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 2018 starts on March 18 and ends on April 16. 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 March 18 and ends on March 31.
Gujarati Chaitra mas Vad Paksh starts on April 1 and ends on April 16.
The major Gujarati festivals during Chaitra month in 2018 are – Sri Ram Navratras (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Tritiya, and Sri Ram Navami.
Gujarati Festivals in Chaitra Month 2018
Sunday, 18 March 2018 – Chaitra Navratri (Vasant Navratri)
Sunday, 18 March 2018 – Gudi Padwa (Marathi New Year)
Sunday, 18 March 2018 – Ugadi (Telugu New Year, Kannada New Year)
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 – Gauri Puja
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 – Gangaur
Friday, 23 March 2018 – Yamuna Chhath
Sunday, 25 March 2018 – Sri Rama Navami
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 – Kamada Ekadashi
Saturday, 31 March 2018 – Hanuman Jayanti
Thursday, 12 April 2018 – Varuthini Ekadashi
Saturday, 14 April 2018 – Chithirai Vishu, Puthandu (Tamil New Year, Solar New Year)
Monday, 16 April 2018 – Somvati Amavasya