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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.





March 14


April 13


May 14


June 14


July 16


August 16


September 16


October 16


November 15


December 15


January 14


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.