Chaitra month or Chaitra mahina or Chaitra maas is the sixth month in Gujarati calendar or Gujarat Panchang. Chaitra month falls in April as per Gregorian calendar. In Gujarati Panchang for Gujarat Chaitra mas 2016 starts on April 8 and ends on May 6. Similar dates are applicable to Marathi, Kannada, and Telugu Panchangam.
According to Hinduism, on the first day of Chaitra month Lord Brahma started the creation. But Gujarati people celebrate their New Year or Bestu Varsh on the first day of Kartik mahina (November – December).
Gujarati Chaitra maas Sud Paksh begins on April 8 and ends on April 22.
Gujarati Chaitra mas Vad Paksh starts on April 23 and ends on May 6.
The major Gujarati festivals during Chaitra month in 2016 are – Sri Ram Navratras (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Tritiya, and Sri Ram Navami.
Gujarati Festivals in Chaitra Month 2016
Friday, 8 April 2016 – Chaitra Navratri (Vasant Navratri)
Friday, 8 April 2016 – Ugadi (Telugu New Year, Kannada New Year)
Friday, 8 April 2016 – Gudi Padwa (Marathi New Year)
Saturday, 9 April 2016 – Gauri Puja
Saturday, 9 April 2016 – Gangaur
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 – Yamuna Chhath
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 – Chithirai Vishu, Puthandu (Tamil New Year, Solar New Year)
Friday, 15 April 2016 – Sri Rama Navami
Sunday, 17 April 2016 – Kamada Ekadashi
Friday, 22 April 2016 – Hanuman Jayanti
Tuesday, 3 May 2016 – Varuthini Ekadashi
6 May 2016 – Amavasya