Sikh Gurpurab Calendar 2019-2020 ~ Samat 551

Sikh Nanakshahi Calendar 2019-2020. List of dates and events celebrated by Sikhs.




                   For Nanakshahi Calendar in Punjabi/Gurmukhi Click Here
                   * Text marked with asterisks are Gurpurab Days

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Nanakshahi Calendar 2018-19
~ Samvat 550

Calendar 2018-19
Begins Sikh Month
Mar. 14 Chet
April 14 Vaisakh
May 14 Jeth
June 15 Harh
July 16 Sawan
Aug. 17 Bhadon
Sept. 17 Asu
Oct. 17 Katik
Nov. 16 Maghar
Dec.16 Poh
Jan. 14 Magh
Feb. 13 Phagun


14 March - 13 April 2018 ~ CHET

14 Mar.Nanakshahi 550 ~ New Year Day
15 Mar.Gurgaddi Guru Har Rai Sahib*
15 Mar.S. Baghel Singh's Conquest of Delhi
18 Mar.Gurgaddi Guru Amardas Ji*
21 Mar.Joti Jot Guru Angad Dev Ji*
22 Mar.Joti-Jot Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji*
23 Mar.Shaheedi S. Bhagat Singh
25 Mar.Shaheedi Bhai Subeg Singh, Bhai Shahbaz Singh
29 Mar.Gurgaddi Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib*
29 Mar.Joti-Jot Guru Harkrishan Sahib*
05 AprilParkash Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib*
07 AprilParkash Guru Arjun Dev Sahib*
09 AprilBirth Sahibzada Baba Jujhar Singh
13 AprilSikh Dastaar Divas

14 April - 14 May 2018 ~ VAISAKH

14 April (Vaisakhi) - Birth Anniversary of Khalsa
16 April Parkash Guru Angad Sahib*
21 April Birth Bhagat Dhanna Ji
29 April Parkash Guru Amardas Sahib*
04 May Shaheedi Jorr-Mela Shri Muktsar Sahib
08 May Gurgaddi Guru Hargobind Sahib*
12 May Sirhind Fateh by Baba Banda Singh Bahadar

15 May - 14 June 2018 ~ JETH

16 May Chhota Ghallughara Kahnuwan (Gurdaspur)
29 May Jorr-Mela Gurdwara Shri Reetha Sahib
04 June Ghallughara Shri Akal Takht Sahib (1984)
06 June Shaheedi Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale
06 June Shaheedi Bhai Amrik Singh

15 June - 15 July 2018 ~ HARH

17 June Shaheedi Guru Arjan Sahib
25 June Shaheedi Baba Banda Singh Bahadur
28 June Birth Bhagat Kabir Sahib
29 June Parkash Guru Hargobind Sahib*
29 June Death Anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
02 July Foundation Day Sri Akal Takht Sahib
09 JulyShaheedi Bhai Mani Singh Ji

16 July - 15 August 2018 ~ SAWAN

16 July Shaheedi Bhai Taru Singh Ji
22 July Miri-Piri Day Patshahi Sixth (Chhevin)
31 July Shaheedi S. Udham Singh
06 Aug. Parkash Guru Harkrishan Sahib*
08 Aug. Morcha Guru ka Bagh (Shri Amritsar)
15 Aug. Freedom Day (Azadi)

16 August - 16 September 2018 ~ BHADON

21 Aug. Shaheedi Sant Harchand Singh Ji Longowal
26 Aug. Jorr-Mela Baba Bakala
30 Aug. Completion Guru Granth Sahib*
10 Sep. First Parkash Guru Granth Sahib*
11 Sep. Gurgaddi Guru Arjan Dev Ji*
12 Sep. Joti-Jot Guru Ramdas*
16 Sep. Jorr-Mela Gurdwara Kandh Sahib (Batala)

