Chaitra month or Chaitra masa is the first month in Hindu calendar or Hindu Panchangam. In Kannada Panchangam for Karnataka Chiatra masa 2018 starts on March 18 and ends on April 16.
Chaitra month falls in March – April as per Gregorian calendar. Similar dates are applicable to Marathi, Gujarati, and Telugu Panchangam.
According to Hinduism, on the first day of Chaitra month Lord Brahma started the creation. Ugadi or Kannada New Year begins on the first day of Chaitra maasa in Karnataka. This festival is also celebrated as Telugu New Year and Marathi New Year (Gudhi Padva). It marks the onset of spring season or Vasanta ruthu. Ugadi 2018 marks the beginning of Sri Vilamba nama samvatsare.
Kannada Chaitra masa Shukla Paksha begins on March 18 and ends on March 31.
Kannada Chaitra masa Krishna Paksha starts on April 1 and ends on April 16.
The major festivals during Chaitra month in 2018 are – Ugadi, Sri Rama Navaratras (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Vrata, Sri Rama Navami, and Hanuman Jayanti.
Kannada 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