Chaitra month or Chaitra masam is the first month in Telugu calendar (Telugu Hindu Panchangam). In Telugu Panchangam for Andhra Pradesh, Chiatra masam 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 Kannada Panchanga. In 2018, Chaitra masam marks the beginning of Sri Vilamba nama samvatsaram.
According to Hinduism, on the first day of Chaitra month Lord Brahma started the creation. Ugadi or Telugu New Year begins on the first day of Chaitra month in Karnataka.
This festival is also celebrated as Kannada New Year and Marathi New Year (Gudhi Padva). It marks the onset of spring season or Vasanta ruthuvu.
Telugu Chaitra masa Shukla Paksham begins on March 18 and ends on March 31.
Telugu Chaitra masa Krishna Paksham starts on April 1 and ends on April 16.
The major festivals during Chaitra month in 2018 are – Ugadi, Sri Rama Navaratri (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Vratam, Sri Rama Navami, and Hanuman Jayanti.
Telugu 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