Chaitra month or Chaitra mahina or Chaitra maas is the first month in Marathi calendar or Marathi Panchang. Chaitra month falls in March – April as per Gregorian calendar.
In Marathi Panchang for Maharashtra Chaitra mas 2018 starts on March 18 and ends on April 16. Similar dates are applicable to Gujarati, Kannada, and Telugu Panchangam. Chaitra month as well as Marathi New Year starts with Gudi Padwa.
In 2018, Gudi Padwa date is March 18. According to Hinduism, on the first day of Chaitra month Lord Brahma started the creation.
Marathi Chaitra maas Shukla Paksh begins on March 18 and ends on March 31.
Marathi Chaitra mas Krishna Paksh starts on April 1 and ends on April 16.
The major Marathi festivals during Chaitra month in 2018 are – Gudi Padwa, Sri Ram Navratras (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Tritiya, Sri Ram Navami, and Hanuman Jayanti.
Marathi 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