Chinga Masam or Chingam Month is the first month in traditional Malayalam calendar of Kerala. Chinga Masam 2012 starts on August 17 and ends on 16 September 2012. Malayalam calendar or Kolla Varsham begins on Chingam 1 or the first day of the Chingam month. Chingam month 1 marks the beginning of Kolla Varsham 1188 (Malayalam calendar 2012-2013). Onam or Thiruonam is the biggest of all festivals of Chingam month as well as of all festivals in Kerala.
Chinga Masam corresponds with Tamil month of Avani masam. In 2012, Chingam month coincides with Adhika Bhadrapada month in Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, and Kannada panchanga. Bengali month of Bhadra Mash is the corresponding month of Malayalam Chingam month. In Hindi calendars, mostly it corresponds with Adhik Bhadrapad month & Nija Bhadrapada Month in 2012.