Kartik month or Karthik mahina is the eighth month in Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra and Goa. In 2018, Kartik month in Marathi calendar begins on 8 November and ends on 7 December as per Marathi Kalnirnay. It is the most auspicious Hindu month.
Many important festivals are celebrated in Kartik month and the entire month of Kartik is auspicious perform any vrat or puja. It is the favorite month for Lord Vishnu, Mahalakshmi, and Lord Kartik.
Bali Pratipada or Bali Pujan (8 November 2018) marks the beginning of Marathi Kartik month. Bhai Dooj (9 November 2018) is the second day of the month. In Maharashtra, most popular Pandharpur Palkhi Yatra is celebrated on Kartik Ekadashi (19 November 2018). Tulsi Vivah begins on 19 November and ends on Kartik Purnima (23 November 20178).
Karthik Snan (Karthik Nadhi Snan, Samudra Snan), Karthika Maas Vrat, Nakta Vrat, Kartik Deepadaan Vrat, Lakshavarthi Vrat, Akashadeep Vrat (Dhwajaropan Vrat), etc. are widely observed by Marathi people.
Shukla Paksh in Marathi Kartik month begins on 8 November and ends on 23 November 2018.
Krishna Paksh in Marathi Kartik Mahina starts on 24 November and ends on 7 December 2018.
The list of important Marathi festivals in Kartik month 2018
Thursday, 8 November 2018 – Govardhan Puja (Gujarati New Year)
Friday, 9 November 2018 – Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam, Bhaiya Dooj (Bhai Dooj)
Saturday, 10 November 2018 – Sodari Tritiya
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 – Surya Shashti Puja
Friday, 16 November 2018 – Vrischika Sankranti
Sunday, 18 November 2018 – Kansa Vadh
Monday, 19 November 2018 – Devutthana Ekadashi (Utthana Ekadashi), Pandharpur Palki Yatra
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 – Tulasi Vivah (Tulasi Kalyan, Radha Damodara Kalyanotsav)
Friday, 23 November 2018 – Kartik Purnima
Thursday, 29 November 2018 – Kalabhairava Jayanti (Maha Kalbhairav Ashtami)
Monday, 3 December 2018 – Utpanna Ekadashi
7 December 2018 – Karthik Amavasya