17 September - 16 October 2018 ~ ASU

22 Sep. Gurgaddi Guru Ramdas Sahib*
25 Sep. Joti Jot Guru Amardas Sahib* (Jorr-Mela Shri Goindwal Sahib)
28 Sep. Birth Shaheed Bhagat Singh
28-29 Sep. Jorr-Mela Baba Buddha Ji (Ramdas)
30 Sep. Gurgaddi Guru Angad Dev*
04 Oct. Joti Jot Guru Nanak Dev*
07-08 Oct. Jorr-Mela Baba Budha Ji (Thatta)
09 Oct. Shaheedi Bhai Sukhdev Singh (Sukha) & Bhai Harjinder Singh (Jinda)

17 October - 15 November 2018 ~ KATAK

18-19 Oct. Darbar Khalsa (Dussehra)
21 Oct. Birth Sant Gyani Kartar Singh Ji Bhindranwale
23 Oct. Birth Baba Budha Ji (Kathunangal)
26 Oct. Parkash Guru Ramdas Ji*
30 Oct. Saka Panja Sahib (Pakistan)
31 Oct. Shaheedi Bhai Beant Singh
01 Nov. Punjabi Suba Divas (Day)
02 Nov. Joti-Jot Guru Har Rai Sahib*
02 Nov. Gurgaddi Guru Harkrishan Sahib*
07 Nov. Bandi-Chhorr Divas (Diwali)
09 Nov. Gurgaddi Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji*
12 Nov. Joti-Jor Guru Gobind Singh*
15 Nov. Shaheedi Baba Deep Singh Shaheed

16 November - 15 December 2018 ~ MAGHAR

16 Nov. SGPC Establishment Day
19 Nov. Birth Bhagat Namdev Ji
23 Nov. Parkash Shri Guru Nanak Dev*
28 Nov. Departure of Soul Bhai Mardana Ji
30 Nov. Birth Sahibzada Baba Zorawar Singh Ji
04 Dec. Shaheedi Baba Gurbaksh Singh Ji
10 Dec. Gurgaddi Shri Guru Gobind Singh*
12 Dec. Shaheedi Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib*
14 Dec. Birth Sahibzada Baba Fateh Singh Ji
14 Dec. Shiromani Akali Dal Establishment Day

14 December '18 - 12 January 2019 ~ POH

22 Dec. Shaheedi Baba Jiwan Singh Ji (Bhai Jaita Ji)
23 Dec. Shaheedi Eldest Sahibzade & Other Shaeeds of Chamkaur Sahib
24 Dec. Shaheedi Bhai Sangat Singh Ji
28 Dec. Shaheedi Youngest Sahibzade & Mata Gujri Ji
06 Jan. Shaheedi Bhai Kehar Singh Ji, Bhai Satwant Singh Ji
13 Jan. Parkash Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji*

13 January - 11 February 2019 ~ MAGH

14 Jan. Jorr-Mela Shri Muktsar Sahib (Maghi)
14 Jan. Foundation Laying Sachkhand Shri Harimandir Sahib (Shri Amritsar)
20 Jan. 'Chabian Da Morcha' (Rally Shri Amritsar)
26 Jan. Republic Day
27 Jan. Birth Baba Deep Singh Ji Shaheed
09 Feb. Larger Ghallughara Kup-Rohirra (Sangrur)
10 Feb. Basant Panchami
12 Feb. Birth Sahibzada Baba Ajit Singh Ji

13 February - 13 March 2019 ~ Phagun

17 Feb. Parkash Guru Har Rai Sahib*
19 Feb. Birth Bhagat Ravidas Ji
22 Feb. Saka Nankana Sahib (Pakistan)
22 Feb. 'Jaito Da Morcha' (Faridkot)
08 Mar. 'Kaumantari Mahila Divas' (Int'l Women's Day)


For Calendar 2018-2019 - Sanmat 550 in Punjabi/Gurmukhi Click Here
* Text marked with asterisks are Gurpurab Days



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

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For Calendar 2017-2018 - Sanmat 549 in Punjabi/Gurmukhi Click Here and Here
* Text marked with asterisks are Gurpurab Days

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.