 July 16
Bhadon 1 August 16
Asu 1 September 16
Katak 1 October 16
Maghar 1 November 15
Poh 1 December 15
Magh 1 January 14
Phagan 1 February 12
Dark Moon
(Lunar Phase)
Chet 25 April 7
Vaisakh 24 May 6
Jeth 23 June 5
Harh 21 July 4
Sawan 18 August 2
Bhadon 17 September 1
Asu 15 September 30
Katak 15 October 30
Maghar 15 November 29
Poh 15 December 29
Magh 14 January 27
Phagan 17 February 28
Full Moon
Chet 10 March 23
Vaisakh 10 April 22
Jeth 8 May 21
Harh 7 June 20
Sawan 4 July 19
Bhadon 3 August 18
Asu 1 September 16
Katak 1 October 16
Katak 30 November 14
Maghar 29 December 13
Poh 29 January 12
Magh 28 February 10
Phagan 29 March 12
Historical Information

Until the 13th of March, 1998, the Sikhs used a lunar calendar to determine their feast days. From 1998 until 2013, Sikhs have used their own Nanakshahi calendar which started on 14 March 1999 Gregorian (1 Chet, year 531 Nanakshahi ) and aligns with the Gregorian calendar as follows. The era (1 Chet 1 Nanakshahi) is the date of the birth of the 1st Guru, Nanak Dev, in the Punjab in 1469. Although there is an obvious relationship with the Hindu Solar Calendar, the Sikh Organisation states that these dates are fixed relative to the Gregorian Calendar. The calendar issue came back into question in 2013.

The Nanakshahi calendar is used for all the Gurupurabs (festivals marking events in the lives of the Gurus) except the birthday of Guru Nanak which continues to be celebrated according to the Hindu Lunar calendar on Katik Poornamashi. Events such as Maghi and Hola Mohalla continue to be celebrated according to the relevant calendars. Some Gurupurabs are considered more significant that others. These are the ones that commonly appear as holidays.

Gurpurabs mark the culmination of Prabhat Pheris, the early morning religious procession which goes around the localities singing shabads (hymns). These pheris generally start three weeks before the festival. Devotees offer sweets and tea when the procession passes their homes. The celebrations start with the three-day akhand path, in which the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of the Sikhs) is read continuously from beginning to end without a break. The conclusion of the reading coincides with the day of the festival. The Granth Sahib is also carried in procession on a float decorated with flowers throughout the village or city. Five armed guards, who represent the Panj Pyares, head the procession carrying Nishan Sahibs (the Sikh flag). Local bands play religious music and marching schoolchildren form a special part of the procession. Free sweets and langar (community lunches) are also offered to everyone irrespective of religious faith. Local volunteers serve it with a spirit of seva (service) and bhakti (devotion). Sikhs visit gurdwaras (Sikh temples) where special programmes are arranged and kirtans (religious songs) sung. Houses and gurdwaras are lit up to add to the festivities.



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